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Potters Tropical Village at Lanchester Garden Centre

Potter's World - the North East's hidden gem! a go to destination for all the family.

Potter's Tropical Village is a registered Zoo, the only one in County Durham! Our intriguing tropical village showcases exotic free flying birds, reptiles, invertebrates, amphibians, insects and fish in a jungle-like setting. It’s a captivating visitor attraction with interactive spaces, hunt packs, fish feeding, animal encounters, lorikeet walkthrough, tropical thunder storm experiences and much more. Please check on the day of the visit- and make sure you take a selfie in the photo booth!!   Potter's Owl Adventures - Located within Potters World is a beautiful birds of prey centre. Our birds of prey aviaries give you have the chance to get up close and personal with some of the most beautiful species of owls and birds of prey. With daily encounters and talks you’ll no doubt learn something new and exciting about our collection.   Potter's Play Tunnel - The perfect place to play and learn.   Why not venture into Potter’s Play Tunnel, the perfect in and outdoor educational space that allows children to explore and wonder at the world around them. Our brightly coloured indoor children’s activity area is designed with pre-school age children in mind.  The outdoor area is the perfect place for mums, dads, nans & granddads to sit and relax whilst the little ones play in the giant sand pit outside or have a noughts & crosses battle or see who can score the highest in a game of bean bag toss.  There is also a large chalk board for budding artists to practice their next masterpiece. Plenty of seating too.   Wild Bird Hide - Tucked away at the bottom of our gardens you will discover our Bird Hide, where you can witness, using the binoculars supplied in the viewing hides, Britain’s best wild birds. Not to mention our beautiful collection of ducks, the runner ducks are a firm favourite. Don’t forget to pick up some of the duck food from our shop before you head off on an adventure.     School & Educational Packages Visits: Book a school visit to Lanchester Garden Centre where our inspirational gardens and accompanying facilities will encourage and inspire curiosity and fascination about the world of flowers, plants, animals and the enviroment in which they live. We offer a range of assisted visits to inspire and engage learners with hands-on programmes – we find it’s the best way to get the most from your visit. All our education sessions meet curriculum targets across a range of subjects including: Geography Science Art Maths English and More… We can cater for different ages, abilities and learning needs.


£4.00 per entry and those under 1 go free

Free Attraction


Wheelchair friendly



  • Street Address: Lanchester Garden Centre, Bargate Bank
  • Postcode: DH7 0SS
  • City: Lanchester
  • County: County Durham


  • Telephone: 01207 529987
  • E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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