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.
The zoo specialises in exotic birds and has over 3000 birds, ranging from chickens
And many others, including my favourites – pelicans which we saw being fed
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.
My boy’s favourites were the flamingos
My girl’s were the penguins.
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).