We have specific memberships aimed at local Childminders and Nursery Schools. We want to help ignite the children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, through appreciation of our native wildlife and natural woodland. The park provides a fantastic outdoor setting in which children can develop a respect for living things and the natural world, whilst extending their learning and encouraging them to take safe risks in all seven areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Learning.

An all year-round membership allows you to re-visit animals throughout the year and enables you to look at patterns in the natural environment from the red squirrels building their dreys for winter to the changing of the colours of the leaves on the trees. From short visits making use of the extensive play equipment to full days armed with lunchboxes and drawing pads, Wildwood is a perfect addition to your curriculum.


Why Wildwood is the ideal learning experience for your children
Set in ancient Woodland
  • Immerse your children in our natural woodland habitat.
  • Experience seasonal changes first-hand.
  • Accessible pathways throughout the park.
Lots to see and do
  • See our collection of rare and threatened species of animals from Britain’s past and present; from red squirrels, lynx and foxes, to wild boars, wildcats and wolves.
  • An array of outdoor adventure play including our pirate ship, traversing walls, 40 metre zipwire and our amazing heart-stopping tree-top vertical drop slide.
  • Indoor soft play area with snacks and drinks available.
  • World class fantastic beech hedge maze to get lost in.
  • Take a trip to our authentic Saxon Village and try your hand at a bit of jewellery making, on the pole lathe or pop into the village forge to chat with the blacksmith to get a real feel for Saxon life (Restrictions apply. Available during weekends and school holidays. Activities will vary).
  • Free animal talks suitable for all ages; a chance to see our animals a little closer and find out more about them.
Other Facilities
  • Cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks.
  • Picnic area if you wish to enjoy your packed lunch amongst the trees.
  • Ample free parking and dedicated disabled parking.
  • Toys, gifts and memories to take away, all available in our shop.

You can also download a park Risk Assessment here to help plan your visits.



Childminder Membership – £69 per year

Nursery Membership – £199 per year


To apply

If you wish to apply, please download and complete the relevant application form below and return to the Membership Team via email at visitescot@wildwoodtrust.org or by post at:

Visitor Services Team,
Wildwood Escot,
Ottery St Mary,
EX11 1LU


Childminder Membership

Information please click here

Terms & Conditions please click here

Application Form please click here


Nursery Membership

Information please click here

Terms & Conditions please click here

Application Form please click here



Here’s what some of our childminders and nurseries say about us;

“Running, climbing, hiding, chasing, exploring, navigating, laughing, playing!!! And this is all in the play park before we get to the animals.”

“As an outdoor nursery our membership with Wildwood was an obvious choice. A perfect exploring environment for the Early Years.”


How can we help tie in with EYFS learning?

At the Wildwood Trust, we understand that every child is unique and constantly learning from their surroundings. To see how we can help you further with all seven areas of EYFS learning, click here

If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call and speak to one of the team on 01404 822188 to discuss how to start your very own childminder or nursery adventure with us.

We look forward to you joining us on our wild adventure together.