Filey Bird Garden and animal park is located on the outskirts of Filey near the coast in North Yorkshire. There are so many caravan parks in this area that this is a great little place to visit when you want to fit other things into your day during your holiday. We spent a couple of hours there but that was ideal for us and it really was a lovely little farm park.
This was day 23 of our #80dayschallenge to have at least 80 days out in one year.
We arrived on the dot of 10 am and it soon became quite busy. We were visiting over Easter and they had a trail on which we took part in. It was a great way of spending plenty of time exploring but it was actually a little difficult. We bought a bag of food for the four legged animals from the shop. They had donkeys, ponies, goats and alpacas that you can feed. Although my husband fell out with an Alpaca as it decided to spit all over his hand. We had to laugh!
They have other animals such as meerkats, racoon dogs, chipmunks and more. The animal park isn’t big but most of the animals do have decent sized enclosures. It doesn’t take a very long time to walk around so make sure you do buy some food to feed the animals.
Our favourites were the African grey parrots and the two blue and gold macaws. These can be found next to and in the formal gardens. They are all such characters. One of the macaws was completely taken with me and if I walked away he followed me. They were quite chatty as well which was nice. The formal gardens are a lovely spot, make sure you find the secret garden inside.
They have a newly built adventure playground at the farm park. Which our son could have played happily on for hours. There’s an assault course, a wooden bridge with a tunnel, slide, swings and more. All set out to look like a fort. What fun.
Next to the playground there’s also a lovely sensory garden with plenty of plants to touch and smell. There’s also a willow tunnel for kids to run in and out of.
The duck pond is a lovely spot to sit.
We left via the shop and cafe. In the shop we met one of the owners who was very friendly and chatty. I love to go to places like this where the owners are there to meet and greet people. We left feeling like we’d had a lovely visit and we would certainly return again. Especially to chat to the birds again!
The cafe is small but there is also some seating outside. They also have picnic benches around the park where you are welcome to eat your own picnic. The cafe serves cold snacks such as sandwiches, sausage rolls and cakes. You can also purchase hot or cold drinks. Next to here is where you will find the toilets. It is free to park.
Filey bird garden and animal park closes over the winter. They are open from early April until mid-September. Please check their website for up-to-date opening times and dates. They also close on some Mondays during low season. Currently, it costs £6.50 for an adult ticket and £5.50 for a child aged 2-15. Children under 2 are free. A bag of animal food costs 50p. They also have other rates such as for seniors, families and annual passes.
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