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 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.

Educational Tours

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:-

Groups have the choice of 3 activities out of the 4 activities below:

Guided tour of Ponderosa

This concentrates on the animal’s habitat and welfare.

Activity (3 from above) Price per child
Guided Tour of Ponderosa £8.50

Mini Guided Tours

Approx 30 minutes where you will be shown around the centre with a member of staff who will answer your questions

Activity Child Accompanying Adult
Mini Guided Tour £6.50 £5.00

General Admission

Activity (Bookings Only) Child Adult
Zoo Only £4.50 £5.00
Zoo with 30mins in Playbarn £7.00 £5.00
Pony rides (per child) £1.50

1 free adult for every 6 children, with all group bookings.


Opening Times

Summer Opening Times 
May 5th 2018 - October 2018

10am - 5pm
(last entry at 4pm)

*Including all bank holidays

10am - 4pm

Pony Rides:
10.30am - 12.30pm 
1.30pm - 3.30pm

*All the above are open and operational 7 days per week
**Due to the weather Pony Rides may be cancelled - please always call ahead to check they are running

Winter Opening Times
October 30th 2017 – May 4th 2018


*This year Ponderosa will be closing for the winter to allow us to do some refurbishments. We will re open ON May 5th.

Free parking All Year Round

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 Rare Breeds Farm

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.


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


  • 1Meerkats
  • 2Black and White Ruffed Lemurs
  • 3Bunny Barn: Chipmunks; Leaf Cutter Ants; Chinchillas; Tortoises; Sugar Gliders; Rabbits; Guinea Pigs; Degus; Budgies; Lesser Hairy Armadillo
  • 4Reptile House
  • 5Tri-coloured Squirrels
  • 6European Polecats
  • 7Rabbits
  • 8Highland Cattle
  • 9Marmosets
  • 10Raccoon Dogs
  • 11Stables (Pony Rides)
  • 12Pigs & Chickens
  • 13Reindeer
  • 14Asian Short Clawed Otters
  • 15South American Coatis
  • 16SIlver Foxes
  • 17Aviary's
  • 18Scottish Wildcats
  • 19Llamas, Alpacas, Goats & Pigs
  • 20Welly Wash
  • 21Disabled Parking
  • 22Farm Car Park
  • 23Main Office
  • 24Playbarn (ages 8 and under)
  • 25Coffee Shop
  • 26Adventure Play
  • 27Zip Wire
  • 28Lakeside Restaurant
  • 29Lakeside Car Park
  • 30Nature Trail
  • 31Beach
  • 32Small Beach
  • 33Lakeside Restaurant Entrance
  • 34Ticket Office