Join us for a GRReat day out at the Sanctuary!

This May Half Term, we’re celebrating all things BEAR at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary, from teddies to grizzlies and everything in between. Join us as we explore the world’s wonderful range of bear species for a truly wild day out!

Follow our Big Bear Trail around the Sanctuary and find nine different species of bears, each with their own unique personalities, or take part in some PAWsome arts and crafts, perfect for all ages and abilities! And on selected dates, our face painter* will also be on hand to help you embrace your inner BEAR!

And of course, you can enjoy a picnic with us either inside our café or outside in one of our picnic areas. Don’t forget, you can bring your own teddy bear to qualify for a special discount on our kids picnic box at the Wildheart Café!

If you don’t have your own bear with you – not to worry! We’re offering our own Plush Make-a-Bear workshops*, where you can bring your own teddy bear to life while learning more about bears in the wild from our conservation experts.

PLUS! On selected dates, be amazed by special guest Huxley the Magician, who will be delighting audiences with some close-up magic while you enjoy your picnic, followed by a marvellous magic show!

*Additional charges apply for face painting and Plush Make-a-Bear workshops.

Animal Talk Schedule

Don’t miss out on our daily Animal Talks! Our walkthrough Primate Dome Habitat will also be open every day, where you can get up close to our lemurs.

Our walkthrough primate dome is open at set times every day, please check with a staff member when you arrive.

11:00Monkey talk
11:30Big cat talk – lions or tigers
12:30Meerkat feed & enrichment
13:10Huxley’s Magic Show (selected days only)
13:40Farm encounter
14:00Big cat talk – lions or tigers
14:40Reptile encounter
15:00Small cat talk – lynx or serval

So much to enjoy this May Half Term…

Benji & Balu’s Big Bear Trail

Follow the clues to find nine different species of bear hiding around the Sanctuary, each with their own unique name and personality! Which will be your favourite?

Huxley Magic

On six special days, the Island’s very own Huxley the Magician will be joining our Teddy Bear’s Picnic to entertain and mystify audiences! Between 12:30pm and 1pm, Huxley will be inside the Sanctuary to conjure up some mind-bending magic.

Available on selected dates:
25th, 26th, 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st May
Time: 12:30pm to 1pm

Face Painting*

Become one of your favourite animals this Half Term with our fantastic face painting, fun for all the family!

Available on selected dates:
25th, 26th, 27th, 29th and 31st May, 1st and 2nd June
Time: 11am – 3pm

*Additional charges apply

Arts and Crafts

Perfect for all ages and abilities, get stuck in with our bear inspired craft activities!

Name our Teddy Bear – Competition

Can you help us name the Wildheart Teddy Bear? Take part in our competition for a chance to win a family membership to the Sanctuary, so you can visit us whenever you like for a whole year!

Make-a-Bear – Plush Workshops

Join us to discover more about the European Brown Bear, and make your very own Brown Bear to take home with you!

This one hour workshop will offer you the unique opportunity to build your own bear with one of our conservation experts. Your efforts will result in a take away 8” Plush Bear along with the knowledge about this species and how you can help. Your bear’s birth certificate will also include your conservation pledge, which will help to remind you of what you can do to help animals in the wild.

  • Available throughout May Half Term
  • Time: 11am – 12pm every day
  • Capacity: 6 children per session
  • Where: PLUTO rooms in the Old Granite Fort (once inside the Sanctuary, follow signs to PLUTO)
  • Price: £20 per child (additional supplement on top of your admission ticket)
  • Age: We recommend this activity to be suitable for children aged 5 – 13 years
  • Online booking is available when purchasing your admission tickets. There is limited availability, so please book in advance to avoid disappointment!

Wildheart Café – Teddy Bear’s Picnic Offer!

Pick up a tasty Teddy Bear’s Picnic kids lunch box from our Wildheart Café to eat in or take outside to one of the Sanctuary’s sunny picnic areas. Don’t forget to bring your teddy bear with you to qualify for a special discount!

Also available from our plant-based menu are a range of delicious hot and cold meals, as well as teas, coffees, cold beverages and cakes. Combined with a stunning view across Sandown Bay, you’re sure to agree with us that it’s the best spot in town!

Our Wildheart Café is open 10am to 4:30pm every day.


Our Teddy Bear’s Picnic is taking place to raise awareness of our next BIG rescue campaign, which is to bring Benji and Balu to their forever home here at the Sanctuary. Benji and Balu are currently living in a concrete cage in Azerbaijan, and are desperately in need of rescue. In order to bring them here, we need to raise £150,000 to build them a new 3,500sqm habitat. If you would like to help us bring them here, please find details to donate on our PROJECT BEAR page, or talk to us on your next visit!

The parking charge for Sanctuary visitors is £3 – please see the boards in our car park.
Registered carers go free with proof of registered carer status – visit our accessibility page for details.
Children aged 2 and under go free.