Wildwood park is a park where you can come nose-to-nose with British Wildlife past and present. There are over 200 native animals set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland.
There is a bus stop outside the main gates on both sides of the road which the triangle route passes in both directions towards Canterbury and towards Herne Bay, so in one day you can visit both places with no stress.
Eleonora and I did that as Herne Bay can be visited in half a day, then we spent the rest of the day visiting Wildwood Park.
Moreover for the children there is an amazing adventure playground with Kent’s biggest drop slide, tube slide, wild fort, tree-top towers and more!
I found that was good for Eleonora see animals that really lives or lived in this area.
The park has a good balance of animals that can be seen all in appropriate habitats. The site is set in a natural woodland so if you are visiting during or recently after a wet period I would advise you to bring boots with you, especially because the children likes to jump in the puddles such as “Peppa Pig”.
The park is within a SSSI (Site of Specific Scientific Interest) rated ancient woodland and some of the paths are naturally uneven. However, most of the paths are flat. Sometimes it’s not easy to see the animals as a number of British species are nocturnal or crepuscular and are more likely to be active late afternoon. The park also provides as natural an environment as possible with plenty of foliage, so it can sometimes take an effort to spot the animals.
Wildwood holds a very impressive play park for children of all ages, surrounded by plenty of picnic benches, they do have a log cabin cafe selling hot food and drinks but like any attraction of this nature there is a price tag to go with it.
The quality of food can be similar to a fast food ones so the cost can seems a bit expensive, I would recommend the panini selection for adults and older children 7+ as they are cooked to order and for the younger children they do a lunch box/bag containing half a sandwich, a piece of fruit, a pack of Pom bears, and a carton of juice but when Eleonora and I got here, we already had a quick lunch in Herne bay with sandwiches bought in a mini market along the main street and a couple of tea cans. The toilet facilities are right by the entrance always clean (except muddy foot prints on the floor in a wet period which is to be expected) there are always staff around the site that are happy to answer any questions you could think of. The only negative thing I can say about this site only applies to those visiting the area as a one time visit. As the entrance can be very expensive for what it is, as you can get around the whole site in about 2 hours.
I took pictures more or less of everything we saw, animal boards too (kept in English of course), and once we were back at home, with this material, I created a nice Power Point to be showed at Eleonora’s school.
What impressed Eleonora more was the eagle owl not only because it is one of the very largest owl species, with a wing span of up to two metres but his neck was 180° turned when we saw him.
There is also a path that need to be done in the dark but she was scared and we didn’t go in there.
Another nice spot is the Bee area and last but not least try to spot the arctic foxes, or enjoy the small mammals that runs everywhere such as the red squirrels or the hazels.
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