Last weekend we were very kindly invited to Noah's Ark Zoo for a look around their history & mystery of Christmas tour. The tour takes you around the zoo with the objective being to find the numbered signs where on each one you can find out a different fact about the history of Christmas and enables you to complete the Christmas quiz. At the end a magical visit with St Nicholas awaits you with a friendly welcome and maybe even a chocolate coin. Following hundreds of fairy lights along the way, all while being met with different beautiful animals.
This was our first trip to Noah's Ark Zoo which is surprising as it's only an hour away from where we live. For us it's just up the motorway to Bristol and it was very easy to find. I had heard brilliant things about the zoo so we were very excited to attend the family bloggers event. A warm welcome was waiting for us on a very chilly day and the kids were very keen to get going around the zoo.
The trail is very well set out and easy to follow using the map that was provided. Apart from a few sets of stairs it was easy to manage with a pushchair too but I would recommend wellies if the weather is wet. As I mentioned at the start of this post the trail is finished with a visit to St Nicholas and the kids loved listening to him talk about the story of Christmas.
We then walked up to the giraffe house, passing the Spectacled Bears which were just incredible. A lot of the animals were inside on the day we went (I don't blame them) so we were able to see the majority of them up close. The last animals we went up to see were the Rhino eating their lunch, the kids were a little anxious being so close but they soon came around. Of course we had to end the day with a visit to the indoor play area and for a zoo I was really impressed.
As well as the Christmas trail there will be other activities on every Saturday up until Christmas, you can find more information here. Taking part in the Christmas trail is included in the cost of a day ticket.
Over all we had a brilliant time and it really got us into the festive spirit. Noah's Ark Zoo is a very underrated place and we will definitely be visiting again in the future.