Penguin feeding experience

Our penguin feeding experience gives you the chance to feed our group of Humboldt and Macaroni penguins.

You’ll be among our Humboldt and Macaroni penguins on the Penguin Coast beach, taking charge of the feed during our daily penguin talk.

  • Price – £45 per person
  • Time – 1.45pm daily
  • Meeting point – Penguin Coast
  • Minimum age – 8 years

Once you’ve purchased your voucher, please call us on 01834 812731 to book a date for your penguin experience.

Please note: We’re very sorry we’re now fully booked for penguin feeding for 2018 but we’ll happily take your bookings for 2019 (vouchers are valid for 12 months so you can still buy them for Christmas as gifts).

You can read our full animal experiences terms and conditions here

You’ll be welcomed by one of our penguin keepers and after a short briefing, you’ll help prepare lunch for the penguins. This involves weighing out the right amount of fish and putting a vitamin tablet in their gills. It’s messy work, but don’t worry we provide gloves.

Whilst you’re behind the scenes in the penguin enclosure you can ask our knowledgeable penguin keepers all about the animals in their care.

Now comes the bit you’ve been waiting for. You’ll get to meet and feed our penguins! Our Macaroni and Humboldt penguins absolutely love feeding time!

Your penguin feeding experience will last at least 20 minutes. It includes a cuddly toy penguin to take home so you can remember this very special experience and makes a fantastic gift for children and adults alike!

Penguin feeding experience reviews

"Fantastic experience. Up close and personal. Penguin keeper enthusiastic, informative and friendly. Her enthusiasm was infectious."

Alison Eatly, Llanelli, 5 out of 5, 04 November 2018

"Absolutely fantastic. It was a present for my 8 year old boy. He thoroughly enjoyed himself and would love to do it again. From preparing the fish to hand feeding the penguins, it was amazing. Made even better by the fact that it was being live streamed on the website so my husband was able to watch as he wasn't able to make the trip. Would recommend to anyone thinking of doing it. You will see us again when our daughter turns 8 as she wants to do it too."

Louise Davies, Ferndale, 5 out of 5, 03 November 2018

"Had an amazing experience."

Donna Ferguson, Swansea, 5 out of 5, 30 October 2018

"I purchased the penguin experience for my daughter for her 8th birthday. She thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience from learning about the penguins, preparing the fish to feeding them. Highly recommend this experience to anyone who loves penguins, my daughter would love to do it again."

Alisha Kidney, Bridgend, 5 out of 5, 10 November 2018

"The penguin feeding experience was amazing and I would 100% recommend it to anyone! The zoo keepers were very friendly and made us feel welcome. It was definitely an experience to remember - especially for a penguin lover!"

Megan Jenkins, Blackwood, 5 out of 5, 11 November 2018

"We had a fantastic experience feeding the penguins. The penguin keepers were really friendly and took the time with us to show how they look after the penguins. Before feeding the penguins we helped prepare the fish for them which my 8 year old daughter enjoyed. I can’t recommend this experience enough!"

Matthew Beavan, Weston Super Mare, 5 out of 5, 31 October 2018

"This was my son's second time feeding the penguins and is already asking to come back next year! He adores penguins and wanted to thank you so much for making his experience so memorable. The zoo keepers can't do enough and are very knowledgeable. You can see they are passionate about the animals. Amazing experience. He loved every moment of it!"

Katie Watts, Bridgend, 5 out of 5, 26 October 2018

"A birthday treat for my daughter. Rosie and Rachel, the keepers, were so welcoming, informative, patient and friendly. My girls had a fabulous time, before she’d even left the penguin enclosure my birthday girl was already debating which animal she would choose for next year’s birthday treat! Brilliant, I’d recommend it to any animal enthusiast."

Kate Steward, Monmouthshire, 5 out of 5, 16 October 2018

"Really magical experience with the penguins. Lovely keepers who made us feel really welcome and involved. The penguins were gorgeous of course and we had a really happy time. Thank you x"

Joseph and Joanna Dunford, Bristol, 5 out of 5, 04 October 2018

"I thought that the whole experience was brilliant. The various team members were really friendly and didn't mind me getting in the way. They were very informative, and I got to do a lot myself! Definitely something I would do again. A big thanks to the Folly Farm team!"

James Hammacott, Bridgend, 5 out of 5, 24 September 2018

"Amazing experience, staff very knowledgeable and informative. Would definitely recommend!"

Lwci Harris, Pontypool, 5 out of 5, 23 September 2018

"Great birthday treat. Staff were friendly and informative. Penguins cute and funny."

