PHOTOGRAPHY BY IMELDA BELL CHILDREN AND FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER MAIDSTONE KENT | 10 PLACES TO SEE ANIMALS IN KENT

10 PLACES TO SEE ANIMALS IN KENT THIS SUMMER

 

I often use animals to create special images for children. Kids love animals and I remember the joy I felt as a parent watching my little ones run around looking around with wonder and excitement.

What is your child’s favourite animal?

I have complied a list of 10 places in Kent, where you can take your little monkeys to be entertained this Summer.

 

 

Howletts

See the largest herd of African elephants in the UK, walk with lemurs and enjoy the treetop challenge.

See life size prehistoric creatures in the Woodland Walk.  

https://www.aspinallfoundation.org/howletts/

 

Port Lympne

Home to over 760 animals! 

Go on safari to South America, Asia and Africa without leaving Kent and see some incredible animals.

Come face to face with prehistoric life-sized creatures in the UK’s largest dinosaur forest!

https://www.aspinallfoundation.org/port-lympne/

The Wildwood Trust

Wildwood features British wildlife past and present with over 200 native animals set in 40 acres of beautiful ancient woodland.

See Bears, Wolves, Arctic Foxes, Bison, Deer, Owls, Foxes, Red Squirrels, Wild Boar, Lynx, Wild Horses, Badgers, Beavers.

There is also a fantastic adventure playground, so your little ones can let off steam.

https://wildwoodtrust.org/

The Hop Farm Family Park

The Hop Farm Family Park is packed full of attractions including Giant Jumping Pillows, Driving School, Magic Castle, Bumper Carz, Outdoor Adventure Play Area, Children’s Rides and live magic shows and discos.

The Animal Farm features donkeys, horses and plenty of cuddly creatures.

https://thehopfarm.co.uk/

Kent Life

Kent Life is all about a test of rural Kent and experiencing a real working farm.  See a variety of farm animals including sheep, cattle, pigs, horses, donkeys, goats, poultry, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, ducks, geese and alpacas. Cuddle corner lets children get close to some smaller farmyard animals.

https://kentlife.org.uk/

Eagle Heights

Eagle Heights is now home to one of the UK’s largest Bird of Prey Centres with over 50 species. It’s also grown to become a wildlife sanctuary that houses many different species of other animals including Meerkats, Servals, other mammals, Reptiles, Birds and more!

https://www.eagleheights.co.uk/

Wingham Wildlife Park

The park opened in 1986 as Wingham Bird Park but since being taken over by new owners in 2008 and changing name, the park has grown to accommodate a huge variety of animals including big cats, reptiles, and meerkats.  Wingham Wildlife Park offers an exciting day out for families, couples and groups,  just a stone’s throw from the cathedral city of Canterbury.  

https://winghamwildlifepark.co.uk/

Willow’s Bird of Prey Centre

Nestled in the beautiful rural Kent countryside and located in a 6 acre nature trail on old nursery land at Coolings Green & Pleasant, a day out at Willow’s Bird of Prey Centre is sure to leave you full of lasting memories.

Arrive early and be sure to see the show stopping flying displays throughout the day, and many other activities in between.

There really is nothing like the feeling of being up close and personal with these majestic predators.

http://www.willowsbirdofpreycentre.co.uk/

Haguelands Village

A large herd of Alpacas takes pride of place at the farm all year round. Alpacas are docile animals with very individual personalities; they are funny, intelligent, social and affectionate. The herd of Alpacas are shorn once a year and their fibre is used to make some of the clothing you’ll find in the Alpaca Annie shop on site.

At the farm you’re able to book to walk with the Alpacas, you can also adopt an Alpaca for a year and learn all about these adorable herd animals!

http://www.haguelandsvillage.co.uk/default.aspx

Buttercups Goat Sanctuary

Buttercups very first began when Bob and Valerie Hitch agreed to take two unwanted goats into care in 1989. A few months later, an RSPCA inspector asked if they could accept another goat in need of urgent care. In less than a month, yet another arrived. Before long, goats suffering from all sorts of cruelty and neglect were arriving from around the county. By 2003, with so many goats to care for, the sanctuary became a registered charity, rescuing abandoned, abused and neglected goats, and helping animals simply in need of a new home whose owners can no longer care for them or who have been left alone after the death of companion goats.

There are about 137 goats living on site, with about another 109 under protection in foster homes.

http://www.buttercups.org.uk/open-days.htm

I hope you have a lovely summer. Be sure to pop back and tell me about the places you visited from my list.

Next time……

10 Places to keep your kids entertained in Kent on a Rainy Day

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