Our Visit to Bird World

Last Friday we had sun, so we decided to make the most of it. Monkey wanted to go to the zoo, but as I can really only manage about half a day out and about (at 26 weeks pregnant) I didn’t want to drive too far. So instead we opted for a visit to Bird World which is near Farnham in Hampshire. Although we still spent a good few hours it there is a reasonably small site in comparison to some of the zoos we have visited so perfect for what I had in mind.

Our Visit to Bird World

There is ample parking on site, yet because we are out of season it was very quiet. This time of year they do not have their parrot shows running and none of their refreshments stops are open. However their entry prices reflect this and they have a calendar on their website which explains which parts of the attractions are open. We actually picked up our lunch in an M&S service station on route. However in the Summer months there are lots of options to feed hungry bellies.

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You enter through the shop, so be warned as Monkey was instantly distracted by the array of soft toys and other interesting items for sale. However after promising we will return, we headed outside to feed the birds. You can buy both packets of bird food and meal worms at the front desk for a £1 each. They also offer little tykes cars which you can use to push your children around in and store your picnic or other bags. As you walk out we came across a little pond area with plenty of ducks waiting to be fed. There are suggested walking routes, as we have visited before Monkey wanted to visit the first play area, so we said hello to the flamingos and parrots before heading over to the slide and climbing frames.

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Around the play area is a large grass area perfect for picnics and some picnic benches down one side. This time of year Monkey had the play equipment practically to himself. Right next door is one of the eateries and there is also a toilet nearby. Although the majority of the block was shut due to the winter opening hours, the baby change facility which also had a toilet was open. I was very impressed with the cleanliness and the smell! Something which I can not normally say about attraction toilets.

A little further on there is an Outback Walkabout, which allows you to walk amongst some buggies and chaffinches and feed them. Monkey enjoyed getting very close to the birds and feeding Visiting Bird World in Hampshirethem his worms. I really like that the birds are in large enclosures and spread out across the park. There is a natural route heading towards the farm at the bottom. I use to visit Bird World as a small child myself and it does have a feel of the 80s about it although a number of new exhibits have been built since then! There are two penguin enclosures the first reminds me very much of my childhood and the second is a large walk through area with various other sea birds as well. Monkey enjoyed pretending to sail the ship.

Penguins at Birdworld

Despite it being out of season they still advertise feeding times for the penguins. We arrived a little late to see the 11.30 feed. We then found one of my favourites, although Monkey was a little scared of them (due to sheer size I think) – Pelicans. I think they must have been waiting for their food but Monkey was reluctant to wait around to watch as they were making a fair amount of noise.

Pelicans at Bird World

They have several play areas and we found the second just outside of the farm area, we stopped here for our lunch. Again there was plenty of picnic options and a place selling ice cream in the Summer. While we were eating one of the parrots was having its daily flight exercise so we watched him flying from one building to another. It was great as at the end Monkey got the chance to meet him close up. The farm is designed for the younger visitors with plenty of opportunities for petting in the Summer months. The fact that we couldn’t this time of year didn’t bother him at all as he headed straight for the tractors.

The farm at Bird World in Hampshire

The farm itself has another smaller play area designed for the younger visitors and when Monkey was about 18 months old he really enjoyed playing on it.  You could spend quite a bit of time in the farm area alone.

On our walk back to the car we came across a pheasant that took a keen interest in Monkey’s remaining bird food. He had great time feeding him and talking to him. We sat for quite some time in the sun enjoying the experience.

Our visit to Bird World

By the middle of the afternoon I was flagging so we decided to head towards home after a quick stop in the gift shop. We also went next door to Underwater World to see the tropical fish and Camen. Although its no where near the size of a Sea Life Centre Monkey loved looking at the fish all the same. Epically when we found Dory and Nemo! I think we were probably there for a good four to five hours in total which for £15 is a great day out.

Our Visit to Bird World

Things you need to know:

  • Their opening hours and prices vary depending on the time of year which you visit. They have a calendar showing their times and prices here on their website. In January when we visited it cost £8.95 for an adult and £5.95 for a child between the ages of 3-6. Under 3s are free all year through.
  • Address – Holt Pound, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LD, telephone 01420 22992, website www.birdworld.co.uk

Monkey has been taking about our visit ever since so I suspect we will be back before long!

