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Address: Church Road / Reedham / Norfolk / NR13 3UA

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      27.07.2012 00:10

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      Take your kids here if you want them to get cancer and want to re-mortgage your house in the process. The entrance fee is astronomic (not sure why I was surprised by this as it is excluded from their leaflets) particularly given the attractions inside. To be fair, the main play area is one of the better around; but at over £35 for 2 adults and a child one would expect more animals in larger compounds and a larger selection of other attractions.

      Don't take a buggy as although this is aimed at young families they gravel the entire site making it extremely hard work to push this around.

      Also make sure you bring a packed lunch as you will then not need to eat at the café, where staff are allowed to smoke in the external dining areas. So your children can have their intake of tar and nicotine along with their (deep fried) fish fingers. And the prices here are more exorbitant than the entrance fee! But if you forget your lunch then you should know that Maxi Snaks is inexplicably 50p cheaper than the café on all items.

      The rides are not staffed all the time meaning unnecessary waiting times, as well as unnecessary waiting as they forgot to put the fish fingers in the deep fat fryer. And when the staff return to the unmanned rides, they feel it acceptable to amble along and stop for a chat with colleagues en route.

      My partner complained to Sue, who was lovely and very understanding and didn't disagree with any of our views. She asked that she complain to Graham, who runs the café and snack bar. He was extremely rude, glared at her, called her "luv" repeatedly and saw no problem with his staff smoking in the family dining areas as it was "outside".

      I am somewhat surprised by the number of positive views as the attraction represents to my mind extremely poor value for money. That said, my daughter had an great time but then she, a 4 year old, has no concept of either the entry fee or the damage to her health caused by nicotine and deep fried food.

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      25.05.2011 19:29
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      Nice day out

      We went on a boating holiday in the Norfolk Broads. For a trip ashore, we thought we would visit Pettits Animal Adventure Park near Reedham. It was me, my Mum and the children who decided to go, leaving the men behind doing boaty things (and then the pub).

      The Park was about a mile away from where we moored in Reedham, a walk that took us along a pleasant country path and across a train-track. First to come into view was the flying elephant ride and the strains of fairground music.

      At the entrance, we paid £9.95 per person (child or adult), with a couple of quid off for my Mum as a pensioner. It was cheaper to pay individually with my Mum getting the concession than to buy a family ticket. I wasn't sure about their pricing structure at all: it seemed a bit odd.

      We went straight in and bought 4 soft drinks at the Palms cafe, for around £7. It was embarrassing as I had no cash left and the cafe didn't accept cards, so my Mum ended up paying. I went into the gift shop to use the cashpoint afterwards, which was one of those incredibly slow ones that charge you £1.75 for the pleasure of using them. The gift shop was what you'd expect, filled with the usual sort of souvenirs and toys. The cafe was quite nicely set out, with some tables outside as well, but we'd brought sandwiches so ate in the picnic area nearby.

      This was right beside the adventure playground, which the children were dying to get to, so they stuffed down their sandwiches. There was a nice little fuzzy guinea pig in a hen-coop in the picnic area. I did wonder if he/she could actually get up to the shelter part as the ramp up was quite steep and thin, and guineas aren't the most gifted tight-rope walkers in my experience (not that I've tried mine, but they just don't seem built for it!) After briefly missing their own guinea pigs, the children raced off to the adventure playground. This had some excellent equipment, some of it fairly challenging, and the pair had great fun.

      Once Mum and I had finished our food, we got them out of the play area, and set out around the rest of the park. First we walked around some of the animal enclosures: the Monkey House, which had Tamarins and Marmosets, and aviaries with parrots and storks. From there we came to various oddments, a speaking Humpty Dumpty, wishing well, Santa's Grotto and a miniature train-set (the train had just broken down).

      We walked back down again, where we found a pay-to-play remote control car attraction, which took £1 coins. The children enjoyed this but it didn't seem a very long play for a pound. The cars just ran out of charge as the train-ride came into the nearby station, which was handy. The train driver was a bit grumpy-looking (face like a Lurgan spade, the Other Half would've said), but we went on a lengthy circuit of the park. The ride was fun, and especially over bridges made authentic clickety-clack train noises. The plank seats of the carriages could accommodate a single adult per seat.

