Farm and Lambing Barns now open
Open 10 am to 3 pm (4pm from Feb)
Deer SafariOur tractor and covered trailer, or Safari Land Rover ride is a magical experience not to be missed. During the 45 minute round trip you will meet and be able to feed our spectacular herd of red deer with over 60 hinds and 2 stags. You can be sure to get an amazing close encounter with our Deer all of which are more than happy to feed from your hands.
Please watch our deer safari video (above right) for more informationon.
During the spring and summer months our deer safari's normally run 3-4 times daily with the first one at 11.30 am although to avoid disappointment later in the day, please ring to confirm as this is subject to change.
Please note: From September until March the safari's run at 11.30 am and 1.15 pm week days and from 11.30 am onwards according to demand at weekends.
During the calving months of May, June and July you will be able to see the beautiful spotted calves. During this time the Stags will be growing their new antlers in time for the rutting season towards the end of September. This time of year is the best time to visit the deer park, just be sure to bring a camera.
Our knowledgeable and friendly deer park rangers commentate throughout the safari to help you get the most from your experience among these magnificent animals. If you are lucky you might even see some deer swimming in the lakes down in the Ingol valley. During your safari you will learn about the crops we grow and their use.
Update from the Deer ParkDuring August 2016 our stags started to loose the velvet from their antlers. During September the stags looked their most impressive as they displayed fully grown antlers ready for the rutting season. During October, we removed their antlers so they were unable to injure each other or any of the hinds during the rut.
The antlers now have protruding points making Rufus look awesome.
Rufus 2016Rufus (11 years old) Up until 2013 Rufus was still pushed around by Harry despite being a large stag for his age. During 2014 his dominance over Harry and the other stags was evident. This picture taken March 2016 shows his antlers just starting to grow.
This picture of Rufus was taken 6th June 2016. The growth of his antlers is quite amazing. Compare to the above picture taken end of March!
Here is Rufus (picture taken August 13th 2016). He started to shed the velvet from his antlers and rubbed them on thorn bushes and reeds.
Rufus again (picture taken August 25th 2016). He is now proudly displaying his perfect and impressive rutting aid!!
Rufus is now top stag.
To conclude, here is Rufus after his antlers were removed September 22nd 2016. He now has over 60 hinds to look after.
HarryHarry , the oldest of our boys, died naturally with his herd during December 2014 at the amazing and grand old age of 16 years. He was formally our top stag and still displayed a wonderful set of antlers again this year. A very dominant Rufus took over the herd during 2013.
This picture (taken in March 2014) shows him before his antlers developed.
Stags sparringThis picture shows two of our stags sparring.
A late arrival November 2015During the October 2015 half term holiday this little calf was born much to the surprise and delight of staff and visitors on safari!
Our much loved Sophie died on Friday 18th October 2013 at the grand old age of 17 years. She still produced a healthy calf that year and enjoyed the summer following the safari trailer around the deer park. She died naturally in the park with her herd.
Wildlife in the deer parkWhilst on a safari, you will be able to enjoy a rich variety of wildlife in the deer park. Shelduck, oyster catchers, coots and even a bar-headed goose (one of the world's highest flying birds) are a few examples and can be frequently seen.
Please see our wildlife page and multi media gallery for more pictures.