Mummy Took Us To The Zoo

It was the last day of October half term, I needed to nip up to Derbyshire to collect a package, so I had a google around to see what was around the area so I could make a day of it with the children.

After a bit of searching, I came across Blackbrook Zoological Park near Leek in Staffordshire. It looked perfect.

Out in the countryside it was a perfect setting – absolutely breathtaking landscape, and the layout of the 32 acre park was thoughtfully done.

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The zoo specialises in exotic birds and has over 3000 birds, ranging from chickens

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To penguins

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And many others, including my favourites – pelicans which we saw being fed

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They also have a good selection of other animals, including meerkats, tortoise, deer, lemurs & zebra

During our visit, we saw feeding times for the meerkats (they love eggs), the penguin & the pelicans – the children loved this, especially when a sardine got stuck in a branch and the pelicans tried to get it.

There’s a cafe on site, which has a small but decent menu – ranging from sandwiches & panini to burgers. The children had the healthy lunch, which was sandwiches, a handful of crisps, a biscuit, a piece of fruit, a drink & a toy for £3.95. I had a baguette, which came with a side salad, crisps and coleslaw. The service was a little slow, but the staff were apologetic and friendly (the computer in the kitchen had crashed) and the quality of the food was first class.

The children also had a play in the small, but well stocked playground.

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My boy’s favourites were the flamingos

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My girl’s were the penguins.

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We had a fantastic day, and we will be going back. If you decide to visit, the wonderful @raring2gokiddi on twitter can point you in the direction of a voucher to get 1 child in free. If you’re not on twitter, the website is here: Raring2go (change location to Derby, and go to the link for vouchers).

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