We visited the Forest of Bowland and the Wild Boar Park on a spectacular autumn day – the forest was at its loveliest. I had to quickly feed the baby when we arrived, so got to sample the homemade food in the café very early on. All the food was very reasonably priced and included wild boar sausages as a speciality. There was also great entertainment, as behind the café they’ve rigged up a large branch with loads of bird feeders.
Despite the wonderful ornithological display, my boys’ eyes had wandered to the wooden play area, all the usual swings and slides, plus a zip wire and tractors to climb on.
The Wild Boar Park is set in 60 acres of woodland and children can wander pretty freely, stroking rabbits and chicks, and feeding deer with food costing 25p a bag. We walked a brilliant circuit along the riverbank around the edge of the park. It’s approximately 1km and probably took us about half an hour. It is pushchair-friendly but could get muddy (we were all wearing wellies). The walk took us past meerkats, owls, prairie dogs, wallabies and of course hundreds of wild boar. You’ll also find wonderful wood carvings of animals and birds dotted around. There are loads of other walks into the woodland behind the park, and during the summer you can hitch a ride on a tractor and trailer.
Park: Easter-Oct Daily 10.30am-5pm. Nov Closed.
Dec-Easter Daily 11am-4pm. Café: Summer Daily 10.30am-5pm, Winter Fri-Mon 11am-3pm.
Summer: Adult £6.50, Child £6, under 2s free, Family £23. Winter: £5 for everyone over 2 years old. There is an Honesty Box if no one is in attendance.
Bowland Wild Boar Park, Chipping, Preston PR3 2QT
Tel: 01995 61554 wildboarpark.co.uk