Lion Experience in the UK 🦁

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Our lion encounter gives you the chance to feed our pride of lions.

You’ll be up close to our magnificent pride on this feeding experience.

Priced at £60 (or £75 including a day entry ticket) and suitable for ages 16 and up. Your lion feeding experience will last at least 20 minutes.

One session available each day for a maximum of two people from the same household.

What’s included in the lion feeding experience?

  • The opportunity to hand feed the lions from a skewer
  • Lion keeper Q&A – ask all of your lion questions
  • Souvenir lion cuddly toy, made with 100% recycled material and filling ♻️
  • Personalized experience certificate signed by the keeper

By taking part in a lion feeding encounter, or by adopting a lion, you’re supporting our conservation work.

Your lion experience

You’ll be welcomed by one of our lion keepers and after a short briefing you’ll be feeding our magnificent pride. When our lionesses see you they’ll be right over for a feed. But maybe not Hugo, he’s too busy being marvellous most of the time. Nothing will prepare you for seeing these magnificent animals up close.

You’ll be feeding our lions chunks of meat, on a skewer through the fence. You’ll be so close you can count their teeth!

Before you feed a lion you’ll be given a talk about lions and conservation by our keepers. This is also your chance to ask the keepers all about our lions, after all, they know them best.

Your lion feeding experience will last at least 20 minutes.  It includes a cuddly toy lion to take home to remember your special day.

You can read our full animal experiences terms and conditions here

Read all the reviews of our lion feeding experience here.

Lion feeding reviews

"Great experience for lion lovers, our daughter is obsessed with lions and has been since a toddler, This was an amazing birthday present for her, Thank you for making thi possible. Folly Farm is a great day out for all ages, staff was helpful from booking to the experience."

Kim Thompson, Saundersfoot, 5 out of 5, 10 March 2022

"What a amazing experience! It went above and beyond what I was expecting. I loved every second of it and the Lion Keeper was brilliant. Feeding all the Lions was such a experience especially Hugo. Being that close to them and seeing how big they really are. The growling and roaring was amazing. Cannot rate this experience enough! Thank you so much!"

Wyn Gordge, Swansea, 5 out of 5, 26 February 2022

"Our keeper for this experience was Dan, he was very friendly and genuinely pleased to see us. We are a family of animal lovers and my daughter is in university studying zoology and conservation. We are fascinated by big cats and this is the 2nd time we have done this experience. We were there for over an hour talking about the lions our animal experiences. Well done to Dan great guy."

Lynne Moss, Aberdare, 5 out of 5, 02 April 2022

"Absolutely incredible experience. The keeper was so passionate about the lions and gave us loads of information about the pride she was friendly and easy to talk too . Would definitely do it again. 10/10."

Sarah Davies, Worcester, 5 out of 5, 27 March 2022

""Breathtaking experience. Was lucky to book this the day before and I'm so glad I did. Keeper Catrin was brilliant, full of knowledge, answered loads of questions and had the privilege of feeding Hugo which is rare as he usually sits back and lets the females eat. Got so close you could count the lions teeth and and feel their breath on your hand. Was incredible, happily be booking this again soon. Thank you."

Sam Lane, Brecon, 5 out of 5, 10 March 2022

"I purchased the lion experience to celebrate my Dad's 80th birthday. We both thoroughly enjoyed feeding the lions and would love to do it again. Having the privilege to be so close to such amazing animals is a memory I shall certainly cherish. I highly recommend feeding the lions and in the future I would like to try another of the animal experiences that are available."

Marie Bevan, Swansea, 5 out of 5, 02 March 2022

"Excellent experience feeding the lions and getting very close to them. Dan the keeper was very friendly and informative, relaying interesting facts and amusing stories of his experience. Would recommend to others. The plush lions and certificates were a nice keepsake to finish the experience."

Allan Ford, Launceston, 5 out of 5, 27 February 2022

"Absolutely fantastic feedback."

Peter Evans, Cardiff, 5 out of 5, 21 February 2022

"Amazing experience. Loved getting up and close with the lions and learning a bit about them. Highly recommended."

Dylan Ridley, Cardigan, 5 out of 5, 06 February 2022

"Amazing experience. The keeper who welcomed us was friendly, informative and very welcoming. The experience itself was just awesome, no other word for it."

Sam Greasley, Brecon, 5 out of 5, 23 January 2022

"I bought the experience for my son as a birthday present, he thoroughly enjoyed feeding the lions and thought the keeper was really helpful and informative."

Daniel Robinson, Penygroes, 5 out of 5, 29 January 2022

"I bought this experience for my birthday as I adore this pride of lions. Being so close and being able to feed them was absolutely incredible. I was extremely happy that Hugo came over for the experience as he is my favourite lion out of the pride. Keeper Kim did an amazing job throughout the experience! I highly recommend this experience to anyone, especially if you love lions."

Megan Lee, Swansea, 5 out of 5, 19 December 2021

"I bought this for a Christmas gift for my partner and it was amazing. The keeper really knew his stuff and was so enthusiastic about the lions. We were very lucky as all lions came over including Hugo! If you get a chance to do this I would 100% recommend it. Thank you for such an amazing experience!"

Kim Jones, Llanelli, 5 out of 5, 09 January 2022

"I booked this experience for my boyfriend's birthday, and although I was excited to experience feeding the lions with him, I underestimated what an amazing experience it would be! To be so close to such beautiful creatures was incredible and something I will never forget. Even Hugo came over for a bite to eat! I would highly recommend this experience and will definitely return."

Kirsty Webber, Somerset, 5 out of 5, 24 September 2021

"My daughter and I came and had 2 experiences on the same day. I had the lions and it was fantastic. I learnt loads about them and the feeding part was amazing. Can't believe how big they are. My daughter enjoyed the penguins so much. The girls explained everything so well and were so lovely. She didn't want to leave. Would highly recommend both. Thank you."

Lally Main, Milford Haven, 5 out of 5, 27 July 2019

"Wow. I couldn't catch my breath with how fantastic this was. The whole experience was amazing, from the introductions and the information we were told to feeding these magnificent beasts. The keepers were amazing and really wanted the experience to be the best. Thank you so much, and I truly hope to come back and do it again in the future."

Simon Coles, West Midlands, 5 out of 5, 04 June 2019

"The whole experience was excellent and I would recommend it to anyone. The keeper Pete was hugely enthusiastic and knowledgeable about more than just the lions."

Michelle Lee, Pontypridd, 5 out of 5, 25 July 2019

"Great experience! Loved every minute of it, really knowledgeable keeper who answered all of my questions with passion and experience. Humbling being so close to such amazing animals."

Rachel Ruff, Saundersfoot, 5 out of 5, 11 July 2019

"Incredible experience. The staff were so lovely and so informative and took loads of photos. Both staff went out of their way to make the experience special. Can’t recommend this experience enough. Thank you."

Maura Walsh, Felindre, 5 out of 5, 04 June 2019

"The most amazing, enthralling experience I’ve ever had. The keeper Fliss was outstanding in her knowledge of all things carnivore and took her time in explaining in detail the feeding process, the lions health and welfare and details of their hierarchy. To be that close to these majestic animals was truly a privilege. Thank you Folly Farm for making the day so special."

Andrew McConnell, Stockport, 5 out of 5, 20 May 2019