West Midland Safari and Leisure Park Worcestershire
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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What we offer
It is home to a variety of all-weather attractions, including four miles of Drive-Through safari, the largest animatronic dinosaur exhibit in the UK and a theme park.
Since its grand opening in 1973, by the famous actress Sophia Loren, West Midland Safari Park has been home to a whole host of exotic species, such as bears, baboons and big cats. Presently around 140 different species call the Park home, including cheetah, lions, elephants, giraffes and rhinos.
The education department was initially set up 10 years ago, its aim being to educate pupils on the importance of conserving nature and the beauty of our natural world. May 2017 saw the opening of our brand new Safari Academy, enabling us to house even more future conservationists!
Set next to the Safari Drive-through amongst a natural tree-laden environment, the sustainably-built Academy contains five classrooms, where pupils are invited to explore the world of conservation. Suitable from early years right up to university level, a variety of curriculum-linked education sessions are on offer, from habitats, animal behaviour and adaptations, to evolution, careers and plants. Choose from a 45 minute Discovery Session, where some topics include the chance to meet some of our smaller animals, or a 90 minute Discovery Workshop, which is designed to develop practical skills as well as knowledge of the subject area.
Suitable for younger pupils or SEN students, a Creature Feature is the perfect opportunity to meet some of our smaller, friendlier animals and learn more about their favourite food and natural habitats. Or why not book a Meet A Mascot session, where the children can meet one of our costume characters and enjoy animal-themed games.
For those after something outside the classroom, guided walks around our African Village, Discovery Trail or Land of the Living Dinosaurs are the ideal way to explore the Park with an educational twist. Not forgetting the Safari Drive-through, our four-mile self-drive Safari where pupils can look for lions, tigers, giraffes and rhinos. Safari Rangers can make an amazing experience unforgettable - they will accompany your group on your coach and tell you interesting facts and tales about our fantastic animals.
For an end of term treat, our Adventure Theme Park has a variety of rides to keep your students entertained for an entire afternoon. Younger children can enjoy Boj Giggly Park, a multi-sensory, interactive play area which opened in July 2017.
What makes us a great choice?
All of the above is tied together with a simple booking system (no paperwork or deposit needed!) co-ordinated by our dedicated and friendly Education Officer, Claire, giving a stress free and enjoyable school visit experience. We create safe, memorable experiences that are easy to link into the curriculum, easy to book, and easy to plan. Schools who have visited before come back year after year, and we continually improve our products based on teachers feedback.
Accreditation and Awards
We are part of BIAZA, EAZA, BALPPA and the Children’s University. The only reason we haven’t got a LOtC Quality Badge yet is the fact that no-one has ever asked for one! We would rather put the funds needed for a badge scheme into improving the school’s day out.
Group Sizes Catered For
Any! Our school rates are available for 10 or more paying people arriving by coach or minibus, but we also offer Home Educator Days in the year where smaller groups can make the most of the fantastic educational discounts.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
Each of our education sessions are designed specifically around the current curriculum. Everything we design for schools and education establishments is created by our experienced Education Team, who take feedback from local schools and focus groups.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
Students can take photos and videos in all areas of the Park. We kindly ask not to take them in our booked educational sessions as it can be very distracting for the Education Officer delivering the session, which could be detrimental to the quality of teaching the students receive.
Risk Assessment Details
We don’t have risk assessments that we give out to schools because we have so many different ones for the Park. However, we provide visit guidelines with risk assessment information via email with the booking confirmation, which can also be downloaded from our website. Once booked in, we can also offer two free teacher preview tickets per school per season to allow teachers to come along to the Park and carry out their own risk assessments. This also ensures they know the layout of the Park and helps to plan a stress-free visit.
Education Officer Information
We have an entire Education Team dedicated to offering the best possible experience for educational groups visiting the Safari Park. Our direct phone number is 01299 404888 or email This will bring you through to our Education Administrator, Claire, who will be able to answer any query you have.
For our main 2018 summer season:
£9.50/pupil admission, £10.50/teacher admission OR £12/pupil combined admission and wristband, £13/teacher combined admission and wristbands.
Free supervisor ratio 1:6 (primary), 1:10 (secondary), 1:2 (SEN).
Creature Features (30 mins) can be added for just £40/35 pupils, Walking Safaris (45mins) £30/20 pupils, Discovery Sessions (45mins) £50/35 pupils, Discovery Workshops (90mins) £60/35 pupils, Safari Rangers (2hrs) £75/single layer coach/mini bus, Meet A Mascot (30 mins) £40/35 pupils.
No. Although a lot of the areas are outside, so we would recommend sensible flat shoes, a coat for poor weather and a hat for sunny weather.
First Aid Information
We have multiple qualified First Aiders and First Responders on site, with a dedicated First Aid Hut in the centre of the Park for guests.
There are multiple gift shops on site and a whole range of catering facilities, including the new Dino Diner (in the Discovery Trail) and Burger Co. restaurant (in the Adventure Theme Park), as well as snack facilities dotted around site. To make it easier for teachers, we also offer discounted goody bags that can be pre-ordered and discounted group catering that can be pre-ordered in advance. There is a large undercover picnic area that
caters for up to 250 people. This is located next to the coach park and is free for anygroup to use. There are other picnic benches located at various grass-covered locations around the Park.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
All areas are wheelchair accessible, with disabled toilet facilities in the majority of the toilet blocks. There are different levels of accessibility for individual Adventure Theme Park rides, of which all information is available on our website. We are able to accommodate changing areas for larger children, but this must be pre-booked in advance. Please note: there is no hoist in our changing areas. We also offer sensory sessions and
specific SEN educational sessions to fit all pupils needs and requirements.
Opening Hours & Information
We are open every day from 10th February to 9th November 2018 and are usually open from 10am until 4:30pm. Full opening times are available on our website www.wmsp.co.uk
Our fantastic, purpose-built Safari Academy is the ideal place for students to immerse themselves in a truly unique learning environment. We are dedicated to providing a safe, educational and memorable visit for all groups of all ages and abilities and are proud of our experienced Education Team, which includes qualified teachers, lecturers and assessors. We aim to make your booking as easy as possible, so if you can’t find what
you are looking for just drop us an email at , visit our website www.safariacademy.co.uk or call 01299 404888.
As well as school visits, we also run Teacher Open Days, preview tickets, accredited animal diplomas and summer holiday clubs. We love to hear teachers feedback, so feel free to get in touch.
Guide dogs welcome only in the Discovery Trail.
Visually impaired students/staff entitled to free admission.
Arrival pack given to all visiting pre-booked education groups upon arrival at Reception.