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Zoos and Wildlife Parks near to Nottingham

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Matlock Bath
Matlock Bath Aquarium offer a weird and exciting mix of public aquarium plus thermal carp pool, creepy petrifying well, shiny gemstone and fossil display, vintage chinaware collection, regional history exhibition and one of the largest public displays of Holograms in Europe!
Desford
Tropical Birdland Come and see hundreds of beautiful and exotic birds. Wander around their walk through aviary. There is a new adventure playground, also several way marked trails around the 6 acres of woodland, plus explore the koi pond and water gardens.
Twycross Zoo (26 miles)
Atherstone
Twycross Zoo Set in 80 acres of parkland and known worldwide for its apes and monkeys this conservation centre breeds endangered species and many more to observe. Make sure you see the Penguins at feeding time and check out the Lemur Walk-through enclosure, the Amur leopard exhibit, Sri Lankan elephant walkway, Himalayan...
Sheffield
Tropical Butterfly House Encounter the exotic and discover a wild family day out at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre! Meet lemurs, meerkats, owls, otters, snakes, lizards, a tarantula and other amazing animals during unforgettable Animal Encounters!
Plantasia (31 miles)
Atherstone
Plantasia Explore the UK’s largest collection of permanent mazes, feed the carp, visit the animal field, clamber over the tree top trail, explore the woodland walk or just sit and enjoy the colours, sounds and smells of nature. Spread over 30 acres, there is plenty of room for all that energy.
Leek
Peak Wildlife Park With numerous walk through exhibits, a splendid penguin zone with underwater viewing, outdoor play area including bouncy castle and loads extra encounters to choose from!
Doncaster
Yorkshire Wildlife Park From Wallaby Walkabout to Land of the Tigers with new raised platforms, all the kids' furry favourites are here! The latest features are a giraffe house and a viewing platform into largest leopard enclosure in the world, where visitors come face to face with them up 10m high climbing frames!
Lincoln
Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park Come along and enjoy flying displays, tropical butterflies, snakes and reptiles, watch the wolves and big cats being fed and much more! Plus play area for the children and barn style tea rooms for grown ups. Ahhh!
High Peak
Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park From the giant otter to polecats and free-roaming deer, there's something for all the family at the Chestnut Centre. In beautiful grounds of the Derbyshire Peak district, with a stream running through the valley, home to four species of otter, owls, pine martens, foxes, Scottish wildcats, sika and...
Bugtopia (42 miles)
Kettering
Bugtopia An all weather attraction where you can meet and greet a variety of bugs, spiders, butterflies and lizards. Hands on interaction, feeding sessions, and a chance to learn more from the handler. Jungle Hut play area.
Monkey Forest (44 miles)
Trentham
Monkey Forest Unique to the UK! The only place you can walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques in 60 acres of beautiful English forest. Guides are located on the three quarter mile path to inform you of all the monkeys’ behaviour ensuring you have an exciting and memorable day.
Stafford
Rodbaston Visitor Centre Animal Zone Our Animal Zone houses a varied collection of animals and birds from around the world. See our own Meerkat family and count their babies, watch our Red Lemurs playing outside in their enclosure and see our Wallabies, Raccoon Dogs and all the other animals, which bring animals of the world into one place.
Holdenby
Holdenby Falconry Centre Falconry centre offering a number of Experiences, including a half day with Owls and Hawks, and an Introduction to Falconry. Set in beautiful grounds of Holdenby House and Gardens. See a great range of owls, hawks, eagles, and falcons.
Birmingham
National Sea Life Centre Escape city life and step into tropical paradise of an aquarium in the heart of the buzzing city of Birmingham. At the National SEA LIFE centre you can take an amazing marine voyage beneath the waves and experience so much more! Sea Stars!
Eccleshall
Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre is a small sanctuary for unwanted and mistreated exotic animals and birds of prey. Home to a wide variety of creatures including, Owls, Hawks, Snakes, Monkeys, Raccoons, Wild cats, Lizards,Fruit bats, Falcons, Terrapins and also new activity packs for kids!
