The Big Cat Sanctuary, in Smarden just outside Ashford, is home to everything from African and Asiatic lions and and Amur tigers to civets, legers and snow leopards, with a visit allowing you to see the animals in all their magnificence, without even leaving the county. What’s more, you’ll be supporting the Sanctuary’s vital work in animal care, conservation, breeding and education.

So if you want to discover more about some truly extraordinary creatures and the work that’s being done to protect them, there’s no need to head to your travel agent, nor even to tune into the latest wildlife documentary on TV. Instead, simply make your way to Smarden, where there’s a conservation adventure waiting for you right here on our doorstep.

Explore the natural world at The Big Cat Sanctuary Open Day

This year, the Big Cat Sanctuary’s Open Days run from Wednesday, July 24 to Sunday, July 28. Expect not only to see incredible cats, but also get an insight into the global conservation work being done from at the Headcorn site. Visitors can also look forward to arena displays of falconry and demonstrations of the work of anti-poaching dogs, as well as a range of entertainments. Tickets must be bought in advance from the website


We’ve got one family ticket for a July open day at the Sanctuary. 

To enter, click and fill your answer to the question as well your details

Competition closes: June 30th, 2024.

Entrants must be 18 or over and Newsquest terms and conditions apply. Visit

For information regarding how we process, handle and maintain your data, visit

Read more about the The Big Cat Sanctuary in Smarden in our article in the June 2024 issue of Kent Life.