We have been to St Ives, Cornwall, every summer for the past four or five years. I’ve always been curious about Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary, and this year, we finally visited*! I knew Ava and Thea would love Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, too. I even got to stoke a penguin!
Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary is in Hayle, near St Ives, on the side of a hill, overlooking the sea. As well as hundreds (or even thousands) of birds, many of them endangered, there are loads of other things to entertain kids. There are plenty of expert talks throughout the day, plus a small farm area, an indoor play barn with giant slides, and an outside adventure playground.
Birds of Prey Display at Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary
We started our day at the Eagles of Paradise flying display. Several enormous birds of prey took to the skies to stretch their wings, but they had a bit of trouble flying as it was such a windy day! Amara the Harris Hawk wasn’t keen at all, nor was Tangie the Vulture, but I managed to get a few photos of Archie the Bald Eagle, who was magnificent. The guys doing the talk were so knowledgeable and I learned a lot. The girls did find it a little long, but that may have been because they were waiting for our picnic!
Birds, Animals and Dinosaur Trail at Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary
There are a few farm animals outside, and some rodents inside, which Ava and Thea took a shine to.
There is a pretty walk though the aviaries, intermingled with statues of dinosaurs. The girls enjoyed pretending to run away from the dinosaurs, and Ava loved answering multiple choice questions on the dino trail. Ava’s going next topic is dinosaurs, so this is great timing for her!
As well as the birds, there are also Red Squirrels, Red Pandas and and Otters. Paradise Park are also world leaders in parrot conservation.
Feeding the Birds at Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary
The highlight of our day was definitely the penguin feeding. Some lucky children got chosen to throw fish to the hungry penguins. The penguin keeper did a great talk about the birds, and got the audience involved, shouting out the answers to his questions. Then we could all line up to meet their most friendly penguin, who was hand-reared and obviously really enjoyed being stroked!
We also got to feed some little parrots, though it was quite hectic as everyone else did too!
I was also pretty excited to see some gorgeous flamingos.
Food Options at Paradise Park
There are plenty of places to eat picnics at Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary, both inside and outside. There is also a nice restaurant, selling hot and cold food, and some yummy-looking cakes and ice creams. There is an ice cream kiosk outside, and a snack shop in the play barn.
Indoor and Outdoor Play Areas
There is a nice little wooden adventure playground, but the girls were most keen on the indoor Jungle Barn, with gigantic slides. As well as lots of things to climb on, there is also a small area for toddlers. Kids will need to wear socks for this part, but if you forget, don’t worry, you can buy them for £1 a pair.
They had such fun, it was hard to drag them away! Luckily this is where you pick up the prize for completing the dino trail, so the mini dinosaurs they were given distracted them.
Prices at Paradise Park
It costs £14.95 per adult, and £11.95 per child. You can get a Saver Ticket for £52 for two adults and two children. If you’re likely to go back before the following April, you can buy return tickets for £3.99 each. We had such a fun day, and had plenty to keep us entertained all day. I made this little video with a few highlighs, I hope you enjoy it!