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"Monkeys on the roof made our day…"
We were lucky enough to be invited to visit and review Woburn at half term in February. I'd never been to a safari park before so wasn't sure what to expect. It was a rather grey day but luckily the rain didn't fall which can apparently effect the sitings as many of the animals go indoors so avoid if it's pouring.
The first thing I should say is that the trip was very easy. We live in London and it's very easy to access from the motorway. Although it was half term we weren't queuing at all to get into the park and although at times we were part of a trail of cars, we never felt like we were in a traffic jam not that we had to rush on because there were other cars behind us. The Trail is laid out so that you drive round and see all the animals and the proximity to the animals really is exciting. By far the highlight of the trip was the monkey enclosure. Be warned: they do jump on your car and we did see a couple tugging at wing mirrors although we didn't see any cars actually damaged. At one stage we had three monkeys sitting on our car bonnet and it was great fun watching them jump from car to car.
Once we'd finished the drive we had a walk around the foot safari which enabled you to get closer to some smaller animals, including wallabies, penguins, monkeys, birds and our favourite the lemurs. There's an outdoors adventure area which includes a treetops Action Trail (NB this isn't part of the GoApe that has also recently opened up at Woburn). If you're kids are keen to go on the Treetops, my advice would be to book them on early. By the time we arrived they were fully booked for the day, so it's definitely worth booking them in and then going off for lunch/do the foot safari or even before you start the Road Safari. There is also an indoor activity centre for younger kids with Play Ark, Bobcat run (giant slides) and boats and trains so plenty for kids to do once the safari is over. We also enjoyed a decent lunch at the cafe which was reasonably priced.
I would definitely recommend Woburn to families wanting the Safari experience. It's a pretty full day out in itself but if you wanted more from your day out, there's also the newly opened Go Ape park and also the town of Woburn which we went through on our return home (think we took the wrong turning!) and looked like a beautiful place to stop for tea.Read moreLess
"We have been to woburn a few times now. We…"
We have been to woburn a few times now. We have learnt not trawl around the car part at the entrance, but stick to the left side and sail round at a decent speed. You then get a decent parking space, and can go and see the enclosures before too busy.
If you get to the play ark when it opens at 11, it is very quiet and the kids can enjoy a huge run around before lunch.
The sandwiches and cakes are slightly overpriced (normal in places like this) but the actual main meals are quite large sized and tend to be quite tasty.
The shows are worth watching, and the swans are alot more work than they look!
Once you have exhausted everything by foot, get hot drinks to take away and go around the driving part again. It is empty! you can drive round with no queing and get realy close to the animals, kids are more intersted as they are happy to sit after doing all the walking/ running around.Read moreLess
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