Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire

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Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire

Zoo/Wildlife Park/Centre - Address: Woburn Park, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, MK17 9QN, United Kingdom

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Review of "Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire"

published 22/11/2010 | kirlykird
Member since : 09/01/2009
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Pro A truly wonderful family day out - fun for all.
Cons Could be pricey in the high season although I do think that it is worth the cost.
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"A truly wondeful safari experience"

We decided as a family that we fancied a family day out with a difference. We researched what was available in geographical proximity and decided to go on Safari! The chosen park for this was Woburn safari park which is situated in the idyllic surroundings of Woburn which is a picturesque village near to Milton Keynes.

We were very pleased to see that given that it was now November that the park was still open as a few safari parks and other attractions closed for the winter season at the end of October. We had a look at their website which is very informative and packed full of information with opening times, prices, maps for the road safari and foot safari, details on eating venues, animal talks and feeding times along with local amenities, and directions. I do believe that every source of information required was on the website and this made our planning very easy. For the winter months, the price of a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children is £34.95 if booked online. It is worth noting that outside of the winter period the ticket prices are slightly higher. We were very lucky to find that the weekend that we were to be visiting that Woburn were holding their annual craft show at the safari park, therefore family tickets were priced at just over £25 for the whole day which included entrance to the craft fair along with full use of the safari park. The younger visitors under the age of three are admitted for free.

On the Saturday morning we set off packed with a picnic and the essential winter component of two flasks of hot chocolate, winter clothing and an air of excitement. Driving from Oxfordshire, the journey was pleasant. A few miles away from the park the very clearly signed sign posts became apparent and the park was very easy to find. We entered the park, paid our entrance fee and headed straight to the road safari. The first animals that we came across were the Rhinos and Emus. The pace was very relaxed and we were able to drive slowly and stop the car to look at the animals with enough room for cars to take over and carry on with the safari should they wish to. Next along the road we came across the Buffalos and the Rhinos. There was so much excitement in the car with the children who are aged 12, 12 and 3 so it really is a fabulous all round family experience. I also think that my husband and I enjoyed this experience as much as the children.

We next drove around to the enclosed compound which housed the tigers. This was the most exciting area in our car so far. Sadly the beautiful tigers were only interested in the big pieces of meat which they had for breakfast so we waved and moved on to see the big black bears and the wolves but then onto my favourite area, the lion park. There were a number of lionesses over this area. Some would walk around your car and others would play and run around. This part of the drive took quite a while to get around as we were all so fascinated by these beautiful creatures plus the fact that they liked to walk into the road and momentarily sit down and block the way. The children thought this to be very funny. All of the way around we were very eagerly looking for the leader of the pride and on our way towards the gate out of the lion park there he was lying down with a number of lionesses surrounding him. He was extremely beautiful with his long mane.

We left the lion park and drove around towards the African forest which was also the monkey enclosure. On our way we drove across the Savannah plain and saw the giraffes and zebras. One decided to walk in front of our car which made my eldest son chuckle as he said that it was the proper use of the term 'zebra crossing'. Outside the monkey enclosure was a warning sign that they may damage your car and if you would like to avoid this take the detour route now. We carried on with the route and it was well worth it although we did witness one of the monkeys snapping the aerial on one families car. Whoops! The scream of excitement shook our car as a monkey jumped onto out windscreen and pressed his face against the glass. I'm sure that this had to be the highlight of the day!
Alas, soon it was time to leave the African jungle and we headed out towards the foot safari passing the camels, Bongos and the wild ass. We were guided to a parking spot and quite impressed how close the parking was to the facilities. We headed straight over to the outdoor playground which was well equipped for both younger and older children.

I will very quickly write about the foot safari otherwise my review could go on forever. We saw wild tropical birds in the bird house, wallabies, monkeys, sea lions, penguins, lemurs, goats, hogs, reptiles and many more. There were clean toilets, food establishments, plenty of picnic areas with picnic tables, indoor soft play for toddler and indoor thrill slides for older children and adults. Most things were accessible with buggies and if not, there were plenty of designated buggy parking areas. There is also a small train that circuits around on the hour although this could be quite difficult to get on due to the queues.

On our way out we decided to take the road safari again as this is unlimited within the opening hours. This time we saw Indian elephants, rhinos and the tigers were actually up and walking around which our toddler actually adored! The wolves had moved out of their enclosure and were walking amongst the cars so well worth the second trip.

Woburn doesn't just end there as there is also a manor house with a deer park to be visited and a very beautiful village which houses hotels and restaurants so my recommendation would be to stay over and explore the other surroundings if the budget and timing suits.

All in all a wonderful day out, in fact one of our best and I could not recommend this park highly enough.

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  • paulpry118 published 23/11/2010
    Hubby wouldn't visit places like this, well at least not in our car
  • plod591 published 23/11/2010
    Good job no one had a weak heart in your car !!
  • JAVER1967 published 22/11/2010
    Excellent review
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Product Information : Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire

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Zoo/Wildlife Park/Centre - Address: Woburn Park, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, MK17 9QN, United Kingdom

Product Details

Type: Zoo/Wildlife Park/Centre

Address: Woburn Park, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, MK17 9QN, United Kingdom

Street: Woburn Park

County: Buckinghamshire

Region: East Anglia

Post Code: MK17 9QN

City: Bedfordshire

Country: United Kingdom

Continent: Europe

Telephone: +44 1525 29040

Fax: +44 1525 290489

Internet / Email: info@woburnsafari.co.uk

Website: www.woburnsafari.co.uk


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