Axe Valley Wildlife Park

Axe Valley Wildlife Park, Axminster: Hours, Address, Axe Valley Wildlife Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Axe Valley Wildlife Park
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A wildlife park set in the East Devon countryside
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2-3 hours
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Amy H
Wisbech, UK35 contributions
Family
We took our 4 year old daughter here. We had a lovely day! Plenty to look at and do. Toilets were clean and food very well priced unlike many other places we have been to! We are on holiday in the area and would recommend to families to fill up a morning!
Written May 31, 2022
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Lelly pie
3 contributions
Family
A lovely little wildlife park, ideal for all ages.lots of kids play areas,lots of little areas to sit and enjoy ice creams, drinks or something else from the cafe, and to top it all off-a lovely little gift shop with a wide variety of reasonably priced gifts.
A perfect day out.
Easy walking,not to big but lots to see.
Written August 4, 2021
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donnapE5501RT
London3 contributions
Family
We were recently in Devon for a long weekend to celebrate a family wedding and decided to try Axe valley wildlife park on one of our free days.
We had five children with us ranging in ages from 4 to 9. I should caveat this review with the fact we were with school age children, during term time. This meant the park was very quiet and by the afternoon we were virtually the only ones there.
The whole experience was fantastic. It’s well signed, decent car park and very friendly staff on arrival. The cafe smelled of wonderful home baking the whole time. We were impressed with what was on offer.
The park is small (I believe they now have planning to expand) but well laid out. There are lots of animals to see and all appeared to be very well cared for. There are peacocks, ducks and chickens wandering about which the children loved. There was a bit of bird muck about, but nothing really to worry about. There is a great picnic area and other seating areas scattered around. There are also several play areas which were great fun, with plenty to do.
What made the experience for us was Cat Fletcher, one of the staff. We met her at the Otter talk (there are several animal talks throughout the day) and was very impressed with her knowledge and her passion for conservation. As we went through the day (possibly because it was quiet) we met her several times. Each time she had a different animal to share with us and we had the opportunity to have a hold. She was careful to supervise and ensure the well-being of the animals. She was fantastic with the children, educating them at their level, answering questions and encouraging them to get to know the animals and learn. It’s so good to see someone clearly in the right job!
There’s a well stocked gift shop as you go out. I was heartened to see most of what was on offer was actually relevant to the park, rather than purely to make money. It was pretty typical prices for an attraction. The toilets were also well kept and clean.
Overall we were there for around 4 hours. You can do it in less, but we really made the most of it. It’s a lovely day out with warm and welcoming staff.
Written May 21, 2022
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jh23303
Swindon, UK36 contributions
Couples
Prices are a little high for entry considering you can see everything in a couple of hours. A few talks throughout the day but overcrowded with wild kids fighting each other to get to the front. Some kids were very rough with the animals and the staff (the bloke) was very gently and kindly asking them to be careful, he seemed nice and patient. Fairly good variety of animals to see but because of the dark screens it was very difficult to see them through the glass unless they were outside. Understandably, in this heat, very few were outside and most were shading. Nice amount of baby animals around with the parents which indicates they have a good breeding and conservation project going on. Cafe on site is very limited and you can't really get a proper meal there. Overall a nice day though, albeit short.
Written August 12, 2022
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luke14ott
Hampshire, UK116 contributions
Family
Visited here on Tuesday 15th
Weather was around 24/25c so as you can imagine hot for many of the animals.
Not good to see so many with NO water. Especially the deer pen as the water troff is just a small tub that rests in a tyre of whcih was up turned and EMPTY. It looks a bit run down. No way is it worth £12:95 for an adult especially considering that exmoor zoo and Paignton are only a slightly longer drive away and much better zoos.
Usually i go to these places and always think we will return. We wont here. Many animals enclosers are in need of desperate repair or renovation. The so called kids park looks like something from chernobyl and should be condemned. I understand like most zoos that they run on minimal income and have big overheads. But even before covid you can see how run down it was prior. It was an ok experience but just didnt like seeing many animals without any water. One plus side is the staff in the shop/ cafe we’re brilliant and polite and friendly. Food and drink not bad value either.
Written September 19, 2020
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cococlobo
60 contributions
Family
I think the price range is ok especially with all the restrictions they have to put in place with covid and the guidelines as they will be hardly making money with their overheads as it is. Definitely alot of different animals to see here, couple things that would have made me feel better about visiting....
