Friday, 18 March 2016

DAY OUT: Marwell Zoo, Hampshire

While we were down in Hampshire on holiday we visited Marwell Zoo, which is a 140-acre zoo perfect for a fun filled family day out. They have a fantastic range of animals, including giraffes, hippos, tigers, snow leopards and my personal favourite...penguins! There are also five adventure playgrounds, road and rail trains, extensive gardens to explore, gift shop, cafes, picnic areas and Wild Explorers. Plenty for children to discover, while the fact they have baby-changing facilities and an area to heat up baby food makes it the perfect place to visit with a baby too. Fun fact - decades and decades ago my grandparents were going to buy Marwell house before it was converted into a zoo!

  
^All dressed up and ready for the zoo!^
 
We hadn't taken Isabella to a zoo/wildlife park prior to visiting Marwell Zoo and she was so interested in all of the animals, especially the Meerkats. She kept pointing at them when they'd disappear down a hole, so cute! Throughout the Marwell Zoo there are plenty of opportunities for children to see the animals without having to be lifted up or even leave the pushchair. There were glass panels, steps and barred walkways. These features enabled Isabella to really get the most out of our day at the zoo
 
Throughout Marwell Zoo there are various animal stamps (like the one above) you can collect as you're going round, as part of their Explorers Trial. This is such a fun activity for children and a great way of encouraging younger children to recognise different animals.  
 
We had such a fun day at Marwell Zoo and can't recommend it highly enough if you're ever in the area. 

What's your favourite family day out?

Feel free to leave a comment :)

Helen x
   
*We were invited to visit Marwell Zoo in return for a review. All opinions are my own and completely honest.
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8 comments

  1. ah great photos! We live in Dorset so visit Marwell a couple of times a year. It's such a lovely zoo with so much to see. My little boy is a big fan of the gift shop!! #picknmix

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  2. This looks a fab place to visit definitly going on my list
    Thanks for linking to the Binkylinky

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  3. Looks like a lovely day out. Our girls love the zoo and farm. Thanks for linking to the #binkylinky X

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  4. oh we love visiting zoo's. The one in Sydney and Melbourne are our favorites so far! I love it when they have "Display Glass" so that little ones can still see the animals.
    Love the picture of your daughter with the Giraffe height chart - really does show how tall Giraffes can get :)

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  5. We take our kids to Marwell most years - they love the meerkats, the little steam train and the giraffes! It's a great place, plenty big enough without being too overwhelming. #binkylinky

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  6. Looks like a lovely day out. I've not been there before but it looks great, planning on taking Ava to a Safari Park soon. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

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  7. Thank you for sharing this! We're actually off to Marwell this month for our sons first birthday. We've never been so we're really exited!

    #myfavouritetrip

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  8. Wow, looks like a great day out. My little boy would love seeing the giraffes! I bet Isabella had a lot of fun. Gorgeous photos! Thanks for linking up to #MyFavouriteTrip Polly x

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