“ Address: South Stowford / Bratton Fleming / Near Barnstaple /North Devon / England „
Having just returned from a weeks holiday in North Devon, I thought I would review a couple of days out we had whilst there and Exmoor Zoo was our first trip. Being the voucher/money savvy person that I am, we often use a combination of our National Trust membership and Tesco Clubcard vouchers to go sightseeing when away on holiday in the UK. So, when we were planning our week away, I was straight on the Tesco website to see where our vouchers could take us this time. We stayed near Coombe Martin and were only approximately 15 minutes drive from the Zoo. My husband's Tom Tom sat nav had no problems finding it, but the Zoo is also signposted (with brown attraction signs) from the main road, so is relatively easy to find. We parked in the main car park and there is additional overflow carparking clearly signposted and a short walk from the main entrance if the car park is full. We arrived approximately 11am and as it wasn't a school holiday, there werent any queues and we went straight to the desk. The lady accepted the vouchers without any problems, stating that it was a very popular way for people to pay and almost half of their trade was via clubcard vouchers (good old Tesco!). She handed us a map and feeding guide pointing out the popular animals and feeding sessions. Before I wax lyrical about the animals etc there is one big disadvantage to visiting Exmoor Zoo with young children - the toilets. There are 2 sets of toilets, one either side of the main entrance/reception and thats it. As the Zoo is pretty much out in the middle of nowhere, it does not have mains drainage. They do make the toilet situation clear and are apologetic about it, but when you have a 3 year old who drinks enough to float a boat, the regular walks from one end of the zoo to the other can be a bit of a trek and a trial! So, onto the main details . . . Exmoor Zoo is a small and friendly Zoo with mainly small animals. There are a variety of Monkeys, Lemurs, Meerkats, Otters, Deer, Panther, Cheetah, Penguins and many different birds to name but a few. There were chickens, guineafowl and peacocks loose and roaming around the Zoo when we visited which was nice and the whole atmosphere felt more 'intimate' than alot of Zoo/Animal parks we had been to previously. There aren't any of the traditional large Zoo animals here (Giraffe, Rhino, Lions, Elephants etc) but that wasn't a concern for us or our children as there was plenty to look at and do to fill a whole day regardless. We attended a few of the feeding and talk sessions which were great (Lemur, Snake, Meerkat and Penguins). The keepers appeared knowledgeable and genuinely caring about the animals in their care and the talks were both informative and exciting enough to keep most children's attention. Quite a few of the larger animal enclosures (deer, big cats etc) were left very natural with long grasses and shaded areas, which although made it more difficult to see the animals, was better for their welfare and again made the Zoo feel more 'natural' than a concrete jungle. As well as all the different animals, talks and hands on experiences, there is a large playground area with swings, climbing frames and trampolines which is very handly placed adjacent to a covered picnic area and close to the toilets. There is also a small cafe/restaurant and gift shop near the main entrance and toilets. We didn't purchase any food, but had a great cup of tea and the prices of the gifts weren't over inflated. Our eldest daughter picked up a rubber snake and iguana for £2.75 for the 2, so quite reasonable I thought. The Zoo is open all year round and it's opening times are: Summertime March 31st to May 4th 10am to 5pm (or dusk) May 5th to September 15th 10am to 6pm September 16th to November 2nd 10am to 5pm (or dusk) Wintertime November 3rd to March 30th 10am to 4pm (or dusk) and the last entry is 1 hour before closing The entrance costs are: Summer 2011 Winter 2011-12 Adults £10.00 £9.00 Children (3-15) £7.50 £6.50 Concessions £1.00 off £1.00 off Under 3 Free Free You can also purchase a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children for £32.50 (summer) and £28.50 (winter) as well as an annual membership. Even though we used our Clubcard vouchers and didn't actually pay to get in, I still think the prices represent good value for money for a full day out. The Zoo has a good website and you can download a map as well as get any further contact or other details you would require on www.exmoorzoo.co.uk We did spend the whole day there leaving at around 5pm and we all had a great day. My daughter was very excited about the meerkats, lemurs and otters and my husband greatly enjoyed taking some lovely photos of the otters and other animals with his new camera. I would thoroughly recommend this as a great family day out and have no doubt we will be visiting again when we are next in North Devon. I want to give it 4.5 stars really as the only negative is the toilets and it seems a bit churlish to mark it down a whole point just for that, so I will give it 5 stars as it was an excellent day out.
