Wild Place Project

Our Muddy Easter Adventures: Wild Place Project Review

Whilst on our Easter holidays in North Somerset we set off for a day out at Wild Place Project. The park, which is just minutes away from Junction 17 of M5 near Bristol, promised a day of getting close to a range of animals and the opportunity to explore and play in the woodland landscape. The park helps to fund conservation work and goes towards protecting various endangered species of animals.

Upon arrival we were given a map and a fairy trail to find in the woods, this was part of an Easter activity at the time of our visit and Mini was able to exchange her completed trail for some chocolate eggs at the end of the day. There are different seasonal activities on offer, see the Wild Place Project website for up to date details.

Wild Place Project

As you enter the park there is also a board displaying different talks that you can listen to, to learn more about the animals. We went to the lemur talk and to see them being fed. The talk was really informative and engaging for adults and children alike. You could walk into the lemur enclosure and get really close to see them without being in a cage.

Mini wanted to complete the fairy trail first through the woods which started at the wishing tree. She then had to search in the wood area for 6 hidden fairy doors, she really enjoyed finding them and ticking them off in between playing in the natural play area in the woodland.

There were a good selection of animals to see at Wild Place Project including Lemurs, Goats, Cheetahs, Zebras, Baboons and Giraffes, which are my favourite animal so I always appreciate an opportunity to get close to them. In the giraffe house, you could either see them from the ground or up high on the mezzanine level, you could also see them on the upper decking area outside.

After the lemur talk we walked through Wolf Wood and Mini joined a number of other children who were climbing a large tree to get a good view of the wolves.

We then arrived at the barefoot walk, which Mini had been looking forward to all day and was desperate to get stuck in to. The idea is that you take your shoes and socks off and walk through the different parts of the trail to feel the different textures underfoot. The trail got extremely muddy but Mini had a great time doing it, Mr Mack and I weren’t as brave and kept our shoes on. Luckily there was a tap at the end to wash Mini’s feet off, well as much as we could until bath time.

There are a number of different play areas around Wild Place Project, including a large undercover play area near the entrance which is a good idea for when the rain starts to fall. In additional to the play areas there were also plenty of opportunities for children to climb and explore around the park, such as an old jeep that could be climbed in. It had a real feel of allowing the children to get stuck in and experience what was there without too many boundaries, which was a refreshing change.

We had worn wellies and taken Mini’s puddle suit, which were definitely needed as some of the paths and woodland walk areas were particularly muddy due to the recent rain. The fairy woodland walk also had an obstacle course, which was a lot of fun but again very muddy, this was fine for us but we did see some families struggling who weren’t as well prepared.

We found that the park was clean and well taken care of, all of the animal enclosures were as open as possible and gave the animals plenty of space.

I liked that there were lots of different ways to navigate around the park rather than there being one set way around, it meant that the park felt less busy as people were more evenly spread out. Even though we visited during the school Easter holidays, the park didn’t feel over crowded and we were easily able to see and do everything that we wanted without having to queue.

There was a café on site offering sandwiches, soups, hot drinks and snacks which all seemed at a reasonable price. We had taken a picnic but had drinks from the café. There were also a few food stations dotted around the park however there were all closed during our visit, maybe they only open in the summer months.

There are also some additional activities that you can do at Wild Place Project such as a climbing wall, a giant swing and high ropes challenges, these are all chargeable as extras to the entrance price. The park also offers special experiences to get even closer to the animals for a special treat, see the website for further details.

The ticket prices at the time of our visit were £9.95 per adult and £8.50 for children 2-14. I felt that the entrance costs offered very good value for money and were more reasonable than other similar attractions. Annual membership is also available for £32 per adult and £24 per child, which I think is fantastic value and would definitely consider this if only we lived nearer.

We all really enjoyed our day at Wild Place Project, there was plenty to keep us occupied for a full day and it was a great mix of seeing the animals and exploring nature and enjoying being in the outdoors.

Disclaimer: We were provided with free entry to Wild Place Project for the purpose of providing a review, all views and opinions are entirely our own.

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We The Curious Museum Bristol

We The Curious Museum, Bristol Review

For the Easter holidays we spent the week away in North Somerset. Monday morning we opened the curtains to find a rather wet and soggy outlook for the day. A quick google search for rainy days ideas in the local area through up, We The Curious Museum, Bristol. It promised to be a “space to ask questions, poke, prod and test stuff out” so sounded like a perfect day out for us as Mini is really into science at the moment and getting hands on with experiments.

We parked at Millennium Square Car Park (about 200 metres away from the entrance) and we greeted towards the entrance with a giant mirror ball, what we didn’t know at that point was that it actually housed the museum’s planetarium.

We The Curious Museum Bristol

The entrance price was £15.95 per adult and £10.50 per child including gift aid and you then get a £5 voucher as a thank you for gift aiding to spend in the café or gift shop. We also chose to buy tickets for the planetarium show which were an extra £2.50 per person. I’d say the entrance prices were comparable with most days out attractions and I felt we had good value for money as we got there just after 10am and didn’t leave until 4pm after a full day of exploring.

We The Curious Museum Bristol

We The Curious definitely held up it’s promise and provided a huge amount of hands on experiments, activities and exhibitions spread across two floors. The museum was roughly separated into different themed zones including about the human body, water play, home kitchen and garden, space exploration, animation zone, science experiments, building zone and I’m sure more that I’ve forgotten about.

We found that there was a huge variety of things to do and explore and get stuck into, We The Curious is probably the most interactive museum I’ve seen. There were opportunities to experiment and have a go at creating your own inventions, exhibitions with plenty of buttons to press and areas to create your own video animations as well as a full scale house that children can climb onto and around to lay tiles and bricks.

There are different shows available at the planetarium, which have to be booked with your entrance tickets. We chose the space explorers show which was advertised as most suitable for children under 6 years old. The show lasted for about 30 minutes and was led by the very charismatic Catrin who got all the children excited about learning about space travel. We all enjoyed the show, which was light hearted and fun, I particularly enjoyed the disco lights playing around the planetarium whilst the children played catch the planet with a large bouncy ball.

We visited on a rainy bank holiday Monday and yes it was busy, peaking around midday,  however there were still plenty of things to explore without having to wait. If the thing Mini wanted to play with was busy it was easy to find something else and then come back a few minutes later.

We The Curious Museum Bristol

There is a large indoor picnic area which we made use of to eat our packed lunch. There is also a café at the entrance, where we popped for a hot drink and cookie mid afternoon, you can come and go all day by showing your wristband. The prices seemed reasonable and they had a good selection of hot and cold food available.

We The Curious Museum Bristol

We all genuinely enjoyed our day out, there was so much to do and explore that I don’t think we stopped during our visit, Mini went from area to area excited to get stuck in and not to miss anything. All of the exhibitions were fun and interactive whilst being educational at the same time. I think children and families of all ages would enjoy a day out at We The Curious, I certainly learnt lots of fun facts too, and would highly recommend that you visit if you are in or near Bristol.

Further details for We The Curious Museum, Bristol can be found here.

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