Beale Wildlife Park is an outdoor wildlife park set within 30 acres of grounds. We want to make sure you have a fun and memorable visit and would recommend that you read the information below.
2021 is going to be a fun-packed year!
It’s going to be a fantastic year – there is so much more to do and see at the Park.
- The bouncing pillow is one way to let our younger visitors let off steam. Located on the Maple Walk is it is ideal location to enjoy a cup of coffee or ice-cream whilst others are bouncing away.
- Additional catering outlets. Our stunning Pavilion is now a Cafe with a wide range of fresh food and hot drinks. When we first open in April, it will be takeaway service only but as lockdown eases, you will be able to enjoy refreshments in the Pavilion overlooking the gardens…. A perfect way to relax.
- Finn is our new Carpathian Lynx. He is simply stunning (well – we would say that…). He arrived last November and we are hoping to find him a mate soon.
- Scottish wildcats are now one of Britain’s rarest mammals due to multiple threats. As part of their conservation programme, we have three siblings here. It is a great opportunity to see one of these rare animals.
- The West African Dwarf Crocodile is the world’s smallest crocodile, growing up to 1.8 metres (5.9 feet). Following a poll on Facebook, we have named ours ‘Neville’. He is a heavily armoured crocodile, which is dark in colour on the back and sides with a yellowish belly featuring many black patches. Dwarf crocodiles are a little-known species, unlike their more studied relatives – come and discover more.
- Hector, Honey, Willow, Sweet Pea, Beauty and Silver are our new herd of Shetland Ponies. You will find them near the railway station and they are full of fun and character. They are also part of our animal experiences.
Food & Drink
The Peacock Restaurant
Visit the Peacock Restaurant for a tempting array of freshly cooked, locally sourced dishes; pop in for afternoon tea, relax with a cuppa, enjoy an ice cream or pre-order your picnic for the day….the catering team run by Pumpkin Events has lots of tasty treats on offer!
With a daily menu featuring fresh, homemade dishes from locally sourced suppliers, the Peacock Restaurant offers a variety of catering options with personalised menus to suit the occasion as visitors relax and enjoy their surroundings.
So whether it’s a healthy option, vegetarian, soup, sandwiches or a homemade beef burger, there’s lots to choose from as the Pumpkin team welcomes you in with a friendly and efficient service.
Our daily menu will be available soon.
Pop in for a traditional “Afternoon Tea” with freshly baked fruit and plain scone, clotted cream, preserves and a cup of tea or chill out on sunny days with an enticing menu, featuring a selection of snacks, chilled drinks and ice creams.
Please note: Picnics and or private, self-catered parties are not permitted in the Peacock Restaurant without the prior consent of the caterer.
Children are spoilt for choice when it comes to fun and adventure at Beale Wildlife Park.
There is an exciting variety of play areas to choose from with everything from a brand new bouncy pillow, adventure playground, a zip wire, and rope play, to a paddling pool and a sandpit.
For our youngest visitors there is a Toddlers’ Village where imaginations can run riot and future driving skills honed… There are cars, trikes, traffic lights and a crossing are just some of the highlights. Why not pop down to the Park and let your little ones go wild!
Indoor Play – Keep an eye on our social media and we’ll let you know when our indoor soft play can open again. Designed for under our visitors under 5 years, it is designed to entertain and includes the indoor soft play area is full of children’s favourite toys with everything from ride-ons and rocking horses to slides, activity gyms, kitchens and play houses.
Set against a stunning backdrop of the River Thames in Berkshire, the gardens within Beale Wildlife Park offer visitors the chance to relax and enjoy nature at its best with a variety of planting styles.
Jubilee Water Gardens
Beale Wildlife Park celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006 with the creation of the Jubilee Water Gardens.
These gardens are brought to life with an interesting array of plants including trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals, creating a peaceful walk with a hint of the Orient for all to enjoy.
The Lakeside Border, which runs alongside the Park’s Inner Lake, was created in the summer of 2009 and features more than 80 varieties of plants including grasses and perennials. The garden was designed to enhance the lake landscape.
Located at one end of the inner lake, the tiered border showcases a large variety of dahlias and tender exotics.
Located near our train station, the tropical bed was created in 2017 to showcase a variety of tropical plants that can be grown outdoors from late spring to late autumn.
Diamond Jubilee garden area
Located at the front of the park we have two raised beds that are filled with pollinator friendly plants and grasses.
Opposite this area is the Diamond Jubilee Garden, a lovely area to sit and enjoy the delicate fragrance of roses.
Tucked behind the elephant fountain is our Mediterranean themed courtyard including vine covered arbours.
Beale Wildlife Park is home to a fine collection of trees both native and ornamental, large and small, deciduous and evergreen.
The collection has grown over the years and will continue to evolve into the future when new trees are planted. In this way we are able to keep the landscape alive and support the ecosystems within it.
Some specimen trees of interest to look out for in the Park are:
Swamp Cyprus (Taxodium distichum)
River Birch (Betula nigra)
Indian Bean Tree (Catalpa bignonioides)
Flowering Cherry (Prunus pink perfection)
Monkey Puzzle (Araucaria raucana)
Coming soon – our very own farmyard of animals!
Coming soon – our farmyard is the place to see the Shetland ponies, the Alpacas, Guinea pigs, sheep and goats all in one place.
The farmyard is where you can interact with some of the animals and discover more about caring for them. Keep an eye on our website and social media for when it is due to open.