Dick Whittington Today
In the most serene of locations, the Dick Whittington Park is nestled alongside the beautiful village of Longhope, in the Hidden Valley of the Forest of Dean. The Park is a haven, particularly for grown-ups and children seeking a great day out. We are especially famous for our slides, our stunning location and the ability to throw an excellent birthday party! With plenty of seating around the Cat’s Whiskers Cafe and in the play barn, we have a spacious, airy play area with soft play zones equipped for a range of ages. It’s hard to image the Dick Whittington Centre as anything other than exactly what it is today!
The Evolution of Dick Whittington Park
In reality, though, the Park evolved significantly since it opened in 2001. In fact, it’s still undergoing more renovations with lots of plans for the future. Recently, the Park has become part of the environmental wilding project in Gloucestershire. As a result, we are working on our wildflower walks, a Blaisdon Plum orchard to join our existing apple orchard, five fish-filled lakes and a sensory cottage garden. These projects are ongoing and we work hard to make as much progress as the seasons allow, often spotting wild deer and birds as we go.
The site has been a home for many animals over the years. The previous Mohair Centre that was formerly situated here even featured goats, whose fleeces were handmade into clothing by resident workers! Our founder, Chris Turney, has previously had an award-winning career in farming and agriculture. Because of this, the environment and animals are always our priority. In time, we hope to continue developing the Dick Whittington Park, with all sorts of plans in mind.
Find Out More…
While you’re with us, feel free to ask questions. We love to share our local knowledge and chat with visitors! Alternatively, you can just sit back and relax, while you watch the comings and goings of our resident businesses. They include the equine stable, fishing and wild swimming lakes, dog’s grooming parlour and sanctuary animals that we also currently house on our land. There’s always a lot happening at Dick Whittington’s Park!
If you’d like to see more of our daily runnings, join us on Facebook . Curious about our namesake, Dick Whittington? We named our Park in his honour because he’s one of our locally born heroes! You can spot more of them on our Who’s Who boards around the barn!