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“Surprisingly good!”
Review of Paradise Park

Paradise Park
Ranked #4 of 14 things to do in Hayle
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Your family will love a day in Paradise ...! This Award-winning wildlife sanctuary with JungleBarn indoor play centre offers so much for all the family, from amazing free flying bird shows, Fun Farm to Penguin photocalls and feed the little parrots.You'll meet colourful birds including many rare and beautiful parrots, flamingos, toucans and red-billed Cornish choughs, plus owls, kookaburras and cranes. With over 140 species and a total of over 650 birds there is a stunning range to see. On top of this there are the animals in the Fan Farm including mini donkeys, pygmy goats, sheep, rabbits and guinea pigs. Then you have red pandas, red squirrels and otters with many species in conservation breeding schemes.Children love the penguins, especially the summer photocall at the end of the talk and feed sessions. During the summer 'Flight of the Rainbows' experience you can buy small pots of nectar to feed the forty plus Lorikeets that come swooping out from there enclosure down onto the awaiting crowd. It's a fantastic experience!The amazing 'Eagles of Paradise' display (summer) gives you the opportunity to see birds like Archie the Bald Eagle and Saffron the Golden Eagle close up as they fly over and around you during these very informative and interesting flying displays.The 'Free Flying Bird Show' (summer) is an opportunity to see and learn about many other species including stunning Macaws as they fly over your head and in-between the crowds. With the large Otter Pool Cafe and the Bird In Hand Pub just opposite the entrance you can be sure of a wide and tasty selection of food and drinks.Paradise Park's 'JungleBarn' indoor play centre is fabulous fun whatever the weather. With giant slides, challenging soft play and a special toddlers' zone with ball fountain you and your kids will want to stay all day. There is a snack bar with daily papers available, balcony overlooking the gardens, plus jungle-themed rooms perfect for birthday parties. Try our new outdoor 'Paradise Island' adventure play area as well.And don't forget their great value 'Return Tickets' if one day is not enough!Keep an eye on the website for the latest discount vouchers.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

We happened upon Paradise Park by pure chance, when our original plans were unavoidably changed. We diverted to the park, having driven past many times on route to other Cornish attractions.
If I'm honest, I'm not a fan of Zoo's and wildlife parks, being of the opinion that birds and animals are far better off in the wild.
I arrived not expecting much, and thought the £14:95 entrance fee was going to be regretted.
How wrong I was??
Although rather compact, the park is well laid out, and easy to walk around, with an amazing selection of birds from around the world, most of which have been bred at Paradise Park.
Small, easy to read plaques on each enclosure, gives a brief description of the animals / birds within, a nice clear photo (so you can check it's what you're actually looking for!) and each one tells you where they originate from, and more importantly, their survival state in the wild.
They have various animals to look at, including pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and some smaller rodents (degus and chipmunks) they also have penguins and a pair of otters, and a family of Red Pandas (of which they are fairly heavily involved in charity work for their protection) offering "up close" experience's for interested customers, with a portion of the fee going straight to their charity (The Red Panda Network) "which is committed to the conservation of wild Red Pandas and their habitat through the education and empowerment of local communities."

Although two visiting adults, children seem to be well catered for, with a play park (indoor and outdoor), swings, slides and climbing apparatus, and plenty for them to see and do, as well as inclusion in the free flight show in the main picnic area.
There are various feeding and demonstration displays throughout the day, where you can watch the birds / animals being fed, with helpful staff on hand to answer any questions you may have?
The highlight for me was the free bird flying display, which is accompanied by a well presented talk on each species being flown, and good interaction with the audience, using well trained birds that seemed happy and content with short flights showing their various skills and abilities, which I found very interesting. This culminated with a flight of half a dozen of their large macaws, which I must say looked spectacular being flown around the skies above the park, and showing off the great work that Paradise Park does as the world headquarters of The Parrot Trust. They have successfully bred various breeds of parrot, releasing them into the wild in their native countries in an effort to increase the population of these beautiful birds, which are becoming dangerously low, due to habitat demolition, and other problems including the pet trade.
There is a small cafe for refreshments and sweet treats which was modestly priced, with ice cream being sold both indoors, and outside near the picnic area.
There is ample seating both indoors and under cover (in case of inclement weather), making this a great place for an affordable day out, with plenty to amuse, entertain and educate the whole family.
I might add that a large portion of your entrance fee goes directly to the upkeep of the park, as well as benefiting their charity work.
The park is clean and tidy, and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
I arrived feeling somewhat sceptical, and left happy, intrigued, and satisfied that I had "done my bit" to help with the development of one of Cornwall's hidden gems!
Thank you to all involved with the running of Paradise Park. We had a wonderful time, and I can highly recommend you go and see for yourself.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Andrew_Goddard
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ParadiseParkCornwall, Alison at Paradise Park, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Hello Andrew, Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review, I will certainly pass on your thanks to all here. It is interesting for us to see that you got a good understanding of the conservation work we are involved in as well as enjoy the Park as a visitor attraction. I am so glad you took the risk, got over your scepticism and ended up happy and ready to recommend us to others! Thanks again, Alison

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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

For a little park there's loads to see and do , something happening every 30mins from feeding otters to penguins to the very colourful lorikeets ! you've got to feed the lorikeets !! awesome !! you can even stamp your hand and come back after dinner !! well worth a day come rain or shine

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Andrew B
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ParadiseParkCornwall, Alison at Paradise Park, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Many thanks for your review, it sounds like you joined in all our daily events and I’m happy to hear you particularly enjoyed meeting the lorikeets. We agree that they are awesome, all-action parrots with their rainbow colours and high-pitched calls.

Thanks again and we hope you will visit again – hopefully with more shine than rain!

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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

At £52 for a family ticket I really expected more. Went on a damp day as the beach was less inviting. Being damp it seems all activities are cancelled, but no reduction in entry fee. The conservation ethos seems good, but as a visitor there are only so many pretty birds you can look at without something else going on.
I doubt I'll bother going back even with a reduced price return ticket.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Andy L
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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

We visited for a couple hours (that's how long it takes to look at everything) they had every Bird I could think of and they had red pandas! We also rode the fun little train ride!
Great for kids!

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Alfie L
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Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Paradise park is ok, but, the price is just way over the top for what's on offer when you pitch it against similar attractions.
My three children 12,10,4 enjoyed themselves and there's enough to while away about three hours. But this includes the indoor play area which occupied them for a good hour.
Given the admission price I'd like to have enough to occupy them for most of the day, and with the admission price so high I struggle see how they can justify charging you extra to ride the very short train ride.
Staff were friendly and helpful.
Eating areas looked clean, although the toilets were out of toilet paper in the ladies so not checked regularly enough.
This is also a fair weather attraction, if you were there in the rain there would be little to do.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank A T
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