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24 Comments

  1. Angela Milnes
    January 25, 2016 / 9:45 am

    This looks and sounds awesome! Thanks so much for sharing and I love the photos. I love colourful birds for some strange reason. Angela x

  2. January 25, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    Bird world is gorgeous and I love all the different brightly coloured birds. I am a huge fan of parrots they are such inquisitive species.

  3. January 25, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    I grew up really close to Birdworld so it’s been lovely to read your post. Our Macaws, African parrot and Cockatoos ended up there when we moved away many years ago now.

  4. January 25, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    I’ve read about Bird World before – looks awesome!

  5. January 25, 2016 / 7:30 pm

    This sounds such a lovely place. When they’re so small, it is equally fascinating to see these beautiful birds as visit a larger zoo too, I think.

  6. January 25, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    What a lovely day out – we love penguins! The pelican looks a bit big and scary though. I have never heard of Bird World. Kaz x

  7. January 26, 2016 / 7:32 am

    Sounds like Monkey had a brill time at the bird park. Lovely pictures and great detail.

  8. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops
    January 26, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    This looks amazing, I can imagine Boo would love this place. And you got so many fab photos too.

  9. January 26, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    I’ve never heard of Bird world but we’ve a Birdland near us which we really must go back to. I always think these places are great value as well.

  10. January 26, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    Lovely post, so colourful. My little boy loves everything that flies and would be fascinated by this place. thanks for sharing

  11. January 27, 2016 / 1:02 pm

    Loved reading your post as I grew up near Farnham and we used to visit a lot as kids – in fact my brother worked there in his student days 🙂

  12. January 27, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    Oh I love birdworld – grew up not far from there and we used to go often as kids. The penguins were always my favourite. #whatevertheweather

  13. January 27, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    This looks like a fun place to go and would make a nice change to a Zoo. It’s great that you can feed the birds and they are just wandering about. I’m terrified of birds though so Leo and his dad would have to go without me!xx #whatevertheweather

  14. MummysReasonsToSmile (@sarahnblogger)
    January 27, 2016 / 8:09 pm

    Aww I’d never heard of this place until today.. looks and sound fab thou. Definitly have to pay it a visit. Great pictures too xx

  15. January 29, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Birdworld is just a few minutes drive down the road from us so we’ve enjoyed quite a few days wandering around. We had membership at one point so we could just pop in for a few hours if we had a spare morning, always entertains the children! #PicknMix

  16. Coombe Mill
    January 30, 2016 / 12:37 pm

    What a great activity for you guys to do, perfect for some fresh air and not too much exertion needed from you. It’s amazing how many birds they have there, it’s great that Monkey gets to experience so many different breeds of birds. It would look like those play areas are perfectly spaced too so that you get a good gap in between to meet the different birds. Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

  17. January 30, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    This looks so similar to Paradise Park where I live. The exotic birds are so stunning aren’t they and it’s so much fun getting to watch the penguins being fed. I always love how much there is to do in these places, from play parks to all the animals to see to the feeding. It’s so good they’re still open at this time of year too, so many places shut off down here and I wish they wouldn’t. Thank you for sharing your adventure with #whatevertheweather xx

  18. January 30, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    Lovely photos, I am glad you had a lovely day out. I haven’t been to been to bird world for ages. I reckon it’s a lot bigger than it was when I went!

  19. January 30, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    Looks a great place to visit, something my girls would love!

  20. January 30, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    What a good idea to go out of season when it’s not so busy even if the attractions are scaled back. When is busy you never get to see it all anyway. That’s not a bad price at all. I think I went to Bird World when I was a kid but can’t remember it. It looks like a very colourful day out #countrykids

  21. January 31, 2016 / 12:02 am

    This place looks lovely 🙂 These places are so sneaky with their gift shops though – well sneaky or clever 😉
    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

  22. Jenny
    February 3, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    It looks like a fantastic place to visit, £15 is definitely not a lot when there are so many different things to do and see. I love that Monkey could get his own bird food to feed all the different birds around the attraction. Hope your pregnancy is going well despite finding it more tiring?
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

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