Lion feeding experience

We're sorry but we cannot offer lion experiences at the moment due to social distancing guidelines. Vouchers are being extended until the end of 2021. We'll let you know here and on social media when we're accepting bookings again.

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

You’ll be inside the lion’s den and up close to our magnificent pride.

Priced at £60 for one person or £100 for two people booked in on the same date, and suitable for ages 16 and up!

What’s included in the lion feeding experience?

  • Opportunity to hand feed from a skewer
  • Behind the scenes in the lion house
  • Souvenir cuddly toy

Your lion experience

You’ll be welcomed by one of our lion keepers and after a short briefing and tour you’ll enter the lion’s den! You’ll be standing inside their yard within the Pride of Pembrokeshire enclosure. 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 and our keepers will show you around the enclosure. 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 or a mug 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

"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, 26 September 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 August 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, 24 September 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, 10 September 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 August 2019

"Bought a lion feeding experience for a birthday present for my wife. Always said she'd love to feed a lion. Didn't expect that I'd enjoy it sooooo much! Long drive from Manchester. Stayed overnight the day before in St Clears. The lion keepers were very informative and interesting. The actual feeding was a once in a lifetime experience. Very surprised by the size and variety of animals. A MUST."

Stephen Hardman, Manchester, 5 out of 5, 26 July 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 July 2019

"An amazing experience! I loved it! The keeper, Fliss, was informative, enthusiastic and has an obvious passion for the animals in her care. I learned about their feeding patterns, veterinary care and character. The highlight was meeting and feeding the lions. To be in such close proximity to so many stunningly beautiful and powerful animals was a dream come true and one I’ll never forget."

Dawn Smithies, Milford Haven, 5 out of 5, 12 May 2019

"My partner had a amazing experience he will never forget. The lion keeper was lovely, answered every question and knew everything. To feed 5 out 6 lions can't be bad. He smiled for days. Cannot thank you enough. I would recommend to everyone."

Linzie Van Eker, Liverpool, 5 out of 5, 24 May 2019

"This experience was a gift for my dad and myself and we couldn’t have asked for better. It was a truly amazing experience and one I would love to do again if I didn’t live so far away! It was fantastic to get so close to these beautiful animals and the keeper was also fantastic, she is clearly very knowledgeable and was happy to answer any of our questions. A once in a lifetime opportunity."

Amy Jacklin, Cambridgeshire, 5 out of 5, 21 April 2019

"Can't recommend this experience highly enough. We were wonderfully looked after from start to finish by the experienced and knowledgeable ladies. To get so close to these wonderful and clearly very relaxed and happy, lions was an amazing experience. Nothing was too much trouble and we learnt a lot about the animals and their environment at Folly Farm during our time. Nothing short of outstanding!"

Simon Peters, Cardiff, 5 out of 5, 08 March 2019

"Wow! What a truly memorable experience. Not only did I get to feed such amazing creatures I came away with lifelong knowledge of the wonderful lions. All thanks to the great keeper Rosie, her passion for her job shone through. An experience which will live with me for years to come."

Lesley Castledine, Bedfordshire, 5 out of 5, 17 October 2018

"I have always wanted to do one of the animal experiences at Folly Farm and luckily got a voucher for my birthday. It was really fascinating to see how much goes into caring for these animals. Tim was amazing guiding me through everything and making sure it’s very safe. I would highly recommend this experience."

Vicky Kingdom, Pembroke, 5 out of 5, 23 August 2018

"Wow, this really lived up to everything we expected. Rosie the keeper was absolutely amazing - very informative and explained the due care and attention they take with the lions. We highly recommend this experience, the feeding was amazing, you get so close. Thank you Folly Farm and Rosie...we'll be seeing you soon for a penguin feeding experience for sure."

Gareth and Laura, Port Talbot, 5 out of 5, 09 June 2018

"I had the absolute pleasure and privilege to feed the beautiful lionesses, a dream come true! What glorious, incredible animals. Rosie was informative and took her time and she made me feel very safe. I’d highly recommend it and I’d love to do it again."

Joanna Coombes, Milford Haven, 5 out of 5, 02 May 2018

"One of the best things I have ever done. Being so close to the lions was amazing. You don't realise how big they are until you get up close. The staff are passionate and knowledgeable and their animals are well looked after. I can't praise Folly Farm enough."

Anthony Cartwright, Pontyberem, 5 out of 5, 27 June 2017