“ Address: Scarborough Road, Filey, N. Yorkshire, YO14 9PG. Tel:01723 514439 „
On our recent holiday to the Yorkshire coast we visited Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park and I have to say I was very taken by it. I initially rejected it as an attraction for us as we have a very nice, free little farm in a park near our house that we regularly visit so I didn't feel that it would be worth the princely sum of £7 (£3.50 per adult and free for our under 2 year old toddler - older children, OAPs and students are £3) but I was persuaded by my partner and a gap in our schedule to try it.
The Bird Garden is situated in Filey just off the road in from Scarborough, there is on-site parking, animals and a small cafe and gift shop. They only take cash so make sure you take some with you (I forgot so had to go and find a cash machine).
It is an absolutely beautiful place into which it is obvious that a huge amount of thought, attention and love has gone into from the family that own it. They have all the animals that you would expect - goats, shetland ponies, ducks, chickens, sheep and pigs and also alpacas and a wide variety of birds in an aviary surrounding a wonderful, formally planted garden. The farm is very open and the enclosures for the animals are clean, tidy and well laid out. To get between the enclosures you follow well-cared for grassy paths, no smelly mud here!
In addition to the animal enclosures and the bird garden there are numerous other little areas of interest interspersed. There is a pond and wild bird feeding station, a meadow and hedgerow planted area, a willow tunnel, a sensory garden with smelly plants and boxes to put your hands in and guess what they are and an adventure playground, but unfortunately my son was too distracted by the animals to enjoy that.
If you want to eat while you are there there is the small cafe and there is also a picnic area and plenty of tables and benches dotted around the park.
This isn't a huge place but it is really lovely and I probably don't have the writing skills to properly do justice to just how great I thought it was. We were there for a couple of hours with our son, but I think you could easily spend longer there if your were staying for lunch. It was worth every penny and I would encourage anyone who is in the area to pay it a visit whether you have children or not, it really is too good to be classified as a kiddies attraction only.