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Craft Fair (27th April) – Application Form

Vegan & Wellness Day (22nd June) – Application Form

All other events (various dates) – Application Form

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Sanctuary Reopening -
29th March

After our winter break, we’ll finally be throwing the gates open to welcome everyone back to the sanctuary.

Come and meet our incredible rescued animals! Located on 53 acres of beautiful Essex countryside, take a gentle stroll around the grounds or sit and enjoy some peace amongst nature. Hopefield is home to over 100 species of animal, each have their own amazing personality for you to get to know!

easter fun weekend -
30th & 31st March

Have a hoppy Easter with us at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary!
 
– Easter trail
– Meet the Easter Bunny
– Inflatables (including toddler zone)
– Crazy Legs Children’s Entertainer (12pm to 1pm)
– Live performances
– Soft play bus
– BBQ
– Saddle Up Bar
Your little ones (not suitable for children under the age of 6) will learn how to look after their very own pony – feeding, watering, cleaning, and finishing with a nice groom!
 
They’ll then break for lunch, and swap to a fun arts & crafts session for the second part of their morning!
 
For just £40 per child, these sessions also include a children’s lunchbox, free admission to the sanctuary for the participating child and accompanying adult, as well as an exclusive pony morning t-shirt and certificate!

craft fair -
27th april

You’re knot going to believe the lineup we have for our upcoming Craft Fair, sew read on to find out more…

From handmade pet accessories to children’s books, recycled notebooks & stationery to crocheted toys and divine candles, there’s something for all kinds of people and all kinds of budgets at our inaugural Craft Fair here at Hopefield!

Guaranteed love at Craft sight when you walk through the gates and spot so much talent in one place…

exotic animal weekend -
4th & 5th May

Come and meet ALL of our amazing rescued animals, including our exotic residents like meerkats, skunks, foxes, parrots, birds of prey, and so much more! We can only have these animals on public display 6 days a year, so don’t miss out!
 
Make a day of it with your family, with additional activities including:
 
– BBQ
– Saddle Up Bar
– Soft Play Bus
– Exotic Animal Trail

Come and join us for a relaxed and enjoyable afternoon painting our gorgeous Proud Peacock under the expert instruction of our workshop leader Sophie.  

No experience needed. You can either follow the instructions or ‘express yourself’ by putting your own personal touches on it as much as you feel comfortable to do so. If you so wish, you can change the colours (maybe to fit in with home décor or a favourite colour), change the silhouettes (if applicable) or add extra details.

Your little ones (not suitable for children under the age of 6) will learn how to look after their very own pony – feeding, watering, cleaning, and finishing with a nice groom!
 
They’ll then break for lunch, and swap to a fun arts & crafts session for the second part of their morning!
 
For just £40 per child, these sessions also include a children’s lunchbox, free admission to the sanctuary for the participating child and accompanying adult, as well as an exclusive pony morning t-shirt and certificate!
Spend the bank holiday weekend with us at Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, as we bring you our Family Festival!
 
With a lineup of live performances you won’t want to miss, inflatables, our soft play bus, BBQ, Saddle Up Bar and so much more.
Your little ones (not suitable for children under the age of 6) will learn how to look after their very own pony – feeding, watering, cleaning, and finishing with a nice groom!
 
They’ll then break for lunch, and swap to a fun arts & crafts session for the second part of their morning!
 
For just £40 per child, these sessions also include a children’s lunchbox, free admission to the sanctuary for the participating child and accompanying adult, as well as an exclusive pony morning t-shirt and certificate!

vegan & wellness day -
22nd june

Our hugely successful Vegan & Wellness Day is back for it’s third year and bigger than EVER!

We’ll be joined by over 40 stalls from jewelers, animal welfare charities, cosmetics, INCREDIBLE street food, and SO much more! We’ll have an array of live performances, guest speakers, workshops including yoga and tai chi. And for the little ones we’ll have inflatables and a soft play bus!

And to top it off, you can meet our beautiful rescued animals too!

Your little ones (not suitable for children under the age of 6) will learn how to look after their very own pony – feeding, watering, cleaning, and finishing with a nice groom!
 
They’ll then break for lunch, and swap to a fun arts & crafts session for the second part of their morning!
 
For just £40 per child, these sessions also include a children’s lunchbox, free admission to the sanctuary for the participating child and accompanying adult, as well as an exclusive pony morning t-shirt and certificate!

kids mega fun weekend -
20th & 21st july

The event of the summer is back with a bang so why not kickstart the holidays and let the kids loose in our Events Field?!

– Inflatables
– Bungee trampolines
– Soft play bus
– Foam pit & cannon
– Crazy Legs Children’s Entertainer (12pm to 1pm)
– BBQ
– Saddle Up Bar
 
…and SO much more!

exotic animal weekend -
3rd & 4th august

Come and meet ALL of our amazing rescued animals, including our exotic residents like meerkats, skunks, foxes, parrots, birds of prey, and so much more! We can only have these animals on public display 6 days a year, so don’t miss out!
 
Make a day of it with your family, with additional activities including:
 
– BBQ
– Saddle Up Bar 
– Exotic Animal Trail 
– Soft Play Bus
Your little ones (not suitable for children under the age of 6) will learn how to look after their very own pony – feeding, watering, cleaning, and finishing with a nice groom!
 
They’ll then break for lunch, and swap to a fun arts & crafts session for the second part of their morning!
 
For just £40 per child, these sessions also include a children’s lunchbox, free admission to the sanctuary for the participating child and accompanying adult, as well as an exclusive pony morning t-shirt and certificate!

family fun weekend -
24th, 25th & 26th august

Be sure to book tickets to the best bank holiday event in town! We can guarantee you’ll be having so much fun you won’t want to go home!
 
– Children’s funfair rides
– Soft play bus
– Mega inflatable slide
– Bungee trampolines
– Live performances
– Crazy Legs Children’s Entertainer (12pm to 1pm)
– BBQ
– Saddle Up Bar
Your little ones (not suitable for children under the age of 6) will learn how to look after their very own pony – feeding, watering, cleaning, and finishing with a nice groom!
 
They’ll then break for lunch, and swap to a fun arts & crafts session for the second part of their morning!
 
For just £40 per child, these sessions also include a children’s lunchbox, free admission to the sanctuary for the participating child and accompanying adult, as well as an exclusive pony morning t-shirt and certificate!

novelty dog show -
22nd september

Our annual novelty dog show is back for 2024! Get your friends and family together, bring along your 4-legged friends, and have a brilliant day.
 
– 10 classes including “waggiest tail” and “best rescue”
– Dog Afternoon Tea (pre-booking only)
– Trade stalls including dog clothing, treats, and accessories
– Crazy Legs Children’s Entertainer (11am to 12pm) 
– Inflatables
– Soft Play Bus
– BBQ
– Saddle Up Bar

exotic animal weekend -
5th & 6th october

Come and meet ALL of our amazing rescued animals, including our exotic residents like meerkats, skunks, foxes, parrots, birds of prey, and so much more! We can only have these animals on public display 6 days a year, so don’t miss out!
 
Make a day of it with your family, with additional activities including:
 
– BBQ
– Saddle Up Bar
– Soft Play Bus
– Exotic Animal Trail
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