Ponderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre, Heckmondwike

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  • We visited here on a hot day and although not lots of animals there where enough to keep the interest enjoyed the sand at the beach area and the play areas scattered around we did pay to use the indoo...  more »
  • Went on a school trip with lots of very small children. We arrived at around 9.30 and the children had to be peeled away at 2pm to go home. Lovely day, helpful staff, lots to see and do. A very succes...  more »
  • I used to go to ponderosa with large groups of children in the holidays when it was small establishment. We always had a great time. The staff where friendly and got reptiles and animals out for you t...  more »
  • A pleasant day out with some lovely enclosures with suitable enrichment and hiding areas. Other animal enclosures require renovating and up grading to meet the same expectations as other enclosures. The play area is clean and suitable for all kids. Only downside I had was the volunteer staff who had a snake out for handling and at the same time was eating an ice cream not a very good impression and risk of salmonella. Then another volunteer had music playing whilst handling a rabbit again when handling animals you should be quiet with slow movements this could only cause distress to the rabbit who was scared when he bent down to be stroked. Therefore staff training could be improved to set good examples to visitors.
  • We have been a dozen times at least - a great day out for young children, teens may be bored. Great value for money, get there early! it gets busy.
  • A really great place, though you do need the weather to be OK. It's mainly for younger kids, lots to see and do. There is a great restaurant on site, it is good quality & good value. Will def go back soon.
  • Sadly disappointed at the poor kept animal enclosures. The enclosures seem way too small. The poor otter had hardly any water in it's pool, with a sign saying that he is waiting on a girlfriend and won't be on my own long. The sign appeared tatty and appeared to have been up sometime. The reindeer look in poor condition despite the fact they were molting. The play park areas and grassy areas were beautifully kept for us superior adults..... The animals are in prisons .... disgusting and would not recommend.
  • Love it here, my kids love it... Worked here volenteraly afew years back ... Great food also in the lakeside restarante xx

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