Beale Park

Beale Park, Reading: Hours, Address, Beale Park Reviews: 4/5

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Beale Wildlife Park was founded in 1956 by Gilbert Beale who created the Child Beale Trust, a charitable organisation, dedicated to the care and conservation of rare and endangered mammals and birds. The Park is a great place to be with fun, adventure, gardens, amazing animals and birds and play areas for all ages - there's even a paddling pool and narrow gauge train! There is free parking on site and lots going on in the wider park too - visit our website for details.
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lostintranslation123
Maidenhead, UK6 contributions
Nice day out and good customer service
Oct 2021 • Family
Pleasant day out with young kids - several play areas, animals to see, and the mini train is included in the price. I've only docked one star as the restaurant - whilst adequate - isn't that exciting, this is an area that could be greatly improved.

We did have an issue with the booking system - booked 2 days before the visit, but unfortunately the website didn't send us our tickets. I ended up having to print out my credit card statement and took that to show proof of purchase, but to give them their due the staff were brilliant - immediately looked up our names on their system, saw we'd booked as we said, and let us in without question. Very good customer service! The automated system eventually sent me my tickets 2 days after our visit - I hope the site looks into this glitch to save stress for future visitors.
Written October 26, 2021
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Apologies you had trouble with our online ticket system - this has been reported and will be investigated further. Glad to hear the staff were helpful and the rest of your trip was enjoyable. Please visit again soon!
Written October 27, 2021
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icmystic
Bracknell, UK101 contributions
Nice day out
Oct 2021
Nice zoo/park, with some lovely buildings (the Pavilion Café is very impressive - and it did have highchairs when we visited, so the issue reported previously appears to have resolved itself). Clean toilets; nice play areas for children. Lots of animals and birds to see. One or two parts did seem a bit overlooked (e.g. the Bee Zone), but the rest seemed fine. My toddler longed for the train ride and was very happy when we finally did it, just before we left!
Written October 11, 2021
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Thank you for your review - delighted to hear you enjoyed your day and the train lived up to your toddler's expectations. We have some plans for the bee zone so please do come again soon to see.
Written October 27, 2021
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gabi & mike
Chelmsford, UK2 contributions
Lovely day but no high chairs in restaurant
Aug 2021 • Family
We were on are way home from a wedding in wiltshire and decided to stop at beale park on the way , it was lovely lots for little ones to see and do .
The animals looked happy enough the armadillos were my favourite and the ostrich .
The train ride is lovely and my little girl loved it.
Brilliant play areas and picnic inside & out .

The reason i have rated only 4 stars is mainly because of the restaurant , no highchairs??! Not even one , the man i asked was rude aswel like its normal for a place aimed at little ones to not have high chairs think parents should definitely be warned before ordering a full kids meal for a toddler .

Apart from the restaurant the day was enjoyable .
Written August 31, 2021
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Thank you for raising this. Our restaurant is run by an external supplier and I will make contact now and find out the reasons, and whether we may be able to reinstate them. So glad you enjoyed your visit otherwise - I agree that the armadillos are brilliant!
Written September 7, 2021
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kentishbelle2016
Basingstoke, UK58 contributions
A Return Visit after 4 years
Aug 2021
We last visited in May 2017 and also left a review here, please read as a lot of my content still applies!

This is now known as Beale Wildlife Park as during lockdown last year they implemented a huge amount of changes, and it shows!
My adult daughter and I saw added animals (a Lynx called Finn who's soon to get a girlfriend!, Armadillo, Zebra, Donkeys, Shetland ponies and more) we also experienced keeper talks three times during the afternoon with otters, meerkats and lynx - this is a new and welcome addition.

They have also at long last decided to do something with the temple thing in the Japanese garden - it now serves refreshments with tables outside and looks lovely, it's quieter than the restaurant, but still pricey.

Yes, it's a small park, but many different animals - you cant go here and expect a London Zoo type of attraction! There are many poor weather shelters, a sweet train ride, many more picnic tables added, some species have been moved around to give them more room and its so good to see someone at this park cares enough to do all this - it'll bring the customers back. Lemurs are in a bigger and nicer environment (where the guinea pigs used to be) and the Lemurs are so funny and lovely especially the energetic baby!

The downsides for me are the expensive electric boats on the lake, I wouldnt use them at the advertised price. But its all improvements. Many many things for children to do. Loos at entrance still need a bit of TLC, one was out of order, but this place has more loos than some places of triple the size!

But it's a shame the deer have gone, and gone where?

