Visitors to the Curraghs Wildlife Park can now book tickets online through their new website.
As part of a series of developments aimed at making it easier for visitors to plan a trip to the park, one-day tickets, multi-day passes, family tickets and memberships can now be purchased at www.curraghswildlifepark.im
Park general manager Kathleen Graham said: ‘The site looks great on computers, tablets and mobile devices, is user-friendly and now allows customers to quickly find out what’s on and buy tickets in a way that’s convenient to them.
‘Tickets will cost the same to purchase online as at the gate and are not date-specific. For example, a family ticket, at £24, admits two adults and two children and can be purchased in advance, or even as a gift, and used on a nice, sunny day. We’ll scan tickets on arrival, ensuring a quick admission.’
Mrs Graham explained that online bookings are the centrepiece of a raft of updates to the visitor experience:
‘We have worked hard to improve facilities, attractions and value for money,’ she said. ‘Membership at the park is at a record high and visitor numbers are strong. Providing tickets online is an important step in encouraging even more people to visit us.
‘We can also keep visitors up to date with opening hours, events, how to find us, birthday parties, our “Wild Academy” [the park’s summer school], animal experiences and so much more.
‘We are also about to launch new membership cards, which will be electronically connected to members’ accounts.’
Mrs Graham extolled the benefits of membership, which include unlimited access to the park during opening hours and discounts at the site’s cafe and shop:
‘We find that once people have joined as members, they visit the park far more frequently, so it is the best value for local residents,’ she explained. ‘Some of our members are here almost every week.’
The park is run by the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture. Minister Phil Gawne commented: ‘I am delighted that we have this new online booking system in place. This reflects the department’s determination to increase our contribution to amenity activity in our beautiful Island, which is an increasingly important part of what we do.’