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A day at Blackpool zoo

Published April 21, 2017 by Bizzimummy

On Wednesday we took a family day out to Blackpool zoo. We have been before but Izebella was very little then so probably doesn’t remember much from her first trip.

Blackpool zoo is located close to Stanley park and costs about £6.00 by taxi from the centre of Blackpool. I believe there are also a few buses that take you straight there. There are signposts throughout Blackpool directing drivers towards the zoo too.

The first thing we saw when we got into the zoo was a big dinosaur area. Of course these creatures died millions of years ago but they are really big and lifelike. Once past the dinosaurs it’s time to meet some very much alive creatures like this gorgeous guy. 

Many of you may know that I absolutely love tortoises and even have one myself, tho he is much much smaller than this giant species. I would absolutely love one of these in my garden. 

Blackpool zoo has so many animal species including big and little mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and even a few bugs. Here’s just a few I managed to snap.


I found the big cats fascinating, being so close to them and only separated by a wall of glass. 

There are lots of monkey type species including gorillas, these are kept far away for obvious reasons but can still be easily viewed. There is an orang-u-tan enclosure where we could watch them  high up and Amazonia where small monkeys are in the trees all around us and often jump down right in front of us along with tropical birds flying around. 

There are lots of really interesting and unusual animals too such as Tapirs and other animals rarely seen. 

The small farm area is great for kids. It’s located in a barn and contains pigs, sheep, goats, llamas, donkeys, rabbits and a few other more well known farm friends. They even let you hold and touch smaller animals at certain times of the day and feed them.

We spent a good 4 hours at the zoo, walking around, seeing the animals, farm visit, sea lion show and dinner at the restaurant. A family meal deal consists of 2 adult meals and 2 kids with drinks for £18.00. It is similar to McDonalds with choices of burgers and nuggets so not too bad a price. 

There are toilets located all around the zoo, gift shops, and a park area too. 

Adult tickets start from £13.99 depending on date and child tickets are slightly discounted. It is cheaper to book online prior to arriving and discounts are given on family tickets too. 

Find out more at Blackpool zoo.

Illuminasia Blackpool

Published April 22, 2014 by Bizzimummy

Illuminasia is a brand new attraction in Blackpool. It opened to the public last Friday. We had the pleasure of being one of the first to view it as we were invited to a special preview the day before it opened.
illuminasia is located inside the Winter Gardens in the centre of Blackpool. It is just a short walk from the north train station and a few minutes from the Tower.

Illuminasia is an amazing indoor light display. Almost like bringing the illuminations inside. Illuminasia has a very oriental inspiration, blending the Chinese craft of latern making with modern day technology. Thousands of square feet brimming with illuminous colourful exhibits.

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We arrived at the Illumiasia entrance about 10.30. As this is a brand new attraction, they were not quite ready for us. We returned a little later and were greeted by a “Glow bot” who seemed to keep the kids entertained whilst waiting.

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We were led into a large room contains lots of brightly lit up Chinese soldiers. On the ceiling were hundreds of Chinese lanterns. There was a short talk and then onto another room where we were greeted by a big Chinese emperor.

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After seeing the emperor we followed a path round and spotted a few other rooms and exhibits which unfortunately were not quite ready that day. I think the planetarium was one of these rooms which did look quite good from what we saw of it.

Land of the giants, seemed to be the main room and was really spectacular. It was like being in an Alice in Wonderland garden. Huge bright creatures everywhere and massive pretty flowers. There was so much to see and little Izebella kept saying “wow, look”

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Some colourful fish and sharks certainly caught our eye. The whole display was just beautiful.

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This was then followed by some wonders of the world which of course included the Blackpool Tower.

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At the end of our Illuminasia tour was a spectacular laser show which was enjoyed by all.

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Illuminasia lasts about an hour. It is certainly worth a visit if you are already in or going to Blackpool as an additional attraction. It opens at 11am daily and closes at 6pm.
We enjoyed our visit despite certain rooms not yet being ready. It would be nice to perhaps return again in a few months to see the other exhibits or any further additions in a few weeks when they are more up and ready.
Details of the illuminasia attraction can be found via their website .

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