Discover amazing animals including the endangered Giant Otter and more, with interesting keeper talks and active fun at the fabulous adventure playgrounds.
Deerleap Lane, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 4UH
Animals, Birthdays, Gardens and Open Spaces, Indoor Activities, Outdoor Activities
All ages, Schools and Groups
(based on family of 4)
Nestled in the beautiful New Forest National Park you can find the New Forest Wildlife Park, with something to delight all ages.
With conservation and education at its heart, this much loved wildlife park is home to over 260 animals representing 40 species both native and from other parts of the world.
Stroll round the wooded grounds to discover four species of otters including the Giant Otters from the Amazon, owls, wolves, lynx, Eurasian bison, mouflon, pine marten, deer and so much more. Join the friendly animal keepers as they feed and chat about the animals in their care.
There are also impressive playgrounds, suitable for all ages and abilities, to learn, play and exercise.
If you are looking for a more personal experience to get up close to animals, or for that unusual gift for a special person, a Keeper Experience Day maybe be the answer, where you will get a taste of what it is like to be a keeper for a day!
Open daily, from 10am to 5.30pm (closed December 25th and 26th). Winter closing time is at 4.30pm
We knew very little about the New Forest Wildlife Park before we went, but we were looking to go somewhere that we hadn't been before and after checking out their website we decided to give it a go - we were not disappointed! The Park had a very relaxed atmosphere and we obviously timed it right because almost all of the animals were out and about and in the mood to entertain! Of all the animals on show, the otters were (rather predictably) the highlight, very playful and energetic (we even had to pop back for a second visit at the end of our trip to see a bit more of the action!). This is nicely sized wildlife park, not too big but with plenty to see, easily enough to keep everyone entertained for at least half a day, and loads of large adventure playgrounds thrown in for the kids for good measure. Timing is probably quite key, we thought that maybe the animals got a bit more sleepy after feeding time so best to get there beforehand (and in time to watch) if you can. Really nice place to stumble across.
3:57 PM March 24, 2017
We welcome the further easing of lockdown for all attractions on our website but recommend you always check COVID-secure measures before you travel and note changes to booking requirements.
We hope you and your children enjoy wonderful and safe days out this summer.