at Barleylands Farm Park



Our large reptile house opened in 2015 and has over 50 enclosures across two levels. As part of our Animal Experiences a dedicated Zoo Keeper will take you on a tour from the Rainforests to the Desert and then to our Mini-beast Room. As you move through you will get to encounter some of the snakes, lizards, spiders and other creatures we accommodate first hand whilst learning fascinating facts. With such a large collection of reptiles there are few Zoo’s that offer such a specialist experience and we are so proud to have had families from across the globe take part in our experiences

Our Experiences can be adapted to suit everyone - whether you are 86 years old and have never handled a snake, a 30-something with a love of all things scaly or a 2 year old visiting with your older siblings - we will make sure you have some amazing animal encounters with us. With this in mind all additional guests must be paid for; even if they do not intend to hold they will be enjoying the tour and our knowledge and rarely can guests restrain from getting involved once they have learnt about our interesting reptile team. 

Scroll further down to view a range of workshops we arrange as well as party and school visit options. If you would like more information or to customise your package please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our reptile house is based within Barleylands Farm Park, Billericay, Essex, however, we know time is precious and weather is unpredicatable so we do not include entrance into Barleylands Farm Park with our experiences. If you would like to make a day of your visit then either book tickets online in advance or at reception on the day of your experience. We book up very quickly so please book well in advance to avoid disappointment. 

We now offer a one hour Tortoise & Terrapin experience. You will get to go in and feed our Herman & Redfoot Tortoises & get up close and feed our Terrapins.




Spend 2 hours with a member of the snakes alive team for a guided tour around all the enclosures with the opportunity to handle and feed some of the snakes and lizards.


Suitable for anyone over 7 years old, but under 18s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

£90 for 2 people

(Up to 3 additional guests

£20 per person*)



Spend an hour with a member of the snakes alive team handling and learning about the animals. You will get to handle the animals during the experience. This experience can be focused on a particular species of reptile or the mini beasts.


Suitable for anyone over 5 years old, but under 18s must be accompanied by a paying adult. 


£50 for 2 people

(Up to 3 additional guests

£10 per person*)



A 2 hour long private tour of the reptile house with exclusive handling opportunities.


So that you receive our full attention these are performed out-of-hours after the Farm Park has closed at 5pm, or 4pm between November and February. 



up to 5 guests in total



If 6 or more people (adults and children) would like to take part in our experiences then we suggest making a Group Booking to get the best value. 

Group bookings will take place during the Farm Park opening hours. 

ONE HOUR GROUP, for 6-10 people - £150

HALF DAY GROUP, for 6-10 people - £300

* All additional guests (including children over 3 years AND adults) are required to pay whether they intend to participate or not. A maximum of 3 additional guests may be added to this experience. Please see details on group bookings if 6 or more adults and/or children would like to attend.



at Barleylands Farm Park



Please email us if you would like more information or would like to go on the waiting list for the next available workshop. 


An out of hours chance to photograph or film in the reptile house with the enclosure doors open and animals placed into the perfect position. We can also bring animals out of the enclosure to stage shoots enabling you to get up close to them.


Book one of our animal workshops to learn everything you need to know about what is involved in keeping reptiles from what to buy and how to setup the enclosure.


Let us help you build your confidence and overcome your fear of spiders, snakes or creepy crawlies.



If you are part of the Children's University then you to collect stamps in your passport with any one-hour or half day experience. 



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At snakes alive we specialise in providing reptiles, amphibians, arachnids & mini-beasts including snakes, lizards, tortoises, frogs, toads, spiders, scorpions, a variety of invertebrates for a range of activities. This includes a mobile petting zoo, reptile displays, children’s parties, reptile experience days, animal hire and interactive reptile experiences for school, and colleges.