      The children were eager to try some more rides, so we headed there next. On the way, there was a wooden bridge and a wildlife area, where a sign asked you to stop in the middle and imagine you were in the marshlands and see what wildlife you could spot. The answer was none, as all the ducks and moorhens were busy elsewhere in the park - this was the least populated by wildlife area we found! We did see some beautiful moorhen chicks and their mothers later on and got followed for ages by a duckling.

      The first ride we tried was the Rocky Roller Coaster. This was quite a bumpy, small roller-coaster and I was glad Mum had decided against joining us on it as her back was hurting - it would definitely have made it worse. It was great fun for the children, who had never really been on a roller-coaster before. The children also went on the Toad of Toad Hall, Alice in Wonderland and Pirate Ship rides. Staff numbers were limited, so it was one operator to two rides, which meant having to wait until they were free to come to the ride you wanted. As it was a quiet mid-week day during term-time, these waits were very short and most of the staff were very pleasant. Presumably during peak times they have more staff on, as I can see wait times becoming too long otherwise. All the rides at Pettits are fairly tame, suitable for younger, say, primary school aged children: older children and teenagers would be bored silly.

      The adults wanted to do something else after a few rides, so we dragged the children to look at the lemurs and owls and the petting area, which had ponies, goats and the like. You can buy feed for 70p to give the animals, but we didn't on this occasion. When we passed the Snowy owls again later, they had just been fed: day-old chicks which were lying gorily across the bottom of the aviary, all a bit gross. The birds were in great condition, but none of the animal enclosures seemed all that large.

      It was getting towards the time we had to leave, so we missed out on some of the attractions, such as crazy golf, clown show and reptile house. We did let the children have one last go on the slides and the £1 a go Karts in the Driving School as we left. We were disappointed to have to go before we'd got around everything properly: we didn't spend enough time in the petting area and there were other rides we would probably have tried had we the time. I think we spent nearly 3 hours there, and could have easily spent another hour.

      The last thing we did was feed the Koi Carp in their pond, with food from the dispensing machine at 20p a pop. These fish were huge, easily the same size as the ducks which were competing with them for the fish-food. The water quality of the pond didn't look that great, having a sort of bubbly scum on the surface, but the fish looked very healthy.

      Everything seemed wheelchair accessible with well laid out paths and fairly even surfaces. The toilet facilities were clean and easy to find. We managed to bypass the gift shop entirely, for once, which made me happy and saved money!

      Over all we had a great time at Pettits. Some of it seems a bit dated and tired, but the children didn't notice. I'd say it was a nice day out for families with children under twelve, with more than enough to do for a full afternoon or even whole day out.

      The Boy (6) says "It was really fun!"
      The Girl (11) says "It had quite fun rides and the animals were really cute."

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        30.08.2010 22:30

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        Hello I went to pettits Today and i am so angry the staff were terrible the day was lovely i thought. the staff if i was the manger fire them all and hire all brand new staff.Very Impolite angry did'nt enjoy they jobs rude snobby horrible urggh. im going back when There all fired i would explain what they did but ive ran out of words many Thanks Erika.x

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        10.08.2010 23:27

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        A good fun family day out.

        We just spent the day here to celebrate my daughters 2nd Birthday and thought it was a good choice. She certainly enjoyed her day and so did the two sisters and their parents who joined us. The entrance fee is acceptable but would advise you need to be in the park for the majority of the day to get your monies worth, I wouldnt want to pay any more. We didnt have time to see the animals in the petting area and owing to the weather/ time of day some of the other animals/birds were sleeping but if you had time to go round each enclosure you could easily loose a couple of hours. The main rides are free eg mini train, cars, pirate ship, roller coaster, tea cups, flying elepants and lots of different slides not to mention a huge play area too and there is no restriction as to how many times you go on a ride. However, as mentioned by some, there are quite a few of the pay per ride attractions but we just avoided these, especially as some of these were the tired looking ones.
        There were a few wasps around but nothing more than anywhere else and I couldnt see anything the park could have done to avoid the problem, no litter bins were overflowing. I can't coment on the food as we took our own however the pic-nic areas are nicely spaced out with plenty of benches, parasols, and bins.
        The one bad thing I would say is the toilets! A seperate building that is in serious need of an update and quite frankly just smelt and felt un clean. Only the ladies toilest have baby change unless you walk to the train station toilets so Mum's dont expect a day off, although quite frankly I wouldnt use the baby change because it looked so dirty. My husband ended up changing our daughter's nappy whilst she was standing on the floor in the disabled loo.
        We will be visiting this attraction again, especially as return visits are half price during the same season.

