As I have written here, we spent our Easter weekend over on the North Yorkshire Coast. On Easter Sunday, we returned to Bridlington Animal Park having gone there last summer.
Finding Bridlington Animal Park is quite easy because of the decent road signs. However, as you enter the car park, the animal park is at the back of an old fashioned factory outlet store, which is a bit strange! Even stranger is the wooden mock-up play shop and a couple of other wooden houses for the kids to play in. Very basic, but they are free for the children to run and play in so no harm done and actually, we spent 15 minutes playing in them!
The park itself is quite small and probably takes just over an hour to get round. However, there are activities throughout the day which are the main attraction so check the website for details to get your timing right.
As it is an animal park, it can get quite muddy so don’t wear anything too nice! The park isn’t too big, I so would try and leave the buggy in the car, especially as the paths aren’t completely flat. Also, dirty wheels are a pain to deal with when putting the buggy back in the car!
In terms of animals, Bridlington Animal Park has pigs, meerkats, owls, sheep and a few others. However, our favourites are the wallabies, especially when you get to feed them! They are so gentle and well behaved and they are just the right height for toddlers to feed them. There is no time limit to feed them and so it is a nice relaxing atmosphere to enjoy the experience and was the main reason we returned. They are also very photogenic!
We went round the rest of the park, whilst also playing in the open play area. This would have been much more pleasurable had it been warmer! In the rest of the park, you can feed the animals using feed bought at the entrance. I decided against this, fearing that I didn’t have enough pairs of hands to keep a toddler under control and carrying animal feed. However, I wish that I had done now!
We finished the park and headed back for the next activity which was reptile handling! There were 2 snakes and a lizard and the handlers were really, really good at allowing everyone to have a go and more importantly, making sure that the animals were not distressed!
Entry to the park is less than £5 per person (2016 prices!) and so it is good value for money. One good thing is that you can go and come back throughout the day. This means you can pop out for lunch or shopping and take in the other activities later on. There is a cafe in the factory outlet (with ice cream!) although we didn’t check out the toilet facilities either time we went.
The staff are also really friendly as I think Bridlington Animal Park is a family run attraction. It really shows in the friendly manner that the staff have, especially with the children. As a result, I’m sure that we will be back on one of our many trips to the North Yorkshire Coast at some point!