Wild days Out

PUBLISHED: 10:53 29 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:47 20 February 2013

Wild days Out

Wild days Out

This bank holiday, why not discover our wild side – from a living rainforest near Newbury to birds of prey in Reading...

The Living Rainforest

What can you see?

Explore the tropical glasshouses and discover 700 species of plants and animals including an African dwarf crocodile, South Asian Box Turtle, Goeldis monkeys (pictured right) and Dart frogs, to name a few. Make use of the a area to keep the kids entertained while you enjoy lunch in the pleasant caf. You can adopt an animal, and there are plenty of family-friendly events and exhibitions throughout the year. The Living Rainforest is a must-visit destination, whatever the weather. Who would have thought you can find a tropical rainforest in rural West Berkshire?

When is it open?

Open daily with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Open from 10am to 5pm with last admission at 4.30pm.

How much does it cost?

Adults 8.95, children (5-14) 7.50, children (3-4) 6.50, under 3s free, concessions 8.25, family ticket 29.50. Ticket is valid for free entry for a year (excludes bank holidays).

Where is it?

The Living Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys RG18 0TN

Tel: 01635 20 24 44

www.livingrainforest.org



Odds Farm Park

What can you see?

Plenty of entertainment is offered at Odds Farm Park all year round, in particular the sheep racing. Theres a specially built mini race track with jumps and bends and everyone who guesses the winning sheep gets a medal. You can also see goat racing during the summer months as well as visit the hen house to collect some eggs. Other entertainment includes a 6,000 square feet Adventure Maze and milking demonstrations.

When is it open?

February 19 to October 30 from 10am to 5.30pm. October 31 to February 10 from 10am to 4.30pm.

How much does it cost?

Adults 9.50, children (2-16) 8.50,

under 2s free and over 60s 8.50.

Where is it?

Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Common Road,

Wooburn Common, High Wycombe, Bucks HP10 0LX

Tel: 01628 52 01 88

www.oddsfarm.co.uk



Wolf Conservation Trust

What can you see?

Its been a very exciting year so far at the Trust, with the arrival of some arctic wolf cubs from Quebc the first of this species in the UK, ever. There are also three wolf cubs born in May to see.

The Trust is home to nine wolves living in five groups and one of the best ways to experience them is on one of the wolf walks. You need to become a member, but the walks are held most weekends and last around 30 minutes. Volunteers are on hand to answer your questions along the way, too.

To see if you would like to become a member (40) pop along to the Trusts open day on August 29. Other annual events for members include Howl Nights (10 per person), Wolf Keeper Experiences (100 per person) and for children, their own walk, keeper day and wolfy picnics.

When is it open?

Members can visit on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Visits are always by appointment only.

How much does it cost?

Visiting membership costs 40 which includes entry for you and two guests (minimum age is 12 for walks); a colour photograph, three Wolf Print magazines and advance notice of upcoming events. Walk membership costs 80 per person.

Where is it?

UK Wolf Conservation Trust, Butlers Farm, Beenham, Reading RG7 5NT

Tel: 0118 97 13 330

www.ukwct.org.uk



Beale Park

What can you see?

Theres a plethora of animals to introduce yourself to at Beale Park: meerkats, raccoons, ring-tailed lemurs, prairie dogs and fallow deer, to name just a few. You can even take part in a Keeper Experience Session with either the primates at Baxters Farm, or with the owls and other birds for 90 per person for three hours. Beale Park will take an entire day for you to explore, but you could always take the narrow gauge train to see the animals and gardens its free with your entrance ticket.

When is it open?

February 14 to March 31 and October 1 to 31, 10am to 5pm, with last admission at 4pm. April 1 to September 30, 10am to 6pm with last admission at 5pm.

How much does it cost?

Beale Park is offering a special family ticket price for just 22 on selected special Sundays (call to check). In high season: adults 9, over 60s 7.50, children 6.50, under 2s free. For low season prices visit the website.

Where is it?

Beale Park, Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NH

Tel: 0844 82 61 761. www.bealepark.co.uk



What the keeper says:

I love working at Bucklebury Farm Park because no two days are the same and we have always got something fun and different to show our visitors throughout the year, like our new Guinea Pig Village which opens this summer. I help look after our school visits and hearing the parties of children as they come up the drive laughing and chatting and full of excitement, is one of the best parts of the day. The hours can be long, but sending our visitors home happy is very rewarding and we also so lucky to work in such a beautiful environment after so much fresh air, I always sleep well!"


Jess Wise, deputy farm manager



Feathers and Fur

What can you see?

You simply must see the stunning collection of hawks, falcons and owls at Feathers and Fur near Reading. Theres a variety of falconry opportunities from a half day Hands on Experience Sessions and Hawk Walks. Expert falconers are on hand to make your experience memorable and informative. This is a great opportunity to get up close to birds of prey you may see on a daily basis such as the Red Kite and the Kestrel. You can also see a Barn Owl, European Eagle Owl, Peregrine Falcon and George, a Continental Giant Rabbit.

When is it open?

Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 5.30pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Not open Mondays.

How much does it cost?

The Hawk Walk costs 35 or a full falconry course costs 100. A half day falconry session plus a spectator costs 65. There are also photography sessions costing from 35. See the website for more details.

Where is it?

Feathers and Fur, Ladds Garden Village, Bath Road, Hare Hatch RG10 9SB

Tel: 07812 17 17 09

www.feathersandfur.co.uk



What thekeeper says:

Feathers and Fur offers a wonderful opportunity to experience the exhilaration of having Berkshires most iconic and beautiful birds of prey, the Red Kite, land majestically on your fist.


Sadie Shepherd, falconer



The Bucks Goat Centre

What can you see?

Theres plenty happening at the Goat Centre over the school summer holidays, like ferret racing and tractor rides. Among other animals to see theres llamas, wallabies, pigs and,

of course, goats. Children can also make friends with the centres smaller inhabitants, namely the rabbits and guinea pigs. Theres also a large outdoor play area which includes giant trampolines and a bouncy castle.

Take along a picnic or sample the local produce in the The Farm Kitchen theres a great childrens menu.

When is it open?

Summer 10am to 5pm and

winter 10am to 4pm.

How much does it cost?

Adults 4.50, children 3.50, concessions 4 and under 2s free.

Where is it?

The Bucks Goat Centre,

Layby Farm, Old Risborough Road, Stoke Mandeville,

Bucks HP22 5XJ

Tel: 01296 612983

www.bucksgoatcentre.co.uk



Bucklebury Farm Park

What can you see?

Deer, wild boar, a llama, donkeys, Shetland ponies, pigs, lambs and goats you can even visit the barn where you can pat-a-pet such as guinea pigs and rabbits. There are also around 150 deer to spot in the Deer Park, including Red Deer, Fallow, Sika and Axis. Plus, in October, there are special dawn and dusk safaris brilliant for enthusiasts and photographers. On August 11 the farm is hosting a Teddy Bears Picnic in aid of Helen & Douglas House hospice for children. Bring your favourite teddy, go on a bear hunt and spot some famous bears. Also back by popular demand on Sunday 29 is their delicious hog roast. Food served from 12.45pm.

When is it open?

Open from February until Tuesday November 1 daily and then Friday to Sundays until December 18. Open 10am to 6pm with last admission at 5pm.

How much does it cost?

Adults 7.95, children and over 60s 6.95, under 2s free, family ticket 26.50. Free parking.

Where is it?

Bucklebury Farm Park, Bucklebury,

Reading RG7 6RR

Tel: 0118 97 14 002

www.buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk

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