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  • lOtC Site Provider Award
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Group Visits

LOTC SITE PROVIDER AWARD

Wildwood © Dave Butcher

Wildwood © Dave Butcher

Wildwood © Dave Butcher

Wildwood © Dave Butcher

Wildwood © Dave Butcher

Wildwood © Dave Butcher

Address

Herne Common,
Herne Bay,
CT6 7LQ

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Details

Bring your class or group to Wildwood for a unique learning experience! Group visits start from just £2 per person, with free places for teachers, helpers and carers when you book educational activities.

At Wildwood your group can get out into the woods to experience the natural world at first hand. Set in ancient woodland just outside Canterbury, we hold a unique collection of British wildlife that will inspire and enthuse.

See some of our most threatened wildlife such as pine martens, red squirrels and wildcats and learn all about the efforts being made to conserve them. Learn about our most familiar species including badgers, otters, owls, deer and foxes and see amazing animals that are now extinct in Britain such as bears, wolves and lynx. Experience our native wildlife in a truly natural setting and learn about our conservation work to help restore natural habitats and support endangered native species.

Wilwood is one of only a handful of external education venues in Kent to hold the prestigious LOTC (Learning Outside the Classroom) quality mark. This accreditation assures anyone organising an educational visit that Wildwood offers first-rate educational experiences and manages risk effectively, as every aspect of our education service and venue safety has been thoroughly inspected and verified.

You can visit as an independent group or book extra activities with our education team. We can provide guided tours, workshops and craft events, all of which can be curriculum-linked or tailored to meet your needs. Our trees, plants and animals are here for you to study and our experienced tutors will help you get the most from your day.

Don't forget we also have a large adventure playground with Kent's tallest drop slide!

Group organisers are welcome to a free visit in advance either independently or to meet the education team and discuss plans for their day.

Coach Parking Information
Please advise your driver to drop off children in the first car park, closest to the road, not the main Wildwood car park. Coaches should enter the site through the gates closest to Herne Bay (the same entrance used by cars visiting Wildwood). Disembark here and walk everyone along the path to the main entrance.

For further details see www.wildwoodtrust.org

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeGuided tours for groups

Opening details

Spring / Summer: 10am – 6pm (last admission 5pm)
Autumn: 10am – 5pm (last admission 4pm)
Winter: 10am – 4pm (last admission 3pm)

Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Prices

Minimum group size 10 per person

Winter (November to March): £2.00
Spring (April to May): £4.00
Summer (June to August): £4.75
Autumn (September to October): £4.00

If you have any questions, special requirements or would like us to design a day for you, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the education department. Tel 01227 712 111 or email education@wildwoodtrust.org

Location

Directions

See location of Wildwood on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TR 173637  Lat: 51.33135 Long: 1.11883

Situated on the A291 between Canterbury and Herne Bay. Bus: Triangle Bus No 4 or 6. Wildwood bus stop.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Herne Bay station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities

Notes

  • Please note that seating in the Cafe is limited during busy times. Microwave available for warming baby milk/food (to be warmed by parents/guardians) No dogs allowed - this includes guide dogs. Visually impaired visitors will be offered any other assistance required in order to enjoy their visit. Free wheelchair / mobility scotter loans available. Please pre-book on 01227 712 111.

Entrance

  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu
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