Beale Park Wildlife Park and Gardens

Beale Park’s the place to be with fun, adventure, animals, gardens, play and activities on the banks of the picturesque River Thames.

Beale Park was founded in 1956 by Gilbert Beale who created the Child Beale Trust, a charitable organisation, dedicated to the care and conservation of rare and endangered animals.

Beale Park is home to a diverse collection of animals. Popular favourites include: Ring-tailed lemurs, wallabies, meerkats, raccoons, prairie dogs, yellow mongoose, river hogs, monkeys, goats and numerous small mammals in our Pets’ Corner.

Beale Park is home to and cares for more than 120 species of birds. The Park has one of the UK’s largest owlerys, a walk-through aviary and bird hide, and is involved in numerous conservation projects dedicated to the protection and breeding of rare and endangered species.

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Address
Beale Park
Lower Basildon
Reading
Berkshire
RG8 9NW

Website: http://www.bealepark.co.uk
Events webpage: http://www.bealepark.co.uk/events/index
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bealepark
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BealePark

See attraction’s website for current prices and opening hours.

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Wellington Country Park

Wellington Country Park

Attractions in the Park
Below are just a few of the attractions we have in the Park.

Why not take a look at our ‘Interactive Park Map’ to see all of our attractions?

Adventure Play Areas
Slide, swing or climb your way around our adventure play areas and trails. A full assortment of play equipment lies ahead, ready for you to try! Don’t forget to ride the giant zip wire or to have a go on Jack Straw’s balancing beams!

Toddlers Play Areas
There are a number of locations within the Park designed especially for toddlers. These offer a range of exciting and engaging play equipment for younger ones in the family to enjoy, giving hours of fun!

Animal Farm and Petting Barn
Take a walk to our Animal Farm to visit all your favourite farmyard friends! You can see our Shetland ponies, donkeys, sheep, chickens rabbits, pigs, goats, and, coming back for their second year, our Alpacas.
Please note that during low season, only the petting barn is open.
Why not have a go at feeding our goats and sheep? Animal feed can be purchased from the admission desks. You can also join in our animal petting sessions, which are held in our petting barn! Please ask at Reception for further details.

Jumping Pillow
‘This attraction has a height limit of 1.2m, so it is only available to our smaller visitors. Look on whilst your children bounce away to their hearts’ content! Our colourful jumping pillow allows our smaller visitors to enjoy the freedom and excitement of leaping in the air!
Please note no Food, Drink, Shoes or spectacles are allowed on the pillow for health and safety purposes.

Snakes and Ladders
Climb any of the ladders to the top of the hill to see the beautiful views of the Park! Then, choose from a selection of slides and enjoy the thrill as you hurtle down! Be warned: they are fast!

Sand Pits, Water Play and Diggers
Several sand play areas are available, some with additional play equipment provided!
Bring your bucket and spade and see who can make the biggest sand castle! Take a trip to our water play – pump the water through the wooden channels and watch it cascade over the edges! Then, try our diggers – can you operate the controls?

Indoor Soft Play Area
Our indoor play area is designed for those aged 2 and under only! This provides somewhere for the very young to play freely and in safety with a variety of indoor play equipment, whilst allowing you to relax and just watch on! Why not enjoy a cup of coffee while you wait?

Miniature Railway
Our miniature train is a perfect miniature replica of an engine used within the Woolwich Royal Arsenal. That locomotive itself, was a copy of the original locomotive which was built in 1928 in Bristol, a 1m guage engine used in the South African mining industry. Our locomotive built by the same company in Bristol in 1991, is a 7 1/4″ guage diesel hydraulic locomotive powered by a Kubota 3 cylinder 850TC diesel engine.
Named after the Duke of Wellington’s grand-daughter, ‘Charlotte’, she will gracefully take you on an exciting trip through our woodlands. See how many animals you can count on your journey!
The train generally operates daily, but this can vary depending on weather conditions. Please check prior to your arrival for the operating times. Please note that an additional fee applies.

Mini Golf
Play our new minigolf course, a challenge for all ages. Pick up your clubs from the admissions desks. Please note that a £10 deposit is required for up to 6 clubs.

Welly Wheels
These automated jeeps are for children aged 4-10 years. Watch as they drive themselves around on our woodland track! Please note that Welly Wheels is subject to weather conditions and that an additional fee applies.

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Address
Wellington Country Park
Odiham Road
Riseley
Berkshire
RG7 1SP

Website: http://www.wellington-country-park.co.uk
Events webpage: http://www.wellington-country-park.co.uk/events
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WellingtonCPrk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WellingtonCountryPark

See attraction’s website for current prices and opening hours.

The Living Rainforest

Explore the rainforest without leaving the UK. The Living Rainforest is home to 700 species of plants and animals. Watch birds, butterflies and lizards roam free in our tropical glasshouses.

Each year, The Living Rainforest’s acclaimed education programme welcomes over 25,000 school children.

The Living Rainforest stands at the former site of one of Europe’s leading orchid nurseries. In 1993, it re-opened as a rainforest visitor centre. Today, with registered educational charity status, we welcome over 80,000 visitors a year.

The Trust for Sustainable Living, which runs The Living Rainforest, hosts a range of events on contemporary sustainability topics, including the annual International Schools Essay Competition & Debate and Schools Sustainability Challenge.

Explore the rainforest, and discover its wonders for yourself. Look out for free roaming lizards, birds and butterflies – you never know where they will appear next! Plus … monkeys, a crocodile, toucans, snakes and much more. See some of the world’s most popular food plants – bananas, coffee, cocoa, ginger, vanilla … – and plants that give us life-enhancing medicines, cosmetics and building materials.

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Address
The Living Rainforest
Hampstead Norreys
Berkshire
RG18 0TN

Website: http://www.livingrainforest.org
Events webpage: http://www.livingrainforest.org/visit/events
Twitter: https://twitter.com/livrainforest
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/livingrainforest

See attraction’s website for current prices and opening hours.