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A Fantastic, Funfilled Morning at Wildwood in Herne Bay, Kent

By Kirsty Lavender – 1st September 2020

What I loved about Wildwood:


The gorgeous setting – 40 acres of beautiful woodland and the wide array of native wildlife!


Worth paying a babysitter?


This is perfect for a family day out so bring the kids! However, if you did fancy it there are adult-only evening sessions throughout the summer months.




To see a whole host of animals including bears and wolves in stunning surroundings.


Value for money: 


8/10 – Cheaper than some of the other wildlife parks in Kent and you can buy a yearly membership.

Wildwood is a wildlife park near Herne Bay and close to Canterbury specialising in creatures great and small all of whom have a connection to Britain past, present or future. Wildwood Trust is dedicated to saving Britain’s most threatened wildlife and has taken part in many ground-breaking conservation programmes to date.


My family and I were lucky enough to be invited along and were really excited about seeing the different animals that call Wildwood their home. I was really impressed with the social distancing measures put in place; you needed to book your arrival time, track and trace details were obtained, there was a one way round system around the park and there was plenty of hand sanitizer. We all felt safe and comfortable throughout the visit.


Whilst we were looking forward to seeing all the animals we were most looking forward to seeing Wildwood’s most popular residents; rescued bears Fluff and Scruff and also two new arrivals, orphaned bear cubs, Mish and Lucy. The best way to see Fluff and Scruff is by crossing the rope bridge which stretches above the bear enclosure. Whilst we stopped for a snack we were lucky enough to be given a show by one of the bears who was enjoying playing in the water! 

As well as the gorgeous bears there were lots of other animals to see – over 200 in fact! We really enjoyed seeing the wolf pack, again best viewed from up high. There are great viewing platforms and also hides to sit and watch them. My son’s other favourites included the wild boars, the bison and also the rather lovely little mink!

There is lots of different information about the different animals and also the conservation work the trust has carried out. There are usually animal talks throughout the day but these are currently not available however you can scan QR codes at the enclosures for videos of these.


We greatly enjoyed our walk around the wildlife park and I was surprised by the beautiful setting, surrounded by trees you almost feel like you are on a woodland walk in the Kent countryside!

We ended our trip at the play park which is a great outdoor space for children. There is usually a drop slide but this currently closed. Once my little one had run off the last of his energy we settled at one of the picnic benches for lunch and a well-deserved ice cream.


We all really enjoyed our visit and will definitely be returning in the near future – perhaps this time to take part in one of the animal experiences that are available!


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Kirsty x


This is a Girl About review. I was invited by the management to visit the wildlife park free of charge in exchange for an honest and frank review. All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.

Kirsty Boyd Kent
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