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“Fantastic!”
Review of RSPB Saltholme

RSPB Saltholme
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: At Saltholme, you'll find a world of amazing wildlife thriving right in the middle of the Tees Valley's heavy industry.Surprising, isn't it? But this is a brilliant place for wildlife – and for you! Come and explore the state- of-the-art visitor centre with panoramic views of the reserve and its industrial backdrop. Follow your nose to the café to sample freshly brewed coffee and home-cooked meals, and then stop off in the shop for a bit of retail therapy.Get outdoors with the family to explore the discovery zone and run, jump and clamber through the adventure playground. If you fancy relaxing, seek out a bench in the tranquil wildlife garden or venture to the far reaches of the reserve for some quiet time with nature.However you want to spend your time at Saltholme, you're sure to fall in love with the place and come back time and time again.
Reviewed 7 January 2014

This place is well worth a visit, we are a family of 5 (children aged 8, 5 and 1) and we spent a good few hours here. There are flat walks to do, and the kids loved going in the hides to watch the birds. Our older two children went in the playground and enjoyed it. When we visited there were (free) crafts on offer for the children to do (sticking, gluing and painting) and toys and books for our toddler. We ate in the café, the kids sandwich box was very good value.
One tip for those with babies - Saltholme have all-terrain pushchairs that you can borrow. You don't necessarily need the all-terrain feature, we walked round with a Maclaren Quest stoller with no problems at all, but there are sheep droppings all over the paths and our stroller got very dirty. I hate having dirty pushchairs, but aside from that we then had to find plastic bags to cover our pram wheels so that the contents of our car boot did not get covered in unhygienic dirt. Unfortunately we set off on our walk via the door in the shop and did not spot the pushchairs available to borrow until we returned via the back door!
There were some lovely things in the shop, and a sale on when we visited on 2nd Jan.

Thank Hippo87
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Reviewed 17 December 2013

I'm not into all these type of places, but WOW tis place is a must.
So peacefull, a bit wild, Great coffee shop, nice people
Well worth the time and money. Would recommend on a sunny day, great learning for kids.

1  Thank Gillian B
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

I decided to take my nephew after hearing so much about the place but not really knowing what to expect.

We had brilliant weather which just added to a fantastic day. Costing £3 in and £1.50 for him to go pond fishing which he did for about two hours it was definitely worth the money.

The park is excellent and there is so much to see and do.

Cafe is also excellent with lots of choice on the menu.

Thank stephonlegs2001
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

You can park in the free car park. It's a short walk along a path,, you can see the viewing platform. So you can't get lost. Take your camera.
After you have watched the seals, take the short trip to Seaton Carew for some fish and chips.

Thank Stephen W
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

This attraction has received favourable reviews since it opened and they are rightly deserved. There is good viewing from the centre and even better chances for bird observation from. the several hides around the site. Here is where budding wildlife photographers can develop their skills.The walk alone is worth it for exercise and the chance to see nature close up.

Children are very welcome and there is a very good play area if they need to run off some energy. Wardens are on hand to offer visitors the benefit of their expertise and a shop will give you the opportunity to test scopes and binoculars before you buy. There is also a good selection of bird related books and merchandise on offer.

A cafe on site series tasty snacks and light lunches.

Thank Peter D
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