Accessibility

Wetheriggs Animal Rescue is situated at Thorpe Farm Centre. The centre runs as a caravan and camping site as well as a visitor centre housing a cafe, farm and gift shop, a reclamation barn and the rescue centre. The site also houses a working farm meaning there may be large farm vehicles in action during your visit. Please take care when in the car park areas.

 

Main Entrance

At the beginning of 2017 we moved into a new building on site. The building is situated at the top end of the car park, directly opposite the cafe. The entrance is round to the left side of the building. This building houses our gift shop and many of our animals, as well as various activities. Wristbands for admission to see the animals can be purchased here.

 

Paddocks

A large proportion of our animals are housed outside in the paddocks. This area is seperate to the main entrance and requires visitors to walk across the car park and a small road to visit. Visitors are required to purchase wristbands from the main entrance before visiting the paddocks.

The paddock walkways are all grass, and as such can be quite wet in poor weather conditions. We recommend wearing suitable outdoor footwear during your visit.

 

Cafe

There is a cafe at Thorpe Farm. The cafe is not run as part of Wetheriggs but visitors are very welcome to enjoy a drink and a meal or snack here.

 

Toilets & baby changing

Toilets including disabled facilities are located next to the farm and gift shop near the cafe. Unfortunately we do not have any toilets within our own buildings at this time.

 

Dogs

Dogs are allowed around the outside paddocks and animal areas. They must be kept on leads and under control at all times. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed in the inside animal areas or the cafe. Please clean up after dogs using the bins provided.

 

First Aid

First aid kits can be found at the main entrance and in the cafe. The majority of our keepers are first aid trained. If anyone in your group receives any injuries during your visit, please inform a member of staff immediately. You will be asked for details such as how the injury happened and the location the injury occured. This information will be used to fill in our accident book.

 

Site Rules

We like our visitors to have as much freedom as possible to make your visit an enjoyable and memorable day, but we do have some rules in place to make sure you and our animals stay safe at all times.

 

  • No food or drink allowed within the animal areas.

  • Wetheriggs is a NO SMOKING site. Smoking is not allowed within the Animal Barn and all outdoor paddock areas. Visitors are welcome to smoke within the carpark and outdoor seating areas near the cafe.

  • Children must be supervised at all times. We cannot be held responsible if an unsupervised child gets injured during your visit.

  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. We cannot be held responsible for unaccompanied children getting injured.

  • Do not feed anything to the animals apart from the food purchased at the main entrance. Only feed the outdoor paddock animals.

  • All animals can bite. Please remember this when touching or feeding. Always hold your hand flat when feeding, and take your hand away as soon as the food has been eaten.

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly after feeding and touching animals. Wash hands with soap for at least 20 seconds before rinsing and dry hands completely afterwards. Hand gels and wipes are not a substitute. A hand wash area can be found at the main entrance.

  • When feeding and touching animals, do not put fingers in mouths or near eyes.

  • Never touch any animal faeces. This sounds obvious, but children sometimes like to touch anything and everything.

  • Please dispose of any rubbish in the bins provided around the site. We try to keep the site tidy and we appriciate our visitors supporting this. We also don't want any animals to eat anything they shouldn't by mistake. If any waste ends up in any animal enclosures, please inform a staff member who will be happy to retrieve the waste product.

SITE INFORMATION

Have a read before you visit

Tel: 01833 627444 / 07764 352835

Email: info@wetheriggsanimalrescue.co.uk

 

Wetheriggs Animal Rescue

Thorpe Farm Centre

Barnard Castle

County Durham

DL12 9TY

Wetheriggs is based at Thorpe Farm Centre. Visit their website for more details

www.thorpefarm.co.uk

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Wetheriggs is a registered UK charity

 Charity no. 1131536

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