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Days Out Parenting Reviews — 09 May 2012

It was a washout of a weekend but did that stop us from getting out and about? No siree! Armed (or should that be legged) with wellies, rain macs and the promise of a warm lunch in the cafe we headed to Wildwood, home to 300 native animals and set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland in Herne Bay, Kent.
Wildwood Trust, Kent
Picture thanks to Stuart Herbert @ Flickr.com

Independent Review: Arriving at Wildwood, named ‘Kent’s best British Wildlife Park’ we were given a map and set loose into the woodland. The first animal encounter was with some Wallabies, which seemed a little bit at odds with the native British Wildlife theme, however they were cute so we’ll let them off.

Next we came across some Fallow Deer that were being fed by a keeper. There was a fun moment when the keeper said how Berni (one of the male deer) would take a piece of carrot and then spit it out – sure enough he did – cue lots of chuckling. The kids also got to handle an old pair of antlers and learn facts about them (did you know that an antler about the size of an adult thigh bone only takes about four months to grow?)

The centre is very well sign-posted and you can either do a big loop around the whole park or take shortcuts. We wandered along the route taking in the animals such as Deer, Owls, Foxes, Red Squirrels, Wild Horses and Badgers. Due to the cold weather and the fact that we had brought our own foghorn with us, in the guise of Noah, quite a few of the animals were hiding. However, we did see plenty and were surprised by how gorgeous the Wild Boar were, with their black shaggy coats and wet snuffling snouts. There were also Bison, Wild Cats, Lynx and Wolves.
Flora and Kitten 2008
Picture thanks to Keith Marshall @ Flickr.com

The Wolves put on a really great display for us howling in unison and creating a very atmospheric feel to the woodland. Ferne had a ‘moment’ when she saw a rabbit hopping around and refused to move. Fortunately it didn’t stray too close to the wolves and eventually it hopped off so we could get into the café and warm up.

The cafe is pretty basic but has everything you need. Set in the playground area, it serves up Little Squirrels meals at £2.50 or Bigger Badger meals at £3.50 (pizza, sausage, chips and beans etc). For adults there were jacket potatoes and pies.

The playground, which catered for under 5s-teens was fantastic. The piece de resistance being a huge slide with a near vertical drop. Noah went up the stairs to have a go but chickened out and I don’t blame him – it looks pretty scary. There is also a big fort, slides, climbing frames and a long flying fox. The playground area is surrounded by picnic tables and benches, so I would imagine on a sunny day it would be a very nice spot to sit and watch the kids.

All in all we really enjoyed Wildwood. I would definitely recommend that you bring outdoor shoes, a camera and a picnic.

Wildwood, Herne Common, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 7LQ
Entry to Wildwood is £9.95 for adults and £7.95 for kids aged over 3, there is also a family ticket £32.50
Check the Wildwood site for opening times

This is an independent review and I did not receive free tickets or payment to write this post.

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