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“Gentle day out.”
Review of Beale Park

Beale Park
Ranked #2 of 90 things to do in Reading
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Beale Park Wildlife Park & Gardens 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 animals and birds. Not only is Beale Park a charity, the Park is a great place to be with fun, adventure, gardens, amazing animals and birds and play parks - there's even a splash pool and miniature train!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed June 24, 2013

I went here with my 9 year old and a friend with her son so purchased a family ticket. For the entry fee you also get one go each on the mini train. The train runs every 15 mins and does a lazy figure 8 up one side of the property so you can see some of the larger enclosures.extra goes are £1 each person. Not a very long ride but the kids enjoyed it. Then we walked up the same route as the train had taken to look at the animals more closely. There are several small creatures and a few larger ones but they seem quite random in what they have. Meerkats, prairie dogs, alpacas and emus to name a few. There is a good rope playground with several pieces of equipment in and a sand base so if they get fed up climbing they can make castles etc. I had brought a bucket and spade so they played there for a while. Continuing on there are a few more animals and aviaries and a pond where you can buy feed from a machine at 20p a child's handful and feed the ducks. A small area with 'pet ' animals was disappointing as you couldn't stroke any of them. Then you come to a large play area with equipment for ages form tiny up to 10ish. There is plenty to keep them happy for a couple of hours including a fenced off paddling pool. There are changing rooms which were a good idea. The lake was having a revamp so the model boats were out of bounds.
The cafe was expensive but had several choices if you had to buy food. this didn't effect us as we'd brought our own picnic. Lots of tables to eat at. Toilets weren't situated at the play area which could be a problem if you had little ones and one suddenly had to go. Over 10s would get bored quickly. I would like to go again when it's warmer to get full use of the facilities. Take a picnic, swim trunks and towel and a bucket and spade to get your money's worth.

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Looking for somewhere to entertain our granddaughter (just under 2 years-old), we thought of Beale Park. I've been driving past it for over 12 years but this was my first visit. Without repeating all the other favourable comments, I would just say we had a very enjoyable couple of hours there. The facilities were good, with plenty to see and do.

Thank Swanseaexile
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

we came here while staying in the area, we thought it was great value for money and we had a wonderful family day out, it has something for everyone and we enjoyed the train. we also thought the cafe was good value, a cuppa and bacon sarnie for £3.50 (I think)

Thank Hastleon
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

We had our son's 8th birthday party at Beale park and had a fantastic day. The inclusive party package was a bargain compared to other similar parks in the area (Cotswold Wildlife, Bucklebury Farm), and even compared to bouncy castle type parties at the local leisure centre.There was plenty to entertain the children. Don't go to Beale Park if you want big cats/ giraffes etc- it is a small park with birds & smaller (but still interesting) animals, exactly as advertised. Our group enjoyed watching the antics of the raccoons & meerkats.The design of the enclosures was very child friendly with perspex panels in fences & raised look out points. The children loved the tunnel ( with window) through the pets area. They also enjoyed the brightly coloured birds in aviaries & a terrapin swimming in the lake.The party room had a toilet for our exclusive use which was a bonus.Staff were very helpful. Children loved the generous food portions - we had the hot menu. There were some empty enclosures, but it is evident that improvement work is going on. The play areas were brilliant for active 8 year olds. People have commented on the goose droppings on footpaths. There are geese living wild on the lake - what can you expect ?It is no different to the banks of the Thames.There is no point making comparisons with safari parks. Beale is a charity run small park & the price reflects this.

Thank SilverDolphin192
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Whilst moored on the Thames, we visited Beale Park on a grey day mid week and found a hidden gem. We found well kept gardens, lakes, ducks, geese and peacocks wondering around, but also sculptures of giraffes, hippos, crocodiles and elephants scattered around. There were aviaries full of birds from Australia, Americas, Australasia and Madagascar. There were Meerkats, Prarie Dogs, goats, turtles, rabbits and tarantulas and much, much more! Everything is well tended and well kept. This is mainly an attraction for families with children, as in addition to the animals, I counted at least 3 different play-parks for children of different ages. There is also a nice little train which is incl in the entry price. However, we could not find the engine driver, so cannot comment on the pleasure of the trip. The hidden bonus for us was the exhibition of model boats in the folly, which turns out to be the National collection of model boats. Very impressive.
We were looking for a gift shop, but could not find one which is a shame, as I needed a notebook and some notelets.
We did not eat in the cafeteria but it looked clean and inviting with plenty of tables. In addition, there were ample picnic tables around the play area to be enjoyed on a sunny day. All in all, very enjoyable but felt the entry price was £2 pp too much to give full value for money.

Thank Elis T
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