A week ago I had the opportunity to visit Shepreth Wildlife Park in Cambridgeshire. From the moment I walked through the door into the gift shop I realised there was something very different: everyone seemed happy and relaxed.

Having traveled to get there we decided to use the toilets first and have something to eat and drink (it was lunchtime). What I didn’t bargain for was that I was going to have to walk past all the owls to get there, so a short walk took us way longer than it should have. Luckily the park is small and it is perfectly possible to visit all the animals several times.

There is a soft play area in the restaurant for children, so parents can relax with their meals and still watch the children. The food and service was good.

The most memorable of all was how relaxed all the animals were. They were just totally peaceful and not at all concerned by people watching them. I walked within centimetres of a duck who didn’t even attempt to move, and these are just wild animals that have moved in because they like it there.

My favourites were the owls and the otters. The otters made me laugh, trying very hard to attract the attention of the zookeeper who was giving a talk on the tigers. They were climbing to the highest vantage points to see her and squealing as loudly as they could, just like little children wanting the attention of their parents.

I would not hesitate to recommend a visit to this amazing park, you won’t be disappointed.