New Forest Wildlife Park

The New Forest Wildlife Park is set in the heart of the New Forest, a mile up the road from Longdown Farm which we visited last year.

The park offers you the chance to see indigenous species in their natural surroundings by simply following woodland trails and thanks to the previous days torrential rain it was a bit of a muddy walk so if you visit when it has been rainy I would advise you take your wellies.

You enter the park through the reception area which is next to a large cafe. The only toilets in the park are just outside the reception area so we made sure the kids had a wee before we embarked on the trail. We were given maps and a challenge sheet to answer all the questions on the “big blue eyes” as we went round.

New Forest Wildlife Park

Our first stop was the butterfly house and having had previous experience of the kids hating every minute of butterflies fluttering around them I wasn’t sure what to expect but they did brilliantly. There were butterflies of all colours and sizes and we got to see lots of different chrysalis’ too.

New Forest Wildlife Park

Just outside the butterfly house is an indoor area where we saw some playful Otter, some adorable field mice, polecats, ferrets, two very sleepy badgers and a rather disdainful fox!

New Forest Wildlife Park

It was then time to head outside to the nature trails. It is a fairly straightforward route and you simply follow it around and look at the displays as you go around. Some of the animals were in hiding and we didn’t see any frogs however the various species of Otters were more than happy to show off and play as we watched and the Owls looked on from the safety of their barns.

New Forest Wildlife Park

New Forest Wildlife Park has two large adventure play areas, one for age 6+ and one for 6 and unders. We found the large 6+ area and the kids would have stayed here all day with challenging climbing frames, rope ladders, bucket swings and picnic tables for parents to sit and watch.

New Forest Wildlife Park

We managed to prise the kids away from the play equipment for some lunch before heading off to do the deer trail. Here we found more otters, pine martens, bison, owls and of course those beautiful deer which were roaming free.

New Forest Wildlife Park

Throughout the day you can see keeper talks, feeding times and even get to meet some of the residents. There are deer wandering through the park and seem quite unfazed at having to share it with us humans. When we saw the Lynx it was waiting patiently for its dinner and we couldn’t tear Sebby away from the Wild Boar and their adorable piglets even with the bribe of seeing a wallaby.

New Forest Wildlife Park

The final animals on our trail were the majestic grey wolves which are simply stunning animals. There are two males, Rocky and Chaser, and three females, Aspen, Cedar, and Idaho who are all from the same litter born in June 2010 at Colchester Zoo. As we left their compound we saw a crowd of people and went over to see what was going on and found a member of staff with two gorgeous hedgehogs to admire.

New Forest Wildlife Park

At the end of the trail was the park for the under 6’s and it was Sebby’s turn to have some fun, although of course Eliza and Isaac joined in too.

New Forest Wildlife Park

A family ticket to New Forest Wildlife Park costs a very reasonable £32.75 but do keep an eye on groupon for offers. An annual family pass costs £160 and the park is open every day except for Christmas and Boxing Day and is something I am considering getting as it was a fabulous day out and would be interesting seeing how everything changes throughout the seasons.

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24 thoughts on “New Forest Wildlife Park

  1. Sherry says:

    The last time we went to the New Forest Wildlife park was pre child and I (for obvious reasons) didn’t notice the play parks. Considering how frequently we visit the walks opposite the entrance (Deerleap and Longdown) I really ought to visit the park itself again with toddler in tow. Sounds like a great place to go with kids #CountryKids
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  2. lisa prince says:

    i love places like this , being outdoors always makes the day more interesting

  3. Rachel says:

    This looks like a fab day out and from your photos it looks like you had a great day. Those piglets are so cute.
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  4. Charly Dove says:

    Oh this sounds like great fun Kara especially as its a mix of wildlife and play. POD loves a good climb. We must look into places to go in the new forest, it’s not really that far from us and heading south on the A3 is usually pretty good 🙂
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  5. Emma says:

    That looks great and very reasonably priced. x
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  6. Coombemill says:

    The New Forest Wildlife Park looks like a fab place to explore with little ones, your three look like they’re having a great time meeting all the animals. They’ve really thought about the layout making it a nice easy loop, nothing ruins a trip to the zoo more than constantly doubling back on yourselves. The two different play parks look great too, the 6+ one looks like it’s got some really challenging parts to it. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.
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  7. Wow, what a fantastic place to visit and so much to do for kiddos X

  8. Emma's Mamma says:

    This looks great! Putting this on my list of places to go 🙂 #countrykids
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  9. Rachel says:

    Wow this place looks absolutely fabulous and has something for everyone to do x
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  10. Wow this place is massive! So many things to do and see! Love that family entrance is reasonable too! #countrykids
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  11. Emma T says:

    Looks like a lovely place to visit. I like that there’s 2 different age playgrounds – although not helpful if you’ve kids who go over both ages.
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  12. What a great day out. We go to the New Forest quite a lot but I’m ashamed to say we haven’t been to the Wildlife Park. My two are still very young so we have plenty of time to make the most if it #CountryKids
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  13. Gemma says:

    Beautiful pictures! This looks a great day out
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  14. That looks fab, I haven’t been to the New Forest in years but I’d loveto go again 🙂
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  15. This looks like a brilliant place for a family day out, especially if your kids love animals.
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  16. Suck a wide variety of animals to see here. Bet you all had a fab time.
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  17. Mary Louise says:

    I did not realise there was so much to do here – and now i know there’s a butterfly house we will certainly be visiting next year when it is a bit warmer!
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  18. cass says:

    Another place to add to my must visit list 😉

    The playpark alone looks like it would keep my two happy x
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  19. Andrea says:

    I LOVE places like this! It looks fabulous and a great way for the kiddies to learn without even realizing it 😉
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  20. Emma says:

    I visited here when I was about ten, it looks like it’s changed a lot since! I think it was just butterflies back in the day, and HUGE caterpillars! 😀
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  21. Sarah Bailey says:

    Oh gosh me and Ash visited here when we were in the New Forest last I remember it was really raining but we still had a lovely time. x
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  22. Sonia says:

    This looks like a lovely place to visit, I love anything to do with wildlife x
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