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Animal attractions make great spring days out in Surrey

PUBLISHED: 15:35 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 19:09 12 April 2017

You never know who you'll bump into at British Wildlife Centre (Photo: Matt Binstead)

You never know who you'll bump into at British Wildlife Centre (Photo: Matt Binstead)

Matt Binstead

From bouncing baby lambs to swooping birds of prey, rediscover your wild side at one of these Surrey attractions this spring

Spring lambs relaxing at Bocketts Farm (Photo: Helen Yates)Spring lambs relaxing at Bocketts Farm (Photo: Helen Yates)

Birdworld, near Farnham

While the park opens throughout the year, Birdworld really hits its stride from the start of April. Having first opened to the public as a small family business back in 1968, this attraction has grown and grown with Penguin Island, Underwater World and Outback Landing highlights. Tickets: adults, £15.95; children (3-6), £12.95; children (7-15), £13.95; and family, £49.95

Birdworld, Holt Pound, near Farnham GU10 4LD. Tel: 01420 22992. Web: birdworld.co.uk

Bocketts Farm, near Leatherhead

Over the spring months, Bocketts welcome around 550 new-born lambs to the farm. There are few sights more joyous and heart-warming than watching the cute little critters’ early explorations. With everything from pig racing to play areas, plus a kitchen garden that produces delicious home-made jams, chutneys, sauces, soups and puddings, it’s a great family day out. Tickets: adults, £9.50; children (3-7), £9.95; children (2), £8.30

Bocketts Farm, Young Street, near Leatherhead KT22 9BS. Tel: 01372 363764. Web: bockettsfarm.co.uk

British Wildlife Centre, Lingfield

One of Dame Judi Dench’s favourite Surrey attractions, at the British Wildlife Centre you can expect to see some 40 species of native wildlife, from foxes and hedgehogs to otters, red squirrels and many others. Once-upon-a-time a dairy farm, the wildlife centre was started in 1997 by David Mills and is a must-visit for nature lovers. Tickets: adults, £11.50; children (3-15), £8.50; family, £37

British Wildlife Centre, A22 Eastbourne Road, Lingfield RH7 6LF. Tel: 01342 834658. Web: britishwildlifecentre.co.uk

Godstone Farm, Godstone

The ‘new arrivals lounge’ at Godstone Farm is another great place to see baby animals taking their first steps in the world. As well as play barns, farm animals and petting areas, the farm also boasts the ‘prehistoric’ dinosaur trail. Tickets: adults, £8.90; children (2-16), £8.90; children (1-2), £3.40

Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone RH9 8LX. Tel: 01883 742546. Web: godstonefarm.co.uk

Hobbledown, near Epsom

Based on a mystical story, Hobbledown is a place of adventure, magic and mayhem – with characters, Huck, Tipp, Eliza, Professor Topperpot and Sludgebucket leading the way. Joining the imaginary protagonists are a host of real-life animals, including Bennett’s wallabies, meerkats and Siberian chipmunks. Tickets: various prices

Hobbledown, Horton Lane, near Epsom KT19 8PT. Tel: 01372 848990. Web: hobbledown.com

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