Emmie Watkins, Merthyr Tydfil, 5 out of 5, 22 September 2018

"I booked this experience for my 8 year old son and he absolutely loved it! Definitely would do it again and highly recommended!"

Laura Evans, Swansea, 5 out of 5, 24 August 2018

"One of the best experiences I have ever had, the staff were kind and helpful, always willing to ask questions and gave us plenty of time to hang out with the penguins as well as feeding them. I would definitely come and do it again."

Ben Gosling, Cheshire, 5 out of 5, 13 September 2018

"It was fun but smelly. It was cool to see the penguins up close. I want to do it again."

Abigail Bews, Swansea, 5 out of 5, 17 August 2018

"I had two zoo keeper experiences for my 40th birthday, with the giraffes and penguins. It was great to get up close to the animals and I really enjoyed the experience. The staff are so friendly, informative and clearly love what they do! It's a great day out even if you don't have children! We are very lucky to have such a place on our doorstep! Would recommend as a gift for any age!"

Rebecca Nelson, Tenby, 5 out of 5, 04 July 2018

"We bought the penguin experience as a gift for our eight year old son. He had a truly magical time - the two keepers were friendly, encouraging and knowledgeable. They made Alex feel very special as he prepared the fish for feeding time! During feeding there were lots of photo opportunities and at no time did we feel rushed. We've already recommended the activity to friends."

Jeanette George, Cardiff, 5 out of 5, 03 June 2018

"It was fantastic fun and the keepers were friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and friendly informative. They also stepped back so as not to take over but close enough to be of help."

Christine Hewitt, Solihull, 5 out of 5, 16 May 2018

"My son helped to feed the penguins and loved every second of it, from helping to get the fish ready by putting vitamin tablets into the fish to actually feeding them. As he was the only one booked in my husband and I were able to watch every part of the experience and take pictures up close. Highly recommended and the two keepers who were with my son were fantastic with him."

Evan Jones, Blackwood, 5 out of 5, 10 May 2018

"Really great experience - always wondered what it would be like the other side of the fence! Staff were really helpful and informative and I loved every minute of it."

Carly Jones, Ebbw Vale, 5 out of 5,

"My son couldn't wait to turn eight so he could feed the penguins. He was the only one booked in and the two zoo keepers were amazing with him. He said it was "the best day ever" and enjoyed every minute."

Helen Danter, Aberdare, 5 out of 5, 05 April 2018

"I had the best half an hour feeding the penguins. The two keepers that took care of us were very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions I had, no matter how silly the question was! I would definitely recommend to friends. In fact I already have! My fiancee and I are planning another trip back in the future! Many thanks Folly Farm"

Gemma McKain, Portsmouth, 5 out of 5, 12 August 2017

"The keepers were very welcoming and friendly, and very knowledgeable about the penguins! They showed me how to prepare the fish for the penguins and showed me a real penguin egg. Some of them even took the fish from my hand.This was my birthday present but I’m now saving my money so I can do it again!"

Toby Punter, Brecon, 5 out of 5, 07 August 2017

"It was a great day out. I got to prepare the penguins feed and learn a little more about the penguins themselves. You may need a strong stomach to prepare the fish for the penguins, it’s proper hands on. The experience of feeding the penguins was fantastic. I had a great time and can’t wait to do it again."

Robert Duncan, Gloucester, 5 out of 5, 20 April 2018

"My son had the penguin experience and it was the most amazing thing, from talking to the keepers to sorting the fish ready, and even feeding the penguins! I would highly recommend the feeding of the penguins and it’s great value for money."

Donna Evans, Cardiff, 5 out of 5, 08 April 2018

"Well, I can only say, AMAZING, one of the best experiences I've had, the penguins are amazing, the keepers take you through the whole daily experience. Would highly recommend."

Lee Lewis, St Athan, 5 out of 5, 04 April 2018

"We thoroughly enjoyed the penguin experience! Catrin was so nice! I asked if she wouldn't taking a photos of use and she went wild and took hundreds of us and the penguins! They made us feel at ease, answering all our questions and telling us about the penguins. And the penguins were amazing!! A great experience I would highly recommend!"

Tiffany Jones, Llanelli, 5 out of 5, 29 July 2017

"Great experience, the keepers were knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and full of fun. To be so close to the penguins was brilliant. All together it was a great time. Be back soon for another experience!"

Jan Brokenshire, Saundersfoot, 5 out of 5, 20 July 2017

"Absolutely brilliant, enjoyed every second. Learned a lot and the keepers couldn't be nicer."