Some more interesting enclosure for the animals mainly in the paddock areas like the Arctic fox, zebra padock and deer to name a few obviously bigger is always better but when your limited to space at least make the space engaging for the animal, make it quality if you can't have the quantity. For example the goat enclosure was lovely, they had many interesting things to explore, now I know a deer or Arctic fox is not going to want the same play bits as goats but possible different floor texture areas, wooden climbing structures, better hides etc etc.
Some enclosures looked like they needed some work, if in doubt I would have kept them empty instead of trying to fill them with animals, one in particular was in the education building there is 2 metal cages with areas that seems to be rusting out from fecal matter they look like old cages etc I just personally wouldn't use them, have those animals elsewhere in the park etc.
Alot of the water around the park seemed stinky and dirty, I understand the area where the ducks can go under the bridge is natural I assume? So you can't so much about that but the otter and flamingo pools were also the same? Are they able to be emptied like man made pools or are they meant to be natural bodies of water? Because they really don't look like they are removing fecal matter too well if they are natural bodies of water.
Lastly a couple of the enclosure too small for some of the animals, my main concern was the 2 big lynx in a very small space, lynx love to climb and it was jot even a very tall space for them, whoch seemed a shame because if you don't have the foot print to expand length ways then surely upwards makes more sense.

However I would still recommend people to visit, you will clearly need the money at a time like this and that money will at the moment only cover the animal costs it obviously won't be able to go on any improvements until things get back to normal and you have your normal visitor numbers again. So I would still say people need to continue supporting you so eventually money returns.
I did like the lemur area and enclosure and the mongoose enclosures also. Some of the enclosures for the smaller animals have been done up fantastic for them and their needs, we also likes the warm house.
All staff super friendly, safe one way system in place with washing hand facilities or sanitiser stations about, liked the array of different play areas our little girl loved them to explore and whole place super clean and tidy.
Written September 23, 2020
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Angela
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Family
We visited today with our 4 year old and 2 year old for the first time, and we all absolutely loved it! The range of animals is amazing and the amount of play areas for children is impressive. We managed to stay for our whole 3 hour slot and probably would have gone around again if we had time. Only two things I would say as a slight downside: they aren’t very well signposted to find (in my opinion) and I think more people might visit if they were more visible. Also it was a little pricey but the range of animals and the fact it’s supporting a small zoo was enough to reason that out. The staff are friendly and one of the walk around staff was so friendly and knowledgeable and gave us so much time explaining things about the animals. Anyway, all this to say it’s fab and if you are holidaying nearby definitely visit! We certainly will be again!
Written August 25, 2020
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Ben
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A really friendly little animal park with a very good range of interesting animals. It's not too big, so its easy enough to get around in a couple of hours if short of time, or spend longer and book ahead to take part in one of the animal experiences offered (our 8 yr old did the lemur experience and LOVED it). The cafe serves up simple tasy food (pasties, pizza sanwiches etc), hot drinks (good coffee) and seemed really good value. A great place for kids to see and get close to animals - to learn and enjoy. A highlight in the area.
Written February 22, 2020
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Lil’one
Worthing, UK16 contributions
Couples
Mixed feelings about everything in this 'Zoo'
Small enclosures.
Animals pacing up and down, back and forward along boundaries.
Lynx was shut into a very small enclosure pacing around and around , looking stressed and attempting to gain access to the larger enclosure.
This was sad to see.
The blue magpie was lifting one leg, leaning up against the wire caging.
The foot looked swollen and obviously uncomfortable.
Several animals sitting faced to the interior corners of their enclosures, looking unappy and bored.
We left feeling concerned for the animals and birds etc.
Written May 19, 2021
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stax549
Coningsby, UK71 contributions
First of all, don’t for one moment put this alongside Chester Zoo or ZSL. This is a wildlife park who’s animals have come from various places, closed down zoos and people who have owned them privately. The “cobbled together” look commented on by others is actually a labour of love by the owners. They build the enclosures themselves rather than pay a fortune for a company to do so, therefore there’s more money to spend on the animals. I also work at a wildlife park in Lincolnshire and know full well that the animals come first, every time! The paddocks are great and there is a lot of space for the animals there, my only criticism on the rest of the park is that it feels cramped due to many enclosures being close together, personally I would take down some of the smaller ones and relocate over by the paddocks, just my personal opinion. Had a chance to talk about the fishing cat, what an absolute gem! A handsome animal and, hopefully, perhaps a piece of the work to save these guys for future generations. Good places for picnics and the coffee was great!
Written October 11, 2020
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