Group Visits

Ponderosa are very happy to accept group or class bookings, and offer a wide choice of activities to teachers and group leaders. We have educational guided tours and activities in animal welfare/husbandry. 

Options at Ponderosa Zoo...

We at Ponderosa want everyone to benefit from their visit and we are more than willing to discuss with you any individual requirements you may have. It may be that you want to include more of a specific activity to tie in with project or curriculum work you may already be involved in. Please inform us of your requirements and we will accommodate you to the best of our ability.

General Admission (suitable for all ages)

Includes: Price per participant 
  • General admission into the zoo only

  • FREE (under 3's)
  • £5 (per child)
  • £6 (per adult)
  • £3 (per disabled child)
  • £3.50 (per disabled adult)

Wild Workshops (suitable for ages 4 - 16yrs) 

Includes: Price per child 
  • General admission into the zoo
  • Taught curriculum based lesson delivered by a zoo keeper in our education room 
  • A choice of lessons within each key stage
  • Interactive activities and animal encounters depending on lesson choice 
  • Activity duration of: 45 minutes 

(Please download our 'Lesson Plan' document below to view different options available - listed under 'Teacher Information')

  • £8.50 
  • £8 (per disabled child)

Encounter Package (suitable for all ages)

Includes: Price per participant
  • General admission into the zoo
  • Information based talk on some of the species we keep
  • Encounter with rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, tortoises and invertebrates 
  • Activity duration of: 45 minutes 
  • £8.50 
  • £8 (per disabled participant)

Additional Information

Winter Opening Times 
October 26th 2019 - march 31st 2020

Zoo: 
10am - 4pm (last entry at 3pm)

Additional Information
* All the above are open and operational 7 days per week
* Including all bank holidays except:
* We be closed from 23rd December 2019 - 3rd January 2020
* Free parking All Year Round

* No dogs permitted on site (except for guide dogs)

* Fully disabled accessible 

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Summer Opening Times 
March 30th 2020 - October 23rd 2020

Zoo: 
10am - 5pm (last entry at 4pm)

Additional Information
* All the above are open and operational 7 days per week

* Including all bank holidays

* Free parking All Year Round

* No dogs permitted on site (except for guide dogs)

* Fully disabled accessible 

Teacher Information

Our mission

To provide everyone, regardless of age and background or ability, access to an enjoyable, exciting experience in an open environment based on sustainability and education.

Pricing and information about our Education Packs can be found under Plan Your Visit

Key aims

General Information

Please download the General Information Document. It contains current information about bookings, prices, group sizes, parking and information to help you organise your visit.

Safety Guidelines for Schools and Groups

As we endeavour to make sure that all visitors enjoy their day it is just as important to ensure that all our visitors are safe during their time here. We have worked along side a number of schools to put these guidelines together to help you understand your responsibilities during the visit. Please download the safety guidelines document well in advance of your visit.

Risk Assessment for Ponderosa Zoo

Please download the Risk Assessment example for specific details of your trip. Please note that this is an example and the risks must be assessed by you

Education Policy and Vision Document

This Document outlines our Mission, Key aims and objectives, and our commitment to education through ongoing consultation with education providers.

Downloads

Wild Workshop Lesson Plans

Risk Assessment for Ponderosa Rare Breeds Farm

Education Policy and Vision Document

Visitor General Information, Safety & Guidance

Things to do


How to find us

From Manchester

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.

From Leeds

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.

Ponderosa Centre Map