We have just recently been given the opportunity to visit Chester Zoo as a family without having to spend a fortune on the tickets. Unfortunately it’s somewhere that I think we would visit more often if the tickets weren’t so expensive. As a family of four to go (even though Bodie doesn’t need a ticket) it would cost £76 on entry alone, then the food in there isn’t the cheapest!
But…Like I said we were given the opportunity to go for free
So we started our day pretty early. Bodie likes to go back to sleep around 2 hours after he wakes up, so we know we have that amount of time to get things together and on the road. Chester Zoo is only around 45 minutes away from us so an easy journey to do with the kiddies. Bodes fell asleep as planned (thumbs up) and Bets was happy singing along to the radio and playing games. We stopped for a few goodies and then waited for Bodes to wake up in the car park.
It was a beautiful day with bright blue skies. It was however a little bit chilly but with a coat on we were perfect. After all it is only March!
Chester Zoo is a brilliant place for kiddies, there are so so many different animals and creatures to see and although they are spread across a pretty vast area (it takes a fair while to walk around) there are so many different attractions and things to do in-between each section it’s easy to keep the kids entertained and excited about the next thing. We walked into the park and instantly saw the elephants and their babies hanging out outside. They are such amazing animals and the babies were just too cute, Bets & Bodes of course loved them. From their you can go loads of different ways…we decided to head to the new section, which is supposed to be like South East Asia and they’ve done it so well. There’s a little boat ride, which takes about 15minutes to cruise past all the little islands, some had animals on but we were pretty unlucky as we didn’t really see much, I should also mention, you can’t take babies who are unable to walk unaided on the boat (which is the most ridiculous thing ever) We stopped for a snack in the picnic area, and the food was reasonable, not quite as good as the main food court but fine for something snacky. We walked round the rest of the new area and then headed off back into the main park. You can literally walk round and round and just see animals left right and centre, go in buildings to see birds, or visit the fish in the aquarium, see the orangutans in the red ape realm. The list is endless. Bets also needed to have her face painted of course, and they have a super room for face painting and it only cost £5. She was a beautiful butterfly for the rest of the day!
I could go on and on about all the different animals that are there, but it’s a zoo, so you can probably guess it’s full of animals.
If you live or are visiting the north, I would highly recommend Chester Zoo. When you go and have a wonderful day like we did, I don’t think you’d mind spending the money. Also keep your eyes peeled for their new programme – The secret life of the zoo and also featuring very soon their new tv advert…Let me know if you spot any familiar faces 😉
Ps : If you have a few spare minutes, check out my video from the day…click here!