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 tours through our wildlife walks and activities in animal welfare/husbandry and pony rides. The farm also houses an abundance of livestock which includes llamas, pigs, snakes, goats, 3 species of primate, otters and rabbits to name a few.
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. Whether you choose a half or full day visit, the basic programme of events can include the following activities:-
This concentrates on the animal’s habitat and welfare.
|Activity (3 from above)||Price per child|
|Guided Tour of Ponderosa||£8.50|
Approx 30 minutes where you will be shown around the centre with a member of staff who will answer your questions
|Mini Guided Tour||£6.50||£5.00|
|Activity (Bookings Only)||Child||Adult|
|Zoo with 30mins in Playbarn||£7.00||£5.00|
1 free adult for every 6 children, with all group bookings.
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
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
Please download the General Information Document. It contains current information about bookings, prices, group sizes, parking and information to help you organise your visit.
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.
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
This Document outlines our Mission, Key aims and objectives, and our commitment to education through ongoing consultation with education providers.
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.