We wondered whether it would be a good value all age attraction and found it to be our favourite of everywhere we visited in a week on the Isle of Wight.
First of all don't be put off by what seems a small attraction, there is so much so see participate in and enjoy. The owls are quite amazing and the staff are all so keen to talk and share their knowledge, for instance we learnt about how wild birds try to fly down and snatch the food on the cage floor of the giant owl with a 7 foot wing span only to get a shock when they cannot reach it through the cage roof! How the male protected the female when she was nesting but stole the food for the chicks when they had hatched and attacked keepers trying to get into the cage. We even got to stroke the breast of an owl raised in the attraction owners home where it lived happily with their cat and dog!
Everything about the park is superb for access with a wheelchair or pushchair, the gradients gentle and the pathways wide clear and easy to use. The monkeys have great fun watching you and glass windows enable you to see inside their "huts" My daughter, 11, and her friend, 12, were captivated by monkeys and owls alike but were even more impressed by the play area with climbing frame that they thought was just like those in the monkey enclosures!
After almost two hours, my wife, 19 year old daughter and I were amazed we had been there that long, decided to retreat to the warmth of a spotless tea room and conservatory, spotlessly clean and wheelchair/pushchair accessible. I was very impressed to find a gluten free selection of cakes that were reasonably priced and excellent to taste. So refreshing to find somewhere that catered for special diets and special needs visitors.
After almost 4 hours we met the father and son owners, who had built the park themselves, as we were thinking it must be close to closing time, not a word of it they said anyone who wanted to stay on after the official closing time was very welcome to do so and they were happy to speak and share what they were doing. They really were an example of how things could be to other attraction owners. They had even had the handrails made and fixed to the fence by metal monkey shaped supports and the wood fence posts each had a different owl carved on their tops - wonderful attention to detail that runs throughout the park.
We stayed for over four hours and all agreed we would return on our next island holiday.
Finally the gift shop had a wide range of themed products that covered the pocket money budget to expensive price range.
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