The UK’s only registered goat sanctuary, Buttercups is home to 140 animals and fosters another 120 across the Kent area and London. The aim is simple: to give abused and mistreated goats a loving home, safe from harm, for their entire lives. Visit for a fun, family day out and you can’t help noticing how well that gentle philosophy’s working.
Welly & Waterproof Days, every Sunday from November to April, are a chance for kids to meet the goats, talk to volunteers and see the sanctuary in action – bath time’s a bit of a highlight.
During summer, Buttercups is open every day from 10am to 4pm: the weather might be better but still bring wellies for Walking with Goats, it can get messy. Entry’s by donation and there’s a new tearoom for 2017.