Wildwood Trust

Run by the Wildwood Trust, a conservation charity dedicated to protecting British wildlife, Wildwood is not just a wildlife park but is also a unique conservation project. It tells the changing story of British wildlife and woodlands over the last 1,000 years. Many of the animals at Wildwood are either extinct in the UK or are under threat. The Wildwood Trust works to protect Britain’s most threatened wildlife.


We have a family season ticket to Wildwood and theres something there for all of us. This year Wildwood have rescued 2 bears that were being kept in a small area and treated appallingly badly – they now have a huge area to roam and wildwood are in the process of building them an even bigger area which looks amazing! The bears have now become our favourite animal there and love sitting and watching them.

There is a lovely trail walk in the forest where you can see many animals including deer, bison, pigs, wolves and wild horses .Its a lovely walk and my children really enjoy it there – especially knowing there’s an ice cream and a playground at the end!

The cafe offers lunches and snacks and, of course, ice creams.

The playground is great – an under 5 area and a fort with helper skelter slides and even a tree top drop slide for the veery big kids!!!!!

There are talks throughout the day so worth getting the list when you get there .

The gift shop is by the exit and they use it as an exit so good luck trying to get through there without buying something!

A lovely day out with Herne Bay sea front a 10 minute drive away.

Address: Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 7LQ.

Website: www.wildwoodtrust.org

Playground: Yes, they say: ‘separate play area for under 5’s and bigger children. Our large play area now features Kent’s tallest drop slide, amazing wild fort as well as the traditional swings and slides’. (www.wildwoodtrust.org/theparkfacilities). The drop slide is only open at weekends and during school holidays. Socks must be worn.

Cafe: Yes, offering basic cafe food – good ice cream selection though.

Toilets: Yes, accessible with baby change.

Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Yes, disabled parking area, accessible path-ways and ramps throughout the park, disabled toilets, free wheel-chair and mobilty scooter loans available on request.

Parking: Free car park on site.

Nearest Station:

Train: Herne Bay.

Phone: 01227 712111.

Email: [email protected].


Open 7 days a week from 10am.

The park features a ‘Cute Corner’, aimed at pre-schoolers but open to everyone, for up close encounters with animals including chickens and guinea pigs.

Trail sheets are available to be printed off before your visit and include games and activities to keep the kids interested: www.wildwoodtrust.org/kidscornergames.

Those who cycle to the park are offered half price entry, however, the route is on a busy main road so cycling is not suitable for children.

Birthday parties are available for £10 per child.


Review by: Catherine Harrison Higham

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