Our day out at Cotswold Wildlife Park
Yesterday we enjoyed a lovely trip to Cotswold Wildlife Park. We had taken Freyja before, just over a year ago, and although we now had to pay for entry for her (being over 3) she got much more out of it this year. Saying that, Emily being only 11 months had a great time too. We had her in the backpack so she was up nice and high, able to see more than she would in the pushchair.
One of the best things about Cotswold Wildlife Park is how close you are able to get to a lot of the animals, be it in the field with the pygmy goats or walking up the wooden viewing platform to get face-to-face with a giraffe. I particularly enjoyed the “Madagascar” exhibit, where you can walk through the enclosure with the lemurs. We were treated to the sight of two tiny lemur twins riding on their mummy’s back – having Emily in the backpack at time I really empathised with her.
In true “days out with kids” fashion, the picnic was all finished by midday. We set the picnic blanket down on a large grassy patch and, after eating, the girls had a lovely run/crawl around. Unfortunately this was right next to the adventure playground which Freyja was drawn to – don’t get me wrong, it is a great playground, and the new treehouse play area which is being built looks like it is going to be awesome, but when there are so many amazing animals to see why would you want to be going down a slide again and again and again?
Both girls really enjoyed a ride on the narrow gauge railway. This was an extra cost of £1 per person over 3 and circles the park giving a good view of all the bigger animals. We did this towards the end of our trip so that Freyja could wave goodbye to all of the animals.
The park is large enough that it doesn’t particularly feel “busy”, yet this was a sunny Sunday. Throughout the park there are plenty of benches/seating areas to rest, take in he surroundings or have something to eat. There are also lots of toilets and baby changing areas dotted around too. The restaurant and refreshment kiosks were (understandably) busy, but the staff working them were friendly and efficient and we finished off visiting the animals with a well-deserves ice cream.
One thing we were particularly impressed with was that we weren’t herded through the gift shop as we left (as you are in most places). It did look lovely, but the girls have more than enough stuffed animals between the pair of them! Freyja said her favourite things about the day were “seeing the animals” and “ice cream” and I think Emily enjoyed the train ride best. Either way, they were both fast asleep within 5 minutes of leaving the car park, which is always a sign of a good day out!