Yorkshire Wildlife Park is our venue of the month for June. A fantastic venue offering a variety of services from corporate fun days to exciting educational family days. Yorkshire Wildlife Park have also announced some very exciting details of their plans for the park moving forward. Read what they had to say:
1. Description of Yorkshire Wildlife Park (size, animals, surroundings)
Built on a former riding school and farm, Yorkshire Wildlife Park has come a long way since it opened in April 2009. A dynamic centre for conservation and welfare, the park has over 400 animals and over 70 different species of animal, and its mission is to create a dynamic, interactive experience and regional centre of excellence for the conservation of biodiversity globally and locally that is sustainable both for the environment and the business. To promote a wider understanding of the natural world and inspire generations to support and protect the world around them.
2. What type of events can you hold and offer to corporate clients?
Our choice of flexible meeting spaces and state-of-the-art conference facilities surrounded by amazing wildlife create an extraordinary impression.
At Yorkshire Wildlife Park, our conference rooms not only benefit from a picturesque location and professional facilities, they’re also close to all the Park’s amazing animals – which means you’re in the right place for a totally wild experience! Our conference spaces all benefit from natural daylight, and we have all the facilities needed to make your event a roaring success. There’s no ‘typical’ event at Yorkshire Wildlife Park because we will tailor everything to your exact requirements. Our dedicated Events Manager will be on hand at every step of the process, which is just one of the reasons why we were shortlisted as a finalist for the 2018 White Rose Business Tourism Award. We can design bespoke training packages in conjunction with any facilitators you choose to work with, so you can be assured that you and your co-workers will make the most out of your visit. For indoor activities, our conference suites are flexible spaces which benefit from natural daylight, free WiFi and professional facilities. Whilst outdoors, we can provide outdoor catering and refreshments at different locations around the Park.
3. Other than events you offer education, how can this education be utilized for businesses?
A post-lunch, energising step into the animal kingdom; book one of our VIP Behind-The-Scenes Tours, exclusively for businesses to learn all about our amazing animals.
4. What does Yorkshire Wildlife Park offer compared to other venues?
State-of-the-art conference facilities surrounded by amazing wildlife create an extraordinary impression.
5. Are there any exciting developments happening at the park to look out for?
We announced in January that outline planning permission had been granted for the development, and now we can reveal some more of the details of the exciting plans.
Lakes, reserves and diverse habitats will be introduced in the expansion, so the Park can become home to more animals and springboard our efforts to help at-risk species. Landscaped walkways and dynamic viewing areas will give you, our visitors, an amazing experience.
There will be a phased introduction of the animal reserves which represent 3 key zones: Africa, Asia and South America. Habitats within these zones will include South American Pacific, South American Panatal, Asian Forest and African Valley (amongst others) as part of a 5 year masterplan. A bridge and walkway over the existing wetlands will link our new 150 acre site with the current Yorkshire Wildlife Park site. We are currently in talks with the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria stud book keepers, who coordinate the breeding programmes for endangered animals and their movement between zoos in Europe. This will confirm which new species will be introduced here, allowing us to continue our conservation efforts which have been instrumental in protecting a range of endangered animals.
Sympathetic landscaping will be crucial to creating an immersive visitor experience and will be a key feature of the new development. We have worked closely with ecologists to develop the landscape, aiming to protect the biodiversity assets of the area, enhance and promote the existing ecological values of the surrounding site and create new habitats and landscape features such as new trees, planting, pools and wetlands.
More than 88,000 children visited us last year to learn about wildlife and the environment, and we’re already home to more than 400 animals from more than 60 species. We are proud to play a vital role in international breeding and research programmes.
6. What is your favourite team building event?
Defiantly a park treasure hunt!
7. Describe a typical day at Yorkshire Wildlife Park:
ARRIVAL - 9.00AM
A tasty breakfast – to encourage your delegates to arrive on time!
MORNING WORKSHOPS OR TRAINING - 9.30AM
Get the hard work done early – leaving time for fun later on. Coffee, tea and biscuits on hand whenever you need a pick-me-up.
LUNCH - 12.30PM
A delicious buffet lunch freshly prepared by our chefs, menu of your choice.
VIP BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR - 1.30PM
A post-lunch, energising step into the animal kingdom; book one of our VIP Behind-The-Scenes Tours, exclusively for businesses.
AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS OR DEBRIEF - 3.00PM
DEPART - 5.00PM
Leave Yorkshire Wildlife Park after a fantastic day!
Potential Customer Questions:
1. How much corporate space is there – conference rooms etc?
Suite/Room Theatre Style Capacity Banquet/Cabaret Style Capacity
Outlook Conference Suite 140 120
Outlook Gallery Suite 100 80
Tsavo Bakehouse (BBQ/Dining) 300 160
Caramba Gardens (BBQ/Dining) 70
2. Do you offer catering facilities? Yes
3. Is there space for outdoor team building activities? 2 x 10 Acre Fields
4. Is there Wi-Fi? Yes
5. Is there parking available on site? Yes