We were looking for places to visit when we booked our recent trip to Devon. As our clubcard vouchers were piling up we decided to take a look at the Clubcard Deals website and see where we could visit near the holiday park in Devon. Two places came up - Exmoor Zoo and The Big Sheep. We visited The Big Sheep in October during our last holiday and although we loved it (see review!) we thought we would try the zoo instead. We set off from the holiday park (Bideford) at around quarter to ten, we knew that it would take around 45 minutes and wanted to get there relatively earlier. Because there were 8 of us in total we needed to take two cars. Both me and my boyfriend took our sat nav's so typed in the postcode of the zoo. This is when we hit our first problem - the sat nav's (despite being exactly the same!) were taking us different places. We decided that I would lead the way as my distance was slightly shorter. Luckily it got us there, however it did take us through numerous housing estates and I was beginning to get a bit worried! When we arrived, the zoo was set back off of the road down a small lane, the car park was of a decent size and from the car park you had a good view of the lemurs which the kids enjoyed watching while we got everything out of the cars. The entrance is easy to see from the car park and we went straight to the counter as nobody else was there. The woman who served us was quite rude, I told her I had vouchers and she said I couldn't use them with a family ticket, so I said that was fine and asked for a 2 children, a student and an adult. She said I couldn't use it with a student ticket so I politely suggested that we could redeem the vouchers against the childrens tickets and then I would pay for the student separately. She sighed and implied she couldn't do this, then told me the total price I needed to pay on top of the vouchers so I handed over the cash and then she handed back £1 saying that was for the student ticket. I thanked her and she gave us a map of the park, telling us about feeding times etc. We then went to leave and I thanked her again, as did my boyfriend and his brother yet she did not reply. So first of all we went through to the reptile house, there was a fair bit to see here including frogs, lizards and snakes. The children all found this really interesting and we spent a good ten minutes in here. We then left the house and went outside where we saw the bird avaries. There was again a fair bit to see here and the children all found this interesting. There was also a few monkeys here which were very entertaining as they came right up to the glass and followed the childrens hands etc, we got some lovely pictures here and enjoyed standing watching the monkeys for a few minutes. Next was the meerkat enclosure. Since the popular TV advert I think that meerkats are a firm favourite with everyone, well they were with our group anyway! I really liked the meerkat enclosure as it had viewing points both outside and inside which a lot of zoo's don't have. This meant that even when the meerkats went inside the children could still watch them. We were very pleased to see that there were a few baby meerkats which were lovely to watch! We then abandoned the route we were following around the zoo to get to the otters in time for their feed! We were keen to see the otters being fed as when we have visited zoo's or aquariums previously we have often found it difficult to see the otters. As it was a few members of our party's first time at the zoo we were keen for them to see the otters. The otters were very entertaining and the man that did the talk was very funny, had a lot of information about the otters, knew them personally and was keen to answer any questions from the audience. We then saw the armadillo named Pedro who provided entertainment for a good 5 minutes. The children found him very amusing as none of them had seen an armadillo before and they were amazed by his appearance. He appeared to be very busy going about his daily business and was very cute! Next we went to see the monkeys. There were so many different breeds of monkeys the children were amazed! Despite there being a lot of the same sort of thing, the monkeys kept the childrens attentions for nearly half an hour and they didn't want to move on to the next thing! Some of the monkeys were inside and some were outside which meant there were lots of different monkeys to look at. As always, the monkeys provided a lot of entertainment and were very funny and interesting to watch. We then went to see the famous 'Exmoor Beast', a female black leopard called Ebony. She was very beautiful and we could see her quite well. She wasn't very active and instead was led down resting. However, if you do want to see her being more active it is worth noting that there is an opportunity to attend a talk about her which I imagine would be very interesting. The children then wanted to go to the play park so we went there. There was lots for the children to do in the park including trampolines and slides. The children stayed in here for nearly an hour so it was obviously popular! While we were in the park there was a talk about the alpaca's and at the end the children got a chance to stroke them and meet them which the younger children absolutely loved! We got some lovely pictures of them with the alpacas. Next to the park there was also a reindeer who was looking very sorry for himself with only one antler! We then went to see the skunks and some more birds. These included parrots and owls which the children found interesting. Opposite these was the lake where there was lots to see including pelicans, penguins and ducks. There were also a few peacocks wandering about! We then went to the back of the zoo where