CHILDREN from Somerset can get up close to some furry friends and some slimy ones too during a Cuddle Club being hosted by a garden centre in the county this month (April, 2017).
The Pet Centre at Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre is hosting the Cuddle Club on Saturday, April 15 from 10am until 4pm and will have a variety of animals for youngsters to meet including rabbits, ferrets and snails.
Leah Jones, Pet Centre Supervisor at the award-winning, independent, family-run garden centre at Monkton Heathfield near Taunton, said: “It’s really important for children to be confident around different animals so we’ve launched our Cuddle Club so little ones can meet a variety of different animals and find out all about them.
“We’ll have rabbits, ferrets, snails and more for children to meet and hold as well as a variety of activities, including colouring, a tombola and a mini pet-themed treasure trail.”
The tombola will cost £1 per strip or three strips for £2 with all proceeds going to the Marine Conservation Society. People can purchase tickets and try their luck on the tombola on the day and the prizes will include dog and cat treats, a month’s supply of James Wellbeloved dog or cat food, sweets, chocolate, pet blankets and small animal treats.
Children will also be able to take part in a mini pet-themed treasure trail. They can pick up a treasure trail form and hunt around the Pet Centre for six different animal pictures. Once each one is found and they have filled in their form they can hand it in to the till area to receive a bag of sweets.
Leah added: “We hope lots of people bring their little ones along for a fun-filled day. It’s a great opportunity for them to meet some animals they might otherwise not normally come into contact with and take part in fun activities.”
The Pet Centre Cuddle Club will take place in the Pet Centre at Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre on Saturday, April 15 from 10am until 4pm.
For more information, please visit the garden centre, which is located just off the A38 at Monkton Heathfield between Bridgwater and Taunton, call 01823 412381, visit www.monktonelmgardencentre.co.uk, log on to www.facebook.com/Monktonelm or follow the company on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/Monktonelm.