I am writing this e-mail to say a very very big thank you for allowing my wife Liz and myself the wonderful experience of contact with not only your Lemars but also the meercats too. We can only describe our time at Wetlands as a magical and very special time. I’m sure you must get lots of praise for the way you look after your charges and rightly so , all of the animals we saw, visited and fed were in excellent condition happy and ready to entertain with their antics. Can I also say a big thank you to your staff, we were welcomed as we arrived and were kept informed at all times. We along with the young lady who accompanied us round took lots of photos and videos, so we can re-live our time at Wetlands over and over, but we are sure that sometime in the not too distant future we will want to return and enjoy the pleasures of Wetlands again.


Thanks very much from us Both       

Liz & Geof. Ashton

Robert Smyth Academy

20 August 2012

Indiana Barras (2 July 2013)
I am a student from sandal magna school and I came on a school trip and I really enjoyed it. The animals’ cages were spacious and big. I enjoyed feeding the animals and all of them were well behaved. I enjoyed holding a barn owl and stroking Mela the meerkat and noodles the skunk. The play area was good but I think it needs something extra. I liked visiting wetlands and I intend on returning with my family and friends. I will recommend wetlands to anyone I see, and there was plenty of sinks around so after feeding the animals you could wash your hands. Once again I enjoyed the trip and intend on returning. Well done wetlands. 
Lady P Ibbotson

very enjoyable day for both adults & children, I am like a big kid myself when it comes to animals the interaction is great


FJ Collishaw

It was very cold the day we visited but the place is very well maintained. It is a circular walk and so is great for children (& adults) of all ages as can walk, toddle, push a buggy or wheelchair and still see everything. Bags of food for the animals are available at the cafe (everything from biscuits to toasties & hot chocolate) and the children in our (large group) expended a large amount of energy running around delivering to the animals. Its a great place Geographically too as its just off the A1 and we met with friends from Newark, Nottingham, Halifax etc. Will certainly visit again for this reason alone but also was a very enjoyable four/five hours despite the snow storms!


allison berry

Fabulous family day out x. Brilliant exotic animals great for all ages


Degga Dymond

Great day outside for all. Nice selection of Animals to feed and look at


tracey firth

Not been for a few years. The place has improved. Had a lovely afternoon walking across the lake being chased by ducks. Will return in the summer



helen golland

The whole family thoroughly enjoyed the day out. We would all recommend going and will definately visit next year.


Alison Langham

Excellent afternoon with the grandkids. Can’t wait to visit again. The Langhams xxx


Thanks for one of the best days of m life. I really enjoyed it.  It was an amazing experience.  I really enjoyed flying Ghost, the barn owl.  You all made me feel really welcome and part of the team.  I’ll be telling all my friends!

Flynn Perkins

Thank you to all the staff members for one excellent day as a zoo keeper. I will be back soon for a day visit

Elizabeth Ann Sibley

Hi Oliver here. I just want to thank you for having me for the day on 29th of May 2012. I had the best time ever thanks to Phil for helping me prepare all of the food for the animals and then going on to feed them. There was llamas, lemurs and meerkats and many more. I had the best 18th birthday ever. Hoping you are all well”

Oliver Binks

Dear Phil, thank you for a really enjoyable visit on Wednesday 27th June. The residents were all thrilled to see the animals you brought with you. They cannot wait to see you again………………………………Many thanks” Activities Co-ordinator

Manor Care Home – Radcliffe on Trent

Hi, I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed visiting Wetlands in half term. We (myself, my daughter, 14 and two neices, 5 and 13) came on Groupon vouchers and I wasn’t sure what to expect but we had a fabulous time, so much so that my sister and husband want to come in the summer too.  I hope you don’t mind but I have left a review on trip adviser too…although didn’t know whether to ‘cos it will spoil it for me if you become a big and glossy impersonal animal park! Thank you again, and keep up the good work!


Hi there,

I came for the first time yesterday & I wanted to let you know that I had a lovely time with my family, it was a great experience & we left with big grins on our faces! – Feeding the larger animals was quite amusing, they are such characters! Alpacas in particular, but the deer were brilliant & Donkeys gorgeous! All in all such a variety & local too, something really special & made a nice change.

The meerkat with the keeper on show was fantastic & very memorable too.

On my way round a few animals seemed a little poorly & wanted to mention for reassurance that you knew (hope you don’t mind my mentioning it – as you are all doing a fab job!)


Visited Wetlands today, and had a really good day out. Would have liked to have had a meal in the cafe, but we were told drinks only were available, despite it being lunch time. Had a drink, but didn’t feel welcome! Despite this, would recommend the place, and many thanks to Jo, her friendliness and expert knowledge made our day! Mrs Sugden


I am writing to say thank you so very much for a wonderful time at the park on Wednesday 15th February. My 5 year old daughter and I had a fantastic time doing the Meerkat Experience, it really was the highlight of our holidays and we both enjoyed it greatly. Meela really made the day being so tame, and letting Lana walk her – an amazing experience which we will never forget. Emily was very patient and kind with us all, it was great fun and a very positive experience in every way.
Many many thanks once again

Best wishes Carolyn

Hi Jo (Lemur Experience)

Thanks again for the wonderful experience, hope all is well at the park. (Pictures on Lemur Experience page)

Peter and Avril-April 2011

A Big THANK YOU to all the team at Wetlands from two witches Gracie (7 yrs) and Amber (4yrs) for a fantastic Halloween night full of fun, frights,

tricks and treats. Looking forward to see what horrors are in store next year. XXX

The Scott family of Retford


Hi, I’m writing on behalf of 30 extremely grateful year 1s and 2s. We were very lucky to have a visit from Ghost the barn owl, Tinx the kestrel and Phil today at Winthorpe School. As a teacher I would just like to say a huge thank you for bringing our learning about birds to life. The children really benefitted because all the work we had previously done was today in real life context! Phil, you kept the children thoroughly engaged throughout, it was very interactive, unique and a pleasure to invite you and your birds of prey in. So, from 30 children and the Staff ‘THANKYOU’ for a wonderful opportunity.

Abbey Heafford

PS In the words of a 6 year old ‘‘I didn’t just like it Miss Heaford ……………. I loved it’’.


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Wetlands Animal Park
Sutton Cum Lound
Near Retford
DN22 8SB

Telephone: 01777 818 099

Email: info@wetlandsanimalpark.co.uk

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