Buttercups Goat Sanctuary

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Visit Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats for some of the best animal experiences in Maidstone

After taking in two goats from the RSPCA, Robert Hitch established Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats shortly after, in 1989. Before long, injured goats began arriving in such numbers that the charitable status was sought in order to secure the long term future of the Sanctuary - and now, you're invited to meet the friendly residents!

"Lovely couple of hours spent relaxing amongst all the goats. The atmosphere is wonderful and you could honestly sit and watch them all day. Will happily come back with friends/family!"

The only registered Goat Charity in the United Kingdom

In September 2003, Buttercups became - and still is today - the only registered goat Charity in the UK whose sole aim is to provide relief to goats that have suffered or no longer have a home. Having rescued almost 1,000 goats, the Sanctuary is now a permanent home to around 120 furry, funny friends:

  • Enjoy the freedom to roam and relax amongst the goats and watch them in their natural habitats in the 'Goats Only' areas
  • Meet almost 120 resident goats at the family-friendly farm park
  • Learn about rescuing and rehoming goats and get the chance to adopt one
  • Find a comfortable spot and pet the goats, who never get tired of the attention
  • Enter the feeding area and feed the goats - an absolute must-do on your visit!
  • Swing by the Buttercups Tea Room for some hot & cold drinks, light snacks and sweet treats
  • Bring a family picnic and find the perfect picturesque spot to enjoy your homemade lunch

Please note: Goats with purple and red tags should not be fed by visitors. This is due to dietary restrictions.

"I just love sitting, petting the very happy goats. If you are ever stressed, it is the biggest stress reliver ever! Love that everything you spend money on will go towards looking after the goats. I will be visiting as often as possible."

Buttercup Goat Sanctuary Experiences:

The Buttercup Goat Sanctuary prides itself on offering unique experiences - some of which can't be found anywhere else except the charming little farm park in Maidstone:

  • Goat Keeper Experience: Join the Buttercup Team for a morning of all-things-goats and enjoy an amazing experience for any animal lover. (Under 14's will need to be accompanied by an adult.)
  • Goat Encounter Experience: Get the opportunity to brush, walk and spend quality one-on-one time with the herd in an hour-long session. (14+ only.)
  • Husbandry Courses: Covering handling, housing, feeding, medication and more, this course provides the ideal training for the beginner thinking of goat husbandry.

"Well worth a visit. Very child-friendly. Goats clearly loved and well cared for. Very hands-on experience for visitors. Helpful, cheerful staff. Had lots of fun here."

Book Buttercup Goat Sanctuary tickets today for some of the best animal experiences near Kent - fun for the whole family!

Goat Encounter Experience - Buttercup Goat Sanctuary

Enjoy the Goat Encounter Experience with Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats in Maidstone on a great day out for families and animal-lovers!

Available to 27 October 2024

Goat Keeper Experience - Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats

Enjoy the Goat Keeper Experience with Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats in Maidstone on a great day out for families and animal-lovers!

Available to 31 October 2024
Wierton Park,
Wierton Rd,
Boughton Monchelsea,
Maidstone ME17 4JW
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Address: Buttercup Sanctuary for Goats, Wierton Park, Wierton Road, Maidstone, ME17 4JW

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  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dog-friendly
  • Food and drink
  • Parking onsite

Yes, Buttercup Sanctuary for Goats is wheelchair accessible. However, it is worth noting that the first paddock contains a short but gentle slope that will need descending, as well as a few uneven surfaces. 

Yes, Buttercup Goat Sanctuary is dog-friendly, but only permits well-behave dogs on leads. Please be respectful of the animals and other visitors. 

Yes, there is currently a small selection of refreshments available at the onsite Tea Rooms.

These include:

  • Hot drinks
  • Cold drinks
  • Light snacks

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