Bowland Wild Boar Park offers a great day out for families with children. It was originally a pig farm but opened to the public in 2000, allowing them to come and see wild boars. It has expanded ever since and is now one of the Ribble Valley’s top tourist attractions.
The park is not only home to wild boars, but a large range of other animals such as meerkats, wallabies, skunks, rabbits, sheep, llamas, donkeys, goats, deer, cows, owls, pheasants, and geese. Children can stroke the chicks and feed the lambs and other animals. The boars breed throughout the year there’s usually some piglets around.
Barrel and tractor rides, plus a range of walks are also offered. The park also boasts a café serving snacks and hot meals, a gift shop, toilets, plus an adventure playground with swings, slides, zip wires, and sand pit. There’s also a barn filled with hay bales for children to play in.
The Bowland Wild Boar Park is open throughout the year. Opening times in the summer (April to October) are 10.30 am to 5 pm while opening hours during the winter are 11 am to 4 pm. Entrance in the summer costs £5 for adults and £4.50 for children and seniors. Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) cost £17. In the winter admission costs £4 per person. Children under 2 enjoy free admission at all times.
The Bowland Wild Boar Park is situated in the Forest of Bowland, between Chipping and Dunsop Bridge. It is clearly signposted from both villages. Owners of satellite navigation systems can use the postcode PR3 2QT to find it.