Goat Keeper Experience - Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats

Buttercups Goat Sanctuary

Available to 31 October 2024
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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!"

Enjoy the Goat Keeper Experience with Buttercup Goat Sanctuary

With almost 1,000 goats rescued and around 120 goats staying onsite, Buttercup Goat Sanctuary invites you to get up-close with the residents in the Goat Keeper Experience:

  • Join the Buttercup Crew for a meeting in the morning filled with all things goats!
  • Take the unique opportunity to experience first-hand what it is like to care for over a hundred goats
  • See what makes the Sanctuary tick as you go behind-the-scenes of the friendly farm
  • The morning begins at 8am (please be prompt as goats like their routine!)
  • Feeding: Pick a bag of food and spend your morning giving the goats their breakfast
  • Brushing: Grab a brush and groom the goats and feel their soft, coarse hair
  • Medical Care: Learn about the ins-and-outs of goat health, hygiene and medical care
  • Mucking Out: Get hands-on experience cleaning up and caring for the furry friends
  • Walking: Join the herd of humans and goats and embark upon a wonderful walking adventure around the beautiful farm.
  • Enjoy an amazing experience for families, animal lovers and goat enthusiasts!

"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."

Your Goat Keeper Experience:


  • Meeting Place: Buttercup Sanctuary for Goats
  • Meeting Time: 8:00am
  • Please note: The recommended minimum age is 12 years old. Participants under 14 will require adult supervision. 

"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!

Wierton Park,
Wierton Rd,
Boughton Monchelsea,
Maidstone ME17 4JW
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How to find us

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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