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Church Road, Hanwell, W7 3BP
12-Feb-16 to 12-Feb-21
1 Apr- 28 Sept 10am-6pm, 29 Sep - 29 Mar 10am-4pm
Located in the Brent River Park, Brent Lodge Park (BLP) and Churchfields is a sample of the countryside within the urban environment of Ealing. Bordered by the River Brent on the west and south, Brent Lodge Park is a favourite for families and those seeking tranquillity alike.
With modern playground facilities and the millennium maze for children, BLP and Churchfields also have extensive hay meadows, many veteran trees along the river as well as other grand trees making it a great place to spot wildlife in many forms.
Within the site there is a grade 2 listed stable block which is all that remains of the old manor house, which burned down in the 1930's. The animal centre is also of great interest to many visitors.
What's on offer?
The centre houses a wide variety of animals including:
• exotic birds
• mammals including meerkats, porcupine, prairie dogs and mara
• domestic species including rabbits, chickens and kune kune pigs
The centre is a small award winning zoo and is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums (BIAZA).
Access: The end of Church Road, Hanwell, situated north of the Uxbridge Road.
Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.
We have such fond memories of this park living as we did just a few miles away in W5 yet within a few minutes we could be waist high in meadow grasses and buttercups walking towards the river in this superb naturalistic park.
On hot days we would take a picnic and paddle alongside the banks of the River Brent, the clear water and gravel/stone riverbed making it safer and easy to build mini dams, sail leaf boats down the current and generally forget we were twelve minutes from Paddington via overland rail. Wooded areas and overhanging foliage make it feel cool in the Summer too.
The kids were mesmerised by the viaduct that straddled the meadows as was I - adulthood is no 'protection' from the child like wonder at such feats of engineering and design vision.
We were regularly chased by the delinquent Peacock that lived there- I wonder if they still have them and the petting area was so much fun for the children especially as we could walk there after school and be immersed in another world with helpful staff nearby ensuring the safety of all the park users.
Oh how I miss it! If you live nearby and have yet to discover this free FREE! park, what are you waiting for?
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