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        05.08.2010 20:59

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        It's very expensive and dissapointing for what and where it is. Entrance prices are £9.95 for ALL unless you're under 3! A family of four costs £39...ouch oh but they knock 80p of the individual entry fee phew thank goodness for that!!!! Not sure why they bother as no incentive there..Very few animals if they are out and not that exotic but EVERYTHING else will cost you more once thay have fleeced you for your entry fee. As a local I'd advise going to Wroxham barns instead if you want to pet animals or if you have to, go early and stay all day to get your £40 worth, take your own food, drinks and wasp swatter and just keep telling the kids you've run out of pound coins for the rides...However Bewilderwood is the best day out EVER.....

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        29.04.2010 18:58
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        A nice place to visit for a day for under 7's

        We live quite close to this attraction and so have been on a number of occassions.

        You pay one price per person to get in (a small discount is given for children over 3 and oaps from the adult price and under 3's are free) and then the majority of the things inside are free. Be warned though there does seem to be a growing number of attractions within the site which require a further payment such as the mini bikes, water boats and amusements so don't think that you will only have the entrance cost to pay for.

        There are not that many animals but there are a nice mix of birds such as owls and parrots and my kids loved the new gerbil exhibit where you can see them burrowing under the piles of sawdust. The reptile house is also nice (particulalry if the weather turns bad) and being able to feed the goats is also a bonus. We were slightly disappointed that you can no longer go into the field with the goats anymore but you can still feed them through the wooden barriers although more often than not they are never interested in the food.

        With regard to the rides there is a nice mix although several of them are looking quite tired and dated and need a lick of paint or maintenance but the bonus is that all the big funfair type rides such as the pirate ship, teacups and merrygoround are included in the price.

        We have always found the majority of staff to be friendly and kind to the children although I do understand some other reviewers comments about some not being child friendly.

        Don't miss the Bingo the Clown shows and also the crazy golf which are suitable for all ages.

        All in all, although this adventure park could do with a bit of updating, it is a nice place to go with small children (probably 7 and under is ideally suited).

        Plus if you keep your receipt and bring it next time you visit you get in for half price in the same season you first visited.

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        05.08.2009 20:31

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        In August 09, me, my wife and our two children took a day trip to pettitts. My honest conclusion to our day was I felt rather disappointed. The park requires both redecoration and modernization. The staff although very friendly did not look very enthusiastic about their jobs, very few animals with tired rides for the kids..... The overall entrance price (£10 adults/£10 children, Under 3 go free) was bad value for money, AVOID!

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        29.07.2009 23:39

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        i went to pettitts park today with friend and my 3 year old son and was very dissapointed...After paying the same price for my 3 year old as an adult ticket i then decovered all the rides were not free, you need plenty of pound coins for the little rides (driving school & tractors etc)the wasps are a massive problem maybe if the bins were emptyed a bit more often that might help a little. the toilets are dated and not very clean. Most of the staff didn't look like they enjoyed there job and not child frendly.Saying that my 3 year old enjoyed himself, but i would say not good value for money park needs some TLC and to get rid of all the pound machines, and you should not pay the same for a child & adult ticket....Wouldn't go again ...wendy

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        05.02.2009 16:18
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        Great place and we loved it, if we ever went to Norfolk again we would definatly go there again.

