Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Family Days Out: West Midlands Safari Park

There’s nothing more fun than heading out for a day trip with the family - we wanted something new to do and Millie loves animals, so we thought we’d visit West Midlands Safari Park! I’ve been once before but Adam and Millie have never been - knowing that it’s a complete day out we packed a Picnic and set out to enjoy ourselves! 

Although it is predominately a drive around Safari Park, there is also a small walk around park with animals housed inside and lots of things to do including small theme park rides, a Dinosaur park with interacting and moving Dinosaurs, arcades and animal sanctuary’s to visit. There are also numerous cafes and places to grab something to eat but I do recommend taking your own food as it works out cheaper.

Located on the other side of Birmingham, it took us around 1 hour 40 minutes to get there so it was a bit of a trec but definitely worth it! I recommend getting there as early as you can too because it just gets so busy! If you book online it’s £18.00 per adult and £13.50 for children between 3-15 years old, but this also includes a free return ticket - great if you’re local enough but it doesn’t make a difference if you’re not prepared to drive the extra miles to go again in a short space of time.

 



There are places that you can get up close and personal with the animals too - being able to feed goats and birds and also seeing the meerkats is really cool too! You can choose what you do first in regards to the safari or the park itself, the drive around takes between 45-60 minutes depending on how many times you stop and of course, how many others are in front of you. It can get really busy so pick your time right - if you see that there’s quite a few cars in there when you first arrive, park up and walk around first as it will make it more worthwhile. 

I worried that Millie would get bored on the drive around the park but you’re allowed to have your child on your lap as there is a 5mph speed limit, just try to keep them strapped in or away from the windows as much as you can. They do advise that you have your windows up as much of the time as possible too, just for safety but it’s so funny seeing the animals try and interact and feed them too! (PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE NO MONKEYS AT WEST MIDLANDS SAFARI PARK)

The Lions are caged in too and it’s important to keep your windows up through here, obviously but the rest of the park is quite laid back and it really is amazing seeing all of the animals so close up. Millie absolutely loved it! You can buy special food for certain animals and it states on the box which animals are OK to feed so please read this carefully. Remember to keep some hand sanitiser with you too so you can give your hands a wash down after feeding any! 

My favourites to see were definitely the Giraffes. They were running around and having so much fun it was so cute to watch - Millie loved seeing the Lions and Meercats and I loved watching the Sealions too! There’s so much to see and do and it really is a great day out for all the family.