During half term we spent a couple of days in East Devon, staying at Andrewshayes Holiday Park and visiting my Dad who lives in Axminster.
My Dad and his wife suggested that we visit Axe Valley Wildlife Park, a natural, rustic, small, family friendly park set on the outskirts of Axminster, just off the A35, which is home to a plethora of animals for the kids to see and parks where they can run off and burn off all their energy.
We arrived at lunchtime on a glorious day and enjoyed a spot of lunch in their cafe before heading out to see the animals, having heard a kookaburra laughing whilst we were eating.
I have heard wonderful things about their animal encounter sessions which run throughout the day in school holidays, but sadly with us being there on a teacher training day rather than the holidays, it was not on. We did, however, get to see the Lemurs being fed and spotted a gorgeous baby clung onto its mothers back.
Although small, the park has a variety of animals to spot including: Zebra, antelopes, wallabies, flamingos, owls, otters, small cats, guinea pigs, lemurs, porcupines, armadillo, snakes, spiders, bearded dragons and plenty of creepy crawlies!
There are also plenty of play areas for them, although it was the musical instruments which we could not tear them away from as they loved belting out some tunes.
The park is aimed perfectly at the under 12’s with little information plaques explaining what each animal is called and where they originate from.
It was lovely and quiet during our visit and apart from a couple of families with toddlers, we had the place to ourselves.
Many of the birds and smaller animals are in large cages close to the entrance……
…..but the bigger ones are housed in large green fields with stunning views of the Devon countryside to admire.
Despite having animals such as the capy bara, zebra and wallabies, it was all about the goats for Sebby and Eliza as they play a game on the iPad called Goat Simulator.
We spent a good two and a half hours exploring the park and if the workshops had been running I am sure we could have stayed all day.
The park is well equipped for families with plenty of accessible toilets, baby changing areas, picnic areas and refreshment points.
We will definitely be back in the summer holidays when we visit my Dad and take part in the animal encounter sessions. I have heard lots of great things about meeting their resident Armadillo, but I think I will leave meeting the creepy crawlies to the kids!
Tickets cost a very reasonable £9.95 for adults and £7.00 for children with under 3’s free.