Winter Keeper Experience


  • Visitor Experience Team
  • 0113 218 1000
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Our new Winter Keeper Experiences offer you the chance to feed the penguins and get up close and personal with our four-legged friends at the Harewood Farm. You can join our expert team of Keepers and try your hand at feeding some of the penguins and farm animals. Find out just what it takes to become a Keeper at Harewood.

What does the Winter Keeper Experience include?

There are many things to look forward as part of your Winter Keeper Experience. These things include:

  • Get to know our family of Humboldt penguins and help the keepers with the afternoon feed.
  • Get behind the scenes and help the team in the animal shed where you will measure out food for pigs and collect brushes.
  • Head into the pig pen to help feed Trotters and Pudding.
  • Enjoy some time with our donkey family, Max, Lady and the young foal Star. You will help clean them out and give them their daily brush.

How much does this cost?

The Winter Keeper Experience includes entrance to our Victorian Christmas at Harewood.

  • Child (age 7-17 years): £58.00*
  • Adult (age 18 years and over): £66.
  • Members (adult and children): £50.00

*Minimum age requirement is 7 years old. Child tickets apply to visitors who are under 18 years old.

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the Keeper Experience. Accompanying adults will be required to pay the admission price to our Victorian Christmas programme, but will not be required to pay for the Winter Keeper Experience.

Are there any restrictions?

Yes, there are some restrictions to this experience.

  • The minimum for this experience is 7 years of age.
  • A Winter Keeper Experience cannot take place without a parent or guardian present.
  • We can allow up to two children per experience (with a maximum of one accompanying adult).
  • The farm animal paddocks are on sloping and uneven surfaces, unfortunately there is no wheelchair access at present.
  • You will need to wear suitable clothing and wellington boots for this experience.

How do I book?

Please contact our Visitor Experience Team on 0113 218 1000 to schedule your experience. Our Winter Keeper Experiences are run daily from 24th November to 23rd December. There is one time slot per day, at 2pm. Simply ask our team for details.

Please make our staff aware of any allergies, medical conditions or disabilities that you suffer from before you arrive.