I grew up around the corner from Paradise Park, a wildlife sanctuary in Hayle, Cornwall. All through summer & the holidays I could always hear the tannoy’s from my bedroom announcing that the ‘penguin feeding was about to start.’ It felt so strange walking in there today with Evie. It’s the first time I’ve taken her & I was so excited to watch her play around somewhere that I used to love.

Paradise Park is great fun in summer. They have a HUGE outdoor park, a bird flying show, a little train ride, thousands of beautiful birds to look at, penguins that you can help to feed, otters, pandas, a little farm, a tropical bird cage where you can go in & feed the birds that are flying around & much much more.
It was such a shame that it was so cold. Where has the sunshine gone?

Most of the park is set outside so we couldn’t look around for long & didn’t get a chance to look at or feed the birds this time. We were all shivering like mad. We were dressed for summer so had to fashion Evie a hat out of a muslin square to warm her up. We ended up quickly feeding some animals in the farm before heading to the Jungle Barn, a big indoor soft play area.

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Evie loved watching me feed the animals. She’s never seen sheep or goats before upclose. She’s used to (& very good with) cats & dogs. But she was absolutely mesmerised & slightly cautious of these new animals. She curiously watched me feed them but didn’t want to go near them herself.

We missed out on so much because of the weather. We were a bit disappointed but it’s a great excuse to go back. We were very grateful that Paradise Park has ‘The Jungle Barn’. We soon warmed up with a delicious pasty & a hot chocolate. Evie hasn’t really experienced soft play before & she’s new to slides. She absolutely LOVED IT! She wanted to go up again & again & even went on the slides for bigger children.

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It was so nice to find a big area that we could just let her run free in because it’s completely baby proof. She enjoyed running around & finding her own way back to the slide & playing on all of the soft toys. They have a really big ball pool for the babies with a wind machine that blows the balls around if you put them near it. Evie LOVED trying to catch them & letting the wind machine blow in her face.

We had such a lovely afternoon & Evie’s grandma loved watching Evie explore all of these new things as much as I did. We made sure we bought a return ticket (which is really cheap because you’ve already paid full entry) so that we can come back on a sunnier day & really make the most of the park. Paradise Park is a must see if you’re ever visiting or you live in Cornwall. There is so much to do for all ages & it’s more than worth the entry price.

*This post ISN’T sponsored. I just loved this family day out.

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  1. Jess Mrs Puddleducky
    April 18, 2015 / 7:50 pm

    Arrr this is lovely, I haven't been there for years, never taken my kids. Must visit next time were there. Love the slide picture! X

    • Chloe
      April 18, 2015 / 8:30 pm

      I live around the corner & haven't been for years either! But now we have a great excuse after having Evie! 🙂 I forgot how much fun it is! What's even better is that the adults get to play in the Jungle Barn too! haha 🙂 x

  2. Emily Vaughan
    May 12, 2015 / 10:05 am

    Aww this brings back memories of going during family holidays when I was younger! Such a shame is was so chilly, I'm sure you'll have a fab time when you go back again though 🙂 x #triedtested

    • Chloe
      May 12, 2015 / 11:57 am

      We're definitely going to take a picnic when we go back next time & wait for a really sunny day. I'm lucky I live so close so we don't have to plan a trip. 😀 x

  3. May 12, 2015 / 10:27 am

    I went here when I was much younger – would be lovely to take my kids there now as it looks like they have so much more there now.

    • Chloe
      May 12, 2015 / 11:59 am

      They have loads now. We didn't even do a 1/4 of what they have on offer because of the weather. They have otter feeding/penguin feeding/bird feeding/farm animal feeding. They have birds shows, a train ride, huge outdoor play parks, a quest, the jungle barn soft play area (the list could go on) Such a great day out & definitely worth it for the whole family. We're going back as soon as it's sunny, armed with a picnic! 😀 x

  4. Kim Carberry
    May 12, 2015 / 12:39 pm

    That looks like a fantastic place to visit! Such a shame the weather wasn't too good :/

    • Chloe
      May 13, 2015 / 7:33 am

      It really is. It's got something for the whole family. As soon as the sun comes out, we're grabbing our picnic & going back! 🙂 x

  5. Emma T
    May 12, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    Looks like a great place, and good to have somewhere that's got play areas suitable for babies/smaller toddlers #triedandtested

    • Chloe
      May 13, 2015 / 7:33 am

      It's brilliant. From babies to older children, there is something to do for everyone. It was such a great excuse for me to get to help feed animals too! 😀 I could let my inner child out! 🙂 x

  6. May 12, 2015 / 9:33 pm

    Oh wow this looks lovely – looks like a great day out 🙂 #TriedTested

    • Chloe
      May 13, 2015 / 7:32 am

      Thank you! 😀 x

  7. Jenny
    May 13, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    A fantastic place to visit! So nice to watch kids meeting animals and the soft play looks amazing, love the sound of the wind machine in the ball pool! 🙂 x

    • Chloe
      May 14, 2015 / 12:05 pm

      It is so much fun. If you're ever in Cornwall I'd fully recommend it. They have so much to do there but because it was so cold we didn't get to do it all this time which was a shame. x

  8. Leandra Bramham
    May 14, 2015 / 3:23 pm

    That looks like a fab place to visit, shame it was a bit cold. Evie looks as though she's having lots of fun in the soft play area though!

    Thanks so much for linking up to #toddlerapprovedtuesday again Leandra & Becky xx

    • Chloe
      May 14, 2015 / 9:07 pm

      Thank you for hosting! We're so lucky to live around the corner so will 100% be returning when it's hotter. 🙂 xx

  9. newcastle familylife
    May 15, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    You can not beat a day out at the farm can you. Lovely photos it sounds like a lovely day out xx #triedtested

    • Chloe
      May 16, 2015 / 6:11 am

      You really can't. Especially with little ones. I'm so grateful we're at that stage now where things like this make her curious & excited. 😀 x

  10. May 30, 2015 / 10:31 am

    Paradise Park looks like a fab place to go and explore with Evie, and somewhere that you’ll keep going back to as she gets older. It’s a shame the weather wasn’t friendly and you had to take shelter in the barn, although the grin on Evei’s face as she goes down the slide makes up for it. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

    • May 31, 2015 / 10:58 am

      It really is brilliant. We can’t wait for some sunshines, it’s only around the corner so we can’t wait to go back with a picnic. 🙂 Thank you for hosting! 😀 x

  11. May 30, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    Its my dream to bring my son to where I use to play as a kid. Must be nice to create new memories to a place where you created your own =) #countrykids

    • May 31, 2015 / 10:57 am

      It really is so lovely! It’s crazy looking at pictures of me when I was younger in these places & now taking our own! You’ll have to revisit all of your childhood favourites! 😀 xx

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