Children love seeing animals, whether it is feeding sea lions or penguins, patting a rabbit on a farm, learning about endangered species or spotting big cats. Across the United Kingdom, there are many wonderful zoos, safari parks, wild life sanctuaries, wet lands, parks, farms and aquariums to take the children to experience a wonderful and educational family day. Here is out pick of the top places to go.
Paradise Wildlife Park & Zoological Society of Hertfordshire is voted Hertfordshire’s No.1 Outdoor Attraction by Trip Advisor and set in the beautiful surrounding of Broxbourne Woods in the Heart of the Hertfordshire Countryside.
Home to over 500 exotic wild animals including Tigers, Monkeys, Zebras, Lemurs, Meerkats, Red Pandas, Tapirs, Penguins, White Lions, Wallabies, Emus, Birds of Prey, Parrots, Reptiles & Snow Leopards. It also offers a full programme of daily animal shows and events perfect for the whole family. Including On Safari Adventure Golf, National Speedway Museum, Animal Resource Centre plus the Jungle Theatre, Woodland Railway, 3 adventure playgrounds, Tumble Jungle & Paradise Lagoon.
Paradise Wildlife Park is the only zoo in the UK home to five different big cat breeds, with White Lions, Tigers, Snow Leopards, Jaguars and a White Tiger. The latest edition to the Paradise family is a beautiful Jaguar Cub who will be on view to the public from July.
The Park is situated 20 miles north of London, 10 minutes from Junction 25 on the M25 and approximately 25 minutes from London Liverpool Street by rail. The Park operates a Station Car service to and from Broxbourne station which is £3 return and is only 3 miles from Paradise. More…
Big and small, discover an array of animals at Yorkshire’s The Deep, nearly 5,000 of them to be exact! Home to almost 3,500 fish including the UK’s only pair of Green Sawfish, sharks, rays, jellyfish and many more that can be seen at a daily dive show at 2pm (Monday- Friday at Endless Ocean, Saturday as Lagoon of Light and Sunday at Amazon Flooded Forest).
Get hands-on with some of the smaller species found on UK shores in a touchpool session, happening every half past the hour between 10.30am – 4.30pm at Dylan’s Discovery Corner.
The Deep is also home to some VIPs – Very Important Penguins! There’s a colony of Gentoo penguins in the Kingdom of Ice. Watch these much loved residents feeding at 11.30am and 3.30pm whilst The Deep’s Guiding Team talk about them and the threats to their habitat.
New and exciting additions for 2017 are two Loggerhead sea turtles named Sensa and Mabouche. Spot the lovable duo swimming around and making friends in the Endless Ocean exhibit. As well as marine life there are also a variety of invertebrates, frogs and snakes to discover throughout the attraction. Simply turn up and be prepared to have a fin-tastic time!
Visitors can also save 10% on tickets when booking online.
This summer meet some of the newest safari stars and get closer than ever to the amazing wildlife at Woburn Safari Park. Adventure by car in the Road Safari parkland animal reserves then explore the Foot Safari and watch educational keeper talks and demonstrations.
There’s three mischievous black bear cubs – Alabama, Sekani and Kaska – born last year and living in the Kingdom of Carnivores, alongside a family of Canadian timber wolves and seven other black bears.
Animal Encounters in the Foot Safari is home to the newest walk-through enclosure, giving a chance to meet the lovely group of donkeys, goats, sheep, pigs and ponies and ‘Farmyard Friends’ is an opportunity to be face to face with these friendly animals so don’t forget your camera!
At ‘Cachorro Range’ meet new arrivals Vinnie and Viv the bush dogs, South American canid species that hopefully will breed a future of adorable bush pups! There’s also a new species called agouti (large rodents) and spiny-tailed iguana, plus later this year keepers will be welcoming red panda and tawny frogmouths to the park! More…
Go on Safari, discover the delights of Longleat House and Grounds, come face-to-face with amazing creatures in Animal Discovery and explore the fun-filled Adventure Zone.
There amazing events happening at Longleat in 2017. Marvellous Monsters sees over 20 larger-than-life animatronic bugs take over the park and these humongous creepy crawlies will make Longleat feel like a hidden land of insects where ladybirds crawl, spiders scuttle and bees buzz plus a whole host of more exotic bugs to discover.
As well as these animatronic stars, see some of their real life counterparts. Longleat’s keepers will be on hand to answer questions and teach more about the wonderful, weird world of bugs.
And that’s not all! The hugely popular hot air balloon extravaganza, Sky Safari, returns this September, bigger and better than ever! Don’t miss the unforgettable Halloween Festival, Fantastic Fireworks and the sensational Festival of Light returning this Christmas.
Brilliant family adventures await you at Longleat! Book online and save 15%.
Explore the wonders of the natural world at Marwell Zoo, near Winchester, and play a big part in helping to save them. From ring-tailed lemurs to majestic giraffes, and curious meerkats to stunning snow leopards, the 140-acre park is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species.
Spend time with Marwell’s playful primates at ‘Lemur Loop’, a new walkthrough exhibit for summer 2017. Explore the environment of four different species of lemur who will be joined in their new home by a new species for Marwell – green peafowl. With a beautiful landscaped setting, both indoors and out, the new lemur exhibit promises a truly immersive experience.
What’s more, from 1st August to 1st October, enjoy The Great Brick safari: An Interactive Experience with LEGO® Bricks EXCLSUIVE to Marwell Zoo. Follow the free trail of 80 LEGO sculptures made up of over 2 millions LEGO bricks and create your own sculptures in the Great Brick Building Zone.
With all this, plus five adventure playgrounds, a FREE tractor train, rail train and an indoor picnic area, there’s plenty to occupy your little ones. More…