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Off to the zoo!
Hamerton Zoo Park (Sawtry)
Member Name: helen190390
Hamerton Zoo Park (Sawtry)
Advantages: great day out for adults and kids
Arriving at Hamerton Zoo Park
When we arrived, parking was free so we set down and headed for the ticket booth. As Hollie was under 3 at the time, she was free for the day and us three adults were £9.50 each.
When entering we decided to follow it round starting at the birds. They had some lovely birds but also some which terrified me and Hollie.
They had some beautiful flamingos, storks and owls but some of the scary ones like vultures were ones I didn't want to stop near to see for too long. We made our way round all of the animals and nearer the end saw an array of parrots.
What animals did we see?
I think at certain points there are different animals as a friend I spoke to about Hamerton said she visited not too long ago and saw a few more animals to when we did. There is a pretty random selection of animals here. I've written a list of all animals I can remember seeing at the time when we visited. We plan to go back again this summer with my partner as the prices were so good.
Cheetahs, tigers, Zebras, donkeys, huge selection of birds, wolves, reindeer, alpacas, camels, anteaters, smaller cats and meer cats, different species of primates, reptiles and lots more.
The funniest animal we saw that day were the sloths. We had to enter a dark room to see these and wait for our eyes to adjust to the light. They move so slowly and Hollie's granddad joked and said to Hollie, "they do move faster than your daddy does though!".
There is also a section with goats, sheep and other farm type animals that the children can buy grains to feed the animals. We didn't get a chance to do this as the weather wasn't too great and it wasn't the right time of year for us to do this.
My favourite section of the zoo
My favourite section was definitely the primates. The monkeys were talking to each other, swinging off tree branches and playing with each other. They all looked extremely happy in their home. They house lots of different species of primate here. We say howler monkeys, lemurs, Marmosets, Tamarins which look like little punk monkeys with spiked up white hair and gibbons of what I can remember seeing. Zoo's seem to add or take away animals often or change them around so there could be more additions to the monkey sanctuary.
I didn't much enjoy looking at the birds too much. Some of them looked pretty terrifying and were enjoying eating some raw meat. I can't remember the name of any of the birds as they all have extremely crazy names. The one that did stand out to me though were the vultures. These birds were the most terrifying to me. They stare right at you looking at you like something to eat!
Hollie's favourite section of the zoo
As a 2 nearly 3 year old, Hollie was very lively and interested in all of the animals wanting to watch them all and stand at each different cage for almost 10 minutes even if the animals were sleeping. Hollie really liked looking at the smaller animals. She liked the meer cats, squirrels and chipmunks and the sloth's inside the dark room.
I wouldn't say Hollie enjoyed the monkeys too much though like I did. She was a bit scared of those as they made a lot of noise and are very loud. She wanted to move on quickly from them and seemed a bit jittery standing near the enclosure.
Other things to do
They have a kids play area which we spent around 2 hours in after visiting the animals. We took along a picnic so we didn't have to buy anything in the coffee shop. I didn't even enter the coffee shop so this part of the zoo I can't tell you much about other than it sold snacks, sandwiches, hot and cold drinks or sweet treats.
They had some benches where the children's play area was so we all sat there to eat so Hollie could wonder off when she wanted to and play on the fun climbing frames, swings and other bits. There was a section for babies and toddlers and also the bigger children. Hollie has never liked baby areas and always shoots straight off to the "big kids toys".
Before leaving there is a gift shop you can visit. I thought the gift shop was brilliant. It wasn't expensive and they sold things which were zoo orientated rather than being a load of junk you could get from any old shop. Hollie chose a tiger foam mask for £1 and picked up a monkey teddy bear for £3. She loved being a tiger on the car journey home and soon fell asleep with it on.
I would recommend this zoo to anyone who wants a cheaper day out. The ticket prices are great and you can always make it cheaper by taking your own lunches. I do however think it isn't something you could spend the whole day at. We arrived at around 10.45am and we were back home by 3pm. I think Hollie being tired and bored was the reason we left but hopefully when we visit next time, she will want to hang around a bit more.
The zoo itself is small and perfect to take smaller children to as there isn't too much walking to do for their little legs. It is also good for the bigger kids as there is a lot of different animals there for them to learn about. There were some signs up on the cages to tell the names of some of the animals and a little about them. This was nice for us to learn about different species and see animals I hadn't ever seen before or knew existed.
I can't wait for this summer to be able to take her back there and hopefully feed some of the animals they have there. Hopefully the next time we visit we will be able to go to feed the animals, so that's a possibility for us when we take our next trip. All in all we had a brilliant day out and Hollie thoroughly enjoyed herself and we came back with lots of memories.
Where is the park and how much is it?
From setting off at my house, we took a 45 minute drive to the zoo. It was a pleasant drive through Hamerton as the town is very beautiful.
Hamerton Zoo Park
Prices for the day:
Adults - £9.50
Children - £6.50
Senior Citizens - £8.50
Under 3's - FREE
Everyday 10.30am-6pm summer time
Closed christmas day and boxing day.
I give Hamerton Park Zoo 5/5 stars for being a great day out and for having great prices for entry.
Thanks for reading my review
Summary: hamerton zoo, small but brilliant