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Fly away for the day!
Member Name: sassypat456
Advantages: Variation, clean, nice surroundings
My 18-month-old daughter is totally obsessed with all kinds of birds at the moment, and with this in mind we decided to treat her to a day trip to Bird World in Farnham, Surrey.
The centre is conveniently located 3 miles south of Farnham on the A325. and is easily accessible from the M25 and well signposted. Parking was plentiful and queues minimal when we went at lunchtime on a Saturday.
Bird World is well laid out, with enclosures grouped together along shady, winding paths. There are all manner of birds here from Pelicans to Penquins and Owls to Vultures.
As it was very hot when we visited, a lot of the birds were as lethargic as we were, with many not finding the energy to move or do anything very exciting, but that's ok. Who can blame them in a heatwave?
The penquins were like statues, they were so still and my daughter was not even remotely interested in them. There is a viewing area, where you can see them swim underwater and I'm sure this would come into its own on the days when they feel like getting wet and energetic!
My daughter tends to find flying birds fascinating so for that reason she was most excited by the smaller tropical birds which flitted about, displaying their grace and pretty colours. My husband meanwhile adores owls so he was delighted to see many different breeds here.
As well as the birds, there is a small farm here, charmingly called Jenny Wren Farm. The usual suspects can be found here including chickens, goats and rabbits. Some of the birds roam free and it was a little alarming and slightly surreal to witness a stand-off and almost fight between a proud peacock and an over zealous, or perhaps even jealous turkey!
The farm also has a nice petting area where rabbits, guinea pigs and mice are free to roam across a table so that children can touch them. My daughter saw her first mouse at close range and she absolutely loved it. I'm not so sure he was as keen on her though, especially when she started shrieking with excitement...
There are a couple of play areas at Bird World, and they take the form of traditional wooden climbing frame and slide combinations. They look like great fun but as my daughter is still at the soft play stage the only thing she could avail of were the swings.
Likewise there is a restaurant by the entrance, one in the middle of the park and a snack shack or two dotted around as well. They looked clean and the food seemed appealing, but we were unsure if they accepted card so decided against eating at any of them. They sold sandwiches, chips, burgers and ice cream, among other delights.
A picnic is a good option though as there are some lovely quiet, spots in the shade to enjoy a bite to eat at leisure.
Toilets and baby change facilities are plentiful and were clean, tidy and well stocked, so no issues there.
Having worked with disabled people in the past, I am always conscious of access issues and am pleased to say this attraction is flat and accessible throughout. Obviously guide dogs are very welcome.
On the way out of the park there is also Underwater World which is a small aquatic centre, featuring tropical fish, turtles and aligators. While not large, or overly impressive, my little monster loved it so it's definately worth a few minutes since it's included in the entrance price.
And so on to the prices - adults cost £13.95 each and children over three cost £10.95. While I enjoyed the day here, I do find that extortionate really, especially if you were to pay for a couple of kids. It would certainly not be somewhere I could afford to go very often!
But that is the only downside really if you, or someone accompanynmg you likes our feathered friends. The site is smaller than I was expecting but still fills 26 acres so is a good size.
We spent a few hours here but could have easily stayed longer, especially if we had been organised enough to bring a picnic and more drinks, and if the heat had been less intense.
I would recommend this attraction on everything except price and that is the only area I am marking it down on.
Summary: A good day out
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