New Forest Wildlife Park, Ashurst

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#1 of 8 in Fun & Games in New Forest National Park Hampshire
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. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Ashurst trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • we used to go to the Chestnut Centre in Derbyshire which unfortunately shut due to the owners retirement... My daughter loved it there, but the otters that were here have been rehomed at the New Fores...  more »
  • We have visited before and were looking forward to a return visit and weren't disappointed The park is well laid out and very accessible for those in wheelchairs and those with buggy's. You can go rou...  more »
  • I went with my 5 year old son and my 7 year old daughter. We had an amazing time, we loved all the animals, informative feeding talks and all the additional activities they offered during the half ter...  more »
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  • Went in the winter and so some animals were hibernating - this was to be expected, however the ones on display had animal friendly and large enclosures - welfare is obviously the priority not the look of them and this is a great sign. Play areas are really good. Reduced on line booking to usually about 12 pounds for an adult and spent about 3hrs here. Food in the cafe is reasonably priced too.
  • We all loved the place and we got to see a wolf apart from others frightening it off with the banging gate. We also had some coffee and good out of a machine. I'm not a fan of animals being looked up out of their natural habitat but this was better than so places.
  • Loved it, it was so pretty and the animals have plenty of space and look happy! As it's a wildlife park you can't be guaranteed to see all the animals, which we think is better for the animals. There's a great big play ground grownup children and a play ground for young children. Can highly recommend it.
  • A great day out in the forest. This park has a nice variety of animals and although they don't have a huge number of different species the animals they do have are ones that most other animal parks don't. One of my favourites that they have is the giant otter. It's huge and apparently sees off crocodiles and cheetahs in the wild if they are threatened! They also have a large enclosure with wolves and a deer walk where you can walk among free roaming deer that aren't really nervous around people. Ive eaten in the cafe in the past which does some snacks and sandwiches but I usually take a food and eat on one of the many picnic benches dotted around. The talks they do are very Informative and the keepers know the animals that they look after which is nice to see. Overall a very good day out and well worth the price in my opinion 😊
  • Lovely little park,set amongst the trees. You can get quite close to the animals, and there's a great play park for the kids. Very friendly staff too.
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