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“New Forest Wildlife Park”

New Forest Wildlife Park
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Ashurst
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Enjoy the amazing animals at this beautiful park, in the leafy New Forest, with its fabulous adventure playgrounds. Follow the woodland trails to see wallaby, European bison, wolves, wild boar, Scottish wildcats, lynx, foxes, pine marten, polecats, owls and ferrets. Meet the friendly deer and say hi to the playful otters, including the endangered giant otter. Feeding sessions, keeper talks and special events year round. Amazing playgrounds for under 6's and from 6yrs to 86yrs!!!
Reviewed August 6, 2014

Not too pricey, lovely place to spend a good couple of hours with three children age 9, 16 & 19. Small friendly environment, nice cafe, smiley helpful young man on the till, helpful staff in the shop. Easy to find, probably more suited to younger children but we still had a very pleasant time.

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Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a great place to visit with young children as there is plenty for them to do and see and an amazing play area to let off steam. The alphabet trail was well thought out and kept the children busy. The park is well laid out and signposted too. Although not large, there is plenty to see and do. The otters were amusing and fun to watch. Great that there is a timetable of feeding times and talks by the keepers who were all friendly and very approachable. I was surprised to find wallabies, wolves and lynx all here.
Definitely a place to return to.

Thank Katherine A
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

Small wildlife park with a good variety of interesting animals. Most of the enclosures allow good viewing while remaining sympathetic to the needs of the animals. The keepers give interesting talks about the animals and are clearly very passionate about their animals.

A good small cafe with a variety of light lunches - good value for small children. We brought a picnic so didn't eat in.

2 excellent play areas. One for smaller children with a sandy area and climbing equipment - safe but challenging for the under 6s. The other area is very large with excellent equipment for all children - under 6s must be assisted at all times but my 4 year old was delighted to be climbing 9ft off the ground !!!

The only negative is that the loos are near the entrance and so not as easy for parents of young children who need the loo when you are a 10 min walk away !

Small shop of various touristy stuff - not too trashy !

Thank Suzy P
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Reviewed August 4, 2014

We were really pleased with our visit to the Wildlife Park. There is lots to do and see and it's not over priced like so many other attractions. The kids loved the alphabet quiz and we're really pleased with their medals at the end.
The cafe on site was really good and also reasonably price so we had lunch and went back for cream tea afterwards.

Thank Teresa C
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Reviewed August 3, 2014

I am not usually a fan of zoo's and wildlife 'parks' (other than longleat) due to the fact I feel most of the animals should be left free in their natural habitat. I understand the conservation argument and the fact that people would not ordinarily get up close and personal but most places are so poorly set up or the animal enclosures are far too small for the animals that you just end up feeling sorry for them instead of enjoying the experience. This wildlife park is definitely one of the better ones however. It doesn't have your typical lion and tigers and other exotic animals, focusing more on the typical uk animals such as badger, deer,otter,owl related types of species (it does have a few wolves, lynx) and also an interesting butterfly house. What's nice is that most of the animal enclosures seem nice and large so plenty of room to roam for the animals, things in the enclosures to keep them stimulated and the animals looked healthy. A reasonably good adventure play area for young and older kids helps keep them occupied during lunch periods and as you can get discount vouchers for free entry, free parking included it actually turned into a nice morning or afternoon out. Definitely recommended for when the weather is nice.

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