Lakeland Wildlife Oasis

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, Milnthorpe: Hours, Address, Lakeland Wildlife Oasis Reviews: 4.5/5

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
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
About
Established for over 25 years, the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis hosts an incredible collection of insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Perfect for families, the zoo is an all-weather attraction combining lush tropical halls and outdoor animal areas. Explore our evolutionary journey spanning over 300,000,000 years. The on site 'Wild Cafe' is open every day from 10am-4pm. No zoo entry is required to visit the cafe. Last entry for the zoo is 4:00pm. We are open every day except Christmas and Boxing Day.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Bexs91
Swadlincote, UK11 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Visited the zoo for the the carnivore experience that we had pre booked. We had a guide called Naomi who was very friendly and knowledgable. We never felt rushed at any time and got the full experience with each of the animal encounters. We were able to feed the lemurs, fossa, snow leopards and meerkats. All the animals looked very maintained and cared for. We left the zoo feeling very lucky to be able to meet all of the animals for the price we paid. We worked out if we had gone to one of the major zoos we would of paid around £400/£500 more to experience what we did at Lakeland. Thanks again to Naomi who ensured we had a lovely afternoon :)
Written June 15, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review us - we are pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience and your positive comments have been passed onto Naomi!
Written June 19, 2021
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LRoberts
Manchester106 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
Staying nearby in Kendal and this was a great find!
Had done nothing but rain all week so as soon as we saw a break in the forecast we booked to visit and I'm glad we did. Only spent a couple of hours, so it's not a full day out, but we all enjoyed it.
From the beautiful snow leopards to the creepy crawlies- theres lots to see! Lots of info around the enclosures that was simple enough for my 9 year old to enjoy reading. Some of the animals you can really get close to, we spent ages watching the meerkats.
The layout is brilliant, even with the one way systems currently in place (there were cut throughs if you wanted another go round certain areas again without going ALL the way round, well thought out!)
Loved the overhead runs for the lemurs and the tunnel going through the leopard enclosure.
Food from the cafe was good and reasonably priced.
Only gripe was the high prices in the gift shop but this is standard across every zoo I've ever been to.
Would definitely recommend a visit if you're nearby.
Written October 30, 2020
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Thankyou for this psoitive review! We appreciate the wonderful feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon!
Written June 19, 2021
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Ruthydee
Leeds, United Kingdom8 contributions
May 2021
We brought our 3 year old here during a stay in the lake district. The covid restrictions meant the indoor areas were closed so the tickets were reduced and I have to say I was pleased enough with the outdoor areas, all the animals looked really well cared for and were in interesting habitats, there were nice additions for kids like the viewing bubble and sandpit next to the meerkats and the tunnel under the snow leopard. We were all really happy we'd decided to go and would recommend to other people with young children.
Written May 25, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to review us! We appreciate your positive comments and look forward to (hopefully) seeing you again in the future.
Written June 19, 2021
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Janette J
Lancaster, UK31 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
A part of the park was flooded and inaccessible, but we had recently had a storm, however no apparent attempt to rectify was visible. Unable to take pushchairs into the Lemur enclosure so consider if you have little people with you which we did. The cafe is not great, the children left a fair amount and it is the cooking and quality that let it down. A small animal park that passes a couple of hours but not the all weather venue it claims to be for active 6 year olds. Admission prices are fair for the size of the park however we knew the animals were due to he fed as they were all pacing and a few were on their own and clearly unhappy. This was a bit of a dampener to the day for the little boy we had with us who was bothered why the animals had no friend to play with. We have been now but not in a rush to go back.
Written March 12, 2020
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Hi Janette - we're sorry to hear that you did not have an enjoyable time at the park. We have made a considerable amount of changes and developments throughout our period of closure and we hope that if you do choose to visit us again in the future you will see these changes.
Written August 12, 2020
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bluetoffee2
Liverpool, England2 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Lovely little zoo. Very good for little ones and has some rare species you don't see in larger zoos. Great for a stop off and has a good cafe! Staff are always helpful and the animal encounters are the best value of any zoo
Written July 5, 2021
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Tom1989
8 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Visited the wildlife oasis today with our daughters and had a great time. Reasonable entry fee, felt very safe with the Covid set up and the animals and insects were varied and well looked after. A particular highlight was the ant colony, I have never seen anything as impressive anywhere else with regard to insect displays . The staff were very friendly and welcoming. I would definitely reccomend. We will return for sure in the future.
Written July 28, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to review us! We're happy to see that you had a positive experience at park and it is lovely to hear that you felt COVID safe with us - we have tried very hard to make sure the site is as safe as possible! We hope to see you again soon!
Written August 12, 2020
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Jess
Dereham, UK18 contributions
Oct 2020
Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is a small but absolutely delightful little zoo.