        Last summer myself, my hubby and two children went on holiday with eight of our family members to the Norfolk Broads , we stayed in a beautiful barn conversation and upon looking through their welcome pack there was a dozen or so leaflets advertising places to go for family's and children. One of these leaflets was advertising Pettitts Animal Adventure Park in Reedham.
        The leaflet explained a little of what we were to expect and also had some great vouchers for 5 pound off the tickets, which was great, so I would recommend that you visit the tourist attraction office firstly and see if you can get any of these type leaflets with the coupons on, we saved a lot of money throughout our holiday thanks to these leaflets.
        Anyway we arrived at 10 am and all I can say is from that moment until we left at 5 pm, we had the most fantastic day and every single one of us thoroughly enjoyed it.
        The park is separated into all different parts and upon arriving and paying for your tickets they provide you with a site map to help guide you around.
        Once through the entrance to the left of you is robin hood adventure playground which is great, my children absolutely loved it, my six year old son especially loved the zip line, and went on it about a dozen times, but our three year old girl whom likes to think she is a boy sometimes and loves copying her brother, well she tried the zip line, and although its was hilarious to watch, she nearly did a number two in her pants she was so scared!!! So I would recommend that little princess do not attempt the zip line as it does go rather fast and if quite high for a three year old.
        We then went and checked out a lot of the animals, for e.g., the moneys and alpacas and the owls, which were absolutely gorgeous.
        We had a bit of lunch at one of the picnic areas, as we made pack lunches throughout our holiday, not just because it was cheaper but also myself and my sister in law both like to know what we are putting into our children, and with all the excitement they were getting from the park itself, they had no need for any other extra e numbers etc.
        There were lots of takeaways and food available to purchase although, we did not see many healthy options so we were happy that we had took a picnic, but would still be ok, its not like a hotdog once in a while is going to kill you. My husband however is not very healthy all the time and is also a right pig, and although he had eaten his picnic he sneaked off for a slice of pizza from there takeaway pizza hut and he said it was gorgeous.
        After lunch we then attempted all the other rides, there was lots to choose from a pirate ship, the teacups, the tractors, the train, the cars, bumpy slides, bouncy castle etc etc and we hardly had to queue at all, I think the biggest queue we had was for the train and we waited less than ten mins, which to be honest in comparison with other parks like this, I think it was brilliant.
        I think that was one of the best things from the day was the fact that our children went on lots of rides without having long queues as we do at other adventure places we have visited in our area, and they got value for money.

        They had some great things for all ages in my opinion but I think mainly children under ten would enjoy this place the most.

        There is a lovely gift shop and has many things at great prices, my children had there holiday spending money and they brought some great things at 50p-£1 like little wooden whistle, a ballerina story book, some sweeties etc etc and they got little pressies for there friends.

        There was some other lovely animals to see in their petting areas, such as goats and miniature ponies but the best thing without a doubt was the reindeers, they were so stunning and my children adored them, my little girl was amazed to discover that they can run as fast as 40 miles an hour, they were so gorgeous and the children loved feeding them.

        There is also a nice little area where there is a little house which inside has Santa Claus inside and a little toad stall village around it, we got some great photos round this area.
        We also attended the bingo the clown and maxi mouse show which was shown four times throughout the day, was great, bingo the clown was really funny and he got the kids up on the stage and through lollies into the crowd etc, was a great laugh.

        The only little thing I could say disappointed me slightly was the fact there were lots of bees and wasps around, the bins and my poor hubby got stung in the neck when we had just arrived, it blew up like a golf ball, but thankfully we had some stuff on us and he was ok in the end, but to begin with when it first happened we could not find any first aid facilities, im sure they do have some, but was not easy to find.
        The toilets were really clean and very conveniently located round the park.
        Was a great place and we all had a brilliant time.

        Prices are as follows

        2 years and under free
        Children and adults 9.95
        Senior citizen 7.85
        Disabled 7.85
        Family ticket for five 38.00
        Addition to a family ticket 8.95

        I would recommend if anyone is near or even going on holiday in that area then give this place a try, you will not regret it.

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          17.01.2009 12:25
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          A full days gentle fun for little children and their stressed out parents

          Pettits is located in a rural location south of Acle and close to the Broads, it can be relatively hard to find and involves the use of "B" roads. Visitors coming from the South can include a crossing on the Reedham ferry en route. Theres an attractive pub on the North side of the crossing. The crossing is about £4 (2008) for a typical car which is costly but a novel experience.

