Ponderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre, Heckmondwike

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  • August 19, 2017
    Been here quite a few times over the years and had a enjoyable time. Food in restaurant has always been very good. Disappointed to discover restaurant closed at 12.45 for a function. Oh well we can ea...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Came here with my family yesterday on the reviews of friends that have been before. Wasn't as much as I thought there, wasn't very clean in places, and the play. Arm was tiny, which I didn't think res...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Visited with my 5 month old baby, as there isn't much you can do on a day out with a baby, so thought looking at different animals would be interesting. What a waste of time. We travelled for almost a...  more »
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  • 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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