Following on from parts one and two: A couple of weeks ago we were invited to stay in Hampshire by the lovely folk at Hampshire’s Top Attractions. Our last day in Hampshire was HOT! We were all quite tired by this point, after a few late nights and long, exciting days full of adventures.
Birdworld is on the Surrey/Hampshire border, and (as the name suggests) is a zoo-style attraction full of birds!
It was about 30°c when we arrived, so after buying some food for the birds (£1 per pot) we headed in quickly, in search of shade!
We found some in the new Owl Parliament, which has been named in honour of Sir Terry Pratchett. The children loved wandering around saying hello to each of the owls, while Nick and I discussed which owl we would have owned if we’d have attended Hogwarts (Barn Owl for me).
After the owls we wandered through the flamingoes, which both children loved:
And then we went in search of lunch… We ate at the main Birdworld café ‘Puddleducks’ as ‘Safari Snacks’ wasn’t open. I have to admit, it wasn’t the best meal we’ve ever had and we really regretted not bringing a picnic with us, but the staff were all very friendly.
After lunch we walked through the ‘Woodland Walk’ pheasant enclosure. The children loved searching for pheasants, and the little willow maze was a huge hit.
Nick was eager to see the Outdoor Flying Display and I’m so glad we went as it was definitely the highlight of the day. The handlers were fantastic, and Busby loved the birds flying over the top of her head!
After the display we went in search of ALL the penguins Birdworld had to offer. They looked so happy, splashing about in the water – I was rather envious!!
And then it was time to leave! We had a quick look in the gift shop before heading home.
A family ticket to Birdworld costs £49.95 at peak times. It was scorching hot on the day we visited, which probably hindered our enjoyment a little – and meant we couldn’t explore the whole attraction as the children were just too hot and bothered. I also wish we had brought a picnic with us, as the food on site wasn’t great. Nonetheless, we still had lots of fun, and it’s definitely somewhere I’d like to explore again – especially as we didn’t even reach the farm or Underwater World! The staff were all amazing and helpful, and the Outdoor Flying Display is certainly worth seeing.
I’d like to say a massive thank you to Hampshire’s Top Attractions for having us. We had such a fantastic time in Southampton and the New Forest; creating wonderful memories and introducing Nick and the children to a beautiful part of the world. I can’t recommend Hampshire enough as a family holiday destination – and we can’t wait to go back again soon! Next time we will make it over to the Isle of Wight!