the cheetahs are. There is a viewing platform which allowed us to get a good look at them which the children found very interesting. Also here are birds, dear, rhea and storks. The wallabys are also located here. When we went they were doing a session on meeting the wallabies which the children loved, especially as they would feed out of their hands! We then decided to leave the zoo, although we could have walked around again the children wanted to get back to go swimming! We spent around 4 hours here but we could have been here a lot longer. There is a cafe on site, however we did not eat here so I cannot comment on the prices or quality of the food. We did use the toilets and although there are two toilets they are both located at the entrance of the park so do make sure young children go before you get too far into the zoo! The toilets were clean and there was plenty of soap etc. We did visit the gift shop before we left and there was lots in here including soft toys, toys, stationary, fridge magnets etc. The prices were reasonable and there was something for everyone. The animals enclosures are all of a decent size and I had no concern for the animals welfare whatsoever. They all appeared to be content and all had plenty of food etc. The staff were mostly polite and friendly. We enjoyed our day at the zoo and the children continued to talk about it for the rest of the day. We would visit again as it represents good value for money and it is something that the whole family can enjoy. The contact details of the zoo are as follows: EXMOOR ZOOLOGICAL PARK South Stowford, Bratton Fleming Near Barnstaple North Devon, EX31 4SG Telephone: 01598 763352 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The parks opening times depend upon the season and are currently 10am-5pm but this can be reduced to 10am-4pm in winter or extended to 10am-6pm in summer. Again, prices vary dependent upon the season but prices for the summer season are as follows: Adults £9.25 Children £6.75 Concessions £8.25 Family (2+2) £29.50 I would recommend visiting the zoo if you are in the area as there is lots to see, the animals are well looked after and it can be a fun day out for all!
Last week I visited Exmoor Zoo for the sixth time (spread over a period of about 15 years). Where is it? There's a big clue in the name and it is indeed hidden away in the midst of darkest Exmoor, North Devon's National Park. It's more precisely situated just off of the A399, 10 miles north of its junction with the A361 (near South Molton). The Zoo is a few miles from Lynton, Woolacombe and Ilfracombe. It's not overly well signposted so keep your eyes peeled for the small brown Zoological Park sign from the A399. When you take this turning it's about 300 yds to a smallish car park (50-70 spaces a few of which are for the disabled) next to the main entrance. The larger, overflow, car park is not further distant. What's there? This is a small zoo (in comparison to the likes of Paignton, Marwell or Chester zoos) but with plenty of interest. As you enter the hut-like structure that serves as a combined payment area and gift shop you'd be forgiven for wondering whether this is a worthwhile place to visit. It has none of the modern trappings of turnstiles or multiple payment kiosks - just one wooden counter and a till that wouldn't have looked out of place in Arkwright's store in Open All Hours. But don't be scared off by such facilities, persevere. When purchasing your entrance tickets, you are also given an A4 paper map of the zoo layout together with a list of the activities being held that day. I'm not a great fan of seeing animals in captivity but those here seemed to be in fine fettle and with a reasonable amount of space to move around. I was with my wife and my 2 kids (9 and 7) and our favourite animals were: - various members of the monkey family, mostly smaller breeds (the one exception being an enclosure with 3 gibbons). These included marmosets, tamarins and howler monkeys. It was enjoyable watching the antics of these little fellows both through the perpex windows into their indoor quarters and as they swung around, performing feats of great gymnastic ability, in the great (fenced off outdoors). - ring-tailed lemurs. There were about 8 of these wonderful creatures and we were transfixed by their leaps, tricks and interaction with each other. - Big cats - we glimpsed both the cheetah and the rare black leopard which forms part of a "beast of Exmoor" section - meerkats - 8 meerkats reside in a walled off area. They're always crowd pleasers with their upright posing and scurrying activities - an armidillo. My kids loved seeing this little fellow zooming around his walled home at top speed. He was "cute" and "funny" - plain old rabbits and guinea pigs. The kids were free to go and pet these animals and they were more interested in these than some of the more rare and unusual species. The supporting cast included: - various exotic aviary birds (the obligatory parrots and some lovely large white owls, sorry I forget the breed, amongst them) - other birds and fowl. Peacocks and some fowl freely roamed the paths of the zoo. The likes of cranes, ibis and herons were centred around a central lake area - otters - skunk - reindeer - mongoose - porcupines - lemurs - agouti - a very small reptile house which was home to a cayman, a few snakes, spiders and not much else - maned wolves - bat-eared foxes - rhea - capybara Believe it or not but we