If Tilly is anything to go by, small children really enjoy a variety of activities. They love seeing animals, playing and going on rides and when you combine them all you’ve got a winning combination for a full day out. That’s precisely what Paradise Wildlife Park offers, located in eastern Hertfordshire near Broxbourne. Read about our day plus have the chance to win a family ticket to the park with our giveaway – worth over £60.
Paradise Wildlife Park is broadly divided into two areas. There’s the zoo, which is home to many favourite animals including the full range of big cats, monkeys, camels, reptiles and more. The other side of the park is full of activities including an adventure playground, soft play, splash area and train ride.
Get a taste of our visit in this video:
You can find the giveaway at the end of this post.
I was impressed by the number of play areas at the park. The main play area has a pirate themed ship, an adventure playground and a sensory play area for children with special needs, however the more we explored the more we found, including a fun area near the birds with a fire engine and bow top caravan. There’s a covered sand area, which Tilly loved and a large block building area next door. We didn’t try out the splash play area as it was too cold a day but in the summer this would make for another great activity. To top it all there’s a soft play barn with a cafe.
The train is one of many activities available at the park. It’s worth saying that many of these do cost extra – pretty much everything is £1. Activities include racing cars, water jets, musical rides, a full-sized fire engine, to name but a few. If you have an annual or seasonal pass then the train at least is free for unlimited rides. Although there’s plenty to do at the park. I found Tilly did want to try out several of the paid activities, so bring along plenty of pound coins and be ready to set a budget.
Paradise Wildlife Park features many favourite animals from meerkats to big cats and friends from down under. It’s also home to less common animals too such as wolves, which you may have spotted during the train ride in our video. There are viewing rooms and raised walkways around the big cat enclosures offering a range of viewing positions, some of which you can again see in the video. Some of the animal areas are tucked away such as the birds, while more can be discovered on the woodland walk. As you’d expect there are keeper talks for many of the animals throughout the day. During our visit the penguin enclosure was being upgraded – it’s great to see investment to enhance living areas for the animals.
If you have an animal-mad child, they could easily spend hours visiting everything that’s on offer. We were at the park all day and we didn’t get around it all.
Adult tickets cost £18 and children aged 2-15 cost £15. There’s a £1 discount per ticket when booking online.
Annual tickets cost £85 for adults and £70 for children or £150 for an adult and child and £300 for two adults with two children.
Winter season ticket. This offers unlimited visits from November to the end of February for just £35. Although being outdoors is less inviting in the colder months, there’s plenty to see and do and with the cafeteria and soft play to retreat to. This seems like great value.
Located in eastern Herts, the park can be easily reached from the northern home counties and London.
- <20 mins: Hatfield, Welwyn, Harlow
- 30mins: Edgware, Stevenage, Bishops Stortford
- 40 mins: Watford, Luton
- 45 mins: South Bucks
The combination of activities really was excellent and we easily spent a full day at the park without any risk of getting around it all. The park ticks a lot of boxes for days out, such as a mix of rides, play, animals and nature, plus the cafeteria is reasonably priced. The park is certainly aimed at younger children – 3-year-old Tilly got a lot out of it and I’d imagine children of primary school age would too. It’s probably less suitable for older children or adults without children as there’s a strong play element to the park. However if you’re a family with younger children you couldn’t do much better. I was impressed by the pricing of the annual and winter tickets and if we lived a little nearer I’d certainly get one.
We’ve teamed up with Paradise Wildlife Park to give you the chance to win a family ticket to the park, worth over £60. The family ticket gives two adults and two children entry to the park and is valid until 31 December 2016. To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. You enter by carrying out actions such as following my social media accounts. The more actions you take, the more entries you have into the giveaway and the better your chances of winning.
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We were provided with free entry to the park in order to provide a review. All views stated are our own honest opinions.
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