Today we visited Paradise Park which is in Hayle, Cornwall. Paradise Park was founded in 1973 to house Mike Reynolds’ collection of tropical birds, also I just found out that he is also responsible for the Milkybar Kid adverts and came up with the phrase “The Milkybars are on me”. Which might be the coolest thing I have discovered this year.
The admission price for an adult is £14.75 and Paradise Park is open daily from 10am all year round (except for Christmas Day).
As well as tropical birds, you can also find goats, sheep, an adorable red panda, otters donkeys and penguins.
Neil was in charge of the map.
First up, we saw the red panda. Apparently there was also a baby but we didn’t see him.
Red pandas are too cute. Although I don’t think they look much like pandas, so I would like for them to be re-named “red chubby fox-cats”. Personally I think that is a far more accurate name for them.
Opposite the red chubby fox-cats was a very snooty bird. He was literally strutting up and down his enclosure with his eyes half closed with a dead baby chick filled beak high up in the air. He was so proud of himself.
We saw all sorts of birds, the Owls were rather lovely, they had a number of species including, Barn Owls, Tawny Frogmouth (which unlike the red chubby fox-cats have an appropriate name as they do have very frog like mouths) and Great Grey Owls.
We saw lots of different types of parrots, and other birds too. The enclosures are really spacious and you get a good view into them to see each bird without disturbing them.
Now in the interest of honesty, I have to confess that I actually came to Paradise Park for two reasons, goats and penguins. I’m a little bit afraid of birds and I find them slightly menacing.
The penguin enclosure at Paradise Park is really good and every day at least twice a day you get to feed them. We arrived just in time for this. I declined the opportunity to feed the Penguins today, but watching them was so much fun.
One of the penguins didn’t come for any fish. According to the keeper who was explaining to two ladies that asked, he was only young and had been made a bit of an outcast (The penguin that is, he didn’t comment on his own social standing).
I watched the penguins for a while, I love them and they have so much character.
We then head to the farm! On the way we checked out the guinea pigs and rabbits – the rabbits were teeny, tiny babies – they were smaller than the guinea pigs!
Then, I got to feed the goats and the sheep!
I got to feed them carrots because a couple of times a day they bring around a huge bucket of carrots for you to feed the animals in the farm. You can also buy sheep and goat food at the park entrance, which I also had fun distributing to my new goaty friends.
On the way out, we stopped by the flamingos, it reminded me of a quote I have on my mirror that came from the lovely Emma Margaret (you can read an interview with her here):
Always be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons.
Excellent advice I think.
There is also a dinosaur trail to follow around, it seems to be a fun thing for kids to do and it looked like you got a little dinosaur figure as a prize if you completed the trail.
All in all, this was a fun day out. There is a nice little cafe, a good gift shop and plenty of toilets and places to sit down. There are tonnes of picnic benches as well and it would be a lovely place to have a picnic.
Paradise Park is pretty accessible, the paths are all gravelled, but they are wide and reasonably flat. There is quite a lot to see and do here with talks, displays and feeding (some of which are weather dependent) so plenty to keep you entertained.
Shout out to Neil for my day out – I had lots of fun and I’m sorry for getting you with my goaty hand.
Have you been to Paradise Park? Is it somewhere you would like to go? Let me know below.