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What to expect when visiting Potters World - Lanchester Garden Centre

Updated: Mar 21, 2023

*We paid for our own entry, this is not an ad*

We decided to head to Potters World at Lanchester Garden Centre today with Elliot after hearing such good reviews. It is such a great place to kill a good few hours. You can wander around at your own pace and go around as many times as you like. It was bigger than I expected it to be with lots of lovely animals to enjoy. The staff were all lovely and were great with kids of all ages. I loved how one of the keepers was wandering around with different animals to touch. The enclosures were a decent size and everything was spotlessly clean. Very impressed with this gem.

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You can find three different interactive areas to explore all included in your admission fee including…

Potters Tropical Village

The only registered zoo in County Durham.

A chance to see free flying birds including Cockatiels, budgies, ducks, parakeets, lovebirds, golden pheasants and more.

You can also find various reptiles, insects, fish and more! Also the chance to do some fish feeding, lorikeet walkthrough, tropical thunderstorm experiences (The flooring is a little slippery in this section) and selfie opportunities.

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Potters Owl Adventures

Here, you can see some of the most beautiful species of owls and birds of prey. Our personal favourites were Henry and Lola, Elliot was actually having a conversation with Henry.

There are daily encounters and talks too, including animal feeding and handling.

These are at selected times.

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Little Potters Play Tunnel

Indoor and outdoor play areas

There’s a lovely indoor activity area which has been designed for preschool children. The outdoor area has a giant sand pit, large chalk board and games.

I didn't get any photos in this section due to the amount of kids.

You can also pick up an activity sheet or hunt pack (small charge applies).

You can also enjoy the garden centre which has....

Shop & Deli


The aquatic section is worth a visit as they have lots of lovely fish.


Large car park with over flow

Outdoor picnic area

The whole place is pushchair and wheelchair friendly however I would suggest a baby carrier as it can be busy plus you have to keep an eye out for pheasants.

You can spend a good few hours and you can go back in as long as you keep the stamp on your hand. Today we spent around 3 hours here.

Lots of extra activities during the School Holidays.

Ticket Prices

£4 Per person with under 1 going free. No booking required, just pay on arrival.

No dogs in Potters World however they can go into the garden centre

Opening Times

Everyday from 9am-5pm

Lanchester Garden Centre Bargate Bank, Lanchester, Durham, DH7 0SS

We absolutely loved our visit and will definitely be back.

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