Last week we went to visit Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire. Its really well signed from the A5 and from the M1 junction 13. We used Tesco Days Out Vouchers to pay for our visit but there are often 2 for 1 offers and of course booking online usually works out cheaper than paying on the day.
Woburn is split into two main areas, a drive through safari and then a foot safari. My recommendation is to do these in the opposite order. All the cars and school trip buses etc tend to go on the drive through safari first as it follows on from the road where you enter the park which means its often crowded and slow moving and your view of the animals is not always great.
If you follow the turning for the foot Safari and adventure play areas first you can get to these before they get too crowded.
In this area you can park up and explore the shops and cafes etc before continuing round. There are walk through areas with lemurs and wallabies here and make sure you get a leaflet with the times of talks and shows that are on throughout the day. We'd recommend the sea lions which also has a 3D experience and the elephants where you can get really up close to them.
There is a good variety of animals here like porcupines, meerkats, tortoises, snakes etc. Also worth checking out are some fabulous play areas including an aerial rope course, astro slides etc and even an indoor soft play area inside a wooden ark !!
We really enjoyed going in the aviary where you can give free flying lorikeets a drink of nectar whilst they sit on your hand, and close to here is a lake on which you can ride pedalos in the shape of a swan and they are really fun. There is also a train ride included in your ticket price which departs from this area.
We had a picnic lunch and then headed off to do our drive through part of the safari. This worked out really well as the vast majority of cars had already been through the drive in and were now parked at the foot safari end and we could drive through at our own pace, got a really good look at the animals, getting really close to them and no sitting in queues all the way round.
Woburn is a full family day out and we'd all highly recommend it.