The Big Cat Sanctuary at Smarden near Ashford is holding open days from July 26-30 when visitors can see the animals and learn about the centre’s conservation work.

And the sessions on Thursday, July 27 will feature a British Sign Language interpreter for some of the main talks.

The annual open days are the sanctuary’s biggest fundraiser of the year. A registered animal sanctuary, the centre has a cheetah, jaguars, leopards, lions and pumas, as well as small cats.

Talks and activities

Its mission is to contribute to global conservation efforts by operating as a closed site, except for private experiences, lodge stays and educational visits. However, once a year, it opens its doors to the public for the annual open days.

During this event, visitors can enjoy the sanctuary and take part in a variety of talks and activities, some of which will be British Sign Language interpreted.

Advanced booking is essential through the website here.