Chester Zoo

It’s been a glorious week this week, and where better to spend some time than Chester Zoo? We actually have annual passes for the zoo, so we visit often, spending just a few hours there each visit. They have over 11,000 animals in 110 acres, which is a lot when you are only 3 and 4.

As we have our tickets already, we just go straight to the turnstiles. If you purchase your tickets online, you also get Fast Track Entry, and if you purchase 7 days in advance you get 10% off ticket prices. So definitely worth checking out their website in advance.

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So of these 11,000 animals, in our 3 hour visit, we probably saw about a third of them. There are loads of different animals though, and it would take forever to list them all. But I do like taking photos.

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Our favourite though, has to be the butterfly house. You can watch the butterflies close up as they feast on bananas and citrus fruit. And if you are lucky enough, they will even land on you! They also have the Puparium, a glass fronted case where butterflies and moths emerge from their pupae.

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Do I sound like I know what I am talking about? I don’t. I have absolutely no idea. Although I can tell you what a warthog is, unlike the couple in their thirties who thought it was a bear. Anyway, you needn’t worry about knowing things, as Chester Zoo is really educational. They have lots of signs around the animals, and lots of interactive things for the kids to get involved with. Last week we saw a tiger skin and tiger skull that the kids could touch.

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Lots of things are aimed at smaller children as well, like viewing points at the right height.

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Or a playground to let off some steam.

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There are plenty of picnic tables around the zoo, you will never struggle to find a spot to sit down. Or Junes Pavillion has a couple of different counters selling various foods. The pizza there is delicious. We actually sat outside on this trip, and were accosted by some ducks looking for sandwiches. One to avoid if your 3 year old is afraid of the ducks. (Really)

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Relatively new to Chester Zoo is the option to order a picnic. You can either pre order, or it can be bought on the day. We had already eaten, but I had a look and the food looked delicious. Even for a fussy vegetarian like me. Next to the picnic food is an ice cream parlour that sells the most amazing ice cream. I had a blue slush, but I sneaked some of the 3 year olds “bubblegump” ice cream and he nearly never got it back.

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Something that is on my to do list is the Waterbus. £2 for adults and £1.50 for children age 3-15. A 15 minute trip through the canals, it looks tremendous fun. Maybe next time!

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We do make us of the monorail though. With two littlies, it’s great for giving their little legs a rest. Again, £2 for adults and £1.50 for children age 3-15. But at least you get somewhere with the monorail unlike the loop of the Waterbus! Very handy for getting back to the exit when you finish your day by the lions!

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