Saturday, 30 May 2015

Day trip - Yorkshire Wildlife Park

The other week I went on a college trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, from Nottingham it took us just over an hour to get there. Although free to us, tickets are reasonably priced ranging for £3 to £16 max. 

Yorkshire wildlife park is a 70 acre park and prides it self on its conservation efforts, its home to animals such as polar bears, tigers, lions, anteaters, baboons and more. The park is broken up into sections such as the Woodland trail, African plains, Lion country etc. Although large, the park is relatively easy to navigate round so you won't miss out seeing any particular animals. You can read more about the animals they have here. It is also a great place for kids with plenty of play areas and seating.



The first animals we encountered were the baboons, I love watching these, they are playful, mischievous and there were lots of little babies exploring the world around them. Next were the painted dogs, these animals are so beautiful, I love the colours of their fur and when they run it's so elegant and delicate but super fast at the same time. It was at this point I really admired their enclosure, it went out into a wooded area which is a nice touch! The enclosures throughout the park didn't disappoint, they were large and had plenty of enrichment, although some do look like the animals could easily escape but I like the open feel that gives for the animals and the people who have come to visit. 

There are also plenty of opportunities to get up close to some of the animals there, there are three walk with the animals. The Lemurs were really fun, they ran every where, I witnessed one trying to steal fruit from out of a pram, there was teeny, tiny lemur babies and one almost frightened me to death when it ran out in front of me. 

The hogs were actually one of my favourite animals there, I just thought they were adorable and sweet.. The polar bears were also great to watch, they had two bears and one of them was happily swimming around, diving under the water and playing with an inflatable ball. They are currently building enclosures to house more polar bears as part of their Project Polar. Another animal I got to see was an anteater, I couldn't get a good photo of this due to him being inside at the time, but anteaters are such odd animals (in a good way) 

The animals I was most looking forward to were the big cats, in particular the tigers since they are my favourite animals! However, they were snoozing as most tigers do during the day, as were the Lions apart from two playful lioness'. I was hoping that the tiger cubs would be out for our visit but they wasn't. Now at this point all the animals we had encountered seemed happy and not stressed, that was until we got to the Leopard, he was pacing up and down in the same spot over and over, it was hard and sad to watch. I'm not entirely sure why he was doing this, or if he does this everyday, we did walk around the park twice and we went back to this area an hour later and he was still in the same spot! My sister's going to this park next week so I am keen to find out if he's still pacing on the day she goes.  I just hope he isn't!

When we went to see the giraffes we were just in time to see them getting let out and feeding, Giraffes are one of those animals that take my breath away, for starters you don't grasp how tall they are until you see them in real life and secondly, even though they are tall, they are incredibly majestic and agile. Meerkats will always be one of those animals you have to go see they are cheeky, playfun and it's fun to watch them run around. There's also a chance to get up and close to the wallaby's can you spot the baby?

Overall, the park was a good day out but we was there for over three hours and it didn't take us long to walk around, hence the second walk. However, if you go with children I can see it taking much longer. I did enjoy my day and I would go again. Has anyone been to  Yorkshire wildlife park before? 

Friday, 29 May 2015

A day trip to London - 'Sight' seeing and the London Eye

Next on the agenda whilst in London was going on the London eye and visiting St. James' park and Buckingham palace. We booked our London Eye tickets online and it states to que 45 minutes prior to your time slot (ours was out five.) The que was really long and didn't seem to be moving at all so we decided to que up around four, surprisingly the que moved really quick and we ended up on the London Eye at around half four! 

This is my second time on the London Eye and I honestly think it's one of those things you have to go on at least once! The views are breath-taking. (The photos aren't as good as I would've like them but my camera had died after the museum.)

If you haven't been on the eye before, each dome can fit around 30 people in with enough space to move around, there is somewhere to sit and also a photo opportunity at the end. The eye takes thirty minutes to go around which goes surprisingly quick. We went on a sunny day so we could see for miles! The London eye feels really organised and effective unlike some tourist attractions. 


After the London Eye we still had over an hour and a half to kill, so we got some food and went to sit in St. James' Park, this was the first time I've ever seen the Pelicans who were first introduced in 1664 as a gift from the Russian Ambassador. They are such beautiful animals. Once we had eaten our food we took a stroll around the park and headed towards Buckingham Palace, a lot of people seem to find the palace underwhelming but I love it every time I see it, I'm hoping next time I go to London I can do the tour inside. 

Have you ever been to London or gone on the eye? Let me know your favourite things to see and do in London! 

Thursday, 28 May 2015

A day trip to London - Sea Life aquarium

We was planning on going to the London Zoo but since the aquarium was closer to the London Eye we decided to go there instead, I've walked past the aquarium every time I've gone to London but this was the first time I went in. We booked our tickets online since it was cheaper than buying on the day, we also got to choose a time slot and opted for 12-4pm, now I thought this was to control the number of people entering the aquarium but I was wrong! 

When we decided to join the que at half two it was so busy and noisy, however the que to be let inside did move rather quickly, on entering you get to walk over a glass platform which was actually one of my favourite parts of the aquarium. I'm always a bit sceptical when it comes to animal enclosures, I like to think they have enough space and are happy and not stressed, but who knows? The enclosures, some were small, others large. Anyway there was loads of animals to see from jellyfish, penguins, a crocodile and more. However, actually getting to see the animals up close in near impossible, it was crowded, there was people pressed up to every enclosure, children running around, it was loud, I got stomped on, pushed into etc. At one point a women actually stopped me from getting closer to the glass and letting someone through with children so they could see inside, which is understandable but I also paid to see these animals and not stare at the backs of peoples heads. 


Saying that though there was rare moments were we got to see inside without anyone being around even if those moments were short lived. When you walk around the aquarium each section is broken up into which region of the world these animals are from, with facts dotted about. I loved the sting-rays, I remember swimming with them when I was younger and one followed me around the whole time I was in the pool with them, there were a few here who kept jumping up and 'waving.' Another favourite was the piranhas, they were so still and memorising to look at, these ones in particular looked liked they had been dipped into gold glitter. There was also a glass tunnel, you can que up to take photos or just walk through, we decided to que up which took a while and it was a big disappointment, I was expecting a long glass tunnel but it was tiny and not worth the queuing at all. 


Overall, it wasn't the best aquarium I've ever been too and certainly wasn't worth the money, maybe I would've enjoyed it more if it was less busy and there was space to move around without being walked into. 

Has anyone been to the Sea Life aquarium in London before, let me know your thoughts. 
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