Days out with a toddler: Wildwood Trust

Wildwood(also known as Wildwood Trust) is situated near Canterbury, Kent and is a charity focused on conservation of all kinds of animals.

Back in my childhood I remember it being called Brambles and being chased by a rather greedy goat; alongside other fond memories and we decided to take the small one there for the day.

Wildwood is well signposted and is rather strangely situated at the back of a small industrial estate – don’t be put off, there is plenty of parking and it is easy to find.

Entry was reasonable at £11.45 per adult with under 3’s free.  First impressions were that the whole place appeared a little tatty but knowing that it was funded by charity I didn’t mind.

The park is set in woodland and is mostly shaded; it is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs but is quite stony and bumpy with the odd tree root thrown in, so wear sensible footwear and watch your step.

We were given a map upon entry but found the park really easy to navigate as you just follow the signs and walk round in a loop.

There are too many animals to mention, all appear to be happy and well looked after despite the tatty appearance of the park and enclosures.

We were excited to see there was a wallaby walk-through… which contained two very grumpy goats!

Our favourites by far were the bears, who were rescued from appalling conditions a few years ago and although still show signs of an upsetting past they look happy and are thriving.

The badgers are also a must see – there is a darkened hut where you can see inside the tunnels without upsetting them.

I understand that animals are rotated and potentially lent out for breeding purposes but there was a lot of empty enclosures with no explanation as to why – we visited in June and would have expected there to be at the least a sign explaining why the enclosures were empty.

The adventure playground is amazing – we all had a great time running round and going down the slides; there is also a drop slide which is open at peak times.

The cafe sells the usual hot and cold food and wasn’t the best; I would recommend a picnic as there are plenty of places to stop and eat.

the mancub did enjoy seeing the animals and was suitably worn out – he loved the Bear Walk, which isn’t for anyone afraid of heights(I hated it!).

All in all we had a great day and probably spent four hours here; we would return but would love to see it have a bit of a spruce up.

There were toilets and baby change facilities, as well as an under 5s play area; there is quite a bit of walking involved but it is flat and easy going.

For more information please check out their website.

**We visited Wildwood as paying customers**

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