didn't see the Humboldt penguins (I'm not even convinced that they were actually there!) and didn't realise until after we left the zoo. There is also: - various raised, stepped lookout platforms. - picnic areas both outdoor and under cover - an indoor cafe. Prices were fair (£1.50 for a coffee, £3.00+ for a well filled, reasonably sized baguette) and there was plenty of choice and our baguettes, sausage roll and drinks were all tasty and above average fare. - an outdoor snack "chalet" selling a slimmed down range of drinks and snacks - some outdoor children's play equipment, including 2 trampolines and a climbing frame - an outdoor encounter zone where there are frequent opportunities to learn about, and hold/stroke, various creatures such as snakes, large (yes and hairy) spiders and a large millipede. Very educational and the kids enjoyed these encounters - the aforementioned gift shop - well stocked with, mostly, soft toys and other typical zoo souvenirs. Prices weren't excessive. You have to pass through this shop to exit the zoo (parents beware) - a few toilets that seemed well maintained and in cleanish order There are a number of daily activities (in peak season one every 30 minutes) which include the encounters (above) and such as feeding various animals (meerkats, wallabies, lemurs and others) and guinea pig fishing (we missed that delight so I can't explain further). How much? An adult ticket is £8.25, a child (3-15) is £6.00 and the under 3s are free. Concessions are £7.25 and there are various group rates and annual membership rates. a family ticket (2 adults, 2 under 16s) is £26.50. You can redeem Tesco Cubcard days out vouchers here (though only against the full individual rates). My verdict This is a great place to spend an enjoyable few hours. It is a very laid back enviroment and you feel very close up to all the animals. On the day of our visit, in the school summer holidays, it wasn't at all crowded and there was plenty of room to roam and enjoy. There are no elephants, giraffes, hippos, rhinos, tigers etc but the smaller animals here together with the many organised activities were equally as interesting to my family. I wouldn't travel a long distance to visit the zoo but if you're holidaying in the West Country it should be one to consider. I'll be certainly revisiting the next time that I'm in North Devon.
It's become somewhat of a family tradition recently to mark a special occasion with a grand day out, a special day trip for all the family to enjoy and Elsa's 2nd birthday was no exception. After numerous hours scouring the internet for suitable places in the south west for us to visit and an awful lot of research into what each attraction had to offer we decided to pay a visit to Exmoor Zoo. Situated in the north Devon valleys it is a relatively young zoo having only been opened in 1982 but selling itself as the "family zoo" it seemed the perfect place to take my animal loving toddler to celebrate her special day. It is quite a journey for us to visit Devon, even though it's a place we seem to frequent but we happily began the 2 hour drive with high expectations of what we were to experience. Dave, my other half, had been wise enough to take down some directions otherwise there's a chance we would have missed the zoo. Despite lots of signposting for the different attractions in Devon the zoo seems quite lacking and it would have been quite easy to miss the signs directing you to the zoo, it is not situated near the roadside as such and you're required to drive down a bit of a country lane before you reach the zoo car park and entrance. The car park itself is quite small and is primarily gravel based, there are 2 disabled parking spaces which are laid in tarmac and an overflow car park further up the lane, although we didn't need to use this having arrived early, the parking is free and if you're lucky enough to get a space in the main park then you're very close to the main entrance. The entrance to the zoo is, shall we say, rustic, having been constructed in the 80's it doesn't really look like it's had much renovation in the last 20 or so years, still the desk was manned by a friendly and helpful staff member who happily took our payment and provided us with a site map and details on the different encounters that were to be had during the day, little did we know at that point that she would be one of the most regular encounters we'd have. With Christopher as chief map reader we headed off to begin our tour of the zoo, the initial displays are much like traditional zoos, enclosures featuring different species of animals, small monkeys, birds....that sort of thing. The enclosures looked well kept and each had a corresponding number to its position on the map we'd been provided as well as a plaque detailing information on the species enclosed, this was quite helpful in allowing Dave and myself to identify the creature within and then pretend to the children like we were awfully clever and just happened to know which was a regular mongoose and which was a yellow mongoose. It was easy to notice straight away that the zoo had much more of a country zoo/wildlife park feel to it then the more structured city zoos, the walkways were quite narrow and the "gardens" were slightly unkempt, branches and leaves reaching out to say hello as you walked by, I was glad that we had arrived quite early and the zoo was still reasonably quiet, I imagine the small walkways would become