Birmingham
Birmingham Nature Centre homes a wide range of animals from across the world. including many children's favourites like meerkats, lemurs and otters. The Centre has a wide collection of endangered reptiles and you can get Animal Encounters or be Keep For A Day, too!
Dudley
Dudley Zoo and Castle Lions and Tigers to Snakes and Spiders: Go Wild at Dudley Zoological Gardens. Enjoy keeper talks to learn about the important conservation projects we carry out. Dine in our licensed restaurant. Land train, fair, chairlift, face painting and more!
Hamerton
Hamerton Zoo Park Over 20 acres of parkland, home to 100s of incredible animals. Kids will love the newly expanded natural style play areas, Stoll-a-Safari and hands on reptile encounters!
Boston
Lincolnshire Wildlife Park is an outdoor attraction suitable for all age groups. Feed and interact with nearly 2000 parrots, see our big cats up close along with Meerkats, Lemurs, Otters and animals galore!
Donkey Sanctuary (55 miles)
Abbey Hay
Donkey Sanctuary Largely an assisted therapy centre, but you can also visit rescued donkeys in their dotage, use the visitor centre, and enjoy nature walks and cycle routes. Access may be restricted so ring ahead!
Ponderosa (56 miles)
Batley
Ponderosa Children of all ages and abilities from severely disabled to able bodied can engage in a variety of interesting and stimulating activities together. Huge selection of activities includes rare breeds, reptile rooms, zip wire slides, beaches and sandpits, plus indoor and outdoor play areas!
Stourbridge
The Falconry Centre A Falconry centre with over 70 birds of prey, including various species of Falcon, Owl, Eagle, Kite, Buzzard and Vulture. Daily flying display at 1pm, plus a chance to get close to some of these amazing birds. Experiences offered too.
Towcester
Catanger Llama Trekking What better way to get away from it all than by leading a gentle llama along bridleways, farm tracks and country lanes. They’ll carry your backpack while you enjoy the scenery. A perfect way to destress.
Stratford Upon Avon
Stratford Butterfly Farm A landscaped tropical greenhouse, with the largest display of beautiful tropical butterflies in the UK. Learn about their life cycle in the Caterpillar Room, discover a number of insects in Insect City, and spiders in Arachnoland!
Nottingham
Stonebridge City Farm is an urban farm in the middle of Nottingham! Free to visit and open every day, with a number of animals both big and small; which you can feed, pet and handle; play park and picnic area; plus amenities such as cafe, shop and toilets.
Nottingham
Floralands Farm Park There is play equipment, a picnic area and a wide variety of animals to see and feed. As well as the Animal Farm Park, there is a Maize Maze, open from the end of July to October.
Nottingham
Ferry Farm Country Park A farm with plenty of animals to meet and handle, such as piglets, lambs, pygmy goats and more. Adventure playground, go karts and tractors, indoor soft play, and pony rides. Under 2s visit free.
Farnsfield
White Post Farm Centre As well as meeting the animals and enjoying the walk in aviary, you can zoom around on go-karts, catch a seasonal show, do a little shopping or even pick up a new pet!
Farnsfield
Wheelgate Adventure Park A land of thrilling rides, amazing attractions and exhilarating activities and the terrific new Robin Hood’s Waterpark and Splash Land! From the Runaway Mine Train roller coaster and challenging Mini Diggers, to the indoor soft play Pirate Ship and Tropical House the fun is endless!
Retford
Sundown Adventureland The Theme Park especially designed for the under 10’s. We have Adventure play areas, Cafes, Shops, plus lots lots more including the NEW Angry Birds zone!
Nottingham
Wollaton Hall and Park Set in over 500 acres of historic deer park, Wollaton Hall is a spectacular Tudor building home to the city's Natural History Museum. Also see the Industrial Museum, Steam Engine House, Wollaton Visitor Centre and the Yard Gallery, plus exhibitions exploring art and the environment.
