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A must for any Animal Lovers
West Midland Safari and Leisure Park (Worcestershire)
Member Name: butterflywings
West Midland Safari and Leisure Park (Worcestershire)
Date: 12/10/11, updated on 12/10/11 (131 review reads)
Advantages: Feeding the Animals
Disadvantages: Not too many animals
Where: Spring Grove, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 1LF
Telephone Number: 01299 400 700
Open: Daily from 19th February, Weekdays: 10am-5pm, Weekends: 10am-6pm
I've been to the West Midlands Safari Park previously but it was quite a few years back now so a few weeks ago me and my boyfriend had a weekday off work so decided to go for a day out, it was the week where the UK had the heatwave so we couldn't of chose a better week to go.
In the month of September the West Midlands Safari Park had a special offer on where anyone who worked for the Emergency Services got their (and anyone else attending the park with them) admission and wristbands for the rides and attractions half price, on any day in the month of September.
As my boyfriend as a Emergency Services job both of us got our admission and wristband for the rides and attractions park for half price. All he had to do was show his work identity card to the member of staff in the admissions booth, this was to prove that he was employed by the Emergency Services.
Normal admission prices are as follows:
Under 3's: Free
The price includes a Free Return Ticket.
Wristband prices for the rides and attractions are as follows:
Adult wristband: £11.50 (16-64yrs)
Child wristband: £10.99 (Up to 15yrs)
Concessions: £10.99 (Available to Seniors, Students & Disabled Visitors, with Valid ID)
If you don't want to purhase a wristband then ride tickets are also available for purchase, i'm not sure of the exact price but as some rides require two tickets then i found that it would work out much more expensive for the tickets and the wristband purchase was much better value as i could go on as many rides and as many times as i wished. The wristband and ride tickets are only valid for the day in which you enter the West Midlands Safari Park.
As you can see Wristband and Ride Tickets are charged in addition to the admission price to the Safari Park. You can either buy these first at the admissions area or purchase them seperately on the day of your visit from the Amusements area.
So with our savings we basically managed to buy one get one free so we made a saving of £25.49 as we only paid £25.49 for both our admission prices and both our wristbands for the rides and attractions. A pleasant saving, as if we hadn't had the special offer we would have paid £50.98 which i feel is a little steep. That was just for two adults so i can only imagine what it would cost for a family day out, the cost can really total up if you have 2-3 children.
Before we drove around the Safari area we were offered the chance to purchase a box of animal food at the price of £3, as i wanted to feed the animals as i didn't get chance to on my last visit, i bought one box. One box really does go a long way and i managed to feed a lot of the animals with just the one box.
The drive through around the Safari Park was quite pleasant, upon entering the more dangerous species you had to lock your doors and close your windows for safety precautions, although any wise person would know this themselves it was still nice to see lots of signs before entering to warn people beforehand. These kind of animals were the wild dogs, lions, cheetahs, elephants and white lions.
Throughout this area i noticed that there wasn't too many animals to see, although the ones which we did see were fascinating to watch, for example i saw a Lion jump down from it's den, run infront of the car to try and catch a bird on the other side of the grass, luckily the bird made it's escape with only a few seconds to spare, phew.
In the more tamer areas you were allowed to wind down your windows and feed the animals who confidently came to your car and peered it's heads inside the windows. As an animal lover i thoroughly enjoyed this experience and fed Giraffes, Zebras, Deers and lots of other beautiful animals. I admit that the Giraffes were my favourites, for a animal so big they were very tame and extremely friendly.
It's advised you use a hand gel after feeding the animals and this is readily available at many of the checkpoints. I already had hand gel in my bag so applied it to my hands after every feed, afterall those animals are very slobbery.
As it was a weekday, and the end of September, there wasn't many people around and it was literally like having the park to ourselves, this combined with the heatwave was fantastic and it was lovely being able to get around the park quickly and do everything which we wished to do speedily.
There's also a Seal show at two times during the day where you get to see the Seals eating and performing tricks, as an adult i really enjoyed this so i'm sure the children would be absolutely thrilled.
I noticed there wasn't many restaurants to have something to eat, maybe this was as it wasn't peak season, luckily we had something to eat on the way to the park so we didn't need to have a large meal but there were little snack bars open where we could purchase drinks and snacks if we wished.
We spent quite a few hours in the ride attraction area and were able to go on the rides without any queuing, as there were hardly anyone else on the rides, we could go around on the rides once again without even leaving our carts, bonus. There were too different ride areas, one for younger children and another for older children/adults.
To finish the day off we wandering around the many gift shops and walked around the little farm area, where we could see the Meerkats, walk through the Lemur Woods where the Lemurs were happily hopping/walking around freely and a walk through area with the goats and other animals which i loved.
I have a DSLR/SLR camera and took some wonderful pictures, i wish Dooyoo would allow pictures in reviews as i would love to share them with you.
All in all i had a lovely day out and would definitely return. I'll give it a 4/5 rating, the point dropping off as i feel there could have been more animals in the drive through safari.
Summary: It felt as if we had the park to ourselves, bonus.
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