This summer holidays has literally been all about the animals! Given Charlie's love of conservation and animals, he even spent sometime grilling keepers at New Forest Wildlife Park about what qualifications he needed, it's been really lovely to visit so many various projects ZSL London Zoo, Marwell Wildlife Park and Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park. It's been a while since we visited Liberty’s Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre even though it's just round the corner. I've been following the birth of their chicks this spring/summer and the play area development and was keen to see how much had changed.
We arrived with enough time to wander around the birds, before the first flying display. Living on the outskirts of the New Forest we see lots of buzzards and currently have a tawny owl calling nightly to it's mate. It was really nice to see a variety of flying birds that we haven't seen before and we learnt an awful lot about owls. There is a real family vibe to this centre and an obvious love for the birds and reptiles in their care. Which makes the talks an overall more exciting experience.
On previous visits I'd noted how there was a lack of play areas and seating and I'm really happy to point out that this is no longer the case. There's a picnic bench area (where we ate lunch) including super old shoe slide, I love this vintage find I'd like to have this in our garden. There is also a cafe, where the toilets are and over by the tortoises there's a bug hotel and sand pit area, lots to keep the little ones entertained between talks. These additions really help to make this centre a full day out now.
The reptile show is a real treat too. You need to get there early as the seating is limited and it gets really full. The children all sat on the floor meaning they had a great view of the snakes, spiders and chameleon. Most of the reptiles are walked around therefore no matter where you sit you get a good view. I'm always blown away by how much they know not only about each species but each individual creatures, personality, likes and dislikes. This personal touch really makes Liberty’s Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre stand out from many other places we have visited this summer.
Liberty’s Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre is priced at £29.50 for a family of 4 which is great value. However under 5's are free and there are always deals on local voucher sites making Liberty's a budget friendly attraction too.
The exit is via the gift shop which is quite reasonably priced. Charlie picked up a little Peregrine Falcon figure for £1 which he has placed in my letter press, as after watching Miss Peregrine Home for Peculiar Children he's a little obsessed. Seeing the peregrine falcons in real life made his day.
We were provided with a free pass in order to review the site, opinions are all our own.