This isn’t a sponsored post. BrumHour was invited to the media day at Twycross Zoo.
By Julie Wallis
A Day Out at Twycross Zoo
After a short (30 minute) drive up the M42 to Junction 11 then down the A444 for 3 miles; #BrumHour Dave plus my teenage granddaughter and I arrived at Twycross Zoo. It’s 10am on a Saturday morning in early July. We are here for the unveiling of the brand new tiger enclosure. So brand new in fact that the landscaping was still taking place and the earth movers were still in the enclosures.
This surprising “little zoo” is actually much bigger than I had imagined. I’d heard of Twycross zoo, but I had never been before and what a lovely day we had here exploring the acres of Primates, Big Cats, and Birds etc.
I must admit my favourite zoo animals are always the Big Cats but the Lorikeets were a real treat too. We even had the opportunity to feed these wonderfully friendly, brightly coloured birds as little tubs of food are available most of the day (check for availability). As well as having lots of lovely space for the animals, there is also a play area complete with a bit of a water park area, perfect for hot days, this small play area features a small splash area for little ones.
Having met the new tigers and seen their new enclosures we made a day of exploring the rest of Twycross Zoo and that meant we saw lots of animals but eventually it was time for food so we went to the restaurant which serves that perennial favourite, fish and chips! A great choice for fast food, we were served super fast and appreciated the lovely staff who were working hard to keep this busy restaurant clean and tidy.
I’d thought Twycross was a “small zoo”, but I was mistaken as we did get kind of lost, we did have to ask for help to find the exit at the end of the day, so it’s not that small at all.
Famous for its primates there are lots of other animals there too, the giraffes had got quite a good crowd and I was a bit sad that the prairie dogs were being shy.
It took us less than an hour to drive there from just south of Birmingham and although I did use my sat-nav it was well signposted with a large, well-organised car park when we did arrive. We all enjoyed our visit here, even the teenager said she had had a good day out!
Find out more about Twycross Zoo which is open from 10am-5pm daily. Book online here: twycrosszoo.org