THEY SAY: Award-winning family da out to see birds of prey, meerkats, sheep, goats.
WE SAY: A chance to get up-close to birds of prey.
IT WAS my daughter’s first birthday when we decided to venture to the animal park in Bridlington.
Luckily, it was one of the warmest days of the year so far, and, in search of fun for four children of different ages, we chose a ride out to the family-run park.I have to say, in April I didn’t expect to need sun cream but we did!
In a wonderful woodland setting, the award-winning park offers adults and children the chance to experience being close to nature and have lots of fun with the wonderful animals and birds of prey.
On arrival I was confused as to exactly where it was situated, but then we realised the animal park is actually within Rose Park Village, (a separate business) and the centre is located behind the big café.
Both attractions share the same car park, so don’t worry you have gone to the wrong place.
As soon as we arrived at the animal centre we were given a programme of events, with everything from pig racing and a wallaby talk to small animal holding and flying displays.
We were able to have a walk through the woodland and see all the animals, feeding them as we passed, before taking our seats for the flying display.
Even Jasmine, who was celebrating her first birthday, and my son, Oliver, who is three, were interested in watching the birds of prey flying past at very close quarters.
The older children with us, my nephew Lewis, seven, and niece Emily, five, were interested to hear the detailed talk given by the keeper.
Next was the pig racing, but, much to the disappointment of Lewis, we managed to miss it because it was on a big field behind the wood and there weren’t any signs saying where everything was. We will know for next time.
The kids loved seeing and feeding all the animals, including meerkats, wallabies, lambs, alpacas, sheep, pigs, donkeys and goats.
There really was something for everyone. There are also plenty of tables so families can take their own picnics.
If you want a more up-close experience, you can book either falconry courses or animal encounters. The falconry courses are for all ages, with one-to-one tuition from experienced falconers. Whether you require a great experience or are thinking of getting your own bird of prey, the experiences are tailored to suit your requirements.
The animal encounters offer the chance to meet the furry friends, which is fun for all ages.
All the animals at the park are rescued and love lots of attention.
The park can also be used to host birthday parties and schools and groups are welcome.
TIP: Look out for deals, for example Dad’s enter free on Father’s Day
The park isn’t massive, but we made more of a day of it by visiting the Rose Park Village attractions, which are on the same site.
A favourite for our children was the motorised car track. For £1 a go, your little ones can whizz around to their heart’s content on the mini F1 racing track. One of the cars was faulty but the children didn’t mind taking it in turns on the one that worked.
Other activities include a nine-hole crazy golf course and an indoor adventure barn, which has tractor rides inside, although this was closed when we visited.
There is also an outdoor area attached with a zip wire and swing ropes and a football challenge, but this does need a bit of a revamp.There’s also a mini-town with a mini school, tea room, lego shop, jail, wigwam & much more.
The outside toys are open and free all day. The Barn will open accordingly to The Cafe opening times and weather permiting.
There is also a large market-type shop on site and a café and ice cream shop and places to have a picnic.
If you want to stay over, Rose Park is also a caravan park. Prices start at £15 per night, and the site is billed as peaceful and relaxing.
- Reviewed April 2014
LOCATION: Covert Lane, Carnaby, Bridlington, East Yorkshire, YO15 3QF
OPEN: Seven days a week, from 10am to 5pm. Last entry at 4pm.
PRICES: Adults £4.95, children aged two to 15 £4. Under-twos free. 10 per cent discount for families of four.
- Ice cream parlour
Call: 01262 673653.
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