Family Fun 2

Don't dread the children's holidays. There are hours of fun to be had in Herne Bay and Canterbury's countryside.


Start your day by meeting all the exotic animals at Howletts Wild Animal Park then move on to Wildwood with its wonderful collection of English wildlife.
Male Western Lowland Gorilla at Howletts

Howletts Wild Animal Park

Visitors to Howletts Wild Animal Park can witness world-leading conservation in action this year – all day, every day.
Wildwood © Dave Butcher


Wildwood Wild Animal Park is a year-round experience for all the family in 40 acres of ancient woodland with over 50 species of British wildlife. Enjoy special events, talks and feeds around the park, adventure playzone and restaurant.


After a brief lunch, carry on out to the coast and the visitor centre at Reculver. Head back to Herne Bay and have a refreshing tea break along the sea front.
Reculver Country Park and Towers

Reculver Country Park and Towers

Reculver Country Park and Towers is a unique place, combining undeveloped coast, historic buildings and wildlife interest.

Details of Howletts Wild Animal ParkHowletts Wild Animal Park

Howletts Wild Animal Park, Kent’s most successful and multi award winning animal park, offers visitors the chance to experience real conservation, throughout 2016.

Howletts is a breeding sanctuary for some of the most rare and endangered species in the world. With over 450 animals and over 50 individual species, plus plenty of new births and arrivals, including adorable baby black rhino, Kasungu - the first black rhino to be born at the park, visitors have the opportunity to see real animals, real close and be part of real conservation in action.

Home to the world’s largest collection of critically endangered western lowland gorillas and the largest herd of African elephants in the UK, Howletts offers visitors the chance to get up close to Amur tigers, Northern Chinese leopards, lions and wolves in their glass fronted enclosures and walk with lemurs as the Madagascan favourites explore the branches overhead.

Set in 100 acres of historic parkland, there are wooded walkways and pathways to explore and fun and fact filled animal talks taking place at various times throughout the year, so there’s plenty for visitors of all ages to discover and enjoy.

Visitors can also try their hand at the exciting Treetop Challenge – an obstacle course, set high in the trees with rope bridges, tyre curtains, cargo nets and zip wires. Younger adventurers can enjoy the Animal Adventure Challenge featuring slides, swings and more

One of the County’s most popular visitor attractions, Howletts has conservation at its heart. Visitor monies help fund the park’s vital work with endangered species and enable the park to return animals back to protected areas of the wild, in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation.

Throughout 2016 visitors can take advantage of special events at Howletts, including fun activities, special animal enrichment and other special events, all included in the price of the ticket at no extra cost! Visitors can also make the day extra special by booking additional activities, including talks by our expert animal teams, animal encounters and photography days.

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Howletts Wild Animal Park
Tel: +44 (0)844 842 4647

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Howletts Wild Animal Park

Bekesbourne Road, Bekesbourne, Canterbury, CT4 5EL


See location of Howletts Wild Animal Park on Google maps.See location on Google maps.     Map reference: TR 202570
     Lat: 51.26961  Long: 1.15582
Howletts Wild Animal Park is located at Bekesbourne and is signposted 'Bridge exit' off the A2, three miles south of Canterbury in Kent. Free parking available.

Parking : free

Public Transport : Bekesbourne station

Please telephone in advance for pushchairs.

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