Nottingham
Nottingham Industrial Museum A museum covering the industrial history of Nottingham from lacemaking to motorcycle manufacture. Steam day on the last Sunday of every month, plus a calendar of changing events during the year.
Water Meadows (13 miles)
Mansfield
Water Meadows Leisure Lagoon features include Wave Machine; 50m Twister Flume; Geysers and Water Cannons; Falling Rapids Ride and Fast Drop Flume! Plus Pirate Galleon for kiddlywinks.
Eden Softplay (< 1 mile)
Nottingham
Eden Softplay - is a large indoor play centre for under 10s situated in the building of Saviourâs Church, Nottingham. Our huge 4 tier play area will provide hours of fun while parents relax in the comfortable cafe area.
Run Riot (2 miles)
West Bridgford
Run Riot The Rushcliffe Arena is now closed but a new Leisure Centre is being built with planned opening January 2017!
Nottingham
Pirates Play Centre Fantastic three level play area with giant slides, rope bridges, sky glide, rollers etc. Separate toddler and baby soft play area, free wifi in the parents' lounge.
Beeston
Denz Indoor Playcentre Massive adventure climbing maze plus cool sky glide feature overhead, great toddler zone and optional kids' classes like musical play and kiddie art. Loads of fun!
Nottingham
The Goose Playzone the Goose offers a three level soft play adventure play frame plus family friendly dining and a garden area.
Jungletastic (4 miles)
Nottingham
Jungletastic An exciting children's indoor soft play centre providing fun and safe entertainment for children aged up to 11 years. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Nottingham with kids.
Nottingham
Tumble Town Indoor Playcentre 3000 sq ft of indoor play area including climbing frames, a helter-skelter, slides, bouncing castle, soft play ball pools and supervised play. For under 7s.
Nottingham
Wacky Warehouse - Ferry Boat Inn Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant situated in a lovely spot on the Rive Trent.
Stapleford
Little Drivers Soft Play is a family orientated modern colourful soft play centre with a modern play frame. It is family run and offers bespoke party packages tailored to your needs. Now with laser tag too!
Escape Play (6 miles)
Nottingham
Escape Play Well equipped play areas for different age groups, go karts and sports area. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Nottingham with kids.
Hucknall
Oceans of Fun Indoor Play Centre Children's indoor soft play centre with a separate area for babies and under 4s. The main play frame accommodates up to 11 year olds. We have a modern cafe serving delicious lunches and snacks. The play frame has a large wavy slide. It is open and can be seen from all the seats in the cafe area.
Langley Mill
Lanky Bill's Fun Shack Bill might be Lanky but this is hardly a shack: there's a long multi level play frame, enclosed toddler zone plus a mini play frame, kitchen role play area and awesome mirrored disco room!
Jimmy Beans (13 miles)
Sutton in Ashfield
Jimmy Beans Offering a vast array of bespoke, modern and professionally designed adventure play equipment, there is something for every child aged from newborn to ten years old!
Sutton In Ashfield
King and Miller Playzone Soft play in the King and Miller, part of the Eating Inn group and offers a three level play frame plus family friendly dining and a garden area.
Mansfield
Playmania Indoor Playcentre A great location for an indoor adventure with 3 massive floors of play equipment and fun features, plus a spacious toddler zone and parent toddler sessions offered with bonus activities. Grown ups welcome to play too, so don't forget your socks!
Kids Zone (25 miles)
Worksop
Kids Zone Indoor Children’s Play Centre with a separate toddler area. Large play frame with 4 lane slide, tunnels and netting. Military style fitness exercise on offer. Mum and Toddler sessions during term time. A number of birthday party packages available.
Retford
Captain Jacks Adventure Play Retford's fantastic soft play centre is an ideal place to relax while the kids burn off energy. We pride ourselves on our cleanliness, excellent customer service and our good food. With a separate area for toddlers and juniors and regular bouncy castles and games we aim to provide a fun and safe place to...

Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Nottingham with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.

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