Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens

Downend, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom (Robin Hill)

01983 527352

19th March to 27th May – Daily 10 am to 5pm, 28th May to 5th June – Daily 10am to 6pm, 6th June to 20th July – Daily 10am to 5pm, 21st July to 4th Sept – Daily 10am to 6pm, 5th Sept to 21st Oct – Closed for Bestival, 1st Oct to 5th Nov – Daily 6pm to 10pm, 22nd Oct to 30th Oct (Autumn Half Term) – Daily 10am to 10pm (includes Electric Woods Event)

Set in glorious rolling countryside there’s no place quite like it that pleases so many people, from fun & thrill-seeking families… to adults in search of relaxing gardens & wildlife.

…and our open ended freedom tickets allow you to return as many times in 7 days as you want to, which makes us unbelievably great value, so take a look inside and see why you’ll put Robin Hill at the top of your Island “must visit” list! Be sure to check out our great events too, including the IW Spring Garden Show, Electric Woods,  Festival of Light, Bestival and more… More details below…

Opening Times

Our park opens at 10am daily, and is open 7 days a week. Closing times vary depending upon time of year and event calendar. Our earliest closing time is 5pm during low season, with the park open until 9pm or 10pm during electric woods opening periods. Click Here for an updated Opening Time Calendar. Last admission 1 hour before closing. Some attractions may close before the stated park closing time.

Spread out over 80 acres of beautiful countryside, Robin Hill has huge amounts of space for children to run free and let off steam. 

We’re delighted to announce that our ‘electric woods’ events have been awarded ‘Bronze’ for Best Event in the Tourism South East ‘Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2015-16. A huge thank you to all our team- and to all our visitors for your support!

New for 2015

Robin Hill Country Park is taking ‘adventure’ to dizzying new heights this season with the opening of its new Canopy Skywalk.

Set high up in the tree top canopy, the Skywalk stretches over 100 metres long, weaving its way through the natural landscape above the trees – oak, silver birch, ash, chestnut – reaching 10 metres in height at the central viewing gallery, which commands an amazing birds-eye view of the ancient woodland and beyond.

With integrated metal grating carefully placed into the walkway, visitors can conquer their vertigo whilst experiencing the thrill of viewing the vast forest floor many metres beneath their feet!   And for the younger ones, the Canopy also links with the Squirrel Tower for even more fun and adventure!

As you go around the park you will come across a variety of exciting play features for children of all ages from tots to young teens. Here’s just a few of them:

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Squirrel Tower

Are you brave enough to climb to the top of this huge rope tower? You will need the climbing agility of our famous red squirrels to scramble to over 8 meters high! Loads of fun! You can then head up the hill and play on the Tree Top Trail where there is more climbing fun on our tree top bridges and platforms.

African Adventure

African Adventure is our fabulous adventure playground, themed as an African tribal village. It features lots of high-rise towers, giraffe swings, a monkey den, a cheetah zip wire, some great slides and adventure play equipment, with some wild animals thrown in for good measure! See the crocodiles at the watering hole and take a picture with our friendly tribesman, it’s a great addition to Robin Hill’s adventure play attractions.

Troll Bridges

One of our family favourite attractions…use our three rickety bridges to cross our troll ponds. But beware…these are more wobbly than you think and you might just get your feet wet! You are very near our world record tree sculpture-it’s a fantastic thing to see so be sure to pop back into the woods for a look later at this 19m wonder!You can also feed our ducks and carp in these ponds. Fish & duck food is available at the gift shop and in the Oasis Café during peak season.

Duck Down Play Village

Our miniature village has real houses and buildings but at a fraction of the real size. There’s a thatched cottage and even a pub (well, a pretend one!) that children will adore. Make a wish at the Duck Down wishing well and drop in a penny for a local charity!

 

Giant Maze

You are sure to get lost in our giant wooden maze. But no fear, you can get directions from friends or family if they stand on the viewing platform and guide you! Our maze is just amazing fun for everyone!

 

 

 

 Tots Play & Activity Course

One playground is especially for smaller children under 7 and the other is for bigger ones! Both are in the parks lower valley next to the playing and picnicking field and have swings and climbing features for suitably aged children.

 

 

Hill Billy & Snake Slides

Climb our hillside to use our fantastic slippery slides. The giant Hill Billy slide is right next to the Toboggan track and can take 4 riders at a time, while the Snake Slides are for individual riders. All are great slippery fun for children of all ages.

