Wingham Wildlife Park
Not far from here there are a number of wildlife parks (they don’t seem to be called zoo’s anymore!). We have the famous Howletts Wild Animal Park, Wildwood Trust British Wildlife Park and also Wingham Wildlife Park. We went to Howletts a couple of times last year and then earlier this year tried out Wildwood while they had a special offer on. Then finally, after lots of persuasion by our friend, we headed over to Wingham during the holidays. She takes her two children all the time – literally! Which meant that when we went there with them we had to run past most of the animals so we could all spend time at their favourites. Being the middle of the summer holidays also meant that it was pretty busy and very hot, so not all animals were easy to see.
However, the park offers the opportunity to buy a season ticket as you leave if you’ve enjoyed it and they deduct your entrance fee from the cost. Win Win! We knew we’d come back as there was such a great variety of animals, with many being close enough to touch and even feed. There is also a great outdoor play area and a new indoor soft play, so we can head over and take a chance on the weather and know that we won’t have two disappointed little people if visiting the animals suddenly gets curtailed by a downpour.
And this is exactly what we did this week. The sun had made an appearance after seemingly endless days of rain, but those black clouds hung threateningly in the distance. So we jumped in the car and headed over, safe in the knowledge that there would be something to enjoy even if it wasn’t outside. As it turned out, the sun stayed put and we had a lovely afternoon, wandering around (at our own pace this time) and seeing lots and lots of the animals. As most children are back at school, there was just a sprinkling of grandparents and toddlers around and the animals were obviously happier with the reduced temperatures. It also seemed to be feeding time in most enclosures, so many were excited and making us laugh as they clamoured for food.
As we left, there appeared to be a sort of reverse dawn chorus as the wolves howled, the cock crowed, the lemurs screeched and the guinea fowl called. Almost like an alarm sounding to make us go home!
Linking up as always for this week’s Country Kids with Fiona at Coombe Mill – with all the rain I almost thought we wouldn’t have one this week!!