What to do at the Animal Unit, Broomfield Hall?

Open Day/Events

Throughout the year the Animal Unit hold events. Or follow us on Facebook.

Birthday Parties

Come and celebrate your birthday with the animals at Broomfield Hall. A unique opportunity for an exclusive party where you get to meet and greet a range of animals. You can:

  • meet the wallabies in our walk through enclosure
  • handle reptiles
  • bath tortoises
  • handle rabbits, guinea pigs and a skunk
  • hand feed the goat and alpacas
  • make enrichment for our meerkats and porcupines.

Parties are for 3 hours and charged at £7.00 per child with a minimum of 8 children required.

Bookings are for weekends or school holidays from 10am and last booking at 2pm.

Bookings are filling up fast, so contact us now for this unique party opportunity.


Animal Experiences

Want to get up close and meet your favourite animals? We are now offering animal experience with the following options.

  • Zoo animals (meerkats, wallabies and porcupines)
  • Reptiles (snakes, lizards, tortoises and invertebrates)
  • Farm animals (pigs, goats, alpacas and donkeys)
  • Small mammal (rabbits, guinea-pigs, skunk and ferrets)

Each experience is for 90 minutes where you will get to meet the animals, handle where appropriate, feed, health check, make enrichment and learn about their care.

Experiences are £30 and available weekends and school holidays.

Contact us for further details or to book an experience.


Keeper for a Day

Experience the life of an animal keeper where you’ll shadow an animal keeper with the daily husbandry care for the animals on our unit. You will get to help care for our meerkats, wallabies, porcupines, reptiles, small mammals, donkeys and many more. Daily jobs will include preparing food, feeding, cleaning, handling, health checking and enrichment building.

You will start at 9am and finish at 4.30pm.

The experience is £95 for the day.

There will be plenty of opportunities for photos.

Contact us for further details or to book a day.


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Payment: parties deposit £50 (remaining balance to be paid on the day)

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Interested in studying Animal Care at Derby College? Find out more.

Are you looking for affordable and motivated Hospitality staff?

We can provide you with hospitality staff to cover casual shifts, flexible hours from our enthusiastic and employable student cohort. We already work with a number of large hospitality and event organisations in Derby to supply them with staff in the following areas:

  • Bar Staff – must be age 18+
  • Drink Service – Bar to table service
  • Glass collectors – Tables and pre drinks bar
  • Food service - Waiting on Tables
  • Event set up – preparing venue for service
  • Kitchen work – preparing food
  • Porters – in kitchen
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