Family Days Out: Twycross Zoo

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With more than 500 animals and 150 species, there’s plenty to see at Twycross Zoo, making it a great family day out.

A visit to the zoo has always been a family favourite treat and what better way to celebrate my daughter Ruby’s fourth birthday than with a visit!

Since our last visit four years ago, there have been lots of changes taking place at Twycross Zoo, with so much more in the pipeline, including a new gibbon enclosure which is currently under construction.

It can be quite expensive visiting a zoo – especially for our family of five – so we booked our tickets in advance online, saving 10 per cent on on-the-day admission prices.

The journey itself was very good, with us reaching our destination in just an hour.

Having booked our tickets online, admission was really easy. We just had to give the booking reference to gain entry.

First up for a visit was the plethora of monkeys – a firm favourite with all of the family.

The children were all transfixed at how they moved and how cute they looked!

All areas of the zoo are signposted although it’s worth using your free map given on entry to help ensure you don’t miss any areas.

One of the highlights of our visit was a visit to see the western lowland gorillas – the adult male was huge! You certainly won’t miss him.

One of the younger male gorillas was looking out of the glass at Kai’s face and started to copy what he was doing, which Kai found hilarious.

But for me, the one thing I really enjoyed here was the new tropical Butterfly Forest exhibit.

I wasn’t sure of what to expect and my breath was literally taken away as soon as we entered.

For one, it’s lovely and warm inside to mimic their natural surroundings.

And there are lots of butterflies flying freely around, landing on people’s heads or shoulders.

The colours of many of the butterflies were very bright and flamboyant.

And there were some that were really big although they were flying too quickly for me to be able to capture on camera!

Just before we left this area, I spotted butterflies feeding on a plate of fruit and was amazed to see butterflies that resembled leaves.

I actually had to convince the children they were in fact real butterflies!

Another highlight for the children (apart from Ella) was the visit to see the rainbow lorikeets.

They are medium sized, colourful birds that are native to Australasia.

As with the butterflies, they had their own enclosure so were flying around freely.

The added bonus here was that you could feed the lorikeets – it costs £1 per nectar pot to feed them.

But a word of warning – watch out where you are standing as you might get pooped on (as the hubby soon found out!)

There really is so much to see here and there are plenty of picnic areas to sit down and relax.

We brought our own picnic – including chocolate birthday cake for Ruby’s birthday!

The only downside we found was that we couldn’t see anywhere near the picnic area to get a hot cup of tea or coffee.

We went around the zoo at our own pace, although there are daily activities that take place throughout the day including presentations on meerkats and giraffes as well as black-headed spider monkey feeds (all activities are detailed on your free map of the zoo).

Opening times

The zoo is open every day, 10am to 6pm. From Sunday, October 27, the zoo will close at 5pm.

Tickets

Adult – £17.95

Child – (three-16) – £12.95

Infant – (under three) – free

Save money – book online

Book your tickets online and you’ll save 10 per cent on the entry price you’d pay on the day. Just visit www.twycrosszoo.org to book.

Upcoming events

There will be 13 days of tricks and treats at Twycross from October 20 to November 1, 2015.

And if you wear fancy dress on the day of your visit, all adults can get in for £13 and all children in costume get in for £7 (gate admission only – not applicable to online bookings).

For more information, visit their website.

Getting there

Twycross Zoo is located on the A444, which can be accessed via the A5 and the M42 at junction 11. Just follow the brown attraction signs. If you’re using Sat Nav, use postcode CV9 3PX.