Six attractions for cat lovers in the East of England
We've come up with our top attractions for cat lovers in the East of England!
1. Blickling Estate
One of Norfolk’s most popular attractions, Blickling Hall is a stately home dating back to Jacobean times, which, for the last 14 years, has been home to black moggy Reuben.
Although this elderly boy now spends a great deal of time in the warmth of his owner’s home on the estate, Reuben can still be spotted wandering the estate’s grounds — and might even come over to say hello!
Location: Blickling, Aylsham, Norfolk NR11 6NF
Contact: Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling-estate or tel. 01263 738030.
2. Wood Green, The Animals Charity
Open every day, including Bank Holidays, you’ll be sure to receive a warm welcome at each of Wood Green’s centres in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and North London.
The animal rehoming charity offers £5 cat MOT days at each of its centres to keep your kitty fit and healthy.
Location: Godmanchester Centre (King’s Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambs. PE29 2NH); Heydon Centre (Highway Cottage, Chishill Road, Heydon, Herts. SG8 8PN); and London Centre (601 Lordship Lane, Wood Green, London N22 5LG)
Contact: Visit woodgreen.org.uk for tel. 0300 303 9333.
3. Woburn Safari Park
Woburn Safari Park is an extraordinary day out with magnificent wildlife, allowing you to get closer to lions, tigers and bears on an in-car safari adventure.
It’s the perfect time to see the park’s gorgeous Amur tiger cubs — these two youngsters join over 1,000 wild animals, including monkeys, sea lions and elephants, in beautiful English parkland reserves.
Location: Crawley Road, Milton Keynes, Beds. MK17 9QN
Contact: Visit www.woburnsafari.co.uk or tel. 01525 290407.
4. The Barn Garden Centre
Brimming with gardening ideas, quality plants, and an excellent coffee shop, The Barn Garden Centre in Peterborough makes the perfect day out — and you may even spot a pair of furry ears peering over a potted plant!
Although not an official resident, Ginge has been a regular visitor to the garden centre for the past three years. His owner Sibel Aydogan works at the garden centre, but he leaves the house before her every morning, making his own way there! Sibel says: “A lot of people come to the garden centre to see Ginge and he never has a day off! He can often be found sleeping by the till or on the furniture outside, basking in the sunshine.”
Location: The Barn Peterborough, Gunthorpe Road, Paston, Peterborough PE4 7AD
Contact: Visit www.thebarngardencentre.co.uk or tel. 01733 320134.
5. Peckover House and Garden
Peckover House has a long tradition of caring for pet cats — from the late 19th century to the present day, many noble felines have strolled across the manicured lawns and along the paths between the flower beds of this elegant Georgian townhouse.
This tradition continues today, with Peckover’s two resident cats ‘chatting’ to visitors as they relax in the garden. Gentle Damson is said to love a fuss, while Algernon loves to dash across the lawns when the mood takes him!
Location: North Brink, Wisbech, Cambs. PE13 1JR
Contact: Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/peckover-house-and-garden or tel. 01945 583463.
6. Paradise Wildlife Park
Rated Hertfordshire’s number one attraction by TripAdvisor, Paradise Wildlife Park is home to over 400 exotic animals, including tigers, white lions, snow leopards, jaguars and a white tiger.
The Park also offers once-in-a-lifetime experience days where you can get up-close to big cats, including the opportunity to feed them!
Location: White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, Herts. EN10 7QA
Contact: Visit www.pwpark.com or tel. 01992 470490.