Fun at Wildwood Escot
We’ve had a lovely few days at the Haven site, Devon Cliffs, and to finish off our hols, we headed to Wildwood Escot. It’s about 30 minutes north of the Devon Cliffs site and the perfect stop off on our way back to Weston-super-Mare.
So what is Wildwood Escot?
The clue is in the name…Wildwood really does mean wild wood! Think 200 acres of muddy paths, nature trails, outdoor play, wolves and lots of trees. If you enjoy getting out and back to nature then Wildwood Escot is worth a visit. Although marketed to visitors as a wildlife park, Wildwood Escot is actually part of the Wildwood Trust, which works to protect and conserve British wildlife.
Before you head off on your adventure through Wildwood, take a look at the times of various animal talks and bird of prey displays. They run a few throughout the day and include talks at the wolf, squirrel and otter enclosures.
Also be sure to keep an eye out for the peacocks and peahens wandering around! This one was with her babies, hanging out on atop of an archway.
Just after you pass the greenhouse and walled garden, you come to a huge hedge maze. B wasn’t so keen to do this but we managed to get a nice photo from above.
B was more interested in this cat who was sunning himself.
Animals at Wildwood Escot
Wildwood Escot is home to a number of wild animals, including wolves, wild cats, wild boar and red squirrels.
There is even a Lynx hiding in the woods too but I think she must have been sleeping when we passed her enclosure.
The East Devon site recently welcomed a pack of six grey wolves to the enclosure on site. We caught a glimpse of them a number of times as they passed us. They really weren’t bothered by our presence though and the photos we got weren’t amazing. This one is courtesy of Widlwood Escot!
Wolves always seem to get a bad name when it comes to children’s stories and tales. The minute we mentioned wolves in the wood, B was anxious about seeing them. I really think he the thought they’d come out, dressed as Grandma, ready to eat him. And of courses they didn’t. Instead they were gentle, beautiful creatures.
The wild boar were pretty much just chilling out in all the mud. And there was a lot of it!
Take a Step Back in Time at the Saxon Village
One part of Wildwood which we really enjoyed was the Anglo-Saxon village.
It reminded me of one I visited when I must have been about ten years old. It was on a school trip, on the way to Hunstanton in Norfolk.
The Saxon Village at Wildwood has a number of houses to peek into, along with some work areas and stocks.
A number of hens and cockerels were happy to be hanging out in the Saxon village too.
We got chatting to one of the staff on the front desk and she told us that schools regularly arrange trips to the village. I can imagine the kids love it!
Plenty of Places to Play
As with most family days out, there are plenty of places for the little ones to have a run around.
We really loved the hidden playground, right in the heart of the wood.
There was a wooden pirate ship to explore and a number of tree houses and dens.
B really enjoyed pretending to be a pirate and there was a bit of a standoff with another kid that wanted to be a pirate too. It’s always the way isn’t it! The lure of otters and the gift shop helped defuse fisticuffs!
If your little ones are feeling adventurous, there is a huge drop slide hidden in the woods too. B isn’t fussed on these so we stopped here to have our picnic! If the weather is wet, there is an indoor play barn as well to enjoy.
What Will you Spot in the Woods Today?
After enjoying the outdoor play, we wandered back through the gardens. There is an Otter area which houses a number of Asian short-clawed Otters. They must have been sleeping though as we couldn’t spot any.
Be sure to keep a look out for other weird and wonderful things amongst the trees…
Have you been to Wildwood Escot? It really is a wild wood with plenty of space to explore. Be sure to splash in the puddles and get lost in the woods. A tip as well, if it’s been raining, be sure to take welly boots. We didn’t and we were fine on the main paths.
Disclaimer: We were invited to Wildwood Escot. All opinions and thoughts are our own. We had a lovely time at the park!