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Cotswold Wildlife Park Great Day Out

About Lodge Park

Lodge Park, situated on the picturesque Sherborne Estate in the Cotswolds, was created in 1634 by John 'Crump' Dutton and inspired by his passion for gambling, banqueting and entertaining. Until 1983 it was the home of Charles Dutton, 7th Lord Sherborne, and, when bequeathed, it was the first project undertaken by the Trust that relied totally on archaeological evidence.

Visitors can now experience how the unique grandstand would have looked in the 17th century and enjoy the impressive views of the deer course and park, which was designed by Charles Bridgeman in the 1720s. Wonderful walks around the surrounding Sherborne Estate cover 1,650 hectares (4,000 acres) of beautiful rolling countryside, and include the restored and working water meadows and sweeping views of the River Windrush.

The village of Sherborne is divided into two parts, with the East End exploiting the model village design of the mid 19th century, and the West End retaining many of the older buildings in the village.

What's on at Lodge Park

  • March events: includes Mother's Day Special ‘Boil a mouse in urine’ and Easter weekend
  • July & August events: Games day. Walks with the Lodge Park Ranger through the Bridgeman landscape
  • September events: includes 'Heritage Open Days'
  • October events: includes Halloween at Lodge Park, including children’s trails and activities and Major Pipeworks

Opening times at Lodge Park

Lodge Park opens Saturday and Sunday 11th & 12th and 18th & 19th February, then re-opens fully Friday to Sunday from March to May and October. From June to September Lodge Park is open Monday, Friday and Sunday. Sherborne Park Estate is open dusk to dawn daily.

Admission at Lodge Park

  • Gift Aid Adult and senior citizen £6.45
  • Gift Aid Child £3.60
  • Gift Aid Family £16.30
  • Standard Adult £5.85
  • Standard Child £3.25
  • Standard Family £14.80 (2 adults and 3 children)
  • National Trust members FREE.
  • Children 5 years and under FREE.

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