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Nature explorers are invited to discover what lies behind magical doors at Wild Place Project this February half-term, uncovering some of the native species that call the attractions’ woodland their home. 

Doors will be hidden on trees around the site, allowing visitors to peek inside and discover facts about animals including badgers, birds, toads and spiders.

The Hide and Peek trail will launch on Saturday 11 February and will run until the end of the Welsh half-term break on 26 February.

Wild Place Project
Hide and Peek – just in time for half term…

There will also be tiny fairy doors to find on the trail, allowing children to explore the beautiful woodland around the site. In the space of just one visit to Wild Place Project, people can go back hundreds of years in time and travel thousands of miles across the world.

Visitors can venture into Bear Wood and see bears, wolverines, lynxes and wolves living beneath its trees, as they would have done 10,000 years ago. Within a short walk visitors can step into present day Africa and the Benoue National Park exhibit where giraffe, zebra and eland roam as they would in Cameroon.

There is also a chance to get a flavour of the unique country of Madagascar in a reproduction of one of its villages and a walk through Wild Place Project’s colony of energetic lemurs. There are cheetahs too and an enchanting group of meerkats and a family of Kirk’s dik-diks, the smallest antelopes in the world.

Look out for the cheetahs!

Sam Hull, Guest Services Manager at Wild Place Project, said this is a perfect time of year to visit. “It is particularly special to see Wild Place Project as the winter draws to a close and everything prepares for spring. February provides an opportunity to see snowdrops in flower throughout the woods and fields of Wild Place Project.

“And our new Hide and Peek trail is a great opportunity to discover more about  some of our native species. As well as being fun, the trail inspires visitors of all ages to care for our native habitats and wildlife.”

Visitors to Wild Place Project can also enjoy the many wild play areas as well as the Fun Fort and Leap of Faith, the attraction’s outdoor climbing adventure.

Meet the meerkats (Photo Oliver Smart)

As a registered conservation and education charity, Wild Place Project works to protect threatened habitats on our doorsteps and around the globe. 

The charity is currently aiming to raise £10,000 to Recover Local Nature – protecting and saving species that are currently under threat of disappearing forever. More information about how to support the appeal can be found here:

Wild Place Project is a family attraction that provides the chance to meet amazing animals from all over the world as well as offering outdoor adventure, play and learning.

It is just off junction 17 of the M5, near Cribbs Causeway, or a 20-minute drive from Bristol city centre. The Hide and Peek trail is included in the price of admission. Book online a day or more in advance and save 10%. Visit