Rich's Roving Reports: Peak Wildlife Park
If you’re passionate about animals then you’ll love Peak Wildlife Park, near Leek in the Staffordshire Peak District!
The 35-acre sanctuary, which opened in Summer 2015, is unique in the UK as it offers one-to-one experiences with a host of friendly creatures in large, open enclosures which allow them to relax and behave just as they would in the wild.
It was nothing like the zoos and safari parks I’d been to in the past. I helped prepare lunch for some furry and feathered friends, before hand-feeding it to them while taking a relaxing stroll with the knowledgeable keepers.
I saw four species of lemurs leap from tree to tree as if they were in the jungles of Madagascar, and the Humboldts waddle around one of the largest penguin enclosures in the world.
And I learnt just how popular a tub of live mealworms can make you with a colony of mischievous meerkats!
In all there are 16 different species at the park, many of which are endangered, and there are big plans to add more in the near future while expanding facilities like the outdoor soft play area.
So it’s well worth adding Peak Wildlife Park to your list of things to do with the family!
Tickets are £8.95 for adults and £6.95 for those aged 3 to 17. Under 3s go free, and there are concessions available for senior citizens over 65, students, and registered carers and disabled visitors.
The park is open 10am-5pm, seven days a week, all year round (weather permitting), except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Our short break packages offer admission to three of them, plus an overnight stay in a choice of six to eight hotels, for as little as £160 for a family of four or £140 for a couple. Click here to find out more.