Took a drive over to the Wild Boar park in the Trough of Bowlan today, it turns out the Trough Of Bowland is only about 45 minutes drive from me so no grumpy travel weary kids to deal with! The scenery in the Ribble-Valley is very English indeed, lots of rolling hills and farmland as far as the eyes could see. I'm not going to lie, i'm pretty disappointed in myself for knowing hardly anything about this area as it's so close to where I live.
The park itself was an all-round good day out for the adults and the children. There was enough animal displays to keep you entertained and bags of feed on offer for 50p to feed the animals as you walk around. Most of the creatures are pretty used to people and eat out of your hands, which is cool if you like interactive experiences. Most of the attractions are of the farm variety , but they do have a few more 'exotic' breeds such as Meerkats, Llama, and a few others.
Beware of the albino Wallaby 'Arthur', He became a bit aggressive with me whilst I was feeding him, I'm not sure what kicked him off but he tried to get hold of me with his forearms and his claws are pretty scary looking, he then had one attempt at kicking me with his back legs so I made a sharp exit! He was the only male in the enclosure, so that probably had something to do with it.
At scheduled times there is an opportunity to feed the lambs and also hold a baby chicken! We turned up at the right time and had a go... I'm think they do it three times a day and the times are advertised on a chalk board as you walk in.
They run an attraction for the kids where they tow home made carriages around the farm in a train like affair. Both my sons went on and enjoyed it immensely, it probably lasts five minutes and costs a pound per child so not too bad on the pocket. They had a belt to fasten your child in so it seemed safe enough!
The on site cafe has a pretty good menu with something for everyone, my son got a ham sandwich which was hand cut thick as you like - no doubt home cooked, and totally awesome !
I'd definitely visit the wild boar park again, it's got everything you need to keep a gaggle of kids entertained for the day all in a pretty compact place- you don't even need to bother with a packed lunch .
There's lots of cool animals to take a look at, like this awesome deer. it took a while to get them to come over to me (as deer are notoriously nervous) but I was patient and I eventually had them feeding from my hand.
There was even a makeshift racetrack with a few (very old) go-carts lying around for you to have a razz. You can see one in the picture which was a nightmare to steer, it used a shoddy lever system, but it was still fun. After watching these nutter for 20 minutes I've decided they are never borrowing my car. Ever.
But then, it all started getting a bit interactive...