Howletts – Aspinall Wild Animal Park

Today we were lucky enough to head to Howletts Wild Animal Park Near Canterbury in Kent, Howlett’s is Kent’s original Wild Animal Park having opened in 1975.

Once in the park it is clear to see that conservation underpins everything Howletts do. They work closely with the Aspinall Foundation, A conservation charity leading the way in the reintroduction of captive-bred animals back into the wild. Wherever possible they aim to return animals born at Howletts back to protected areas of their natural habitat , working with the Aspinall Foundation their Back to the Wild initiative has already seen the return of black rhino to Tanzania, Western Lowland Gorillas to Africa, Primates to Indonesia, European Bison to Romania and Spain and Clouded Leopards to Cambodia.

Rhino in large enclosure
Black Rhino

In the past few years they have released 8 black rhino, 49 Javan Langurs, 9 Javan Gibbon, 11 European Bison and over 60 Lowland Gorillas back to their natural habitat.

Deer in large enclosure
Lots of space to roam around

What is also outstanding is they protect an area in Africa roughly the same size as Kent! Something I did not know before I went. They have their own overseas projects in Congo and Gabon, Madagascar and Java.

The Park is covers 90 acres of ancient parkland is home to more than 400 animals! Which in my opinion appeared to be looked after really well, We even saw Gorillas eating a giant block of ice which they clearly enjoyed.

Gorilla eating Ice block
Delicious Ice on such a hot day!

Upon arrival parking was clearly sign posted and spaces available.

We entered via the gift shop and given a map, We then headed straight in, the girls were very excited to get walking to see all of the animals. My girls absolutely adored seeing Nusu the Elephant Calf a cheeky headstrong little guy.

Nusu the baby Elephant
Nusu was adorable

The park was very clean and pushchair friendly too.

Lions
So big in real life

There were also lots of opportunities to purchase food or drinks throughout the park, the choice was really fun too, Food like chips or pasta with your choice of topping or hot dogs/ burgers, they catered really well for vegetarians and vegans too.

My tip would be; Wear comfortable footwear, as lots of walking around the park and also to go on the climbing adventure * additional charge

The girls really enjoyed exploring the Ice Age area of the park with the giant models of animals that are now extinct. Which they had so many questions about and we were able to answer from the helpful fact board in front of each exhibit.

Extinct Mammal
Jake enjoyed pointing at this extinct Mammals
Extinct Mammal - Ice Age
The children were intrigued by the horn!

If you do go and love what you see, they have a second park called Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve. The pictures we saw for their short breaks looked fantastic and by staying there it helps support their vital overseas work.

We had a fantastic family day out at Howlett’s there is so much to see and do there all in beautifully picturesque surroundings.

We were kindly gifted our entry tickets in exchange for this review and social media coverage.

Jumpin Inflatable Fun

The South’s only Inflatable Park – Review

We arrived at Jumpin in Burgess Hill, West Sussex ( moments from the A23 )   on a Sunday Morning,  At the opening time of 10am, We were happy to find there was  plenty of parking available right outside the building and if that’s full on neighbouring roads are worth a try  as it’s situated in an Industrial Estate.

On entry, we were welcomed by friendly faces who instructed us to watch a safety video before bouncing ( for this reason it is very important to arrive 30 minutes early )  and to pre-book your slot via the website jumpinfun.co.uk  and complete a safety waiver at the same time.

On check in we were provided a coloured wrist band to show which time slot ( all slots are one hour ) Once the hour is up you can go to the free zone.( ball pit, spinning platform to duck under or jump over )

At Jumpin there is over 25,000sqft of inflatable fun for adults and children alike. A great way to relive your younger years.  The perfect rainy day activity!

Jumpin

The park was clean and tidy, we also spotted a great area which can be hired for parties. Something we will definitely looking into for future birthday celebrations.

There was a Cafe available upstairs, that served hot pizza, snacks and cold refreshments.

In November they are opening a soft play area for the under 7’s, which will be perfect for younger children and will fit well as something that small children can fully participate in.

We felt this was a really good workout for us all especially to keep up with the children, my 6 year old daughter especially loved the spinning platform.

We feel really lucky to have this Inflatable park locally and we look forward to our next visit.

This blog post is based on all of my own views but was given in exchange for free entry to post a review.