Last week, several Mumblers popped along to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park for one of their Wildlife Safari Nights with Live Music. This included a visit to the park in the day. Read some of their reviews here:
We had a fantastic day out at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, with our daughter who is 7 years old and struggles with mobility. Upon arrival a lady clearly noted our daughter had additional needs and escorted us to a ticket booth with limited queue and wider access
The park was well organised and the map easy to follow, with lots to see and do for all ages. We were impressed at the size of the enclosures for the animals, and everything seemed extremely well maintained with huge potential for new attractions in years to come.
We enjoyed the enclosures that you could walk through, and attempting to count the ringtail lemurs running around! Information boards about the animals were readily available for the wide variety of animals on the park. What a treat that we were able to see the painted dog puppies, much to our daughters’ delight!
There were cafes dotted around the whole park where you could get something to eat and drink, we had taken a picnic with us and there were plenty of places we could stop on route and enjoy our lunch in beautiful surroundings
The highlight of our day was seeing the polar bears – they are one of our daughters’ favourite animals and the Yorkshire Wildlife Park have 4 which are the only ones in captivity in England. The staff were knowledgeable about them and were happy to answer our questions about such an amazingly beautiful animal.
In the whole park there was only one place we couldn’t access – the leopard heights which had stairs to the viewing area. There were some natural stone foot paths and stone in the disabled parking and these were a little tricky to navigate in places. The facilities were impressive and covered a wide range of disabilities – making this an easy day out for parents and carers!
We spent a brilliant day at Yorkshire Wildlife Park with our two children, age 2 and 4.
There was a range of animals spread around the park, all the paths were pushchair friendly, albeit a little rough in the woodland areas.
The animals seemed to have good spacious enclosures and there was lots of information about them around the park. There was a number of staff members dotted around the park who were very knowledgeable about the animals and happy to answer questions. We particularly loved watching the polar bears splashing around in the water!
We took a picnic to enjoy for our lunch, there was lots of lovely picnic areas to sit at. There were quite a few cafes to eat at and various ice cream huts around the park.
We went into the indoor play area, to get away from the midday sun, for a while and our children thoroughly enjoyed it. There was a small soft play area at the front (for age 4 and under) with a large area behind for older children.
There were plenty of areas around the park where you could sit and let your children move around freely to enjoy their surroundings, our children particularly enjoyed adding to the Bug Hotel in the shade of the trees.
We were lucky enough to attend a ‘Wild Live Safari Night’ after our day in the park. You could choose from three different areas- gold, silver or bronze. Be warned, people ran to get the front of their areas as soon as the gates opened! We were in the bronze area and it was set up really well. There were bouncy castles, high bouncers and a small shop (selling hoops balls etc) for children, these all charged separately. There was a hot food area, selling burgers, pizzas and flat breads (I’d recommend a flat bread!) although a lot of people had taken camping chairs, picnic blankets, picnics and alcohol with them. We were treated to some good support acts before S Club came on stage. It was a really lovely atmosphere at the concert with people having fun and children dancing around enjoying their night.
I would definitely recommend a day out to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and to attend a ‘Safari Night’ if you can. We had a brilliant day full of excitement and laughter!
We arrived just after lunch and it was all super well organised from the parking assistance, to when my son got stuck by a bee and we needed a first aider, a great start!
The park itself has so much to do for everyone. Lots of variety of animals, with some really cool walk through areas where you can get really close to the animals. Staff around the park are very knowledgeable and able to answer all the questions an over enthusiastic 5 year old needs to know.
The park also contains an outdoor play area with slides and climbing frames and an supervised indoor soft play area. Which is great for the kids to burn off any excess energy.
To refuel we visited the Safari cafe, good fresh made food with some amazing cakes! They were also playing live music in the outside seating area which was a treat.
The evening concert was brill with the groups only play 1/2 he each there was lots of variety. It was well organised and the kids enjoyed it, even if they were not sure who Liberty X were?
A great day out and we will definitely be back!
First when we arrived at the Wildlife Park we went to go and see the Meerkats, they were adorable! Then just around the corner there were some huge lions that were beautiful. Because it was feeding time for a lot of the animals we got to see them close up. We had a piece of cake with the giraffes munching away on leaves behind us, it was an amazing sight!
My favourite animals to see were the tigers, the leopard and the huge polar bear. My sister’s favourites were the tigers and the leopard as well. My other sister’s favourite animal was the wallaby, we could walk amongst them and there was a baby joey in its mummy’s pouch. There is an amazing playground there too, with a huge fort, this was great fun and we had to be dragged away from it 😊.
We can not stop singing ‘Reach for the Stars !!!!’ Love from Lilly, Evie and Heidi xxxxxx We loved it !!!!!!
Every Saturday in August 2019. 5-9pm
Come to Yorkshire Wildlife Park for a full day of fabulous family time, including entertainment around the park and extended opening into the evening, and also get access to the concert area for the evening’s brilliant live music and bangless fireworks finale!
Saturday 10th August. Gabrielle, Claire Richards
Saturday 17th August. Best of the West End – a Night of Musicals
Saturday 24th August. Rak-Su, Saara Aalto
Booking advised. Tickets include Park access from 10am and concert. Children under 3 go FREE.