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.
Pets' Corner is free to enter but welcomes donations in the box on site. You can feed some of the animals for 20p a bag, available from feed vending machines.
- 1 April to 31 October, 11am to 4:45pm
- 1 November to 31 March, 11am to 4pm
- Christmas Day and Boxing Day CLOSED
Location: Town Park, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2QG
Manager: Justin Hopwood
Telephone: 01279 422790
Facebook: Pets' Corner
Pets Corner is ten minutes walk from Harlow Town Train Station.
- The Learning Centre
- Gift shop
- Hand washing
- Toilets open 9am to 5pm (includes a Changing Places toilet which you can access by completing the Changing Places Key Application Request Form)
- The Spurriers House Café
Shadow a keeper
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? Please 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. We have many volunteers involved in all aspects of Pets' Corner - our eldest is 82! Volunteering at Pets' Corner is for people aged 14 years and over. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), may be required. Please contact us for details and more information. More volunteering opportunities
Friends of Pets' Corner
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, or to join.
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 Harlow Town Park and Pets' Corner Learning Centre booking form (pdf)
Events and Corporate
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, half an hour before the party starts.
Pets' Corner corporate events
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.
Individual/group corporate sponsorship
Enjoyed your visit, made a new friend or 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.
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-on, or school/nursery 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 two 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.