          The park itself is small, clean and aimed at young families. I've been going there for the last 8 years as my children have grown up. My 11 year old has only this year finaly grown out of this park but she is a genteel kid. In reality, few children of 10 or older would find much of interest here as there is nothing that even approaches white nuckle here.

          There are about 8 actual sit on rides and these are all suitable for very young children. I would just warn you that the mini roller coaster is increadibly bumpy and a rough ride for tiny tots who find their faces at about banging height on the safety bars. I had to hang on to my youngest to prevent him getting tossed about on what is still a very tame ride.

          The staff are largely seniors who are considerate and keep a good watch over the children. In many ways they come over as grandfatherly figures and are quick to stop any rides if the children are in any way unhappy. Common sense prevails but you need to be aware that at some times of the day one operative will be looking after 2 rides (though only 1 will be going at any time)

          Besides the rides there are a number of static playground facilities, slides, tabogans, climbing frames, ball pit and a really good fort like adventure playground.

          The park is liberally populated with animals of the cuddly type. Rabbits, peacocks, pigs, Lamas, ponies, chipmunks etc. There are also a range of zoo cages housing owls and raccoons. Feeding time should be avolded for little ones as the owls are fed on dead chicken chicks and these remained on view for quite a while as the owls did not appear underfed.

          The park provided on stage entertainment from Bingo the clown or his helper 3 times during the day. The show is fine for little children but watch out for Bingos attempt to fleece you of £3 for a bit of paper at the end. Its an attempt at humour the kids wont understand and he uses it every time. Having said that, my children would pester me to attend all 3 shows.

          Sadly there is the obligatory range of fruit machines and overpriced souvenir shops but these are out on a limb and can be easily avoided by prepared parents.

          There are many attractive picnic facilities all around Pettits but the car park is a good 200yds from the park entrance. There is no formal re-entry facility so you just have to tell the entrance staff your popping back to the car to get your picnic and hope they remember you on your return.

          Pettits has a petting area with rumbunctuous goats that you can feed or pat. The goats get very excited and I always see little children in tears having been attacked by a gang of greedy goats, jumped on and robbed of the feed (less brave kiddies can feed coi carp or ducks instead). The park provides a "safe" area where children can feed goats who pop their heads through holes in a fence to be fed which is useful provided the goats dont escape into that area, which they do. Be careful! Washing facilities are provided by the goat stall.

          Toilet facilities are excellent, always clean and available at various points around what it a very compact site anyway.

          The park provides a good range of in house catering (no franchises) offering burgers, pizza etc at reasonable if high end of the market prices. The park has never been full enough during my visits to warrant all the possibe eateries being open!

          There appears to be no such thing as a queue at Pettits, the park is not that well known and never becomes too full, which is possibly why it is quite expensive at £38 (2008) for a family of up to 5. For that you get around 6 hours in the park and we've always stayed for the full 6 hours opening and needed chucking out, though its more a case that everything gets turned off than there being any actual chucking involved!

          Pettits is a definite No for families with teenagers, they will be bores stiff. For young kiddies, say 4-9, its a little gem.
          Compared to premier league football its a bargain but it does not compare to bigger parks in terms of how much you get for your £

          One negative with Pettits is that there are some pay again rides, the little bumper cars or the model boat racing for instance which require another £1. Having paid nearly £40 to get in, I dont want to have to pay anything more and the kids dont understand about that, they just jump on the ride on tractor and want to drive it around the circuit. This could add a fair bit if you have 3 kids so get them prepared to avoid anything with a slot in it, in all thats about 5 things if I remember correctly.

          Overall I feel very positive towards Pettits but my children have now moved on to bigger things like Pleasurewood Hills and Alton Towers. If you are looking for a nice day out with really tame gentle rides, some cuddly animals and a kid friendly clown show then this could well be a good choice for you. Pick a nice day as there really isnt anything to do in the rain here and precious little shelter.

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          The theme park offers rides and attractions, animals, special events and also hosts kids parties.