Howletts Wild Animal Park is different from conventional zoos, with a focus on providing as natural an environment as possible for the animals, to facilitate our successful breeding programmes.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
Perfect family day out for all the family. I went with my three children. My two and half year old walked whole way and I pushed buggy with one year old and picnic with ease around the park. We got to see a wide range of animal and learned loads of wildlife facts. I took a packed lunch because I would rather spend money in gift shop which isn’t cheap but as the money goes toward conservation I didn’t mind.
TOP TIP: Have lunch stop at playground as there is loads of seating, toilets, cafe and it’s the furthest point. Also they accept clubcard days out vouchers making it affordable day out.
Address: Howletts Wild Animal Park, Bekesbourne, Kent, CT4 5EL.
Playground: There is a park area more suitable for older children as on woodchip and is more of a time trial thing and there is only one baby swing. There is also a Treetop Challenge – this exhilarating high ropes course is for explorers over 1.2metres tall.
For young adventurers, there is an Animal Adventure Challenge; a fun course for children featuring slides, a telescope and periscope, children’s zip-line, bird’s nest swing, monkey bars and more! It is £7 for tree top and £2.50 for animal adventure challenge.
Cafe: Many food stalls selling snacks and drinks (think these are seasonal as not all were open), a large cafe with outside seating and pizza place by the elephants. Prices seemed reasonable.
Toilets: Yes there are various around the park with disabled and baby changing facilities. Very clean.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: It is a long walk but mainly flat with one hill that I would class as steep.
Parking: Free car park on site.
Nearest station: Bekesbourne.
Bus: A minibus service is provided from the station to Howletts Wild Animal Park between 10a.m. – 4p.m. on weekends. Call 01227 721286 to check availability on week days, however when I went it wasn’t on due to maintance.
Phone: 0844 842 4647.
Email: [email protected]
There are a few choices when it come to entry cost:
Single: Adult £20.95, Child £16.95.
Annual passport: Adult £30.95, Child £26.95.
Under 3s free.
The Aspinall Foundation is a charity that relies on support from the general public to fund its back to the wild programme, and vital animal protection projects in Africa, Madagascar and Java, as well as other projects around the world that are protecting some of the world’s most endangered species.
Review by Cheryl Shore.