This past month has been very exciting for the Newby Tribe, with 2 birthdays coming hot on the heels of each other. Little Miss turned 7 at the beginning of June, and Little Sir has just turned 5! Last year we decided to have birthday parties for both of the children, but it was so much work that this year we made the decision to have a special day for them each instead! So when we were offered the chance to visit Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire for Little Sir’s birthday, we jumped at the chance. The children absolutely adore animals, and we’ve visited several zoos over the years, but we’d never had the opportunity to visit Hamerton Zoo Park, so this seemed like an opportune time! We did a little research before we went (I can’t bear to go somewhere without having an idea about what it would be like) and were delighted to read that they have animals at the zoo that you don’t normally find in UK zoos. So we set off for the day with one really excited almost 5 year old to explore the zoo.
The first thing we noticed when we arrived at Hamerton Zoo Park was how green and open it was! There were wallabies roaming the grounds in the middle, and lots of different large fenced in areas with different species of monkeys. It was lovely to see how natural it all looked, with big spaces for the monkeys to climb, and toys for them to play on.
The children absolutely loved seeing the wallabies. I don’t think we’ve ever seen a white one which caused a lot of conversation about the different colours between the children. But the best thing was seeing a mother wallaby with her joey. I could have stood and watched them for hours – it was utterly beautiful to watch. But the children were so eager to see the other animals that we headed off round the rest of the park.
Hamerton Zoo Park is a lovely sized park – really easy to get around and you don’t feel like you are walking too far to see another animal. We were delighted to see tortoises, monkeys, so many different species of birds and so many animals we’d never come across before like the beautiful Tayra and stunning Grey Necked Crowned Crane. One of the best things was, because neither Paul or I knew these animals, we were all learning together and encouraging the children to read the information written – can’t beat a bit of reading on a day out!
Another fantastic thing about Hamerton Zoo Park was how close to the animals we could get! We had some wonderful views of the monkeys and loved watching the gibbon eating a pomegranete – which caused much laughter amongst the children! It was a good way to encourage them to eat more fruit as well!
And of course a trip to a zoo isn’t complete without watching the meerkats!
After watching all the animals, and having a great ride on the train around the big cat area, the children were very ready for lunch. We headed to the cafe, which is on the small side, but had a good selection of sandwiches, crisps and hot food (think burgers and hot dogs!). It wasn’t very busy so our food came out in good time – and the best thing was we could sit and eat whilst the children explored the playground!
We could have spent hours at the playground as the equipment was so unusual. There was the climbing tower, windy slide and rope bridge, as well as a zip wire, a huge log swing, a maze and the most enormous climbing spiders web, to name just a few. The playground is fully fenced in, so we could relax without worry whilst the children ran off some steam before heading home!
We had such a wonderful day at Hamerton Zoo Park. It’s a much smaller zoo than some of the other ones we have visited, but it was all the better for it! We had so much more space to see the animals, and weren’t being jostled by hundreds of people – perfect for the children. Hamerton Zoo Park is in Cambridgeshire and really well signposted – we had no problems finding it. It’s very wheelchair and pushchair friendly, with no hills or too much uneven pavement to worry about – and very very family friendly. The staff we met were really knowledgeable and happy to chat to us about the different animals that we saw! We couldn’t have had a better day out for Little Sir’s 5th birthday.
The lovely people at Hamerton Zoo Park have offered a Family Day Pass (for up to 2 adults and 3 children) for one of The Newby Tribe readers worth over £50. If you’d love a great day out, please enter via the Gleam giveaway below – and good luck! Take a look over at www.hamertonzoopark.com for more information on a great day out!
Disclosure: We were kindly sent tickets for Hamerton Zoo Park in return for an honest review. All opinions are our own.