Last weekend we were invited to visit Wild Place Project to experience their Halloween events for half term. So not having visited for nearly 2 years, we were all really looking forward to a day out in the glorious autumn sunshine & spending a day outdoors amongst nature & wildlife.
Wild Place is located on the edge of the city and is very easy to access from within and outside of Bristol near to both the M4 & M5. We were completely spoiled with the gorgeous October sunshine weather which meant we could spend a whole day outside without even needing coats!
Our first stop was the pumpkin hunt in Webb’s Brake where you trail through some spooky scenes – nothing like a search to get the kids motivated & excited to roam further. Then you come to Gelada Rocks which is a new addition since our last visit. It is incredible to get close up to such beautiful creatures and there you can also find an old Land Rover that the kids can clamber into & imagine they are on safari, it is touches like this that really get the kids engaged on days out.
We then made our way to the Benoue National Park where we met the cheetah, zebra, eland and my absolute favourites the beautiful and graceful giraffe. It was a wonderful experience to see my children watch the giraffe meander around their surroundings in that inimitable way that these incredible creatures move. I could have stayed for hours just watching the giraffes.
Discover Madagascar is a part of the wildlife park that is where you come up closest to the incredible creatures at Wild Place Project – the lemurs are very special and it is a real privilege to be able to spend time so near to these fascinating animals.
Our next stop was the Barefoot Trail which my children & my niece had been really excited about – this is where children can ditch their wellies and walk through the trail barefoot and experience the different textures of the different paths laid out on the trail. This was so much fun and they went back round about 5 times! And don’t worry there is a tap at the end so the kids can wash the mud off just remember to take a towel with you!!
We then headed to the play area which is always a must with young children and it has lots of lovely wooden structures including a climbing frame made into the shape of a spider.
For those of you brave enough there is also the Leap of Faith which looks like so much fun! It’s the huge 25 feet high climbing adventure including the giant swing!
Our last stop after a really good run around in the Tower Meadow, where the children have huge green open space to explore, was a visit to the meerkats. The meerkats are just so charming! The meerkats at Wild Place are unfazed by all the visitors and it’s possible to see a large number of them interacting in their meerkat home.
We had a really fabulous day out at Wild Place Project, I would thoroughly recommend it as a family day trip. Wild Place offers a day out where you can experience nature and wildlife in a beautiful setting. It also is a great place to encourage children to develop their understanding of the natural world whilst also having a lot of fun 🎃
Disclaimer: We were invited to Wild Place Project to review their Halloween Half Term event. However, all views, opinions and photos are my own.