Over the past week you may have seen over on my social media accounts that we recently took a family trip over to Hamerton Zoo Park for my partners birthday. Day trips as a whole for us are generally aimed at meeting the children’s needs and likes but I just knew that my partner would enjoy a day out to see some monkeys at the very least.
Hamerton Zoo Park is just on the outskirts of Cambridgeshire making it a less than 40 minute car journey from our home in Bedford which meant that we didn’t have grumpy children from a long car journey when we arrived.
The zoo park is smaller than most UK zoo’s but that didn’t mean that we saw any less animals. From meerkats to flamingos, tigers and an anteater we were pleasantly surprised to see so many different animals – and up close too! Many of the animals shared enclosures peacefully and if the animals were awake the actual lay out of the zoo and their enclosures meant that we were able to be really near to many of the animals. I have never been so close to a tiger before!
With our children being slightly older it meant that as they were able to read independently they really enjoyed that each animal had their own description sheets near to them so that they knew what animal they were looking for in each area. We have been to farms and other attractions with animals on show and I don’t think the children have enjoyed them as much as they enjoyed Hamerton Zoo Park. Besides the tigers being all in one part of the park we really enjoyed seeing the different types of animals as we took a slow wander around. In the space of 100 metres we were able to see vultures, snakes and meerkats!!!
The park has a train ride for a small extra charge that takes you around a little area and even though we didn’t choose to ride it on this occasion it was so lovely to see the driver smiling and waving at passer-bys. The train plays a little jingle that got stuck in my partners head meaning that every so often he would hilariously burst into song whilst we were driving home.
In one area of the park you are even able to get hands on with feeding small lambs and goats as we marvelled at quite how tall camels really are.
The actual play park at Hamerton is split into two with a small area being dedicated for under 5s which included a very small but cute swing. Normally we find that parks are aimed at older children OR toddlers especially if they are part of a larger attraction park so it was so lovely to find that the main adventure park area was suited for our children. It was really nice for the children to have a run around and not need to concentrate on exploring after they had their lunch.
We had taken a picnic to enjoy in the covered picnic area next to the small cafe and gift shop but we did get to try out a few treats from the cafe that were not too pricey when we fancied a little sit down when the rain started to fall. And that’s the thing it may be summer but the rain still arrived! We were really happy to find that a lot of the park had shade/rain covers along the walk ways in between the animals which meant that the weather wasn’t able to spoil our day out.
The children loved that they had a penny press to use to create a mini souvenir of their day out and when we had a look around the gift shop before leaving we found that nothing was extortionate in cost either!
The zoo is opened from 10am – 5.30pm in the summer and 10am – 5pm in the winter.
|Adult||£13.99 per person|
|Children (3-12 years inclusive)||£8.99 per person|
|Children under 3||FREE|
|Senior||£12.99 per person|
|Registered disabled Adult*||£12.99 per person|
|Carer* accompanying Disabled Person||£12.99 per person|
*Prices are for individual disabled adult or carer and proof must be shown
Address: Hamerton Zoo Park, Hamerton, Nr Sawtry, Cambs, PE28 5RE
We were given free entry into the zoo park and a refreshment voucher for the purpose of this review.
If you are planning on visiting Hamerton Zoo Park this summer you can currently download a voucher which entitles you to 10% of the ticket price which will make a family day out even cheaper or why not try entering my giveaway to win a family ticket (two adults & two children)!
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