Me (29) and dad (55) went and have left overjoyed that we chose this one and not one of the bigger zoos.

Its got quite a lot of inside creatures, and while there is a one way system in place - it definitely makes sense. The outside area is really lovely, the animals are clearly well cared for, and the enclosures look like a great place for them.

The little cafe there was very reasonably priced, and both me and dad really enjoyed our food (he had a cheeseburger and chips and I had the halloumi and chips both) we also treated ourselves to what I believe is homemade cake - and it was lovely.

I saw lots of animals that I'd not actually seen before, ones that aren't shown at bigger zoos, but actually, they were so sweet.

This place would be just as great a day out for a young family as it was for us. And dads returning in a couple of months with my stepmum. I'm already thinking of inviting the boyfriend and his little boy to visit with me again in the future.
Written October 1, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to review us - we appreciate your positive comments and we look forward to seeing both you and your father (plus guests!) soon.
Written October 7, 2020
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grayfam
Edinburgh, UK592 contributions
Apr 2022
We just stumbled across this little zoo when we were looking for somewhere to go while changing accommodation. We have stayed down the road several times yet didnt realise it was there ! What a delightful surprise. We arrived around midday on a pretty hot sunny day and a lot of the animals were dozing. However a snack and a lengthy visit to the indoor section ( so interesting) later we revisited the outdoor area and found the bigger mammals to be more active - probably because it was feeding time - so ask about this. We are 60+ year old adults , imagine families will absolutely love it.
Written April 12, 2022
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Sarah P
Knaresborough, UK97 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
I went to this wildlife park today after some research on Google, what drew me there was the red squirrels which are one of my favourite animals!

The park has two separate areas, the amphibians, lizards, insects and some smaller mammals are inside and outside are the snow leopards, meerkats and degus etc.

The snow leopards were beautiful, there was a large viewing area to see them as well as a tunnel you could walk through and they could climb over the top, the only shame was that the tunnel was quite dirty/marked so it was harder to see the snow leopards from within.

All of the animals I saw looked happy and healthy, even with the recent terrible bad weather the enclosures had been well maintained with evidence of expansion with new exhibits coming soon.

I loved the red squirrels, obviously, but it was also my first time seeing a fossa which was amazing, it was lovely to see a lot of the really small mammals featured too, not many places have those.

The cafe was good value for money with tasty food and ample searing, the me I had a good choice of food, including many vegetarian options.

I spent a couple of hours here, I wouldn't say it's a place you could spend the full day but definitely enough for filling a morning/afternoon, I definitely plan on visiting again!
Written February 17, 2020
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Dear Sarah, Thank you for taking the time leave us such a positive and well detailed review. We're continually developing the site, so we hope you see even more improvements if and when you visit again!
Written February 21, 2020
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Sharon L
Accrington, UK20 contributions
Aug 2020
We found this great little place after literally 'googling' animal attractions in the north west. We'd visited practically everywhere else so thought we'd give this a try. It's fab!
It's only a minute or two from the motorway and had lots of animals and other more exotic species that we had not seen anywhere else. We had booked online as expected these days and felt very safe following the one way route around the site. This helped in being able to see all the animals through the indoor section with birds, bats, insects and other creatures, including the amazing brightly coloured frogs through to the outdoor section with all the animals outside. The whole experience was brill. The baby meerkats were adorable, the snow leopards were stunning and the lemurs were comical. But best of all was Tank the armadillo who gave us a real show digging, climbing and falling over himself. We watched him for ages, literally laughing out loud. Having been round the one way system once we went round again after dinner at the cafe which was also good. Well done to all involved. The cleanliness of the site was impressive, from toilets to the walk ways. Numerous hand sanitiser points, masks through the indoor section and the one way system which had been well considered. The animals looked well cared for, some even wandering free, and staff were busy tidying paths and enclosures through out the day, Well worth a visit. Loved it!
Written August 27, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave such a detailed review! We're happy to see that our COVID-safe measures were well appreciated. We're also happy to see that you enjoyed our diverse animal collection! We hope to see you again soon!
Written October 7, 2020
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Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM