- Children's Farms
Ages: all ages
Venue type: Outdoor
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary gives a home for life to sick, unwanted and mistreated animals such as horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, geese, ducks and cats.
Open to the public daily, visitors can help the staff give the animals the attention, care and love they deserve, learning a little bit more about them as they go along. Extra Animal Experiences help the sanctuary raise much needed funds and gets you even closer so you can help feed and groom.
There are variety events and appeals throughout the year to ensure the animals can continually be looked after as long as they need, along with a gift shop and tearoom on site.
Giving unwanted animals all the comforts of home!
- Birthday parties
- Adopt an animal
- Supported by Leona Lewis
- Restaurant Onsite
- Snacks Available
- Picnics Allowed
- Toilets Available
- Parking Available On-site
Getting There and Contact Information
Sawyers Hall Lane, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9BZ, England
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Every year the sanctuary closes for the winter and reopens in spring.
From March 2019
Friday to Monday 11:00 - 16:00
Monday to Sunday 11:00 - 16:00
Kids (3-15): £5.00
Family (2 adults & 2 kids or, 1 adult & 3 kids): £18.00
Dogs are welcome
Appropriate footwear is advised.
Hopefield Tea Room
1st May - 30th September
Monday to Sunday 11:00 - 16:00
1st October - 30th April
Saturday to Sunday 13:00 - 16:00
Nice couple of hours
Written by Sue Cook . 01.10.17
Took 3 grandchildren aged 5 9 and 12 and they had a good couple of hours meeting the animals and learned a lot. However, whilst I understand and appreciate the purpose of the sanctuary and the need to keep a distance and a policy of not feeding them, it would have been a better experience if a few more of the animals were a little more accessible and perhaps some able to be fed with food that could be bought on site. I did my best to explain the animals circumstances and they understood but a return visit is not likely as the children would have liked to be a bit more involved with some of the animals. I know its not a petting zoo but it lacked that "ahhhh" factor and could have focused more on the wonderful outcomes of the work done at Hopefield. Finally, it wasn't busy when we were there but the tea room would benefit from removing a table as there is no room to sit and move - just an observation! keep up the good work
Written by ljohnson . 28.07.17
I visited here at the start of the summer holidays with my 4 year old and he loved it. As a charity it is great to see the events they put on for the family and children. Entrance is a great price compared to other animal places ive visited in Essex and it all goes directly to helping the animals too and not in peoples pockets! All of the animals have been rescued and spend the rest of their lives at the sanctuary, not sold on for slaughter etc. Lots of staff around to ask questions about the animals and they were very knowledgable. Would gladly go back again!
Doing great work but not sure about a day out
Written by CharC . 20.03.17
This place does so much good work looking after these animals. But I don't think this is a place to go out with the kids. If you lived in the area and you had a spare hour pop along, but I won't be making the trip of an hour to visit again. Also I think it should have a voluntary amount not a ticket price of £5 per an adult as this is a lot to walk around a charity while the staff sit in a shed and most the animals are in fields you can't reach. Keep up the good work but maybe don't open every day instead do lots more open days with activities for families
Written by Anonymous . 02.03.16
Excellent place, well looked after animals and friendly, helpful staff. My little boy loves it here.