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Wingham Wildlife Park

Muddy says: A brilliantly, manageable-sized park set in a picturesque region of the county that boasts more species than any other zoo in Kent. With everything from tigers to a family of rare Western Chimpanzees and hands-on animal experiences to try.

Wingham Wildlife Park, near Canterbury, is fast becoming one of the most popular family attractions in Kent. Having first opened its doors as a bird park over 20 years ago it now boasts more species than any other zoo in Kent.

It’s a brilliantly manageable sized park set in a picturesque region of the county. Not only does it boast more species than any other zoo in Kent (including a variety of primates, big cats and penguins, lemurs, meerkats and otters to name a few) there’s a Dinosaur Zoo too for any Jurassic-mad mudlets.

It’s also home to primates including a family of rare Western Chimpanzees – who celebrated a new addition a baby chimp born in early 2018.

For little ones there’s play areas, mini diggers and go-karts. Older kiddies can enjoy hands on encounters by booking one of the amazing day experiences – from Keeper for a Day or Meet the Tigers (arrrrgh) to Penguin Experience (awww) or Meerkat Experience (simples).

Picnic on sunny days or visit the café when the weather cools. Or if you’re in the mood for a foodie treat head to one of the brill gastro pubs in the area, like The Duke William or The Dog at Wingham.

Sing it with me: ‘We’re all going to the zoo tomorrow! Zoo tomorrow, zoo tomorrow…!’

7 comments on “Wingham Wildlife Park”

  • Gloria lecras November 7, 2018

    Is there an age limit on the tiger experiance

    • aliagnew November 8, 2018

      Hi Gloria – yes, I’m afraid there is (although that’s probably a very sensible idea!) It’s 16!! I’ve literally just written up a piece on the Meerkat experience which I did with my son for his 10th birthday. It will appear on the site this week and in next week’s newsletter. Are you signed up? xAli

  • Antony December 18, 2018

    Wingham is a fantastic place to visit. I went for a day with my daughter (1 1/2 yr old) and signed up for a year pass. The animals are varied with hands on petting experiences with a walk through monkey, bird and butterfly enclosure.
    As well as this the soft play is great and free. The tiger experience may be for 16+ only but you can stand only a few meters behind the people taking part so it is fantastic for children to watch. we used to go on ‘bored’ days for a few hours have a walk and soft play then go home again well worth it.
    I now have a son and will be getting a family pass in the new year when he is a bit older so that I can take them both through the year.

  • susan blennerhassett April 28, 2019

    A really good day out for Adults and Children well run by all

  • Debbie Wilson July 26, 2019

    We had a lovely day at the park staff were friendly and the whole layout of the park was lovely. You could get up close with most of animals which was nice for children. Will definitely be going back. I recomend to anyone any age

  • Michael August 7, 2019

    My autistic grandson is 5years old is park suitable

    • aliagnew August 29, 2019

      Hello – thanks for your comment, which will no doubt be of interest to lots of other readers too. I got in touch with Wingham directly so they could give a more detailed reply and this is what they said – below – (hope it’s useful – and if you go have a wonderful day out with your grandson). xAli

      We do have a lot of people come to the park with autism and the feedback we get from them is always great. If they remember to bring their DLA or PIP letter (failing that a letter from the GP if they are still waiting for either of those) they can get a free carer as well. The only feedback we do sometimes get is that because we are so busy a lot of our autistic visitors often either come in the afternoon when the queues are gone or on quieter days, however of course autism affects people in different ways and this may not be a problem for them.

      Overall though I think we are a great option because we are so hands on with out walk through enclosures and the ability to feed some of our animals. Towards the end of the holidays we are actually also going to be becoming even more hands on with educators who will talk to visitors about various artefacts such as chimpanzee hand life casts, replica skulls and even fossils which visitors will also be able to touch and hold.


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