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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.

Play

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.

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playarea playground

Activities

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.

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Animals

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.

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Meerkats

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Aviary

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One of the tigers, taking time out

Practicalities

Tickets

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.

Driving times

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

Our verdict

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.

Tickets giveaway

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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Giveaway terms and conditions

Open to UK residents only. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is available. One winner will be drawn at random from correct entries. Invalid entries will be removed. OneManAndHisSprog’s decision is final.

Review disclaimer

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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36 thoughts on “Paradise Wildlife Park – review and win tickets

  • 14 October 2016 at 10:09 pm
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    My two boys love animals and would really love to go x

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  • 15 October 2016 at 10:52 am
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    What a fab place to be able to explore, it’s great when places like this have the animals as well as a couple of exciting activities and attractions to capture the kids attention when it starts waning. Tilly looks like she’s having a wonderful time exploring the Wildlife Park, I bet she could’ve spent days there. It’s great that they have the usual animals like tigers and meerkats as well as the more unusual like the wolves.

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

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  • 15 October 2016 at 5:03 pm
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    My hubby and I LOVE going to the Zoo and this would be the ideal day out for our Wedding Anniversary please. XXX We promise we won’t do to much monkeying around. Although we would be roaring with pride if I won this FAB Prize. XXX

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  • 15 October 2016 at 9:32 pm
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    Looks like a great place to explore for an entire day. There seems to be a ton of things to keep the kiddos interested. #countrykids

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  • 16 October 2016 at 8:07 pm
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    We love zoos and have annual tickets to our local one. It’s really small and not really interactive at all, 1 play park which is aimed at big kids. This one looks pretty cool and with so much to do it sounds worth the price. Good read #countrykids

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  • 16 October 2016 at 8:50 pm
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    Our son loves animals and we haven’t been to a zoo for 2 years. It would be lovely to take him to Paradise Wildlife Park, especially as it’s not far from where we live x

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  • 16 October 2016 at 10:42 pm
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    i have visited with my husband but would love to take my grandson as he loves all animals

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  • 17 October 2016 at 4:57 am
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    I’d love to win as i’ve never visited and would love to take my niece and nephew on a fun day out!

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  • 17 October 2016 at 6:19 pm
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    would love to take my daughter here would be such great fun x

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  • 17 October 2016 at 8:08 pm
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    Would be a great day out

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  • 18 October 2016 at 12:40 pm
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    I would love to win because we have never visited.

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  • 19 October 2016 at 12:34 pm
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    I always think it says a lot about a zoo if they are updating the living conditions of the animals.Tilly will have some fab memories of visiting I’m sure. Over form Country Kids.

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  • 19 October 2016 at 6:28 pm
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    Ah I think I logged on with a different wifi so can you discount this last lot of entries – sorry!

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  • 20 October 2016 at 12:35 pm
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    We love animals and spending family time on days out, this is a great giveaway and my fingers are crossed

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  • 22 October 2016 at 10:00 am
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    I have visited here before and absolutely love it. My daughter really enjoyed it when we last went. She’s a bit too old now but I would love to take my three year old niece to enjoy it.

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  • 22 October 2016 at 10:01 am
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    We’ve been before (a few years ago) and loved it. We would love to go again.

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  • 23 October 2016 at 12:56 am
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    lovely place. would really like to see all the animals

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  • 23 October 2016 at 10:21 am
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    This looks and sounds like a fantastic day out, i would take my son and granddaughter for her first day out seeing lots animals x

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  • 23 October 2016 at 4:48 pm
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    Lovely chance for a family to visit leading up to Christmas!

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  • 24 October 2016 at 9:36 pm
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    My dad lives in Hertfordshire would love to take him on a day out with the grandkids

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  • 25 October 2016 at 9:56 am
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    Perfect place for a 5 year old, & his mum & dad.

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  • 25 October 2016 at 8:37 pm
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    Love Paradise Park would love to go back as lots of work going on last time I visited

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  • 26 October 2016 at 8:27 am
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    My daughter and her best friends love animals and this would be a wonderful treat for them as there’s so much to see and do at Paradise Wildlife Park.

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  • 26 October 2016 at 10:35 am
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    I haven’t been since I was a child..will love visiting with my children..woulbe be nice if it was a prize 🙂 thanks for the chance!

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  • 26 October 2016 at 6:20 pm
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    Have never visited before even though it’s not that far from me, sounds great

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  • 26 October 2016 at 10:00 pm
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    Would love to see more of ourlovely country

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  • 26 October 2016 at 10:41 pm
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    I’d love to take my nephew Jack, as he is fascinated by animals and zoos at the moment.

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