Ferne Animal Sanctuary

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Ferne Animal Sanctuary is a wonderful family day out that will delight families of all ages, especially the young animal-lovers in the family.

  • Save 30% on entry tickets to Ferne Animal Sanctuary when you select the "Family" ticket option
  • Two adults and up to three children can enter for just £23.33
  • Adult tickets are only £8.75
  • Under 3's go for free!
  • Well-behaved dogs on leads can join in on the fun

Take the whole family on one of the best days out in Somerset for animal-lovers at Ferne Animal Sanctuary in Chard. Read on to find out more about this animal haven...

Spend the day at one of the best attractions in Somerset for families at Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Nestled in the heart of the scenic Somerset countryside, Ferne Animal Sanctuary is a haven for animals in need and a delight for animal lovers of all ages. With a rich history dating back to 1940, Ferne has been committed to rescuing and caring for animals, providing them with a second chance at a happy and fulfilling life.

At Ferne, you'll have the opportunity to meet a diverse range of rescued animals, from playful dogs and cats seeking forever homes to charming small animals and adorable farm residents. Stroll through the sanctuary's picturesque grounds, interact with the friendly inhabitants, and feel the warmth of compassion that fills the air.

There's something for everyone on this charming family day out in Somerset

Beyond offering a loving home to animals, Ferne Animal Sanctuary plays a crucial role in educating the public about responsible pet ownership and the importance of animal welfare. They also offer exciting events, workshops, and activities that entertain and educate visitors of all ages. Be sure to stop by Nina's Café so you can enjoy a relaxing lunch while the kids play in the park. 

Whether you're an animal enthusiast looking to adopt a furry friend or simply seeking a peaceful day out surrounded by nature and the joy of animals, Ferne Animal Sanctuary promises a heartwarming experience that will leave you with cherished memories. 

Get your tickets to the Ferne Animal Sanctuary today, it's fun for the whole family and you can even bring your well-behaved dog along! 

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How to find us

The sanctuary's address is at Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Wambrook, Chard, Somerset, TA20 3DH

By car: 

From the A30 turn onto James Lane. Follow this for 1.4 miles then, staying on James Lane, go around to the left and continue for 0.2 miles then turn left onto our driveway (signposted Ferne) and follow along (carefully) until you arrive at the Sanctuary car park.

  • Nina's Café
  • Gift shop
  • Pet supplies shop

Yes. Ferne is open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. In the summer, the sanctuary is open from 10.00am until 5.00pm with last entry at 4.00pm. In the winter the sanctuary opens at 10.00am and closes at 4.00pm with last entry at 3.00pm.

Ferne does not hold petting sessions at the sanctuary. Most of the resident animals have come from difficult circumstances, some have suffered at the hands of people and as a result, have some behavioural issues or anxiety around people. Many of them also have complex dietary needs and extra food could make them ill.

Most visitors spend up to three hours wandering around and enjoying the sanctuary, many stay much longer and treat themselves to a delicious lunch in Nina’s.

Yes, there is an outdoor play area situated at the lower end of the sanctuary and Ferne also has a children’s area in Nina’s.

Ferne has a very good network of tarmac paths but due to the operations of the sanctuary, there is a large number of gates so it is recommended that wheelchair users are accompanied by an able bodied person. Ferne also has designated parking spaces for wheelchair users and visitors with special needs next to the Visitor Centre as well as in the main car park.

Parking at the sanctuary is free but space is limited so it is recommended that you arrive early to avoid disappointment. The main visitor car park is a short incline walk from our Visitor Centre with several accessible parking bays; three additional spaces for visitors with special needs are just outside the Visitor Centre for easy access.

There is a café on site. Whilst situated at Ferne, Nina’s is separate to the Sanctuary.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome to visit the sanctuary. They must be kept under control on a short lead. Dogs are also welcome in the café.

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