New Forest Wildlife Park, Ashurst

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Set in natural woodland, New Forest Wildlife Park specializes in providing a safe home for native and past-native British wildlife. The park is recognized as the UK’s leading institution for the rescue and rehabilitation of unwell, injured, and orphaned otters. It also rehabilitates other wildlife, such as owls, deer, and foxes, in similar situations. Alongside the British wildlife, the park hosts a few international guests, including wallabies. Join the keepers for their regular informative talks throughout the day and watch them feed the animals. Look out for the free-roaming, inquisitive deer, one of which has been known to examine visitors' pockets for treats. The adventure playground is the ideal place to let little ones run loose, including a zip line, climbing ropes, swings, and more. There is also a special play area for children under six. Relax in the Woodlands Bakehouse coffee shop for lunch, or treat yourself to home-baked cakes and New Forest ice cream. Our Ashurst trip itinerary planner makes visiting New Forest Wildlife Park and other Ashurst attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Our son was amazed about a fly (!) he saw in one of the enclosures... As we could hardly find any other animals in the whole park a fly became an attraction. Says everything, doesn't it?  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    We went yesterday as we haven't been in a few years so couldn't remember what it was like! It was much better than I remember it being! All the staff were really friendly and happy to help or answer q...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Picked this place to visit on the outskirts of the New Forest at the last minute. Pleased with the choice. Spent around 3 hours walking around the park. Kids particularly were excited at seeing the Wo...  more »
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  • Interesting collection of animals that look like they enjoy where they are living. They were active and easy to spot. My favourite were the wolves. There are two adventure playground areas, one for 6 and under and an amazing one for 6 year olds to adults. Kids had loads of fun. Overall it's not a large park and yet there seemed like a lot to do. Good value day out.
  • Lovely place with loads to see and do! The animals are beautiful and it's great fun to buy an otter toy, stuff it in your coat with the head poking out and watch people's faces as they think you are trying to sneak out with a live one! A great place, just one niggle is that not all enclosures are big such as the beautiful owl enclosures, they are far too small for the birds.
  • Visited today and had a great time. Animals seem well looked after and enclosures are spacious. £35 for a day out for a family of 4 seems good value The only slight negative is the only toilets being located by the entrance, so from the play park for example, its a bit of a trek over to the loos! Overall Would thoroughly recommend 👍
  • A lovely place to visit. Even on a busy weekend, there's plenty of space. Excellent keeper talks, several play areas for children of different ages, a wide selection of animals but with a focus on otters and owls. The butterfly house from Easter to September is brilliant and there are tame deer and wallabies. The only toilets are outside the main entrance which could be inconvenient for some.
  • Animals seemed well cared for and keepers knew lots about them and their specific characters. Great play areas. OK restaurant, though very busy.

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