Our Day At Twycross Zoo

Today I’m sharing our day out at Twycross Zoo…

I’ve always loved zoos. They were my favourite choice of birthday outing all throughout my twenties, let alone when I was a kid. My love of Twycross Zoo began when I was at primary school, as our headmaster had affiliations with them and so we often visited, adopted a Colubus monkey, and he gave presentations in assembly sometimes all about primates! And so I was keen to take my pair to Twycross Zoo, and see what they made of it…

First up, were lots and lots of monkeys and apes. It was such a hot day, most were just chilling outside in the sunshine, though a few were running about making the kids giggle…

primates

Twycross Zoo

And there was plenty of information dotted around, particularly about endangered species that they’re trying to protect..

Twycross Zoo siamang

Then we were off exploring the many other animals they have there…

Twycross Zoo animals

And I love seeing elephants, especially when there is a baby! This one stayed safely between it’s mother’s legs but hopefully you can just see it, peeping out…

Twycross Zoo elephants

They have a lovely lemur walk-through enclosure, but unfortunately, all of the lemurs were hiding in the trees when we went through, which was rather disappointing! There’s also a pretty new butterfly house just opened. Throughout the day there are scatter feed times for the meerkats, chimps & bonobos, coatis and bush dogs, elephants and spider monkeys and a penguin parade – all are on every day.

We’d already eaten just before we got there (if you’re visiting and need some food on the way, there’s a McDonalds just off the M42 exit island on the way there, which is very handy!), but of course, an ice cream stop was obligatory, especially after all of that learning and running about!

Twycross Zoo running

And we ended our visit in the Explorer Zone, with a pets area and plenty of kids play equipment…

Twycross Zoo Pets area

Twycross Zoo play areas

And just look at the contentment on Little Man’s face! He does love a swing, and he really enjoyed his day out. In fact, he’s been asking to go to the zoo every day since!

Twycross Zoo Little Man

It’s a really lovely family day out, though I freely admit to bias here as it holds so many fabulous childhood memories for me. All of the interesting animals aside, from a parents’ point of view, I like it as it’s all pretty much flat, so no steep hills with the pushchair, and it’s not too huge, so no walking for what feels like ages from enclosure to enclosure with little ones. It is all gravelly though, so be prepared to dig gravel out of little sandals! We did have an ice cream and drink there, and the prices were reasonable. We visited at the weekend and plenty of the cafes and ice cream kiosks were open, so lots of places to eat and snack, without everyone queuing all in the one place.

We visited Twycross Zoo as part of our Stay Play Explore pass. For ยฃ109, a family of four can stay at a 4* hotel in Leicestershire (we’ve yet to do this part but I will fill you in when we do), and choose to visit 3 great attractions from a list of 5, so we’ll also be going to Conkers and Twinlakes Theme Park. I will share how we get on at our other 2 attractions over the coming weeks, but I can say now that I am really impressed with the value that this represents. There are other breaks available, too, for family adventures, theme parks, and adults gourmet breaks, amongst others – take a look, they’re fab!

I like to see all of theย animals, but I have a particular penchant for the penguins, elephants and tapirs when I visit a zoo – what’s your favourite?

Disclosure: We received a Stay Play Explore Family Fun Break FOC for the purposes of this review, but as ever, all words and opinions remain my own.ย 

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25 thoughts on “Our Day At Twycross Zoo”

  1. It’s lovely to share places from your childhood with your own children. It looks like they enjoyed it as much as you did with your visits with the school. I love the photos of your children watching the monkeys and the joy on your sons face in the swing. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    1. Jocelyn Reading

      It is lovely to take them there and they clearly loved it, too. Yes, the joy is on their faces! x

    1. Jocelyn Reading

      It’s great with a pushchair, and many zoos aren’t so easy. He does love a swing, as you could probably tell at yours yesterday with his attempts to get on! x

  2. It’s a shame this is so far from us. It looks like a great day out and your children clearly loved it – We always love a zoo! x

  3. I haven’t visited Twycross, but it sounds perfect with kids, flat and not too big with a good variety of animals. Absolutley love the photo of your two smiling together as they watch the monkeys x

  4. It is so lovely when you can share your childhood memories with your little ones. A lovely post. I think my favourite has to be the elephants, that baby is just too cute ๐Ÿ™‚
    #countrykids

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