Sorry, the slides are closed in wet weather for Health & Safety reasons. Slides may take up to 1 hour after rain stops to dry sufficiently to re-open safely.

Families with children of all ages will love the huge variety of play areas and our four main ride experiences: Toboggan Run, Cows Express Children’s Train ride, Colossus, 4D cinema.

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Toboggan Run

Enjoy our exhilerating quarter mile downhill toboggan run!   You must be over 8 years old to ride on your own, but 3 to 7 year olds can ride with an adult, (£1.50 per ride surcharge applies, 3 to 7 year olds are charged 50p but must ride with a full paying adult). The track does not operate in wet conditions… sorry! Last ride 30 minutes before park closing time.

Cows Express

A great, fun, children’s train ride, but watch out because the cows have taken over! This train is ideal for the younger ones, but adults can still ride too! So it’s “full cream ahead” down to cows station, for this fantastic new ride. Age/height restrictions apply. Children must be over 90cm tall to ride unaccompanied. Maximum capacity applies, last ride 30 minutes before park closing.

Colossus Swinging Galleon

Don’t forget your sea legs when you climb aboard our Colossus swinging ship! No trip to Robin Hill is complete without experiencing the thrill of this ride. There’s space for a crew of 42- but no jumping over board! It’s not for the faint hearted and you must be 1.1m or taller for the captain to let you take a seat! Last ride 30 minutes before park closing.

4D Motion Cinema

Robin Hill’s Time Machine motion simulator has had a 21st Century make over and can now show some of the best 4D HD simulator movies that money can buy! So get ready to don your glasses and get set for the ride of your life with this year’s newest release, Amazon – an exlusive adventure in to the heart of a mysterious jungle, where thrill and excitement awaits!

The BIG Green Tractor Train

Our Big Green Tractor Train has only one job, to make getting around our lovely park that little bit easier… Whether you’ve just arrived and want a whistle stop tour of the park before exploring or if you’ve got to the end of a fantastic day and want to save those weary legs, let The BIG Green Tractor Train take the strain on the way back up the hill from the bottom of the park. The train runs on a constant loop of the park, stopping at three main areas along the way – just look out for it and jump onboard. The stops are clearly marked on the park map and timetable boards are located at each stop and just outside our gift shop… And if you’ve got a question about any aspect of the service or the park in general, just ask one of our BIG Green drivers and they’ll be pleased to help!

Falconry Displays

Falconry

Our Falconry displays are famous the Island over. Many visitors are telling us that we do the best displays they have ever seen! With spectacular aerial displays at 11.30am and 2.45pm, set against the stunning backdrop of our beautiful downland scenery, there probably won’t be a better place to see these birds in action in the whole of the UK.

Steve Hain, our full-time falconer, and his team will be on hand all day long to tell you about the hawks, owls, falcons and kestrels he will have on display.   You can ask questions and even get a photo taken with a bird on your arm should you wish.

The displays allow you to see these beautiful birds in action, diving from a hundred or so metres in the air, and swooping within inches of the spectators’ heads, a real crowd pleasing experience.

Some of the regular birds on show will include :

  • Alaska – the Bald Eagle
  • Jupiter –  a Red Tailed Buzzard
  • Angus & Tiny – Harris Hawks
  • Swoop & Smokey – a pair of lightening quick Saker Falcons
  • Spike – our European Eagle Owl
  • Barney – a rescued Barn Owl
  • Khan – our beautiful Steppe Eagle

Owl Shows

These intimate and exciting owl displays take place in our woodland amphitheatre, just opposite the squirrel tower at 1.15pm every day.   In Whitsun half term and during the summer holidays an extra show can be seen at 4.15pm.

Steve and his team fly a range of owl species in this amazing setting to provide a truly unique  spectacle.   As always, the displays are accompanied by witty, humourous and informative commentary.    This is an experience for the whole family to enjoy and remember!

Please note :

  • not all birds will be on display everyday and some special new arrivals may appear through the year the displays may be cancelled in very windy or wet weather, so please check on arrival if the weather is bad.

One of the Isle of Wight’s best kept secrets!

The park has 88 acres of beautiful English woodland that has grown here at Combley for hundreds of years. It has a tantalising mix of planted clearings, specimen trees, streams, ponds and sculptures. It is a must-see for all green-fingered enthusiasts visiting the Isle of Wight.

Over 100 years ago, the woodland had been planted with an array of unusual plants and trees and was used as a private woodland garden for the local Willis-Fleming estate based at near-by Combley farm. It was used for riding and walking for the family who had wide interests in gardening and it was well maintained and coppiced. Species can still be seen today from that era that would never normally be seen growing in an English woodland, like a Giant Redwood from North America or a Eucalyptus from the southern hemisphere.