Jacinta Dorney, Caerphilly, 5 out of 5, 17 July 2017

"Alfie had a fabulous time, his dream well and truly came true for him as he is obsessed with penguins after learning about them in school last year. He cried with happiness when he realised he hadn't just adopted one. A********* experience."

Alfie Tasker, Trethomas, 5 out of 5, 15 July 2017

"Fantastic well organized and fun day, with great animals (very well kept) and friendly helpful staff. Even great for adults - I personally love the vintage funfair. Highly recommended."

Simon Jagger, Cardiff, 5 out of 5, 08 July 2017

"Thank you so much! I brought my son to visit today for his 8th birthday and surprised him with the penguin experience. My son has ADHD but your keeper Caroline was amazing, knowledgeable and friendly she answered all his questions and made memories he can treasure forever."

Laura Davies, Pontypridd, 5 out of 5, 21 February 2018

"The best time I have ever had! The keepers were well experienced and very friendly the one-to-one time you get with the penguins was outstanding great for anyone who loves these waddling little creatures."

Michael, Lancaster, 5 out of 5, 17 February 2018

"This was so much fun! The keepers were really friendly and knowledgeable, they made us feel really welcome. The penguins are adorable and I literally cannot wait to take part again! An absolute must for a penguin fan!"

Rachael Taylor, Llanharan, 5 out of 5, 20 February 2018

"Thank you so much for Parker’s penguin experience, he had a fab time. The staff were fab, super friendly and full of information and even gave him a sneak peak of his favourite penguin Peso in his nest. We look forward to our next visit to Folly Farm"

Stacy Long, Dinas Powys, 5 out of 5, 20 February 2018

"My daughter enjoyed the experience of feeding the penguins from start to finish. The staff made her feel welcome and explained everything thoroughly."

Caroline Jones, St Clears, 5 out of 5, 01 October 2017

"The best time of my life. I enjoyed every moment and it made a lifelong dream come true. I learned so much about the penguins and the enclosure and feeding them - it was a surreal wonderful experience!"

Elin Jones, Lampeter, 5 out of 5, 03 August 2016

"This was a 50th birthday gift from my daughter. A wonderful experience; I prepared food, saw the filter room and food storage then got close up and fed the experience I'll treasure forever."

Sandra Irvine, 5 out of 5, 05 June 2016

"I bought the penguin feeding experience for my daughters 9th birthday. She loved stroking the penguins and feeding them all. The two zookeepers were very friendly. She was given a lovely sized penguin cuddly toy. Would highly recommend to any penguin lover!"

Jess Wharton, St Florence, 5 out of 5, 19 November 2016

"Brilliant experience. The keeper was superb and taught us a lot. Our daughter got to watch which made the experience even better. Thanks a lot."

Brian Paddick, 5 out of 5, 21 October 2016

"I really enjoyed feeding the penguins. It was a great experience."

Robson Fox, Ammanford, 5 out of 5, 16 October 2016

"Great experience. Keepers were very knowledgeable. Enjoyed feeding the penguins. Would book again."

David Powell, Cwmbran, 5 out of 5, 23 October 2016

"A really enjoyable day. Keepers were really nice and informative. Preparing the food and hand feeding the penguins was awesome. Nice to have something like this close to home. Thanks for a lovely experience. Keep up the good work!"

Rhys Francis, Llanelli, 5 out of 5, 27 October 2016

"My daughter had the penguin experience and it was fantastic. She was taken to a side room to prepare the fish for feeding and the two ladies there were brilliant and very patient when answering questions and showing us what to do. My daughter then went in with the penguins to hand feed. It was a day to remember, can't wait to do it again."

Nicola Blackwell, 5 out of 5, 09 April 2016

"We booked both the penguin and giraffe experiences as a surprise for my mum's 70th birthday. It was easy to book over the phone. We were very lucky as mum was the only person booked for the penguin feeding so we were allowed to go in and take photos. An extra touch was that the staff knew it was mum's birthday and made sure to pass on their best wishes."

Gina Fox, Pembrokeshire, 5 out of 5, 09 October 2015

My son absolutely adored this experience! He loved every second, from loading the fish with vitamins, to seeing the hatching area and finally going to feed the penguins while the keepers gave a talk. The keepers were clearly very knowledgeable and more than that, passionate about their animals which shone through. Cannot recommend this experience more."

Jayne Hayward, Lowestoft, 5 out of 5, 19 August 2015

"Absolutely amazing, the keepers were mad in a great way, so enthusiastic about the penguins and their job. A lifetime memory!"

Bethan Byrne, 5 out of 5, 01 October 2014