I got a free day with the boys when we were in Derby, so I looked for nearby things to do and found Twycross Zoo! It was about 45 minute drive away by car from Codnor, but it was an easy drive, it said on the website it had over 500 animals, so I assumed it would be mostly insects, wow was I wrong.
It is huge! Literally, we’re talking massive, take flat shoes because you’re going to be doing a lot of walking!
Plus pushing a double buggy around is extra tiring, good job there was an ice cream stall there!
So the animals, I can’t name all of them but they have that many they are in categories: Primates, Other Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Invertebrates and Pets. We saw everything from Elephants, Monkeys (21 different species), Zebras, Meerkats, Penguins, Lemurs, Apes, Leapards, Giraffes to Goats, Sheep, Butterflies, Snakes, Ferrets and that is just naming a few!
I went on my own with the boys and loved it!
There’s also a huge building with a food court with different types of food and you sit alongside a floor to ceiling window with Leopards on the other side of the window! Also there is a massive soft play area in the food court as well as a gift shop!
Another great little touch that I noticed was the baby change area, it was big enough to fit the double buggy in and also has a sofa to Breast Feed comfortably! I breast fed whilst in the Zoo as well and plenty of members of staff walked past and noticed but there was no problem, just friendly smiles.
Having been once I will definitely come back again bringing Paul with me and as there are plenty of picnic tables I will be bringing a picnic for when we are halfway through. I spent three hours alone just walking around the zoo and I rushed through some bits because of me being exhausted, I underestimated how big this place was. I will definitely eat in the food court again when we’ve finished, the staff couldn’t do enough for me, they carried my tray over to the table as I had the double buggy and fetched two high chairs (without me having to ask for help).
I have been to a lot of Zoos and Farms with my little ones and they were all great, but I’ve never been to one as big as Twycross Zoo, it really was amazing and even though my home town is 140 miles away, I have no doubt I will be coming again!
Not only is it cheap enough to get in (£17.50 for me and the kids were free!) but you can save even more money by getting an annual pass!
Twycross Zoo gets a 10/10 from Yummymummysblog! The perfect day out for families with kids of all ages, Mikey is 7 months and Jack is 18 months and they enjoyed it equally! Even as a couple or on your own this place is the perfect day out!
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