Of course, we are home to all your favourite animals but that’s not all! We have lots of different ways to keep you busy and to ensure that you have a full, action-packed day with us. Scroll down to find out more about our,
- Dinosaur Zoo
- Indoor Soft Play Area
- Outside Play Areas
- 18-hole Mini Golf
- Bug Gardens
- Animal Talks & Feeds
- Feeding Stations
- Walk-through Enclosures
- Penny Press
We have tried to ensure that our facilities offer you the most comfortable and enjoyable surroundings for your trip. All of the facilities at the park have been designed to ensure that your visit is safe. However, please remember a few things when you visit the park to ensure that the trip gives you the best benefits.
- Ensure that you use our designated hand wash and sanitiser stations throughout the day especially before you eat or go home.
- Children must be supervised by an adult in the play area at all times.
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Park Facilities Include:
- A number of toilets, including disabled toilets.
- Partnership with KultureCity to improve our ability to assist and accommodate guests with sensory needs.
- Baby changing facilities.
- A cafe which serves food and drink all year from 09:00am until 5:00pm (earlier closing time applies during the winter season – please call ahead for details if required), as well as refreshment kiosks which are situated by the tropical house, mini golf and giraffe exhibit.
- Many Picnic areas.
Since the park was taken over by its current owners in February 2008 a lot of work went in to ensuring that we make the park as accessible as possible to wheelchair users and people who are not able to walk long distances. There are numerous benches around the park to help break up the walk, and we are planning on putting more benches in all the time.
In 2008 there were numerous areas around the park (such as the Meerkat and Otter enclosures) were very difficult or impossible to access by wheel chair. We have tried to eliminate as many of these as possible and there shouldn’t be any animals which you cannot see if you use a wheel chair (although some walk through enclosures may still be difficult to access, such as the Flamingos, however in the name of the welfare of our animals, such things can sometimes be unavoidable – you can still see any such animals from outside the enclosure).
Some of the paths in the park are compacted gravel / road stone and as such not solid tarmac, meaning that in some areas and during some weather conditions, the paths may be a little bit bumpy. The vast majority of the park however has tarmac paths, and as such you can get around the entire park including areas such as the big cats, dinosaurs, play areas, restaurants, tropical house, reptile house and more without leaving a solid tarmac path. Areas such as the Tigers and play area are also only accessible up a very gentle slope. We try to keep the paths in as good an order as possible for wheel chair users, however in some areas pushing a wheel chair may be a little harder work than on a smooth surface.
The whole park has step-free access.
As of 1st April 2017 we also have a fully accessible toilet by the main reception which is complete with an adult changing bench and hoist. Please note that this room is locked and you will need to get this key from reception for access, and we ask that you please bring your own sling to fit the standard fit hoist.
For a copy of our full access statement please click here.
* This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that we offer all our guests/visitors.
Wingham Wildlife Park is very proud to be partnered with KultureCity to create an accessible and inclusive day out for those with sensory needs and invisible disabilities. This includes a fully trained and certified team, tools such as sensory bags and weighted lap pad and Headphone and Quiet Zones.
Find out more about this here.
Wingham Wildlife Park is home to the largest animatronic dinosaur park in Kent! From T-Rex to Velociraptor and Spinosaurus to Stegosaurus we are home to all your favourite prehistoric creatures!
This area offers fun and facts for all ages and is a great way to help little ones understand tricky topics like evolution and extinction too.
There are also key stage 1 & 2 keywords from the curriculum to discover in here to help kids with their vocabulary and spelling.
As well as having lots of information available about palaeontologists, time periods, misconceptions, extinction events etc there is also plenty of excitement to be had too. Dig in our large sandpit and find your own fossils, take a photo in a big dinosaur egg and escape T-Rex on the back of a truck. There is so much to enjoy in here.
Indoor Soft Play Area
We are home to the Lion’s Den Indoor Soft Play area. This large area contains over 3,300 square feet of soft play fun set over 3 levels. It is also made up of 3 distinct zones,
- Construction zone (with giant lego)
- Toddler area (for under 3s with rockers and a ball pit)
- Main play frame (3 storeys of padded platforms, slides, bridges and a giant Lions head!)
This area is ideal, whatever the weather and absolutely jam-packed with fun! On those (very British) wet and windy days this is a great way to really get the kids moving as they climb, slide, crawl and jump around this modern play area. And even on warmer days it is perfect for grabbing yourself a cuppa or an ice-cream and relaxing out of the suns glare for a while.
This is another completely free area to use once you have entered the park and there is no time limit or need to pre-book. For the safety of everyone using this area we have a number of rules which must be adhered to so please make sure you read these here before your arrival.
- Parents / guardians must supervise children at all times.
- Children who are unwell must not use the play equipment.
- This play area is for children aged 12 and under AND under 1.6m tall.
- Toddler area is for use by children aged 3 and under ONLY.
- Age restrictions are in place for the safety of all children and our staff will enforce them.
