Peak Wildlife Park is a zoo in Winkhill near Ashbourne and Leek, central England. We visited this park for Eric’s first birthday – almost a year ago. We had such a lovely day at this unique zoo, getting up close to the animals and petting the goats, seeing the penguins, and experiencing a day out with animals much different to anything we had done before. Very soon Eric will be turning 2, so I thought whilst I was reminiscing about last year and what we did; I would share with you Peak Wildlife Park: 7 reasons why I recommend a trip to this zoo.
Peak Wildlife Park: 7 reasons why I recommend a trip to this zoo
- Peak Wildlife Park reopened in 2015 from the former Blackbrook Zoological Park; everything is new, fresh, clean and has that “new” feeling. it felt like we were visiting somewhere which hadn’t yet been discovered much, which was really nice.
- Little tike cars and ride-ons were available to hire (for free) for little ones to go around the park in. this was great for us because Eric was only just walking, but couldn’t go very far! he loved going around in the car.
- Peak Wildlife Park is different from any zoo I’ve visited before and what makes it unique are the animal encounters and walkthroughs. There are four zones where you can get very up and close (and even pet!) the animals. The four peak encounters are: African village with goats, wallaby wonderland, penguin paths and lemur heights.
- Eric had only just started being interested in animals at his age and he really, really loved being able to get close to the animals… the goat encounter was the best and had a variety of goats, even baby ones, and they were all very friendly. Eric was able to pet so many of them and it was so cute. I’d never actually been inside an enclosure before, at any farm or zoo, so this was a unique experience for us too!
- The indoor play zone was really nice in a wooden style interior, with fresh decor, Ikea toys and furniture, little ladybird ride-ons, nice clean play frames with a jungle theme, ball pit, slides and ladders, and it overlooked an otter enclosure!
- The park had good outdoor play with sandpits and huge bouncy castle, too, right next to the BIG rabbits!
- Eating facilities were great and I was really impressed with the cafe and kiosk which had fresh stone-baked pizza, real coffee and healthy, unique snacks like vegan cereal bars, homemade cakes, humus chips and crisps, healthy popcorn, fruit bars and lots more suited for dietary requirements. It was a nice surprise to be at a family attraction and not see the usual junk food.
Although my memory isn’t fresh as our visit was nearly a year ago, looking back at the photos I can remember how nice of a day it was. I’m not a huge fan of zoos in general, I can find them quite boring and they’re usually far too big (in my opinion) with little, to no interaction with animals, but Peak Wildlife Park was a very nice surprise and I would definitely go back again. Especially now Eric is older and he would enjoy the outdoor play a lot more. We didn’t pay for Eric, under 2’s are free, and adult prices were £10.95. They now have seasonal passes which you can read about here.
We were staying nearby in Ashbourne at Sandybrook country park, we caught a bus from Ashbourne village to Winkhill and took a short walk around 7 minutes to Peak Wildlife Park. The park is in a very quiet and secluded area, with nothing really nearby, but if you are driving it is not far from alton towers and stoke-on-trent.
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