Woodlands Grove Caravan & Camping Park Blog
Friday 10th August 2012
Cute Coatis Get Fit
Cute Coatis Get Fit
Three super-fit coati kits have plenty of opportunities to practice their high jumps and gymnastics in their new Activity Den at an attraction in Devon. Just a few months old, the two baby girls and a boy arrived at Woodlands Zoo-Farm in July, they are 25cm long and extremely cute. Their long striped tails are carried like flags to signal to one another and are used for balancing their way round their enrichment apparatus. They are already becoming firm favourites with guests at Woodlands Family Theme Park.
Keeper Michaela said "I was amazed at how quickly they ate out of my hand, their favourite is meal worms pushed into a banana!" The coati (also known as coatimundi) comes from South America but unlike the other members of the racoon family, they are not nocturnal. Michaela told us "our guests love them because they are so active and entertaining throughout the day. They are so inquisitive, always running about and sniffing like little puppies with long noses, I think they are even cuter than our meerkats!”
Elliott Hamilton, who has been head keeper at Woodlands for 10 years, was surprised at their progress. "We’ve been trying to get them used to human contact for a few days now, we never thought they could become friendly so quickly." He said "the apparatus is really working to keep them healthy and active, they move so fast we couldn't take a photo of them using it." The new coatis Activity Centre is near the popular meerkats and the Reptile House at the extensive Zoo-Farm.
Other new arrivals include a giant spider, the Mexican Red Knee, various rare breeds of chicken and some Tokay Geckos. The Zoo-Farm has rare and exotic animals as well as farm animals for families to interact with. Baby lamb feeding time is at 12.30 and 4.30 every afternoon. With 16 family rides, 11 playzones and an amazing falconry centre there’s always plenty to do at Woodlands.
Friday 22nd June 2012
Lone Ranger Joins Theme Park Mob
Lone Ranger Joins Theme Park Mob
This cute baby Meerkat was finally persuaded to take a peek at the big wide world by his mother, Gibby, after staying underground for longer than the usual two or three weeks.
"Meerkats come from the hot climate of Africa". Elliott Hamilton, Head Keeper of Woodlands Zoo-Farm told us, "the whole pack have not been keen on the cold wet weather, his parents did everything to encourage him to come out of the burrow they had dug, but he wasn't budging".
The Keepers knew the mother had given birth because they could hear the "giggly" sound a new baby makes. The last few days of sunshine have encouraged him to explore his pen and play with his elder brothers and sisters.
"The pup is approximately 12cms tall and too young to sex" Elliott said, "but the pup is displaying strong male instincts to be on guard and protect the family unit, I think it's a boy. Meerkats are very sociable animals, all his siblings take it in turns to look after him and he has integrated into the family unit very quickly. He is still feeding from Mum but has already sampled a few meal worms Dad has offered".
The cheeky new pup is currently waiting for a new name, at present the Keepers at the Family Theme Park near Dartmouth are calling him 'the Lone Ranger' because it is unusual for a single birth.
Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee the Woodlands Way!
From Pitch-Parties on our campsite to a Dazzling Disco with Ben from Palm FM we’ve had such a fun-packed Bank Holiday here at Woodlands Grove Caravan and Camping Park.
The Edwards, Whitings, Mansfield’s and Lanes from Essex had a Pitch-Party which included a flag decorating competition and lots of patriotic merriment! All the photos can be found on our Woodlands Grove Facebook page.
Most of the campsite guests turned out last night to celebrate the end of this nationwide event in style. With Royal Games and Palm FM hosting the Jubilee Disco it really was one to remember. Plenty of Woodlands goodies and King Seawood making an appearance ensured its success!
We hold events throughout the season down in the Theme Park and with two nights stay or more they are all included in your pitch fees. From Peppa Pig & George to our HalloScream Week, Woodlands Grove is a Diamond Destination!
Wednesday 6th June 2012
Friday 29th October 2010
Oooh Ah! Me Dear! It’s Treat Time at this Devon Zoo!!
Rogan the Meerkat has been having a great time getting to know a spooky character at a Theme Park in Devon. Rogan was more interested in whispering sweet nothings to Captain Skeleton instead of eating all the tasty treats which have been hidden in the pumpkins around the Meerkat’s enclosure.
Gibby tucked in straight away to the tasty pumpkins and all the spookilious treats hidden in them.
Head Keeper Elliott Hamilton explained “Woodlands Theme Park is getting into the Halloween Spirit and I felt it was only fair the animals at the Zoo-Farm join in”.
“It was fascinating to watch them really enjoying themselves” Elliott said. “We are always looking for new ways to keep the animals entertained and have found that pumpkins make a great enrichment activity for the animals at the zoo-farm”.
The Iguanas are munching away, the Parrots are eating all the seeds and the Sugar Gliders are having great fun playing hide and seek in all the pumpkins.
Visitors to the Park can see Rogan and Gibby getting fed every day at 3.00pm at the zoo-farm at Woodlands near Dartmouth.
Saturday 12th October 2010
For a Great Day Out in Devon Join the Best Beastly Halloween Ever
Captain Skeleton and 6 Beastly Attractions will be raising screams for 9 days of the best Halloween ever at Woodlands from Oct 23rd – 30th.
