I have fond memories of Paradise Wildlife Park as it is somewhere I visited with my family when I was little.
Over the years, however, lots of new attractions have been added and there is now lots on offer to keep families entertained whatever the weather!
I visited Paradise Wildlife Park in glorious sunshine with my daughters aged 2 & 3 and their Nana in tow. We’ve visited before but there were still new things for us to see and do…
We started in the Birds at Paradise area as my daughters are bird obsessed. After saying hello to (all) the birds and pretending to be a tortoise, we headed to see the Lorikeets.
You can feed the Lorikeets twice a day – we arrived just in time for the first session. It costs £1 per pot but was totally worth it to have the Lorikeets land on my arm to feed and watch my daughter’s faces as they got up close. Beware the Lorikeet bottoms though – thank goodness for baby wipes!
Paradise Wildlife Park is interspersed with five separate play areas (plus some paid for attractions such as Miniature Golf and Sand Art). It was lovely to let the girls explore and discover new adventures.
There are several lunch options at Paradise Wildlife Park including Safari Sams Diner, Tumble Jungle Café, Smoking Sams BBQ and Tiger Tree Tops. Food on offer includes everything from baguettes, sandwiches and bagels to hot dogs, jacket potatoes and gourmet steak burgers. There are also children’s meal boxes available and a variety of snacks including cookies, muffins, ice creams and crisps.
This time, however, I had packed a picnic and we found a shady spot in the Birds at Paradise area next to the display arena. We caught the Wings of Wonder show too – we were all enthralled by the displays, seeing the owls fly past our noses was a definite highlight!
After lunch we headed to the animal park. We started with the big cats – always a favourite of ours. There is a raised wooden walkway giving a fantastic view of the animals. It’s buggy friendly too. Our favourite point on the walkway though is Tiger Tree Tops. This café has large glass windows looking straight out onto the magnificent beasts. A perfect ice cream stop.
I think this is the first time I’ve managed to visit Paradise Wildlife Park in the sun. I’d spotted the paddling pool on previous visits and didn’t want my water babies to miss out on this trip! Swimming nappies are required for little ones and are on sale in case you need one.
Armed with their swimming costumes we headed to the paddling pool, hidden away near the entrance. The pool wasn’t too crowded and had a fab slide too. Inspired by the animals they’d seen my two spent most of the time pretending to be sea turtles and crawling across the pool! There is an undercover picnic area next to the pool in case the weather’s wet or you just wanted some shade.
They spent nearly an hour cooling off in the paddling pool, after which there was just time to explore the main play area. There is so much here you could spend your whole visit in the playground; there is a fire engine and train, a pirate ship, assault course and lots of swings, slides and climbing frames scattered around.
There is a small play area for children with disabilities as well. There are also a few additional paid for activities such as diggers (old £1 coins only) and a Woodland Train ride too!
My girls did not want to leave (“please can we go and see more animals Mummy!”) but they were exhausted (as were my Mum and I) so we sadly said goodbye. No time this visit for the Woodland Walk, Indoor Soft Play or to see the penguins, not to mention the National Speedway Museum and the Farm Yard!
We will certainly be back soon – with so much on offer each trip is a totally different experience.