Paradise Wildlife Park

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Paradise Wildlife Park is a wildlife park located just outside Broxbourne in Hertfordshire which is home to more than 400 animals. In particular, it has the distinction of being the only place in the UK where you can see all 5 big cats (Jaguars, Leopards, Snow Leopards, Tigers and Lions).

MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:

Paradise Wildlife Park is a fantastic family day out with more things to see and do than you could possibly fit in one day! We visited Paradise Wildlife Park for our daughter’s 2nd birthday. Despite it being a rather cold day in December we had an amazing time especially (probably because it was a rather cold day in December) we practically had the whole park to ourselves! The wide range of animals in the Park is amazing but our firm favourites were big cats especially the White Lions as they are very rare.

We saw a couple of feeding times where the keepers gave us lots of information about the various animals and it was great to see them being fed. The animals all seemed to be very well cared for and the keepers were very happy to answer questions (although they fortunately didn’t grant my daughter’s request of wanting to cuddle a cheetah!). There was informative signage by each enclosure telling you about the animals in question.

There is far too much stuff here for anyone to do in one day! We saw most of the animals and made the most of having the park almost to ourselves to be able to get really close to the enclosures. We didn’t actually have time for most of the children’s attractions. We had a quick go on the adventure playground, which was huge but unfortunately didn’t have time for the soft play, the safari golf or the train ride (it wasn’t the weather for either the paddling pool or the sandpit!)

We ate in the Safari Sam’s diner which served decent hot food and wasn’t too expensive. We went by public transport which was went very smoothly. The train journey took around 1 hour 20 minutes from Blackheath and then we caught the provided transport bus to the Park. All in all it was a fantastic family day out and we will definitely be paying a repeat visit!

Address: Paradise Wildlife Park, White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 7QA.

Website: www.pwpark.com

Playground: As well as all these animals to see, the Park has a large number of children’s attractions. It has a large adventure playground, large indoor soft play, a special play area adapted for wheelchair users, formula 1 racing, large sandpit, bouncy castle, safari golf, paddling pool and a miniature train ride! There’s certainly plenty here to keep the whole family entertained for more than a day.

Cafe: There are 4 cafes on site serving a range of hot and cold food.

Toilets: Yes, plenty with baby change available. Wheelchair accessible loos too.

Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Yes, there are a limited number of wheelchairs which can be hired free of charge.

Parking: Four car parks free of charge.

Nearest Station: Broxbourne (Paradise Wildlife Park runs a mini bus service from Broxbourne station to the Park for £3 return per person. Under 2s are free). Broxbourne is on the oyster network.

Bus: The Park’s own minibus service (see above) is the only bus that runs directly to the Park.

Phone: 01992 470490.

Email: [email protected].

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There is an extremely wide range of animals to see including Zebra, Reindeer, Camel, Racoon, Meerkat, Red Panda, Lemur, Monkeys, Reptiles, Penguins and Owls. As well as the wildlife animals, Paradise Park also houses many farm yard animals including sheep, pigs and ponies. Daily shows are on offer where you can learn more about the animals in-depth and there are regular feeding times where the keeper will give a short introduction to the animals and you can watch them being fed. You can also book special experience days for older children (over 10) where you can feed many of the animals (including the big cats). The Park is small enough to walk around and is fully buggy and wheelchair accessible.

 

Review by Heather Heiner

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Founder of MGF, Helen is a mum of four who spends way too much time on the interweb and not enough time in bed. She loves wearing her dressing gown, car boot sales and watching TV programmes featuring food. Her specialist subjects include 'how to overfill your car boot' and 'how to avoid dusting'. Follow her at Twitter: @Ginfund, Facebook: @MGFund, Instagram: @mummysginfund and online: www.mummysginfund.co.uk.

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