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However these woodland gardens were lost back to nature during the world war periods and became re-populated with native plants and species once again, but since 2005 work has been ongoing at Robin Hill to reclaim the glades, ponds and paths that once existed, which you will now see when you visit. A number of new plantings and features have been added to add interest and now the woodland in its own right is a popular destination for visitors.

Spring and autumn are the best times to visit if you want to see dazzling natural colour from the stunning blues and pinks of spring bluebells and rhododendrons to the dazzling red and gold of our trees in October. We also have beautiful woodland ponds with Chinese style bridges and tumbling waterfalls make for a stunning place to relax and gather ones thoughts in this peaceful woodland centrepiece garden. An interesting selection of sculptures and woodland features can be seen along the paths of the woodland, which showcase different works from some of the Island’s most talented artists. One of the most stunning features is our record breaking tree sculpture standing at 57ft and is a must see for all Island visitors.

Food & Shops

Squirrels Cafe

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Delightful home cooked lunches, snacks, cakes and other refreshments are all available at our cafe just inside the entrance to the park. Our home-made cream teas are a favourite for mums, dads and grandparents so be sure to try one! For a great hot or cold treat there’s a tasty range of club sandwiches, panini’s, jacket potatoes and I.W burgers for the whole family to enjoy, plus a full range of hot & cold drinks.

 

Oasis Cafe

Oasis Cafe_635563078096430000Eat, drink and take in the atmosphere of the lower park. Treat yourself to something from the Oasis Deli menu, with fresh baked French-style baguettes and delicious fillings, all made to order. Save the kids’ unhealthy burger cravings for another day and try this delicious alternative, you won’t be disappointed! Located at our Toboggan track, it’s the ideal location to enjoy great food while the children play all around you. You can relax and let your taste buds enjoy themselves! Enjoy home-made cakes and cream teas too.

 

The Woodland Griddle

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Situated in the heart of the Robin Hill woodland next to our picturesque woodland pond system, the Woodland Pond Griddle is open in the afternoon until late during peak periods. Serving a selection of Island produce and the finest locally sourced ingredients with the very least amount of food miles possible. The Woodland Griddle menu varies with time of year and serves speciality food during special events.

 

Africa Catering Company BBQ & Ice Cream Hut

Africa BBQ_635563079030240000Top quality Kelly’s Cornish ice cream is available at these two snack stops on route around the park a delicious treat for all our visitors. You can also buy cold drinks; ice-slush cones and other wrapped ice-cream plus tea & coffee too.

The African antics continue this summer with a sizzling BBQ offering daily in the Africa Adventure area.

 

Robin Hill’s Gift Shop

A visit wouldn’t be complete without taking a visit to our well-stocked gift shop. There you will find a range of tempting items to take back as a memento or gift. There will be something for all pockets and tastes, so be sure you leave yourself enough time to have a good look round.

Don’t forget to buy your fish food when you’re passing through to feed our hungry carp in the duck ponds.

Please note our gift shop closes about 10 minutes before park closing time.

 

Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens Tickets 

Ticket Type Off Peak Price Peak Price
Standard (4-59 years) £14.75 £18.50
Concessions £12.75 £16.50
Saver Ticket (4 persons) £55.00 £69.00
Under 4’s FREE FREE

Important! Please click here for all our standard entry terms & conditions.

Some indoor attractions & rides close up to 45 minutes before park shuts. Ride operating times, cafe facilities and shop opening times vary, depending on time of season. Last admission to parks is one hour before stated closing time.

We welcome well behaved dogs to our park, provided visitors keep them on a lead at all times.

Robin Hill & Blackgang Chine Joint Park Tickets

Robin Hill and Blackgang Chine offer a combined park ticket, allowing unlimited entry to both of the Island’s favourite parks for a 7 day period. Not only does this ticket allow you the freedom to visit as many times as you like, when you like within the validity period… but it also saves you money compared to purchasing tickets individually at each park… See below for our Joint park ticket tariff.

Ticket Type Off peak Price Peak Price 
Joint Park Freedom Standard (4-59) £27.00 £33.00
Joint Park Freedom Saver (4 persons) £99.00 £125.00
Joint Park Freedom Concession (60+ / Disabled) £25.00 £29.50
Under 4’s FREE FREE

NB: Joint park tickets can be purchased on the first visit to either park.

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