Paradise Wildlife Park review – a fab day out!

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Recently I was fortunate to be able to enjoy a nice day off with my husband Tom and daughter Daisy. We decided that we would take Daisy to the zoo, for the first time! As we live just 15 minutes drive from the Paradise Wildlife Park it seemed only right that we would go there. We have been lots of time before in the past and never had a bad day out there. As this was going to be Daisy’s first zoo experience we wanted it to be a  good one. Today I am sharing our Paradise Wildlife Park review with you and I hope it makes you want to go.  Paradise Wildlife Park Review 9

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Paradise Wildlife Park Review

Facilities at Paradise Wildlife Park

The facilities were the first thing that we noticed – namely the toilets. In our fifteen minute journey Daisy had gone for a wee (perhaps the excitement of it all?!) so I visited the baby changing facilities. These were located within a disabled toilet and I noticed that they had both left and right handed disabled facilities. I’m not entirely sure what the function of this is, not being disabled myself, but can only assume that it is a great help for disabled people. Also, the changing facilities were clean, functional and just what you need with a little one. There was plenty of space to wheel the pram in with us and change Daisy easily.

Play areas at Paradise Wildlife Park

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There were LOTS of fantastic play areas at Paradise Wildlife Park. They have so many fun areas to choose from. This is despite it being out of season when we visited and some areas being closed. There was a Pirates Cove, Adventureland, bouncy castle, covered play area (with slides) and much more. We even took Daisy on a little train in one of the covered play areas. It was great fun and Daisy was having a wonderful day too.

Animals at Paradise Wildlife Park

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They have a great array of animals at the Paradise Wildlife Park. Just a few examples include Tapirs, Penguins, Zebras, Lions, Cheetahs, Jaguars, Bats, Meerkats, Camels and many more. Best of all the part is well laid out to allow you time to actually see ALL of the animals in one day! In the past we’ve been to wildlife parks and other zoos and they are so vast that you have to rush if you want to see everything. At Paradise Wildlife Park we were able to travel at a leisurely pace and it was a great family day out.

Some of our particular favourites exhibits were the bat house, the rainforest area (lovely and warm during January!) and the bird show arena. While the birds couldn’t be displayed due to current DEFRA regulations we could still see most of them. They have beautiful Lorikeets and we could observe them eating through their protective netting. This was a lovely moment and I adore seeing the Lorikeets when we visit – best of all during certain times of day you can buy a little pot of nectar to feed them! This is such a special activity for the whole family – however this wasn’t on again due to DEFRA regulations (out of the zoos control!).

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Daisy loved seeing so many different animals. I personally loved being so close to zebras and this time the camel didn’t manage to try and steal my hat!

Talks, feeds & shows at Paradise Wildlife Park

Throughout the day, from 10:45 – 16:00 there are a host of different talks and activities. The keepers are knowledgeable, friendly, polite and kind to the animals. You can see that the staff here really love the animals. They staff care and the animals are well looked after.

The talks are educational but they are also fun too – also, who doesn’t want to see lemurs being fed?! Oh – and otters!

Our opinion of the Paradise Wildlife Park

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We had a wonderful day! Daisy had so much entertainment from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. There was so much to see and do. The animals are clearly well cared for and it was great to see them in their exhibits. Some of the animals came right over next to us, such as this zebra.

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We arrived just after opening and we spent a good 4 hours in the zoo. My husband was off to work a short while later or we would’ve been there until closing!

We enjoyed so much about visiting Paradise Wildlife Park

Some of the things that I love about Paradise Wildlife Park are the free activities. For example there is a sand pit, lots of play areas, slides and even picnic areas. This zoo isn’t just about maximising revenue from you! You can spend your entrance fee and then you need not spend anything else throughout the day.

However, should you want to then you can buy lovely items in the gift shop, food to feed to some of the farmyard animals and you can even buy an experience to feed animals such as tigers – wow. When leaving the zoo if you’ve had a fantastic time and want to buy an annual pass then they will refund the cost of your ticket that day. This is a great deal and the annual passes are really good value – especially if you live close by.

One other facility I love about Paradise Wildlife Park is that if you don’t drive they will collect you from the train station, in their themed minibus, for a small fee. This is a great incentive to visit even if you don’t drive and makes a day there feel really welcoming.

We had a wonderful day and will definitely be back again later in the year. There are multiple events at Paradise Wildlife Park throughout the year and the staff were so friendly. Lots of staff said hello to us as we walked around the park which made us feel really welcome.

We received our tickets for free but as always all opinions are our own.

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We went to the Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne recently. Find out what we thought and take a look around for yourself. Days out in Essex, Hertfordshire, UK

12 Responses

  1. Donna January 28, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    We’ve been here so many times and always find so much to do, such a lovely day out x

    • katykicker January 28, 2017 / 1:53 pm

      We had a fab time – thanks for your comment! x

  2. Gemma @ Two Little Misters January 28, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    I had to pop over from Bloglovin’ and read this as we don’t live far from Paradise Wildlife Park ourselves, and it’s on our to-do list for this year! It’s good to read from the point of view of someone having a younger toddler as well. Great to hear about the changing facilities as that’s something I’m always a bit anxious of having a double buggy! Glad you had a lovely day and were made to feel welcome. I’m looking forward to trying it even more now! Maybe when the weather warms up just a tad! 😀

    • katykicker January 28, 2017 / 8:49 pm

      Yes – it is so lovely especially in the warmer weather. I didn’t look at ALL of the toilets however the disabled ones by the Discovery lodge were great and would fit a double buggy I’m sure! x

  3. Emma January 28, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    This looks like a fantastic day out! My children would love this ? X

  4. Nadine January 28, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    This looks like a lot of fun but such a shame that it’s too far away from us. I think it’s great that you mention the baby changing facilities as we went to an aquarium last week and had I known how disgusting the facilities were, I would have never stepped foot in the place!

    • katykicker January 29, 2017 / 6:00 pm

      Oh that’s awful – how off putting!

  5. Claire January 28, 2017 / 10:58 pm

    This sounds so lovely and how amazing that you live 15mins away from it. I do love the zoo, we took Bear to south lakes zoo when he was around 5 months old and he seemed to enjoy seeing the animals but I think he’ll definitely enjoy it more when he’s a little older and can do some investigating and staring in amazement of his own haha!

    • katykicker January 29, 2017 / 6:00 pm

      Yeah the difference for us from now and when Daisy first saw an animal for the first time is huge. It is lovely this age isn’t it – watching them grow is the best!

  6. Babies and Beauty January 29, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Looks fantastic and so glad about the clean bathroom, nothing worse than grotty toilets and changing facilities.

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