We loved our day there, yes, a WHOLE day and very enjoyable it was. Yes, still room for improvement - some weedy areas and occasional empty patches which need to be addressed, a paint job here and there wouldnt go amiss. But keepers looked smart in their tops and loved watching them go round feeding at the end of the day, they have a wonderful rapport with animals, picking up and cuddling the Skunk for instance!!

We WILL return, keepers - perfect that patter cos we love hearing about your animals, tidy up and fill more of your pretty planters with flowers and place in appropriate areas.
Written August 27, 2021
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We really appreciate you taking the time to write such an honest and full review, thank you. It's particularly good to hear how much you enjoyed watching our keepers are hearing their talks - they do care deeply about the animals and birds, so it's wonderful that it shows! During our low / closed period, we have plans to tidy up certain areas and invest further, so hopefully you will come back to see the changes soon.
Written September 7, 2021
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E Franklin
Dewsbury, UK47 contributions
Good day out
Aug 2021 • Family
This place was just lovely. It had a good range of animals and time to look around and read the information about them. It’s a good clean park and not too many people so don’t feel rushed or too close to other people.
There is lots to do. There are multiple playgrounds for different age ranges, a zip line, a splash pool, a bouncing pillow (which my kids loved) and even a train that takes your round the park and is included in the price.
Overall a lovely day out with lots to do and kept us all occupied.
Written August 27, 2021
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Thank you - such a pleasure to hear how much you enjoyed your visit!
Written September 7, 2021
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rubymurry2016
Northampton, UK9 contributions
Great family activity.
Aug 2021 • Family
Great family day. Nice big park, loads to see and do.
The general park was well maintained, clean and clearly cared for.
Used by us as a stopover location when travelling from the south coast.
Written August 24, 2021
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Thank you for visiting us on your journey and so happy you enjoyed your day.
Written September 7, 2021
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22mand
UK61 contributions
Better than expected
Aug 2021
We needed somewhere for a lunch stop travelling across the country and thought Beale Wildlife Park would be an interesting stop. It was a great choice!

There is a good variety of animals. Who's heard of a Zebu? They appear well cared for and there were some babies. People seemed to be missing the tapir & capybara so make sure you explore all corners.

Organic bangers and mash was a tasty and generous lunch.
Written August 22, 2021
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Great to hear that you met some of our lesser known animals. You're absolutely right that the capybaras and tapir can get missed - we have some new signage planned to help. Please do visit again when you're in the area.
Written September 7, 2021
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Travelbugbitten101
Kingston upon Thames, UK25 contributions
Good afternoon out with lots of variety
Aug 2021
We stumbled across this place on the way to somewhere. Lots of variety - great playgrounds (age appropriate, especially for toddlers), animals, train ride etc. It is expensive though relative to similar parks. It does feel a bit tired in places, however it didn't deter us having fun!
Written August 22, 2021
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We have plenty to do across our 42 acre site - delighted to hear you enjoyed all the attractions. We are aware that a few places need some TLC and will be addressing these over the next few months Thanks again.
Written September 7, 2021
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DRJ
Hampshire37 contributions
Value for money
Aug 2021 • Family
Plenty of interesting and well - looked after animals and birds for the children to see. The playgrounds are beginning to look a bit tired but adequate. Beale Park is easy to walk around even when busy. Four hours soon passed. Took a picnic so can’t comment on the food etc. Finished with a train ride that never disappoints. £47 may seem a lot for a family but the park is value for money, and in these days when prices have risen commensurate with staycations, is really pleasing ng.
Written August 20, 2021
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Thank you for your review. We are particularly conscious of ensuring good value for money, so it's great to hear your feedback on this. Our play areas are being reviewed and we are hoping to make some improvements soon.
Written September 7, 2021
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fitzgeraldstbarts
Marmande, France31 contributions
Enjoyable with enough to do for the price charged
Aug 2021 • Family
Nice to wander and see the animals...although to be fair There were more fake animals than live. Still the area was pleasant to walk round.

We had to give arrival time to stop overcrowding and we arrived mid afternoon to an area heaving with people who were there for the whole day. They paid the same for 7 hours as we had to for 2.5 and were fixed all day at picnic tables by pool and playground so later arrivals could not sit anywhere.

Would be interested to know why we had to give a time if earlier arrivals could stay all day.

The park is worth it and on a nice day the pool and playground are busy

It would be more acceptable if prices were based on time you wanted to stay or tickets were valid for morning or afternoon.
Written August 19, 2021
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We really value your thoughts on our pricing structure. It is something we keep under regular review, and will be sure to consider your suggestions. Glad you enjoyed your day nevertheless - thank you for visiting.
Written September 7, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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