Events & exhibitions

Reptile Academy

28th Aug 2020 10:30 - 17:30

Reptile Academy | Family events | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

We are delighted to welcome The Reptile Academy to Exbury Gardens this summer, with a collection of weird and wonderful creatures for you to meet.

The 1-hour sessions will consist of a 15-minute talk, followed by 45 minutes of activity time. Activities will include (on-screen) microscopes and walking Salvador, the Argentinian Tegu, on a lead.

We will of course be building in a series of measures to make this fun family event safe and socially distanced at all times. 


Inside the courtyard outside the Five Arrows Gallery.


Five sessions to choose from:

  • 10.30am
  • 12pm
  • 1.30pm
  • 3pm
  • 4.30pm

Each session lasts approximately I hour.


£4 per person, plus gardens admission or Friends of Exbury membership. 

Call 02380891203 to book your place.

Click to book gardens admission or friends of Exbury visit

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • In the interests of hygeine and social distancing, this is an outdoor, standing event. However a limited number of seats will be available for those that need them.
  • To maintain social distancing, visitors may be allocated a specific performance of an event, according to their gardens arrival time slot.
Reptile Academy safety measures
  • Social distanced queue markers and one-way system in operation.
  • Smaller reptile team and fewer animals than usual, although larger animals with the WOW factor will be easily-visible.
  • No hands-on interaction with the public and animals for now, unless government guidelines change further closer to the time.

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Exhibited animals may vary from event to event and each animal is not guaranteed. These decisions are made The Reptile Academy Team in the interest of animal welfare.

‘We recently had some friends from London to visit and were looking for something to entertain our young children for the day. We decided to give Exbury Gardens a try and I thought it was wonderful. We had Sunday lunch in the restaurant and the food was far superior to other local attractions so compliments to the chef. Walking through the gardens was beautiful with lots of little pathways to explore. I have lived in the Romsey area for many years and always thought Exbury was a little out of the way but it only took me 20 minutes from the motorway. We will definitely be a regular visitor from now on.’

Philip Moulds, New Forest

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