Ponderosa we has a wide range of different animals from all over the world, ranging from the Tropical Jungles of Brazil to the Sandy Plains of Australia.
You can spend a full day here exploring the animals, playing in our adventure playground or soft play barn, meeting the pony's and take a bite to eat in our coffee shop or go for a meal in Lakeside Restaurant.
|Activity||Carer||Disabled Adult||Disabled Child||Senior|
|Activity||Child (Under 2's)||Child 2–8 years|
|Playbarn** (1 hour)||£1.50||£3.50|
|Zoo + 1 hour Playbarn||£7.50||£24.00|
**The Playbarn is only suitable for children up to the age of 8yrs old
10am - 5pm
(last entry at 4pm)
*Including all bank holidays
10am - 4pm
*All the above are open and operational 7 days per week
10am - 4pm
(last entry at 3pm)
*Including all bank holidays
10am - 3pm
*All the above are open and operational 7 days per week.
Free parking All Year Round
Get ready for a fantastic Halloween here at Ponderosa Zoo!
Running from the 20th - 28th October (10am - 5pm) we have all sorts of Halloween activities taking place:
11am: Bat feeding & talk
12pm: Reptile experience
1pm: Porcupine talk
2pm: Pony Petting
3pm: Small mammal experience
4pm: Fox feeding and talk
11am - 3pm: Our pumpkin patch will be open for you pick a pumpkin, you can the draw on a design and our expert pumpkin carvers will carve it out ready for you to take home.
In addition we have a little mystery going on at the zoo and we need our customers help us solve it! Some frightful beasts from a magical world have escaped and are hiding in the zoo! Can you find them and help return them back to where they belong? Make sure to collect your clues on arrival and drop off your findings at the ticket office on your way out. Those that solve it will be given a special treat!
Fancy dress is encouraged and spot prizes will be offered to those with the spookiest costumes
For all activities listed above + an hour use of our Play barn + general zoo admission:
Under 2's: £3
Child (aged 3 - 8): £8.95
Family (2 adults + 2 children): £27.95
Family: (1 adult + 3 children): £30.95
* Our regular admission prices will still run throughout the week if you want to visit the zoo but do not wish to take part in the Halloween event.
** Additional pumpkins can be purchased if you would like to just purchase a general admission ticket but also get a pumpkin.
*** Our bouncy castle will be up and will be an extra charge of £1.50
**** Last admission is at 4pm
Come and spend an hour in our indoor soft play barn. With ball pools, slides and lots of noisy things to find, you'll have a whale of a time. Please note that the playbarn is suitable for children upto 8 years old. For hygiene reasons, socks/tights must be worn.
Browse round our gift shop, we sell all sorts of fun things from pencils, farm toys and teddies. Our prices start from 50p and go up to £14.99
Serving fresh coffees and other hot drinks or try one of the many flavours of ice creams available the coffee shop is the place to go!!
Serving freshly prepared high quality food to your table, if you're looking for something a little bit special the restaurant is where you want to go, also boasting a fully licensed bar. (Please contact us on the day you wish to come to ensure the restaurant is open as we sometimes have functions booked).
Through the winter, the Lakeside Restaurant is open on weekends only - unless they have a private function booked in.
Carvery will be served every Sunday from 12pm until 5pm, along with full a la carte menu
Come along to our handling times and meet our reptiles, rabbits and guinea pigs.
*We cannot guarantee all the animals will be out, especially during colder weather
A favourite for the children come and enjoy a total adreniline rush on the zip wire based next to the new Ponderosa Adventure Playground.
We have now installed a new outdoor adventure play area for the younger and also older children this is based behind the coffee shop with plenty of outdoor and under cover seating for the parents, other play areas are also by the lake side and also in front of the coffee shop.
Come and visit our pirate ship and make your own sandcastles, with our ever expanding and exciting beach area, that's where it's at!!
Come off the M62 at Junction 26 - turn right onto the A638 - Follow this road through Cleckheaton - Turn right at the clock tower in Heckmondwike centre. The centre is sign posted on the right. Turn down Station lane, under the railway bridge, past Al Murad tiles and we are the next left turn.
Turn off M62 at Junction 27 (Showcase Cinema) and pick up the A62 towards Huddersfield. Through 6 sets of light and turn left into Heckmondwike centre - then turn right at the clock tower in Heckmondwike centre. The centre is sign posted on the right. Turn down Station lane, under the railway bridge, past Al Murad tiles and we are the next left turn.