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Our family had a lovely time at Paradise Park. As expected from any family attraction there is plenty to do for children, but it was a nice day out for the grown-ups as well which is always a bonus.
The Park is set around Glanmor House (not open to the public), with sheltered and exotic gardens to walk around – you can see why it is called Paradise Park. It is incredibly well-kept and the birds that reside there certainly look happy in their surroundings. We particularly liked the seeing the African Ground Hornbill – a large bird with incredibly long eyelashes. It certainly got everyone’s attention! There are macaws, flamingos, parrots, lorikeets, different species of owls, and Kookaburras, with over 650 species of birds in total!
There aren’t just birds to see, there are some adorable red pandas who were a firm favourite with us. A red panda came right up to glass so we could get a close look. There are Humboldt’s Penguins who have twice daily feeding times, and some lucky people will be asked to help. There are otters and the endangered red squirrel too.
There are plenty of opportunities to get up close to the animals. You can purchase nectar (for a small extra charge) in the Australian Aviaries area and feed the mischievous lorikeets, colourful little parrots – everyone will love these cheeky, tame birds. There is a petting zoo with rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep, donkeys and goats, that you can feed. There are two bird shows too, with the ‘Eagles of Paradise’ display, where you can watch the eagles, owls and hawks fly free, along with learning about the birds. Later in the day is the ‘Free Flying Bird Show,’ in this show you can see parrots, and other birds fly free. We saw an Australian Kookaburra and enjoyed the demonstration of how effective they are at hunting snakes – the Kookaburra would not let go of the, thankfully plastic, snake!
The little one loved the play areas and farm. There is an outdoor play area called ‘Paradise Island,’ with slides, climbing areas, and a rocking dolphin. The Jungle Barn is a super indoor play area, and it is fabulously clean and well-kept too. Here you will find multi-level indoor play zones, astra slide, double drop slide, ball pool slide, toddlers’ area and snack bar.
There was lots going on all day with feeding times and the Jungle Express Train, which runs throughout the day (small charge), around the Park. Older children will enjoy taking part by spotting dinosaurs around the Park and answering the questions about them; it is educational for both adults and children. If you complete it correctly you get a Paradise Park Professor of Palaeontology’ certificate and mini model dinosaur. There is also the Mini Keeper Quiz, an opportunity to find out all about the wildlife in the Park and get a certificate.
Paradise Park raises awareness about the conservation status of the species which are on the Park and started the World Parrot Trust to help the rarest family of birds. In recent years several species at Paradise Park have been included in release projects, including the Red-billed Chough native to Cornwall, which were released in Jersey. The Blue-throated Macaw is the rarest macaw remaining in the wild and in 2013 Paradise Park sent 6 to Bolivia for a Project set up for the World Parrot Trust.
The Otter Pool Café offers light lunches and cream teas, and the Jungle Barn also has a snack bar. There is a large outdoor picnic area too, and an area next to The Otter Pool Café, which is an undercover picnic area.
We had a fabulous time here, and there was so much to see and do – we didn’t have time to do it all. It is excellent value for money and everyone had a super day – thank you Paradise Park!
You can get discounted tickets through the Hendra Welcome Book, and you can purchase return tickets, for a fraction of the price, which will get you into the Paradise Park for the remainder of the season.
Located in Hayle, Paradise Park is easy to find and well sign-posted; it is just down the A30 and then you turn off and drive through Hayle.