Getting close to the Wildlife! We recently visited the beautiful Cotswold Wildlife Park. With over 260 animals in 160 acres of parkland we certainly had a busy day ahead. We strolled up to the New Giraffe Walkway which is a good 5/10 minute walk from the entrance; it starts the journey off and paved the way to the other amazing animals.
From the Giraffes we went on the lions, leopards and tigers. The kids were over whelmed by the lions lying within a 2 inch glass depth of where we were stood and we were only about 1 metre from everything else. We then took a lovely stroll across the fields where the rhino and zebra live to the wetland, there were so many birds to watch, the beautiful flamingos stood tall and there must have been about 30 of them along with ducks and other wild birds that we all different shapes, sizes and colours.
We then took a stroll to the Reptile House to peak at the snakes and crocodiles and then the hide away in the dark where the Bats live before a well deserved lunch. There is a restaurant on site or you can picnic on the lawn. We took a picnic to save on cost and sat close to the Children’s play area which was great entertainment for the kids and gave us an hour together whilst they went off playing. The monkeys live just by the children’s play area which entertained us over lunch.
Following lunch we carried on round to the farm animals, goats, sheep, rabbits, mice! You name it , we found it… we spent a good 45 minutes here, the girls were petting everything! We then walked round to the bird aviaries where the owls and eagles live and through to the walled garden with exotic plants and a giant Amazonian water lily. The penguins were great entertainment for the kids, we stood for ages watching them, rolling eggs, jumping in and out of the water and then they all lined up for feeding.
Recommendation – join the feeding times, great way to get up close (ish) and see the animals. Times for each feed are displayed on the way in. In the walled garden are also the otters and meerkats.
After a good hour and a half we needed a break, so we took a little train that runs through the whole park close to a lot of the enclosures for another view of the park, we were able to see most of the animals we’d seen earlier that day and the kids were able to think about what they had seen throughout the day.
We then ended our day with a trip to the gift shop, lots of gifts, toys and souvenirs to choose from, we bought a few things to remember the day and strolled on back to the car.
The Park is open daily from 10am. Adults £13 and Children (3 -16 years) & Seniors (over 65s) £9, under 3 years are FREE!
Hallmark Hotel Gloucester offers a package with tickets to Cotswold Wildlife Park included which worked out a lot cheaper.