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Reviewed 30 July 2021

First visit to BCS, really enjoyable morning, clear signage and information and lots of staff welcoming and guiding visitors, staff looking after the big cats very knowledgeable. Sanctuary is clean and tidy, with lots of litter patrols.

Lots of food options to suit everyone including taking your own picnic and many areas to sit and eat, some with views of the cats. Also lots of toilet facilities and option to refill own water bottles.

Have seen criticism on some reviews regarding extra charging for viewing platform/ raffle tickets. Remember this is an amazing charity that needs to raise much needed funds for their work and these choices are optional and in no way pushed on visitors.

Arrival, entrance and movement around the sanctuary all smooth and straightforward. Great morning/ or afternoon out. Well done team BCS!

Date of experience: July 2021
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Reviewed 29 July 2021

Found the open day a depressing experience. Very loud entertainment and music played from speakers all over the park and was impossible to get away from. The enclosures seemed small and it felt like a small zoo geared towards small children, not a sanctuary as we had expected. The staff were generally lounging around and we had nothing by way of welcome.

The worst thing was the strong smell of diesel which seemed to be coming from the large on site generators and swamped about a third of the site. It gave me a headache and must have been unpleasant for the animals forced to endure it all day. Hopefully the generators were temporary for the event.

We stayed for no more than 30 minutes and wouldn't return

Date of experience: July 2021
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Reviewed 23 July 2021 via mobile

I don’t even know where to begin. This was a bucket list trip for me having seen Big Cat Around the House and set my heart on an overnight safari stay. My favourite big cats are leopards and Jaguars and I was already on to a winner when I got the leopard lodge. It was beautifully decorated and had some complimentary drinks, robes and slippers.

We started our afternoon with afternoon tea in the conservatory overlooking the awesome lion, Kasanga. He was snoozing because it was so hot but he kept changing positions and flopping down which reminded me of my house cat! Afternoon tea included finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and Prosecco. The staff were very welcoming and attentive throughout.

Next our ranger, Dan gave us a safety briefing and then took us on our first tour. We were in a small group so there was plenty of time for questions. Dan was really knowledgeable and passionate about the cats and he gave us all the opportunity to feed a leopard using tongues. We learned about how each cat came to be at the sanctuary as well as lots of interesting facts. At the end of the tour we returned to a complimentary cocktail before returning to our lodge to freshen up before dinner.

We returned to the conservatory to a welcome drink which for us was a cat themed cocktail (delicious). We then enjoyed a very tasty three course meal while looking at the lions. Some time during dessert Tiny and Kasaga started roaring and Kasanga started pacing around his enclosure. A major highlight was when he came and roared right in front of the window and then flipped down for a rest. We got some amazing videos and pictures.

After dinner and drinks we went back to the lodge to listen to the lions while drinking wine on the decking.

The next morning we had breakfast (again in the conservatory). Lots of choice and fabulous service. We then met our second ranger, Gemma, who took us for our next tour. Here we all got to feed a big cat. I fed Athena, the black Jaguar and she was amazing!

At the end of the tour you can check out and then have another wonder around the grounds. I wanted to stay forever.

It’s expensive but it is worth it and the money goes to caring for the cats. If you love cats and can afford to do this I really can’t recommend enough.

Date of experience: June 2021
Thank RivaE
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Reviewed 14 July 2021

We have just had a wonderful day at the Cat Sanctuary. We feel so privileged to have been close to the cats . We had arranged to have a days professional photography workshop with Alma Leaper and our expectations were exceeded in every respect.
Alma was interesting and knowledgeable and shared so many practical tips to ensure we got the best quality photographs. . She has a real empathy and rapport with the cats and this ensured that we had the best day ever. We cannot recommend Alma enough.

Date of experience: July 2021
Thank Jaxban
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Reviewed 11 July 2021

Just amazing! We recently had the pleasure of staying overnight in the 2 bedroom lodge and the experience superseded expectations. From the moment we arrived we were looked after by lovely staff who all obviously really enjoyed their jobs and nothing was any trouble. The lodge was superb, being spacious inside and with plenty of outdoor seating at the front and back to enjoy during the time we were back there. Afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast were all served with a smile and where we could watch, and listen to, Kasanga and Tiny, the African lions. Getting up close and feeding these beautiful animals was breath taking and the Keepers were friendly and knowledgeable. No question went unanswered. Would thoroughly recommend a visit.

Date of experience: July 2021
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