Saturday 22 July 2017

West Midlands Safari and Leisure Park Review

West Midlands Safari and Leisure Park is located in Bewdley, Worcestershire, and is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and endangered animals, as well as a small theme park for a fun filled family day out.

With a wide selection of activities I rate this place pretty high. Personally I love the drive through safari where you can get up close and personal with zebras, giraffes and camels (not to mention the Ellipsen Waterbuck which will attempt to bash your window if you try to stroke them) - animal mix can be purchased at the main gate (£3.50 per pack) and then fed to various animals (all listed in the free little map received on arrival)

Tip for Animal Photography: 

Try upping your shutter speed to catch animal movement - available in manual mode, Shutter priority mode, or P mode.

It takes about an hour to drive around the whole safari, but there are shortcuts if you’d prefer to skip out some of the more dangerous species such as the big cats. Years back they used to have monkeys which were infamous for destroying cars, but now they just have the odd buck that’ll try to push it’s luck.

After you’ve been round the drive-through safari you can park your car and enter the park. Parking is vast and free so unless you go on an exceptionally busy day you should always get a spot. Upon entering there’s gift shops, food stalls and sinks for washing your hands (highly recommended if you’ve been handling animal feed/stroking the animals)
 Then as you walk through, the Penguin Cove is on your left along with the sea lion show arena. Usually they have a few shows on a day (they last about 20 mins) I would definitely recommend making time to watch the show as the sea lion (and it’s trainer) have a lot of character!

To your right you’ve got the Discovery Trail which includes; Twilight Cave (bats), Creepy Crawlies, Animal Encounters and SeaQuarium. The bat section is very interesting but you’ve got a 50/50 chance of actually seeing anything. This bit might be a little scary for young children as it’s very dark and the bats sometimes just fly straight past you.

Walking further into the park, you’ll find my favourite place - Lorikeet Landing! This is on your left and while it’s pretty obvious, just make sure you keep an eye out for it. I highly suggest saving some change for the nectar pots (£1.50 each) as it’s a lot of fun! The birds will land on you, maybe even 3 at a time, they will nip if you try to stroke them and they may poo on you! But still, definitely check it out!

Tip for Feeding the Lorikeets:

Cover your nectar pots until you've fully entered the room and don't forget to have your camera at the ready!

Further on you’ve got Land of the Living Dinosaurs and the Reptile House to your left. The Reptile House has regular shows if you’d like to find out more about these cold blooded species. Then there's a food place to your right (Dino Diner) and toilets to your left. Further down is the new Safari Academy which I'm yet to visit.
If you keep on walking you’ll find yourself in the Adventure Theme Park which has a decent amount of rides to keep you busy for a few hours. Our favourite rides were Venom Tower Drop, Zambezi Water Splash and Twister Coaster. I’d suggest buying your tickets online and getting the one that allows you to go on the rides as it can save quite a bit of money.
The final part of the park is the African Village which is home to the meerkats, goats and lemurs (a popular section for young children). We watched and took part in the meerkat feeding which was fun. The lemur wood is very fascinating but you need to keep an eye out as they are very fast and sometimes not that obvious.

Food at West Midlands Safari Park

On both of the recent times we’ve visited, we went to Burger Co which is an African themed restaurant serving burgers, chicken sandwiches and salads. We felt it had quality food that was affordable and good service. The drinks were refillable too which is always a plus on a hot day!

Accommodation in Worcestershire

We stayed the night in Worcester to make our trip more relaxing, and as my family owns a Bed and Breakfast there it made perfect sense as our drive was less than 30 mins to the park and avoided major roads and traffic. Parking is free at The Chandlery and breakfast is included in the price.

Tip for Staying at The Chandlery: 

If you're not a breakfast person then ask the B&B for a packed lunch instead so you have some sarnies for your day out.

I hope this blog has been helpful, please do let me know if you decide to visit the park and what your thoughts are. Pin the photo below if you found this blog useful:
This blog is not sponsored by WMSP, it is my own opinion in which I have not been paid or gifted anything for the review.

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