Not put off by our wet and rainy adventure the other day, we decided to head off to Chipping to the Bowland Wild Boar Park. It’s somewhere we have been a few times and know that no matter the weather there is plenty for the little ones to see and do. It had been a long time since our last visit so the little ones were very excited. The waterproofs were packed but this time we had already decided to eat in the on site cafe, a rare treat, rather than make a picnic.
The car park was all but deserted, as was the cafe. After a delicious lunch, we went straight to the barn to let the kids kill time playing in the straw before the lamb feeding and rabbit holding. They laughed their way through both activities, my daughter in particular loved them as she is a massive animal lover. We walked around the other animals, checking in on the birds and the meerkats as we went. The rain was torrential throughout and we figured there was no use putting it off, it was time to head outside. Within minutes, we were drenched! We wandered down towards the river and went to look at the deer and the boar. The scenery there is stunning. The boar park is set in a gorgeous valley and even a rainy day can’t spoil the view, if anything it enhances it slightly. It wasn’t long before the little ones were jumping about and splashing us. On the way back they decided they wanted to play on the park. At this point there was no reason not to let them, they couldn’t have got any wetter and the speed they shot off the slides was great fun apparently, although we did get a few funny looks. Back in the car and in the spare clothes we were all grateful to be dry.
Another brilliant day had by all.
Fun had (according to the kids): 10/10
Tantrum level: 2/10
Worth it: Always
Worth knowing: It can get very busy here so it helps to arrive early. They also have special price offers on throughout the year so check the website for those and they also have lots of special events on during half terms so it ALWAYS worth seeing what’s on in advance. This is a full day out! Picnic tables are available and there are walking trails around the park.
50 Things Achievements: 6. Run around in the rain, 23.Visit a farm, 44.Go bird watching.
Cost: Approx £18 for 2 adults and 2 children (under 2’s free). Prices vary depending on season, these are winter prices and include lamb feeding and animal holding. Animal feed in £1 a bag and tractor rides are £1 a go. Play area is free. A meal with drinks for 4 came to approx £20.