Where Grayson Goes // Howletts Wild Animal Park
As a family with not only Grayson who has additional needs/disability but his two siblings means we are always looking for places to visit that suit everyone’s needs.
Although there is probably no perfect place for all 3 children, there are places which tick 90% of the boxes.
As a family we love trying new places and sharing them with you all, here at Raising a Superhero in particular we love sharing how places work for children with additional needs so that other families like ours can have a better idea in advance.
When Howletts Wild Animal Park asked us to come and check out their new exhibition Animals of the Ice Age we were so pleased as it would give us the opportunity to share how Howletts works as a whole for us.
Before heading anywhere I look at their website to check out their accessibility section and I was so pleased to see Howletts have a downloadable Accessible Statement full of everything I would want to know, including info like parking, ticket prices and facilities.
Howletts has disabled parking right by the entrance/exit which is on hard standing and there is plenty of it.
Although we have visited Howletts before it has been many years and before the Animals of the Ice Age exhibition, I was so pleased to see that the animals not only due to their sheer size but also where they had been placed are able to be seen with ease from a wheelchair position.
Some of them certainly caught Grayson’s attention and as it is set in a nice quiet section of the park in the Woodland Walk we could take our time looking without causing sensory issues.
Innocent Charms Chats,the signs and facts for each animal are fantastic and very visual for children who maybe more mentally capable that Grayson.
The whole environment of Howletts is very relaxed and as I said before even on a busy day due to it being so vast there are always places you can be in the Animal Park that feel more secluded for a child like Grayson who can need quiet. So much so towards the end of our trip Grayson managed a nice nap.
I was pleased to read Howletts offer free entry to Grayson’s carer and discounted prices for the disabled to.
All in all we loved our trip to Howletts Wild Animal Park and feel it really offers a great day out for all our family including Grayson. Howletts clearly state on their website that they are always looking for customers to share any concerns or ways they can improve to make a day out even more inclusive.
*I was not compensated for this post to be written, I just felt it would be a great view to share.