Reviewed by Harriet Grant
A BRILLIANT DAY OUT FOR ALL THE FAMILY! SUCH FRIENDLY STAFF!
Our day out at West Midlands Safari Park has been thoroughly enjoyable. I attended with my partner and 2 children (20 months and 5 months).
We purchased the WMSP App (free) a few days before our trip… The app is good to pre-arrange what attractions you’d like to see. The only thing we couldn’t find is the opening times and we noticed the activity planner isn’t up to date.
The safari park is very well sign posted so we had no problem finding it. The entrance is really vibrant and as soon as we arrived at the entrance my eldest boy let out a big excitable ‘roar’, I took that as a seal of approval from my toddler. The opening of the park is 10am we got there at 9.40am. After 1 hour and a half journey my toddler was a little restless but we kept him entertained by showing him all the vibrant pictures of the animals. Although we were early we joined a small queue for tickets and where greeted by a member of staff who offered a guide at £4 and also offered to answer any questions we had about our day. First impressions on the park where great.
Promptly at 10am the park opened its gates and we were very quickly getting our tickets along with map of the park from the kiosk. We also brought a guide and some animal feed from here as we didn’t have cash but could pay with card. Inside the park again was very well sign posted of where to park or go straight into the safari. We decided to park up. Upon parking I noticed plenty of toilet facility’s ample parking for disabled visitors, lots of standard parking and picnic tables.
We firstly went in to the Lost City Plaza and into the Explorers restaurant for a coffee and to feed the baby. Prices where reasonable and there were plenty of tables to sit. On our way out we were absolutely devastated to find a drawing pin had punctured our double pushchair wheel. We left and asked a member of staff if they could help. Can I say from the bottom of my heart they saved the day for us. The site mechanic who only works every other weekend was on site and took our tyre to repair whilst we went round the safari in the car. I was amazed by how helpful they were, we spoke to 4 staff members in total but all of them where so helpful. The wheel was repaired for us and we picked it up after the safari.
The safari was brilliant all the animals were out to greet us and my toddler was in complete awe when we fed them giggling away in the back of the car. There was a traffic light system on the way round and two lanes which really helped when our baby got restless. There are informative posters before each section/animal telling you about what your about to see this is right up my partners street. The safari is 4 miles long and absolutely fantastic we loved every inch of it. There were lots of rangers around too, the man who broke down in front of us must’ve been so grateful for that lol.
After the thrill of the safari we went into the discovery trail to watch the sea lion show. Callum the sea lion and his trainer where great so entertaining and funny the kids where really laughing around us. We then went into the dinosaur walk through which is the new attraction we were invited to see. I’ve never seen anything like it. Life size dinosaurs who move, my toddler loved them his ‘roar’ started again. We loved the fossils so interesting to see things like that. The souvenir shop was fab in there too, cuddly toys for all sorts of dinosaurs and figurines too. The great touch was the little archaeology sand pits for the kids to do some fossil findings for themselves. I never thought I’d get to touch a triceratops tusk in my lifetime but here they had one.
For those who don’t like picnics there are lots of eateries around. We ate at the Explorers restaurant, whilst hot food was nice and reasonably priced there wasn’t much choice there. Whilst I’m on the subject of food on our way out we got a waffle from the waffle and pancake stall, I was disappointed that these where ready made in packets and not made fresh, it’s little things like this that add to your day out as it’s not something you generally have, we have treats like this on days out only.
The theme park is a great addition to the safari park although there’s not a huge amount for teenagers there but the choice for toddlers and infants is fantastic. My toddler loved the few rides he went on. Again all staff where very friendly. Everywhere is kept so clean.
The Discovery Trail I pretty much ran through, bats flying loose scared me while my partner thought it was hilarious. Even though it wasn’t my ‘thing’ I can imagine people loving it. I’m glad I went in though as I won’t get the experience again. After the bats there were lots of different insects and a little aquarium. We also went into reptile house and Lorikeet Landings… Lorikeet Landings was fantastic, we brought a pot of nectar for £1.50 and the birds landed on our head, arms and shoulders to feed from this pot.
We’ve seen everything today and every single bit felt like we were up close and personal with the animals. The park is so clean and well maintained. Souvenir shops are lovely a palace for children. There are shows throughout the day for various attractions all are listed on the map you get on arrival. We’ve had a fun packed day and will be returning in the summer to go around everything we didn’t get to see today. My partner and I have been to zoos in the West Midlands but this tops them all. Keep up the great work…
General admission tickets (with free-return ticket) cost £19.99 for adults, £14.99 for children aged 3-15 years and children under 3 go free. Book online and save up to 20%. Theme Park ride tickets or multi-ride wristbands are charged extra (from £7.99 to £12.99) but can also be purchased online in an all-inclusive ticket deal also saving you money.
Open daily from 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm).
For more information or to book tickets online visit www.wmsp.co.uk.
West Midland Safari Park, Spring Grove, Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 1LF | 01299 402114