I have to admit that before our visit, the Cotswold Wildlife Park wasn’t on my radar, with Woburn Safari Park and ZSL Whipsnade within easy reach taking the trip into Oxfordshire seemed unnecessary but after realising it was only an hour and half from Milton Keynes and reading some amazing reviews online we decided to give it a go, boy am I glad we did.
We’ve been to Whipsnade a number of times and always have a great time there’s loads to see, all the big wildlife boxes are ticked, lions, tigers, rinos etc. Cotswold had a lot to live up to and it did so with a relaxed charm all of its own.
It had the big draw animals to see, giraffes, lions, meerkats, penguins, it also had some really interesting more unusual displays; blue poison dart frogs, Giant Tortoise, capybara and my personal favourite the leaf cutter ants (honestly they are more interesting than they sound!!) The walk through exhibits allow you to get really close to the animals, the play area is extensive and there are plenty of picnic spots for when its feeding time.
Because its seems smaller than other parks it feels like it was made for toddlers the area’s car free allowing children to roam from exhibit to exhibit with ease. Dogs are allowed in certain areas, so you can bring the whole family, the paths are mainly flat so they are accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs alike. There is even a little train round the park at small extra cost, there are plenty of toilets and as you don’t need to ‘exit through the gift shop’ you can save yourself the enviable hassle of a new toy meltdown.
One of key benefits has to be the price at just £14 for adults and £9.50 for children 3-16 it works out as £23 cheaper for a family of two adults and two children than Woburn and Whipsnade.
A great, relaxed fun day out for all the family.