- Shoes are to be removed on the play equipment and in the supervision areas (which applies to both children and supervising adults), however for hygiene reasons socks must be worn at all times (these can be purchased at the park).
- No food or drink (including sweets and chewing gum) is to be taken on to the play equipment.
- Only food and drink purchased at the park may be consumed in the building.
- Smoking is not permitted in the building.
- Our staff will not tolerate destructive or disruptive behaviour, and children acting in an inappropriate manner may be asked to leave.
- Please do not run around the play area.
- Children should not climb up, run down or go down slides backwards.
- Pens, buckles, jewellery, watches, money, sharp objects, badges etc. must not be taken in to the play equipment. Any personal items must be left with parents / guardians and we accept no liability for stolen, lost or damaged property.
- Push chairs are to be left in the buggy park outside the play area building. Buggies and personal items are left in the buggy park at the owners risk and we will not accept liability for stolen, lost or damaged items.
The indoor play area opens from 09:00am until 4:00pm (earlier closing time applies during the winter season – please call ahead for details if required). If you are coming to use the indoor play area please phone ahead to check times or use the play area at the start of your visit to avoid disappointment.
Outside Play Areas
In 2021 we opened our brand new outside play area which includes the exciting Clamber Castle, swings and accessible playground equipment for children with disabilities- perfect for all our little adventurers and a great way for them to burn off some excess energy too!
We also have a smaller outside play area which is ideal for toddlers with smaller equipment for them to enjoy.
In spring 2022 we opened our brand new 18-hole mini golf course. This is great fun for all ages and we have putters available for different heights. So, whether you are looking for some light-hearted family fun or if you are after a more competitive atmosphere, you’re sure to have the best time on our mini golf course.
To take part it costs just £4 for members or £6 for non-members after entering the park. Members must bring their membership card with them to receive the discount as we cannot check the systems in this area.
The golf hut here also serves snacks, drinks and ice-creams so you won’t have far to go for your much needed refreshments.
Our Natural History Museum houses a variety of interesting items- great for learning more about the natural world and the threats it faces.
You can find it located next door to our Education Centre not far from the entrance. In here you will find items seized by customs and donated to the park to help educate our visitors as well as those given by private collectors and even items from our own park (such as feathers and quills which have naturally dropped).
Wingham Wildlife Park’s Museum provides the opportunity to explore our interesting collection of fossils including a mammoth tooth, plant fossils and extinct fish and reptile fossils to name but a few.
Whilst items seized by customs include skins, furs, leathers etc. It is our hope that this area helps you to understand more about the wide variety of threats faced by species around the world.
Our Bug gardens are another new area and one that we are very excited and proud about. Split into two areas there is both an indoor and outdoor section.
First, you will adventure through the outside area looking at giant models of invertebrate species native to the UK. Not only is it wonderful to shine a light on our own British species but to also help inspire you to care for them in your own garden with things like bug, bee and butterfly hotels and the sort of plants you can grow that will encourage and support them. However, it’s not all about the bugs there is also information on how to help care for other native species including different birds, bats and hedgehogs.
Once you have eventually worked your way indoors you will be able to admire our incredible bug collection which includes, giant African land snails, hermit crabs, ant colonies, stick insects and tarantulas to name a few.
However, most excitingly this area is home to our vital white-clawed crayfish conservation project (to find out more about why this project is so important please click here). Here at the park we raise young crayfish until they are large enough to be released into the wild. Upon their release we return with more newly hatched, captive born individuals and care for them until they too are also ready for release. This is a process that takes roughly a year.
Currently we transport them to Bristol where they can safely be released but we hope that in the future we will be able to do this on our very own doorsteps here in Kent.
Animal Talks and Feeds
We are also pleased to offer a host of talks with several of our most popular animals for FREE throughout the day.
These are a great way to learn about our animals, their cousins in the wild and how you can help from the people know our animals the best, their keepers! It’s the perfect excuse to learn from our experts and to ask any questions you may have.
You can find our current list of talks and their times here.
Whilst you are at the park there are opportunities to purchase food to feed to the animals yourself too. There are feeding stations around the park for animals such as our fish and goats and you can purchase food for our meerkats in reception as you enter the park too.
We are very pleased to be able to offer these opportunities to interact with our animals. Nevertheless, please do not bring your own food to feed to the animals as they are on specific diets and we have to monitor how much they eat to ensure their good health.
Another way to get up close with our animals is to enjoy our walk-through enclosures. Our flamingos, tropical birds and ring-tailed lemurs all have enclosures which you can enter, and the lemurs in particular can be very curious and interactive little characters. It’s always lovely to get up close to them and to be involved in all their mischief.
Since installing our penny presses they have become very popular! The presses can be found in our Orangutan House, Chimpanzee House and Dinosaur areas and each has 4 unique designs to add to you collection.
- Tyrannosaurus Rex
These are a great token to take away with you to remember your day out with us. Which design will you choose?
Our go-karts are located near our indoor play area and are another very popular addition to the park for families with young children. Take to our track with your little ones for just £1.50 and see how many laps you can do!