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British Wildlife Centre

by Sally Foster (follow)
Learn about different animals and their habitats in a beautiful setting

With over forty different species of animals, the British Wildlife Centre is a wild animal collection, and the perfect place for your little ones to meet some of their favourite furry (or spiky!) friends up close.

Credit: British Wildlife Centre Website

With a philosophy of 'Conservation through Education', the British Wildlife Centre will teach your kids about animals, some so rare you have probably never even seen.

With half-hourly keeper talks, visitors have a great chance to see animals up close and learn about them. It is not a petting zoo though! See here for current keeper talk times.

Your visit includes a 60 acre Wetlands Nature Reserve with boardwalk for viewing the animals, as well as a deer park. There is also an undercover Barn and Hedgerow house filled with the smaller mammals for those rainy days.

Credit: British Wildlife Centre Website

All animals live in settings that reflect their natural environment so you can observe them as close to nature as you can. The aim of the Centre is to remain a non-commercial, small, specialist visitor attraction that provides a unique insight into the world of Britain's wonderful wildlife. Expect to spend at least up to 3 hours enjoying the Centre, more likely a whole day.

Credit: British Wildlife Centre Website

So what animals can you expect to meet? Animals at the British Wildlife Centre include red squirrels, foxes, wildcats, otters, red deer, hedgehogs, badgers, owls and lots more.

The British Wildlife Centre is perfect for children. In the high season, Pipís Corner will keep children happy, as it has been set up as an activity area for them to enjoy. There are wildlife related activities available, such as climbing frames, stepping stones, heronís nest building, jumping pit, slides and more. All activities are suitable for children age 3 to 6 years old.

If you are feeling peckish, you can stop by the coffee shop. The coffee shop serves hot and cold drinks, a selection of hot food, sandwiches, wraps, cakes, crisps, ice creams and confectionery. There is also high chairs for the little ones. Or bring along your own lunch and snacks and relax in one of two picnic areas. There is also a wildlife themed gift shop so you can take home a keepsake from your wonderful day.

Credit: British Wildlife Centre Website

Location: Eastbourne Road (A22),
Newchapel, Lingfield, Surrey RH7 6LF

Cost: Adults are £11.50, Children 3-15 are £8.50 and under 3 are free. There are also membership and family passes available.

Opening Hours: Open every Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday from 10am to 5pm in Spring/Summer and until 4pm in Autumn/Winter. Also open daily during state school holidays.

Getting There: There is a large carpark, as well as an overflow for 200 cars if you are driving which is free. The nearest train station is Lingfield on the London Victoria to East Grinstead line. From there you'll need a taxi, which will cost about £7, but as there is no rank it is advisable to pre book.

Good to Know: Wheelchair accessible and baby change facilities are available.

For more information see here

If you visit the British Wildlife Centre and are looking for more inspiration of nature activities, check out Nature Activities in London.

Where is your favourite family day out in London? Please let us know in the comments below, we would love to hear from you!

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