quite crowded during busy times, which is far from ideal when you've got wandering toddlers and buggies to deal with. Still it was a very pleasant place, with the warm sun and a gentle breeze it felt quite peaceful and we were all enjoying ourselves as we viewed the different exhibits. There were many different benched areas and covered seating areas perfect for taking a break or sitting down for a picnic, all of these was near to an exhibit which was great as you could still enjoy the zoo and it's animals while having a rest, rather then being restricted to watching visitors wander by, it was particularly useful for us as, being 32 weeks pregnant, I needed to take lots of rest breaks but didn't find the kids getting bored or restless. The zoo is almost divided into 2 sections, the traditional zoo style section with cages and enclosures of smaller animals and then a more wildlife park section with wider, more sprawling enclosures for larger animals. The zoo section was very quaint and had some lovely animals, the meerkats are always a favourite with my family as are the marmosets, the enclosure of tortoises was fantastic, simply made up of some wooden posts you could actually reach through and touch the animals as they passed you. Peacocks and peahens roamed freely and would happily come close to visitors to show themselves off, Elsa was a little apprehensive of the birds large size but she was soon taken by its beautiful colours. There is a lovely lake surrounded by lots of seating, and inhabited by many waterfowl, which is another lovely place to sit and relax for a few minutes and an adorable little enclosure of rabbits and guinea pigs which you are free to enter in order to not only picnic but encounter the animals who would happily allow you to approach and pet them, on our visit there were several baby rabbits hopping around happily which captured the hearts of not only me and the kids but my manly husband too. The other section of the park, whether it's designed to be or not, is a bit more sprawling but worth the effort. Whereas much of the earlier layout of the park is paved with tarmac this section is still made up of gravel pathways, it's not the most wheelchair or buggy friendly of areas and the terrain is certainly more hilly, although there were notices up stating that work would be underway soon and these areas would be paved over which would be a real benefit and make touring this section a lot easier and more enjoyable. Despite the obvious effort this area was going to require I was determined to make the most of the zoo and so we headed off in the direction of the Blackbuck, small deer like creatures, and the cheetah. We passed enclosures starring Rhea, Cranes, Capybara, Alpaca, fought our way through some slightly overgrown nettles and eventually came upon the Cheetah enclosure, although saying that Dave did turn to me and complain about not being able to spot any just as one strolled past the glass separating us from it. The enclosure itself was smaller then I had imagined but the animals seemed happy enough, there was a viewing platform allowing you to view the entire enclosure from a height and also a covered area where you could see the animals as the walked from one section of their enclosure to the next, this was wonderful for the kids as they stood mere inches away from this incredible big cat. Having spent a fair while admiring the Cheetah we moved on, back up the hill and past the Wallaby encounter zone, a talk was just starting and we could have fed the animals if we'd wanted to but with Elsa still being so small we thought best of it and moved on again narrowly avoiding being spat at by some Alpaca in a neighbouring enclosure. One of the things I take into consideration when I choose a zoo to visit with the children is the range of animals, after all there seems little point in travelling for 2 hours if we're only going to see the same creatures we could see at our local zoo, which only takes 20 minutes to get to and cost's us nothing to enter as we're annual members. We were certainly not let down by Exmoor zoo and while the old favourites were present, like the previously mentioned meerkats and wonderfully cute otters, there were some truly incredible animals making their homes in Exmoor. Alongside the Cheetahs which really held our interest were maned wolves, bat eared foxes and the stunning black leopard which is naturally billed as the "Exmoor beast" after the legendary big cat that is said to roam the surrounding area, while this creature in particular was quite difficult to spot having taken shelter from the heat in some bushes, it was still a wonderful sight to behold and we were lucky enough to be at the enclosure at the same time as a guide who was able to point out where the animal was hiding. Of all the animals we saw though my real favourite were the sleepy and curious looking tree porcupines, an animal I'd never seen before but truly fell in love with, I have a bit of an odd taste in animals really considering my complete adoration of the naked mole rat, but I digress, draped snoozing over their climbing frame style enclosure the porcupines had the sweetest little faces and I'd have happily smuggled one home with me, oh and of course I can't talk about the animals without mentioning our real family favourite the ring tailed lemurs, which put on a fabulous display for us, chasing around and playing together, even the young baby joined in, it was