The Hope Nature Centre

The Hope Nature Centre, Southwick: Hours, Address, The Hope Nature Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

The Hope Nature Centre
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
A nature centre set in 15 acres of country park with alpacas, donkeys, chickens, rabbits, pigs & other animals, a tea room serving freshly cooked (and highly acclaimed) meals, a play area and small gift shop. The Hope Nature Centre is a registered charity that was set up in 2000 to help provide work placements for young adults with learning difficulties. We cater for groups, children's birthday parties and business breakfasts in a safe, disability friendly environment.
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Ryan J
3 contributions
10/10
Oct 2021 • Couples
Visited hope nature centre this morning with my wife and what a fantastic day! The staff at the entrance were very friendly and helpful. We had such a fun day feeding the animals. All of their enclosures were so spacious and clean! We also had a panini each in the cafe afterwards and the food was absolutely amazing, 10/10 it was so tasty! While waiting for our food, we realised something that just made us both smile ear to ear and made us both so happy! The centre being used to give adults with learning difficulties opportunities socially, educationally, and in a working environment is such a kind caring and thoughtful way of helping people, me and my wife will forever speak volumes of this place.
Written October 14, 2021
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Jonny
13 contributions
Amazeballs
Sep 2021 • Business
Wow! What An amazing trip out! Out on a holiday with vulnerable adults and what do we find???!!!!??? A petting zoo, cafe, and activity sessions run by vulnerable adults. Everyone was polite and very helpful. It was a nice surprise, as we were very new to the area and briefly saw it advertised and one of our individuals chose it. The petting zoo was massive with a land train to go on if you wanted as well. Able to buy food for some of the animals as some were on special diets. The cafe was nice and spacious with seating outside as well as 2 recreational sites with equipment too. Bought a couple of sandwiches (panini and baguette) unfortunately they ran out of sausage as they have a popular breakfast menu but offered me cheese and bacon instead which was awesome.

Thanks for some fantastic service. Hopefully be back soon.
Written September 23, 2021
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Joanne B
Bath, UK107 contributions
Ignored
Sep 2021
Tried to use the café the other day with my grandson and dog after walking around Southwick country park. As I walked into the café I was shouted at for having the dog with me, I politely said that I understood no dogs but wanted to know if I could sit in the outside area and did they offer table service. I was told yes so took the baby and dog to the outside seating area to wait for my order to be taken. after quite a while, no one came to take our order. I decided to leave and as I walked past the café the staff were all stood together chatting and there was only 1 other customer inside. they clearly don't need the money nor do they care about customer service.
Written September 22, 2021
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Ian L
London, UK473 contributions
Great treat
Sep 2021 • Family
This was great for 3 hours to entertain 3 youngster.

The cafe was a delight snd the food was excellent.

There were plenty of small animals and woodland to explore

Well worth a visit
Written September 18, 2021
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Kelsa R
2 contributions
A great day out!
Aug 2021 • Friends
Lovely place for a day out, would suit everyone who loves the outdoors and nature. You can take a picnic to the animal park, plenty of benches. Good variety of animals. Large grounds to play or walk in.

Cafe staff, in particular Karen, were all friendly, welcoming and helpful. Food and drinks were fabulous, especially the lemon drizzle cake 😊. Would highly recommend.
Written September 7, 2021
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Clare4948
Bury, UK20 contributions
Wonderful nature centre
Aug 2021
We had a fantastic day here, travelling around on the tractor, feeding the sheep and cheeky donkeys, and looking at all the well cared for animals. The staff around the centre were lovely and took great delight in telling us about the animals and how they were cared for. I think the lady's name was Hayley, who looked after the donkeys, and was especially friendly and helpful.
Written August 23, 2021
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Peter Klaven
Frome, UK12 contributions
DONKEY BITE!
Aug 2021 • Family
We had been having a lovely morning here until I was trying to show my 20-week old baby the donkeys and one bit me on the arm.

It was incredibly sore and I still have a bruise nearly two weeks later. We were careful not to go too near the donkey, and were not reaching out or trying to touch it in any way but it walked closer to us and reached its head over the fence to bite my arm and narrowly missing my son which would have been much worse. While we were still there it also bit a child. There were no noticeable warning signs as there had been on other enclosures.

I sent an email to Hope Nature Centre telling them about the incident but have not received a reply 11 days later.

So incredibly disappointing as the rest of our time had been enjoyable but to leave a family place hurt and sore when I had not done anything careless or risky is a concern.
Written August 23, 2021
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HomeBird
Dorset, UK45 contributions
Lovely morning out
Aug 2021 • Couples
This tucked away little gem is well worth the visit
Set in a lovely countryside setting this little gem has all.kinds of animals from the squeaky, wheeky guinea pigs to handsome fluffy llamas
The play areas are well built and being used by very happy kiddos clearly lovingevery minute which was lovely to see
There are some new areas under construction so will be nice to see what is "coming soon"
Lovely to be able to feed some of the animals too and lots of hand cleaning points which is good
After our stroll through the park we stopped in the cafe to recharge
I can highlyrecommended the waffles
Ours were made by Alex, who did a top job, it was delicious
Toilets are clean and well maintained too
All in all a perfect Sunday morning
Written August 22, 2021
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emily
Bradford-on-Avon, UK1 contribution
Best waffle ever 🧇
Aug 2021 • Family
The banoffee waffle was the best thing I tasted plus it was exceptional so are the staff members. Thx and😋 I couldn’t believe how big and amazing it was
Written August 21, 2021
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MrsSKDykes
1 contribution
Great day out for the family
Aug 2021
I went on Friday last week with my son and we thought it was great! Very well structured and things to do for both babies and children. Very helpful staff at both the front desk and in the cafe - thank you Karen for being so lovely!! Booked to visit again this week with my parents in law.
Written August 17, 2021
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