Birdland | Fantastic Family Day Out

We visited Birdland Park and Gardens in Bourton-on-the-Water, one of the first Bird encounters to open in the UK. Ginge got to feed the Penguins and Birdland really is a fabulous family day out and gets our first Five Star Recommendation.

Ginge and Charlie charm a snake at Birdland
Ginge and Charlie charm a snake

Birdland’s 9-acre beautiful setting is inhabited by over 500 birds. Flamingos, pelicans, penguins, cranes, storks, cassowary, and waterfowl can be seen on various aspects of the natural water habitat. There are also over 50 aviaries featuring parrots, falcons, pheasants, hornbills, touracos, pigeons, ibis and many more.

For the kids, Birdland also has a lovely play area and a fun Jurassic Journeytrail for budding Dinosaur Hunters, Fossil Fanatics, and Potential Palaeontologists! Our 3-year-old son, Charlie also loved holding a snake for the first time.


Ginge Feeding the Penguins at Birdland in Bourton-on-the-Water
Ginge Feeding the Penguins

At Birdland, they have two species of Penguin, the Humboldt and the King Penguin. The King Penguin is the world’s second largest Penguin and enjoys a diet of Herring whilst the Humboldt prefers Spratts. Both have additional vitamin and mineral supplements placed inside the fish to help keep them healthy and happy.

Check out the Live Penguin Cam here.

Birdland Opening Times

Birdland in Bourton on the Water is Open Daily From 10am (Except Christmas Day)

Easter – October 10am – 5pm
November – March 10am – 4pm
Last admission one hour before closing and tickets are valid all day.

Admission Prices

Birdland All Day Ticket
Ticket allows re-admittance with hand-stamp. Tickets must be booked online in advance or before 10am on day of visit to receive the discount.
Adult £9.95  Book online and save 10%
Child (3-15) Under 3s are free. £6.95  Book online and save 10%
Senior / Student £8.95  Book online and save 10%


Birdland Experiences

Keeper for the day

If you really want a unique experience, you can be a keeper for the day (minimum age, 14 years) which involves shadowing a keeper for the seven-hour shift. You’ll get to see the day to day care that goes into looking after their 500 birds from health checks, cleaning out aviaries and providing food. Price: £85 (includes entrance price).

Feed the Penguins

Feeding the Penguins is a memorable experience which delights everyone who takes part (minimum age, 10 years). The penguins are fed every day at 2.30pm. Price £45 (includes entrance price).