wonderful and the kids loved them. No family day out would be complete though without the following things- regular bathroom breaks, lunch and a drop by the gift shop. The toilets within the park were pretty small, the ladies only had 2 cubicles which were quite compact but at least they were clean and well kept, there were another set just outside the main entrance which were a little larger but only by one cubicle, there are disabled toilets and baby change facilities provided but with Elsa now potty trained and baby3 still on the inside we had no need to use these, it always seemed like quite a trek to get to them though and you wouldn't want to be confronted by a desperate child if you're at the opposite end of the zoo to where the toilets are. The café too was pretty small and although there was seating outside as well as indoors I'd hate to see what it would be like during busy peak periods when everyone is fighting for spaces, at least there were a lot of baby chairs available. They had quite a reasonable menu with everything from sandwiches to larger meals, hot and cold drinks and puddings. With prices starting from £1.00 it's the most reasonable I've seen in regards to prices and pretty family friendly too offering some very simple options including jam sandwiches, which I've never seen listed on a menu before, still if you've got a fussy eater in your group then the options are perfect, you're bound to find something. As it was we settled for some generous and delicious pieces of warm chocolate cake and clotted cream, the kids had cookies and we got drinks to go round, a yummy and generously portioned round of snacks for under £10, bargain! Now do you remember that friendly member of staff I mentioned earlier, well here's where we bumped into her again, for the main desk is also connected to the café and the gift shop and the poor love seemed to be manning it all on her own! Still she served us with the same level of friendliness as we'd received on the desk and I couldn't help but wonder how she managed to stay quite so happy and helpful considering the amount of jobs she had to do. The gift shop was really very cramped, 2 small aisles of animal related toys, gifts and branded goods, the prices were ok but strangely higher then we'd found at Longleat safari Park, with less options available, still we chose a fridge magnet to remember the day and went to the desk to pay for our item, which turned out to be the opposite side of the entry desk and of course there was no staff available as she was off in the café so we had to pay for the magnet there instead, she probably got tired of seeing our faces! Overall we did have a lovely day, we spent just over 2 hours in the zoo and while I would have liked to stay longer Dave wanted to head off to a local beach so the kids could make sandcastles. I was very impressed with the range of animals on display and the kids were truly amazed by some of the different species we saw, there were lots of different talks and encounters available which added to the overall experience. The pricing was very reasonable from the food to the entry fee and I was more then happy with what we paid in comparison to the lovely day we had. I would say that a little gardening or maintenance might not go amiss, they could certainly do with improving the front desk/gift shop/café area and naturally the toilet facilities could do with expanding a little, but somehow these things don't spoil the day, having said that though it was quiet while we were there and I'm pretty sure I'd be saying something very different had it been busy and we'd been unable to get about properly. The Technical Bits- The zoo is open daily throughout the year, only closing on December 24th, 25th and 26th and opens from 10 in the morning, depending on the season the closing time changes with times being- March 31st to May 4th 10am - 5pm May 5th to September 15th 10am - 6pm September 16th to November 2nd 10am - 5pm November 3rd to March 30th 10am - 4pm Last entry is 1 hour before closing time although I highly recommend you leave a minimum of 2 hours for a trip just so you don't miss something out. Pricing reflects the seasons to a degree with winter tickets being slightly cheaper, it's worth spending the little extra though and making the most of the lovely grounds, picnic spots and beautiful surrounding areas, of course many of the animals are likely to hide themselves away in the cold weather too. Summer Prices are as follows- Adults- £8.25 Children (3-15)- £6.00 Concessions- £7.25 Under 3- Free Winter Prices are- Adults- £7.25 Children- £5.00 Concessions- £6.25 Under 3- Free For our party of 4 we paid £22.50 which I feel is more then reasonable for all that is offered at the zoo, there's a lot to see and do and it is a very enjoyable family attraction, with animals, encounters, a play area.............it really does have a family friendly feel, uneven terrain aside of course, similar parks we've visited have charged for both Christopher and Elsa despite them being so young, with one park we'd considered visiting wanting to charge Christopher a full adult price because he is more then 92 cm tall, Exmoor Zoo is a fun affordable day out and was well worth the journey for all the fun we had there. I can highly recommend it. Visit WWW.Exmoorzoo.co.uk for more on the park, its events, animals, directions and even a 5 day weather forecast-great for planning your own day out. ---Also on Ciao (Piggypine)