Woburn Safari Park
Over the Easter holidays, we took a family trip to Woburn Safari Park. Well structured and in beautiful surroundings, the park is a great day out for all ages – who doesn’t want to see grizzly bears, cheeky monkeys and frolicking otters all in one day?
How long did it take?
There are two sections to the park: the road safari, and the foot safari. The road trip is quite rigidly structured, but you can take as much time as you like with it. You can book a VIP trip in a Jeep if you don’t want to drive your own car, but this is at an extra cost. It took us about an hour to get round, and we could easily have spent longer, especially in the carnivores enclosures and the monkeys’ playground.
The foot safari is much less rigidly structured, and you choose where you want to go by checking the map, on signposts. You can easily go around with a buggy, and you are never far away from toilets and refreshment facilities. There are all sorts of special events and “meet the animals” sessions, and you can also pay extra for a sea lion and 3D show. Our boys were too small for the giant slide and pedalo boats (height restriction of about 1m for these, but there is a small train which runs on a circuit around the park every half hour as well (no extra charge for these). We spent about 90 minutes here, but you could easily spend over 3-4 hours if taking advantage of all of the activities and shows.
Some highlights for us:
* Watching monkeys playing and jumping onto cars during the road safari
* Seeing the otters play in their waterfall
* Watching the penguins swim about in the underwater observation area
* Walking through the wallabies’ enclosure, and seeing them and their babies in pouches at feeding time
* Stroking the pygmy goats
* Watching the elephants walk back to their field with linked trunks and tails (they actually do this!)
Food and Facilities
There are a number of places to eat offering different things, depending on your appetite, with snack and ice cream kiosks, sandwiches, and hot meals all available. The food is not cheap (as with the majority of attractions like this), and there is lots of pleasant grassy space for picnics if you do decide to bring your own. There are plenty of toilets and baby changing facilities.
The price is variable depending on when you go, and discounted by at least £1 per person if you book online. As a rough guide, adults are a little over £20 each, children are about £15, and under 3s go free. Family ticket packages are available too, as are All Inclusive ones which will get you into the sea lion show and buy you a meal, as well as your entry fee.
This is not a cheap day out, but you do get a lot for your money.
Overall: It was a terrific family day out, and we were talking about it for a long time afterwards. The variety of animals and ways in which you can interact with them was brilliant. It was very hard to choose our favourite bits of the day afterwards, and we will definitely return.
Target Age: great for all ages
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