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Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Sawyers Hall Lane, Brentwood, England
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Brentwood
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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English first
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Took my Granddaughters for the afternoon, they loved it. The day we went the Sanctuary had inflatables for the afternoon so after seeing all the animals and also holding the rabbits guinea pigs and reptiles the girls enjoyed the inflatables. The little teashop was excellent not expensive we had to leave before the end and I had trouble getting the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This wonderful charity not only rescues and cares for unwanted animals but over the summer they have held fun days for children. It's a good place for a family day out and you know that any money you spend will help the animals. They are open weekends too and often have special days with stalls/amusements and later in the year... More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Took 3 kids aged 11,9 and 7 there during Summer holiday, unfortunately we were pushed for time, however they loved it, a chance to have some hands on grooming shetland ponies, seeing some of the animals that had been mistreated. Plenty to do for a couple of hours with bouncy castles a cafe and a variety of animals including reptiles... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I visited with a friend as had heard about this place through another friend on Facebook. They have lots of animals and they are very friendly and come over to the fence when you approach. Some of the animals have had a rough time before they arrived at this place and it's so good to see them happy and cared... More

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a lovely place to take your children ,there are lots of different animal to see ,The volunteers there work really hard to keep all the animals clean and fed ,I will be taking my Grandsons there next week as I know they will enjoy it ,I won't be taking a picnic as the cafe/tea room has a good... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I visited with my children who are 7 and 11. I am an animal lover and had heard about this place but never been. It is full of a variety of different animals who have been rescued and there are some very sad stories about where these animals have come from and how they were treated before they arrived at... More

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Sevenoaks, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

It was a great day out.Saw no evidence of insufficient space for smaller animals,and i work for animal welfare,and the safety guidelines are being followed No evidence of people able to walk unsupervised into the rabbit pens.As for the review by Louise 38,did she speak to the volunteers about her concerns,and if she did what was their reaction.So go and... More

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Aveley, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I visited with my two sons and was absolutely delighted. There are so many animals to see and such a variety. The animals are so friendly especially the donkeys, small ponies. There are some very sad stories about some of the animals and its so amazing to see these animals now happy and living their life out at this sanctuary.... More

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Essex
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Most of the larger animals (e.g. horses, cows and goats) were able to roam outdoors and seemed to be well looked after and have sufficient space. However I have major concerns about the welfare of the small animals especially the rabbits and guinea pigs. The rabbits and guinea pigs are kept in pens in a shed and do not seem... More

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David S, Manager at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, responded to this review

Dear Louise, Thank you for taking the time to review Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, but I really do feel I must respond to some points that you raised. You mentioned that our rabbits and guinea pigs were kept in a shed, this implies a simple building of a wooden structure, whereas our small animal unit is made of heavy duty timber... More

Abridge
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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I went to the sanctuary on a groupon voucher with my friend, and our two girls aged 13. We went because the girls are very into horses. Our day was so lovely the sanctuary was very well run, there were so many different animals to see and some to pet. We had a free coffee included in our voucher, which... More

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