Wildwood, Herne Bay
200 native animals set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland plus Kent's tallest drop slide - kiddie heaven!
For the perfect family day out, you should consider heading to Wildwood, positioned just outside Herne Bay in Kent, where you can get to know British Wildlife – past and present. With over 200 native animals set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland, there is guaranteed to be an animal-favourite for everyone! Expect to see bears, wolves, Arctic foxes, bison, owls, wild boar, lynx, wild horses, badgers and beavers (and that’s just 10 of those 200…)
There’s plenty to see and do as well as simply strolling through the woodland and admiring the many animals. How about the Lynx Experience for something a little different? An unique opportunity to meet Cara and Shria, the lynx sisters, and go behind the scenes to feed them their morning meal, before learning more about these beautiful cats. Or have your children ever wanted to be a keeper for the day? They can deliver feed to some of the animals, prepare food for them, clean out the enclosures (and we mean clear out everything – euggggh) but it might encourage some good disciplines for back at home?!
When it all gets too much, you can head to Wildwood’s two play areas which boasts Kent’s TALLEST drop slide, tree-top towers, wild fort towers, climbing frame and helpfully an under-5’s play area too with swings, slides and rockers and most importantly, lots of seating for YOU!
Wildwood’s free toddler club for pre-school children is definitely worth visiting if you find yourself in the vicinity on a Monday and Thursday (during school term time) and with a energetic pre-schooler (or more) on your hands. It takes place in the Beaver Lodge Cafe with a different activity every week, from crafts and games to walks and animal talks.
And for your kids who really love their furry friends, you can say goodbye to bouncy castles and bunting and celebrate your child’s special day at Wildwood with their friends. Expect VIP treatment by taking part in a Wildwood walk to meet the animals accompanied by the keeper, enjoy lunch at the Beaver Lodge Cafe and then unleash themselves on its amazing adventure playground.
Your trip makes an important environmental difference too as Wildwood Trust’s mission is to help restore areas of wildlife and recreate the true wildwood. All of its animals are linked to a conservation programme so that every species in captivity is working to conserve its wild cousins (except those that have been rescued, or are very common in the wild) so you can know that your trip really counts.
Wildwood Trust, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 7LQ
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