Looking for somewhere to go in Hampshire? We recently visited The New Forest Wildlife Park and we had a fantastic time. Feeling like you are in the centre of a forest with huge draping trees letting in small amounts of sunlight, we looked around and found some amazing animals.
Our first encounter was watching the otters being fed. There are viewing windows for the children but also a lot of children on parents/carers shoulders. There was an informative talk whilst the staff fed the otters.
As it was a rather cold morning, we decided to venture into the tropical world of butterflies. We walked around the greenhouse and as we quickly warmed up we saw some magnificent butterflies.
The children were mesmerised being so close to these butterflies. There certainly was some vibrant colours fluttering around the plants and foliage.
To cool down again we made our way to the huge play park whilst the children had great fun on all sorts of apparatus before sitting down on benches for our picnic. A word of advice, the only toilets within the whole area are at the start so be mindful with little ones if you are half way round like us and suddenly they need to go!! After a delicious picnic we came face to face with a bison.
These European bison do not do much but they are wonderful creatures to look at and the children enjoyed seeing them. Just in front of them were some deer and the ranger was delivering a talk which we interestingly listened too. Just round the corner were some owls and the children really enjoyed seeing these huge great birds.
Our daughter loved looking at the lynx as he paraded up and down.
These large cats are somewhat elegant to watch and our daughter was fascinated. Last but not least the warthogs. We really had a treat with their piglets looking rather young. Our son preferred these and we spent a long time looking at them.
On our way through the forest we came across Bug-ingham Palace where we saw a few bugs.
Then to finish the day off the children had a fantastic play in the large sandpit and on the play equipment.
The New Forest Wildlife Park is a great day out for all the family.
New Forest Wildlife Park, Deerleap Lane, Longdown, Nr Ashurst, Southampton, SO40 4UH
Open all year except 25th and 26th December
Spring/Summer 10.00am – 5.30pm
Autumn/Winter 10.00am – 4.30pm or dusk
Advised last admission is 1.5 hours before closing time