Sunday, 23 February 2014

A 'SUNNY' day out!

Can you believe it?

The sun has shone today, or at least it did where we went.

We had decided to take the boys out today, having looked at the weather forecast, and it being one of few days when all 3 boys are at home this week. Trips to Granny and Grandad's are planned for all 3!

We went the Dartmoor Zoo!

The zoo behind the story that lead to the film, "We bought a Zoo".

It is only about a 25-30 minute drive from our house and we have been before, when Beanie was young and I think I was pregnant with Monkey, so probably about 6 years ago.

We packed our bag, the nappy bag but minus nappies (another blog post to come :) ), full of snacks and drinks, and packed the car with our coats (just in case) and our wellies (much needed!).

We arrived to a pretty empty car park and parked up, opened the doors to be faced with mud, and lots of it! Moors-daddy and I tip toed to the back of the car and got our boots on before, getting the boys into theirs.

Bag packed, coats on, and we were off. It's quite a walk up hill to the zoo from the ticket booth and car park but on the way you get to see some animals, Capybaras, Tapirs, goats and chickens.

Then you start on the real zoo animals. The reindeers were first,  followed by the brown bears.

Raccoons, wolves, tigers,


 jaguars, cheetah and a very friendly Lynx that came right up to the fence!

The boys loved the otters, and the red fox.  There were birds of prey and meerkats at which point moors-daddy and I started shouting 'Alan'! The boys didn't understand the joke!

It was such a nice day we even stopped for an ice cream! (Two double chocolate and a mint choc chip!)

We had a picnic lunch in the picnic area/ children's play area and the boys ran around for a while.

It's a lovely little zoo, but I have to say we had seen everything in a couple of hours and the boys had had enough. They were disappointed that there were no elephants and giraffes, but it's just not that big.

It just means we'll have to  go to Paignton Zoo with them soon!

Linking up with Coombe Mill for #CountryKids

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

1 comment:

  1. Lovely photos of the inhabitants of the zoo, the bears look huge! As you say it's a small zoo but a nice one. Thanks for linking up and sharing your outdoor fun with Country Kids.