Now Open!

The Barn and Cafe

Indoor Play and Cafe

We’re excited to be able to offer visitors a brand new indoor seating facility, indoor play and café! And what’s more – access to the indoor play is included in the entry price to visit the Animal Park & Gardens.

The Barn Café sells lovely fresh barista coffee, and a wide range of teas.

Serving delicious locally made sandwiches with generous fillings and hot pastries, along with scrumptious hand made cakes. Open daily from 10am to 5.00pm.

During College term time, The Coach House Café is also open Monday to Friday – serving a wide variety of hot meals, salads and tasty snacks to both students and visitors. Find this next to the Main House at the heart of our estate.


An indoor classroom for outside learning. Let the adventure begin.

The Barn contains a unique wooden play zone with tactile and sensory elements. Every aspect of the play is designed to develop motor skills, problem solving and social skills, particularly for children from pre-school age up to key stage 1, and in addition a wider age range of young people with special educational needs.

Adjacent to this zone, there is ample space and seating to suit a multitude of needs and can be quickly converted to make an indoor classroom for visiting school groups. School visits take place in the Animal Park all year round, but are particularly active in the autumn and late spring when the chances of dry weather are highest. The introduction of this new facility will enable us to provide the guarantee of shelter and comfort whatever the weather, utilised as base to venture out from, return to, and draw conclusions about outside learning activity. Local primary schools are really excited to hear that we have this new resource, which highlights the demand for a covered area in this kind of learning environment.

There has also been an increase in demand for us to also service learning activity for home education individual families and organised groups, forest school style activity, and visits from Beavers, Cubs and Scouts groups. The Barn therefore has the capacity to create a unique learning environment without the usual surroundings associated with a conventional school classroom. Combined with the benefits of having this facility within six acres of Animal Park, in heart of Kingston Maurward’s diverse estate makes a great deal of sense for the modern educational needs of Dorset’s young people, whatever their background.