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What a great day out, for everyone!
Twycross Zoo (Warwickshire)
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Twycross Zoo (Warwickshire)
Advantages: All of it - gift shop, helpful staff, lovely place to visit
Disadvantages: Can't think of any!
I can't really praise Twycross Zoo enough for how enjoyable it is there! Now firstly, I must tell you that I do love animals (so they win on their first selling point!) but other than that, its enjoyable and interesting. Right where to begin..
Animals--> So like I said, animals are very important in my life, and so being to see such a wide range of them, expands my knowledge further of them. The range is fantastic. Monkeys, elephants, meerkats, deer, donkeys, exotic birds, owls, reptiles.. I mean there are over a thousand. It's quite a large site, so will take you plenty of time to walk around and spend a day there. There are message boards next to the animals that give you a brief description of their species, age, name and other details which is great.
Cost--> Like any 'day' out e.g. a theme park, its not cheap. But there are often some fantastic deals going on (look for these) and for over 60's there is a £5 ticket. An adult ticket is £14.50 for an all inclusive, which means you can be popping in and out of the extras all day (e.g. the Himalaya park and the tropical zoo). Under 16's is around £10, and there are deals for families and groups. This is a brilliant activity for kids, and I know schools often have this as a trip out, which is a fantastic educational learning activity.
Place--> Having quite a large car park is great, because half way through (especailly on a sunny day) it's great to take a picnic and go back to the car, or the picnic areas which are inside the zoo. There are a couple of cafes on site (but these are quite pricey) so I would take a picnic. There is a lovely gift shop there, and its not too expensive (really!). Baby changing facitilies, first aid, ice-cream shops and toilets are all there as standard, but also nice to know where they are - so I advise to get a map.
Extras--> They are constantly updating the Zoo, with new places to go e.g. the tropical house, and new things to do all the time. They also do fantastic things for charity. I would recommend you to do gift aid, which goes towards a few animal charities, and doesn't cost you anything. The care the staff have for the animals is also fantastic to see, really makes you smile when you realise how much they love working with animals.
On a lovely sunny day it is even better, but I think it is such a fabulous place to visit, if you can get a voucher or a deal too - even better. Take a picnic and have a lovely day out. If there's one thing to know, you'll definitely come away having leant something! If you live close aswell there's no excuse, do it! Something different!
Summary: Brilliant day out, families, couples, day with the kids, day with friends! Great!
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