Opened in 1966, Pets' Corner is a small, friendly farm located in Harlow Town Park.
It has a large selection of traditional farm animals, such as rabbits, chickens and ducks, more exotic animals such as reindeer, llamas and alpacas, as well as a number of rare breeds including Red Poll cows, Essex saddleback and Tamworth pigs.
You can feed some of the animals for 20p a bag, available from feed vending machines.
You currently need to book an entry timeslot to visit Pets' Corner. This is because of current social distancing requirements and to make sure we help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Bookings are free and you can book a group of up to 6 people from one household in a single booking.
The first admission to Pets’ Corner is 12 midday, with slots at 10 minute intervals. This gives us time before and after entry slots for cleaning and disinfecting the site, so that it is COVID-secure. Last entry is at 3.40pm.
When you arrive, we will ask you to wash your hands and follow the one-way system around Pets’ Corner. Please do not touch any of the fences or stroke any animals during your visit and wash your hands when you leave.
You can also book by phoning the Harlow Playhouse Box Office on 01279 431945 Monday to Friday, 11am to 2pm.
Location: Town Park, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2QG
Pets' Corner does not have its own car park. The nearest council car park is a 3-minute walk away in School Lane.
Pets Corner is a 10-minute walk from Harlow Town train station.
There are toilets available on site, including a Changing Places toilet which you case an access by completing the Changing Places key application request form (pdf)
Fancy looking after your favourite animal for the day? Why not shadow one of our keepers and find out what’s really involved in caring for our animals? Contact us to see how you can get close to your favourite animal.
Pets' Corner offers many volunteering opportunities, including working with the animals, helping with events and in our gift shop.
Volunteering can be any day of the week, for a couple of hours or all day - all we ask for is enthusiasm and a love of animals, as training is given on site. Contact us for more information.
Volunteers at Pets' Corner need to be aged 14 years and over.
The Friends of Pets' Corner aim to support the work of Pets’ Corner and to promote the welfare and availability of animals to the people of Harlow for educational and social purposes.
The Friends have been constituted and welcome new members over 18 years. Email Friends of Pets' Corner for more details, or to join.
If you've enjoyed your visit, made a new friend or are just looking at gifts for friends then why not sponsor one of our animals? Sponsorship is available to anyone who loves animals, from companies to individuals, families or schools. Company sponsorship will promote the company name and logo on the animal’s pen and the company will receive a mention in any publicity regarding the animal.
If you're interested in sponsoring an animal, you need to fill out an animal sponsorship application form (pdf)
Events, visits and corporate
Pets' Corner and the Town Park offer educational packages for a range of ages, linked to the national curriculum. These involve guided tours around the park and Pets' Corner, meeting the animals and learning about the park.
If you're interested in arranging a school visit, you need to fill out a Pets' Corner school visit booking form (pdf)
We offer a range of birthday parties featuring hands on experience with our animals. We can offer exclusive use of our classroom, a chance for the children in the party to meet some of our smaller animals (either 'cute and cuddly', or 'creepy crawlies and snakes') along with a trained member of staff to answer questions. There is an option of Pets’ Corner goody bags.
- £7.50 per head - minimum fee of £50 with a £10 non-refundable deposit on booking
- £1.50 per goody bag
Payment can be made by cash or cheque.
Pets’ Corner cannot provide food, beverages or decorations for your party, but you are allowed to bring these along, 30 minutes before the party starts.
Why not enjoy a visit from a reindeer to add the wow factor to your Christmas event? Reindeer make perfect special guests at Christmas bazaars, Christmas lights switch-ons or school Christmas events.
Prices for one reindeer:
- Harlow area £245
- Outside Harlow £300 (subject to distance travelling from Harlow)
- Corporate events £500+
Due to animal welfare the maximum duration the reindeer can attend an event is 2 hours and would need to be an outside location preferably. The reindeer come self-contained with their own pen and handler insurance and risk assessments. Pets' Corner completes the movement licence for the reindeer and provides hand soap.
Pets' Corner hosts a variety of corporate events, arranging team building days and family petting days. Please contact us to see how an event can be tailored to your business.