Woodlands Family Theme Park near Dartmouth is famous for it’s free Pumpkins and daily Carving Championships. The ghastly rides & spooky attractions are perfect for families wanting to celebrate the fun of Halloween.
Win creepy prizes in the Fiendish Workshop making Marvellous Masks, Lanterns, Ghostly Lollies & Batty Bats. Find a Haunted House Trick or Treat Ticket to win another prize, it’s all Free!
Travel on the Ghost Train to experience the Witches Grotto, Creepy Clowns and Grim Graveyard. The Phantom Pirates Maze may not be for the faint hearted with chilling surprises from Captain Skeleton and his revolting crew. The new haunted Abbey Ruins has some beastly shocks which add to the creepy fun, while the Flying Spooks Tractor Ride is just right for the little ones.
Enjoy the extra fun on Halloween Day on the 30th October with excellent prizes for the Spangles Best Fancy Dress Competition. At twilight, join the Lantern Lit procession to the Monks Pool and hear Woodlands own ghost story of Laura the gentle ghost. Floating your Wishing Candle in the Monks Cave is very special and banishes all ghosties from Woodlands for another year.
Friday 16th April 2010
Special Blog Feature by our very own Lisa who works in the Office
Hi, so what do Peppa Pig, Watercoasters, Tents and Ghanian School Children have in common? Well that would be the two of us. A strange combination perhaps. The slogan ‘All weather Guaranteed’ is not just for our customers! In the summer we work with Seawood the Sea Dragon and in the winter travel our wonderfully diverse world. A combination which works well for us.
Last winter we undertook voluntary work in Ghana, West Africa. A country full of amazingly friendly people. We lived with families in the Ashanti region where we were made to feel so very welcome. They are poor but happy. It does make you appreciate the things which we sometimes take for granted; running water, sanitation, healthcare, education and cheese.
In Ghana schools are private, so if you go to school you have to pay school fees. In a country where malaria in the biggest killer, where HIV/AIDS is a silent issue, where families struggle to get food this can be a challenge.
My voluntary work was teaching at ‘Step by Step Senior High School’. A humbling experience. The school was established by Mahama who also has an Orphanage. He could not afford to educate his orphans so set up his own school. With over 150 students and a team of motivated teachers the school is a ‘success’. Mahama is a great man and provides free or subsidised places for children from struggling families. The school is however very poor and in need of help.
We spend our time working at Woodlands Grove Touring Park in Devon & the Family Theme Park by day and trying to get help for the school by night. Charities/Organisations exist but the challenge is to find the right ones and create the links. We very much hope that our efforts will help our bothers & sisters in Ghana.
Friday 9th April 2010
Gizmo the Newest Star at Woodlands Zoo-Farm
Tiny three inch Gizmo, an Australian Sugar Glider finally appears after two months tucked up in Mum’s pouch.
This little boy known as a Joey now 2months and 2 weeks old was born at Woodlands Zoo-Farm in Dartmouth, Devon. Sugar Gliders are small nocturnal gliding Marsupials. They get their name for their preference for sweet foods and their ability to glide. The gestation period is only 16 days, after this the newborn travels up to their Mum’s pouch where it stays for 8 weeks continuously attached to one of its Mum’s teats.
Gizmo, who is now enjoying getting to know his surroundings loves being handled by the Keepers at the Zoo-Farm. Beth Lewis Animal Keeper at the farm, explained “We are able to handle Gizmo as his Mum Sophia is very tame. She was hand-reared and is very trusting, she brings Gizmo down to see us and even sits on my shoulder. It can be very hard sometimes to get out of their enclosure as every time I put her down she glides back on to me”.
Gizmo has settled in really well, both Mum and baby are doing great. Gizmo and his parents can be seen in the Nocturnal House at Woodlands Family Theme Park near Dartmouth, Devon.
Friday 12th March 2010
5 Stars & Best of British for Woodlands Grove
This year has started off extremely well for us, first we were awarded 5 stars after being inspected by Visit England and only a few days later we were accepted into “the Best of British (BOB) Touring & Holiday Parks Group, a prestigious network of privately owned Five star parks throughout the UK”.
According to BOB “Member parks pride themselves on offering visitors that little bit extra – ‘almost a sixth star’ is how some of them describe it – and many first-time visitors convert into committed customers of Best of British parks as they are confident with the quality that is the hallmark of the group’s UK-wide portfolio of parks”.
Woodlands Grove Touring Park in Devon is proud to be a member, it means visitors can be assured we are continuing to provide the highest level of quality and customer service as we have over the last 21 years for all our guests who have visited the Caravan & Camping Park near Dartmouth.
Friday 5th March 2010
New Website, New Blog, New 5 Star Camping & Caravan Park!
Hi there and welcome to the Woodlands Grove brand new Camping & Caravan Park Website and Blog. This is our first blog with many more to come. Whether you are planning a camping holiday with us in Devon or visiting our sister park, Woodlands Family Theme Park for the day, we’re sure you’ll enjoy reading about whats going on.
We hope you find this site exciting, inviting and easy to use. If you have any suggestions for the site please feel free to let us know. We are really friendly at Woodlands Grove Campsite and we have all the 5 star facilities which makes your holiday great.
Whatever you have, caravan, motorhome, trailer tent or tent you will have a fantastic holiday at Woodlands. Whether you're a couple, family or group, you’ll find Woodlands is the perfect choice for your holiday or short break in Devon.