I always try and make sure each school holiday, I have a special day with the kids. October half term we ventured to Bristol to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
Because of being a working Mummy, I have the constant struggle of mixing childcare and working. I am lucky I am able to do some work from home which helped this half term. Before we was finding Josie was getting bored at holiday camp and it is such a long day. To make up for this I like to do something with both of the kids as a treat, this time we chose Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm which for us is less than an hour away, which hosts Europes longest hedge maze.
I have been wanting to go here for a while but is one of those places we had not got round to visiting. We booked the night before on the website which is easy and user friendly. Straight away I liked the fact the tickets are valid for a year from the date of booking. With the UK weather drastically changing every available opportunity and the fact of whenever we arrange something one of us is normally sick, this was an excellent find. Luckily for us though we picked the loveliest day all of that week to go.
On arrival there is a huge car park with plenty of parking, and 4 ticket stations which enables low queues, we went straight through with no queing. The park is beautiful and surrounded by fields. I hadn’t realised Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is actually also a working farm. We first went to see the Rhinos who were eating their breakfast. I was blow away by how close up we were, I have never seen a rhino so close. The giraffes were also eating so we got to go in the giraffe house and see from upstairs. The kids absolutely loved this.
If we weren’t gobsmacked enough by how close to the rhinos we were, then we were about to be gobsmacked by how close to the Tigers we were. Every time we go to rival zoo places, we especially never get to see the big cats. If we do it is from a distance. The lions were asleep in the big cat house, but I couldn’t get over again how close up we was. I wasn’t able to get a picture of this due to the bright sunshine glaring, but I never realised how big lions paws are.
The elephant eden is beautiful. They have so much room to roam, and a beautiful state of the art elephant house. We unfortunately missed the keepers talks on the zoo animals as didn’t really keep track of time. The play areas are kept up and great condition. We are planning to definitely go in the summer when less muddy. We had a good old family picnic at the play area looking at the elephants and goats. One tip we found was go to the gift shop first if you want to get animal food, we didn’t see the signs but done this later on as walked back round.
Next we walked to the Animal Show, we got to see up close many farm animals and learn about them in a fun learning experience from one of the keepers. We got to see a mixture of animals from chicks, goats, donkeys and a jersey cow. After the show we went through to the Animal Handling part, the kids loved holding a bunny and guinea pig. The only downside was this area could do with being bigger or more organised. There was the same kids getting to hold all of the animals and many was waiting and getting restless. This is mainly due to the space I think and hard to move around. But never less the kids loved it when they got their turn.
We spotted Rowan’s favourite vehicle, the tractor ride. Unfortunately Mummy hardly ever carries cash and totally forgot to take some with me and no cash points on the premises. I asked on the of chance wether they had a card machine and the kind girl said we can get on the ride that was due to go and go and pay in the gift shop after. I was blown away by how kind this was, other places I have been too would not have done this and it went a really long way. The kids loved the tractor going fast down hills and having a bumpy ride. The same girl done a fabulous talk about the history of Noah’s Ark and we got to see the most amazing views and even seeing the Severn Bridge into Wales. I was shocked at the amount of parents refusing their kids a trip on the tractor from complaining of the £2 price, but we absolutely loved this.
Then we heard the Gibbon Monkeys. The only way to explain the high screeched noises was how the kids argue and shout after school while your trying to cook dinner or on the phone, the similarity was uncanny really. The kids loved this, and Rowan won’t bloody stop making the screaming noise LOL!
We had a play in the soft play, which is catered for all ages. They kids loved this part too, and you could spend plenty of time here if a wet day and trying to stay dry. Normally I find the toddler bit is sparse at places like this, but the baby and toddler section was amazing. Rowan loved it that he could even go off on his own, everything was safe for him.
There is plenty of places to eat at the park, but we chose to take our picnic so can’t comment on the food but from what we seen it looked lovely. We will try the food next time. I found the price reasonable and will definitely be going again. I also want to look at their keeper experiences next year as Josie would love the experience for her birthday. Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is by far my new favourite place to go. Normally I get passes when I can as we don’t have to worry about days out, but I am undecided if this would personally work out for us, but will look into this next year possibly. The fact that I can take Rowan on my own too as not far would be ideal, especially to their toddler events.
We are planning on going to Christmas at The Ark which is on from November 30th. I love the fact this is all included in the price. See more below:
Have you ever wondered how Christmas became a celebration of lights, food and festivity? Well now you can find out on our History & Mystery of Christmas tour. Visitors will follow the illuminated trail on their mission to find St Nick and claim their delicious reward. The trail – lit with hundreds of Christmas lights – journeys through the Elephant Christmas tree forest and finishes in the N-Shed where St Nick is hiding. Entry to the History and Mystery tour and illuminated trail is included in the day ticket price. On Saturdays there will also be special carol and nativity performances.
One thing I want to point out is, how friendly the staff was. I honestly have not been anywhere where every member was so polite and helpful. Especially to the kind girl on the tractor ride, this really made the day more special be her generousity. Both kids highly loved our day, and I cannot recommend this excellent place enough. If you are planning on visiting, please note the park is closed on Sundays.
See below for our Instagram video of our fantastic fun filled day at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
Have you been to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm before?