Tuesday, 5 December 2017

A festive trip to Noah's Ark Zoo

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.

 We were very lucky and were allowed to feed the Meerkats and it was amazing for the kids to be able to get so hands on from the start. The keepers were very knowledgeable with any questions that we had and you could just tell how much they care for the animals. The tour took us around a huge array of animals. My personal favourite part was going up to the Elephant house and seeing the Christmas tree enrichment that they had hanging up. A very interesting way of keeping them stimulated and once the tour was over at 12.30pm we later went back and listened to the Elephant keeper talk. 

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.

 Once the tour of the trail was finished the zoo very kindly laid on some delicious pizza which are freshly made on site. They were honestly some of the yummiest pizza's I have ever had and it was nice to have to some hot food in us after being outside in the cold. The Zoo also gave us all a hot chocolate so we then decided to go off and explore more of the zoo on our own. We made our way up to the big cats, saw the Lions and listened to the big cats keeper talking all about the Tigers. I appreciate the keeper's taking the time to speak to the public about the animals as it was very interesting learn more about them.

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. 

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