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Sunday, 7 August 2011

Chester Zoo - A Fantastic Day Out!

To round our holiday off nicely we went to Chester Zoo on Friday. We didn't arrive home until late on Thursday night so didn't get up and out of the house as early as what we perhaps should've done.


The Zoo was around 1.5 hours away and we arrived just before midday.  There was plenty of parking available and only a couple of minutes walk to the entrance. As it was a lovely day people were setting up picnics around their cars on the grassy areas. We spent a short time cleaning up sick after a travel sickness incident just as we arrived at the Zoo!


We only had one family in front of us in the queue so didn't have to wait too long to get in. They also have a Fastrack entrance for annual passes or prepaid admissions. You can get free wristbands for small children that you write your mobile number on just in case they happen to go astray. We thought it was a great idea so got one for Jack - although my husband had left his phone in the car and mine wasn't charged, so it wasn't much use for us.
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Just inside the entrance there are toilets, baby changing facilities, lockers and buggy and wheelchair hire. Single and double buggies can be hired for £6 or £10 with a £10 deposit.
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The toilets are clean and modern with a couple of low level toilets and sinks for small children.


All around the Zoo are grassy areas where visitors were picnicking or just enjoying the sunshine.


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We were issued with a map of the Zoo when we entered  showing the location of the animals and facilities. There are suggested colour coded routes showing the distance of each route, from 0.2 miles for the shortest up to 1.3 miles for the longest. We never followed any of the routes and just ambled around in no particular direction. We started off by seeing the Elephants, which included a couple of babies that we managed to get quite close to. You can walk all around the enclosure and can even manage to get within a few feet of these amazing beasts.
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It was a hot day and never managed to get around the whole Zoo in the 4 hours that we were there, you would easily need a full day to get around the whole park.

One of our favourite parts was the Dinosaurs at Large exhibit  which you can get to see throughout the Summer until 8th October. There are 13 life sized animatronic dinosaurs which look very realistic complete with sound effects....and some even spit water at the visitors! There was a cleverly positioned shop at the exit which you had to walk through to get out.....




We stopped for lunch at Junes Pavilion around 2pm and even though the park was very busy we never had to queue and the service was extremely fast. There were lots of vacant tables and all of them had been cleared. In the time that we were there I didn't see one vacant dirty table. The food we had was much better than expected for fast food and there was more than enough. The table full of food here cost us £28 which I think is very reasonable  considering the quality. 
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Afterwards the kids played for a while in the Fun Ark, a barked play area, with a separate area for 4 years and under.


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We had planned to go on either the monorail that goes around the Zoo or the water bus (both priced at £2 for adults and £1.50 for children, with under 3's going free) but both had very long queues so the kids opted to dig for fossils instead.
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For £3.50 we were given our own section to dig in which we were told had at least 6 fossils in but maybe more if people had got bored and not dug them all out previously. We all enjoyed digging and finding various fossils and when we could dig no longer they were rinsed off and bagged up.


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Here is our find


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Beside the fossil digging is the 'Zoo Vets - an Inside Story' exhibit highlighting the work of the Chester Zoo Vet team, with photos and implements such as huge nail clippers, on show.


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There are animal talks throughout the day from 10.30am at various animal enclosures throughout the park and the times and locations are displayed on boards.


As well as the three adventure playgrounds there is a nine hole mini Conservation Golf Course and a face painting studio so there is plenty to keep the kids entertained throughout your visit.


You can also choose to adopt an animal during your visit and various packages are available.


All in all Chester Zoo was a great day out for all the family and excellent value for money with a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) costing £50. Opening times during the Summer are 10am - 6pm.


On the way home we called in at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet and picked up 2 pairs of Clarks school shoes for £47 which ended the day well.


I was provided with 2 adult and 2 child tickets free of charge by Superbreak for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.







Chester Zoo short breaks
Chester guide

10 comments:

  1. There were a lot of grumblings from parents when we went about forcing people through the shop on leaving the dinosaurs - especially as there's a gate right next to it that could be used to bypass it. Of course the gate was locked...

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  2. I never even noticed the gate...probably because it was locked.....I had a very well practised "NO" and not a penny was spent in any shop!

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  3. I love Chester Zoo and I'm a sucker for a shop full of dinosaur souvenirs! The food is definitely fab. We missed out on the play areas and fossil digging...it was so hot when we went that we flagged! Will have to go again!

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  4. we flagged a bit too & didn't see as many animals as perhaps we should've done but we made sure we didn't miss out on that food!! x

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  5. Sounds like you had a great day, I'd love to go and see Chester Zoo at some point with The Boy. Food looks good and filling!

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  6. Husband and I used to live around the corner from Chester Zoo before babies. We went a few times and loved it so would love to go back with the girls. Sounds like you really enjoyed yourselves xx

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  7. they would love it, it's definitely somewhere I would go back to, the dinosaurs are great but you will need to get there quick if you want to see them. x

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  8. We have Zoo membership for down here that lets us in at Chester too. So next time we are up that way will definitely be popping in. Dinosaurs look fab x

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  9. GAH! Chester Zoo is about a 10 minute drive from my house!!!!! :-O Next time you let me know and we'll have a tweet up x

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  10. oh really? damn....If I'd known I could've popped in for spare clothes for Hanna after she puked over hers on the journey up!! We will tweet up soon x

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