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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.

Finding Dory at Sealife Manchester 

Published July 22, 2016 by Bizzimummy

SEA LIFE Manchester has teamed up with Disney•Pixar to enable its visitors to share in the antics of this summer’s highly anticipated blockbuster, Finding Dory. Visitors will be led on an interactive trail by one of the new Disney•Pixar movie’s star sea creatures, Hank (voice of Ed O’Neill), a cantankerous Octopus and enjoy watching a teaser trailer of the film before it launches in cinemas on Friday 29th July.

Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory tells the story of Dory’s quest to find her own family, with the help of Nemo and Marlin and new characters like Hank that she meets at a Californian marine rehabilitation centre and aquarium. 

Last weekend we got the chance to visit sealife Manchester which is located at the Trafford centre. We spotted many “Finding Dory” posters around the attraction and also got the chance to view many fabulous sea creatures. 

Sealife is divided into many sections and includes stingray bay, an octopus hideout, ocean tunnels, rock pools, sharks, jellyfish and seahorse areas. 

I found the jellyfish tank pretty spectacular. Lots of them and they seemed to illuminate in the water. Izebella loved the sea horses and also going through the various ocean tunnels where you are surrounded by fish.

At the end of the tour we had the chance to touch star fish and crabs in the rock pool too.

And then it was time for Legoland Manchester which is next to sealife.

Legoland is lots of fun too. You get to learn a little about how Lego is made and get bricks to take home. There is a lazer shoot ghost train type ride and lots of Lego models, some of which are amazing like this one. 

There is a large play area and a few rides for kids to go on, lots of rooms full of Lego to explore and even a nice pink room with karaoke. Then a laser trip type game at the end. 

You can purchase tickets for both attractions as a combo package and save money. Buy tickets here.

Legoland Discovery Centre & Sealife Manchester

Published April 15, 2014 by Bizzimummy

Last weekend we took a lovely trip to the attractions at the Trafford Centre in Manchester.
Both attractions are located in Barton Square in what can only be described as the outside part of the Trafford Centre and the same place where you can find Santa at Christmas time. Both attractions are clearly signposted throughout the Trafford Centre.

Ryan had been asking me to take him here for a long time. Like any boy he loves his bricks and Lego.
The queues for this attraction do get very long. Luckily we had fast tickets but it’s probably a good idea to her there as early as possible as the queue was really long.
After checking in, we arrived in a room which resembled a small version of a Santas workshop with lots of brightly coloured strange machines. We were awaiting the arrival of Mr Brick and whilst waiting there were a few activity stations dotted about for kids to play on.

After a few minutes wait Mr a Brick arrived and gave us a demonstration of how Lego bricks are made. Jordanna even got to help out and special bricks were given out.
Next onto the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride. It’s like a ghost train where we sit in a car and go round in the dark. Instead of ghosts and monsters we shoot at lasers with guns to get points.

20140412-143535.jpg. Even the young ones can go on this. I was a little unsure about taking Izebella on but she was fine and loved it.

After our exciting laser ride we walked through a large room full of magnificent attractions made of Lego (MINILAND). These mini attractions are quite spectacular and it’s hard to believe they are created from Lego.

We then walked through to what appears to be the Main hall in the discovery centre. This is a huge room with a soft play area, Lego play stations, and a few fun rides: all of which are included in the ticket price. There are no extra charges. There is even an area where children can have their face painted for free and several rooms where certain talks and activities happen at certain times of the day. Kids can even get up and do Karaoke or sit down and draw if they wish. Everything is provided and there is so much to do.

Ryan and Jordanna loved all the rides which they went on over and over again. Jordanna had her face painted and Izebella happily sat in a pit of Lego and refused to come out.

A cafe can also be found in the main area. A selection of sandwiches, snacks and drinks are available. Like most attraction food outlets it can be a little pricey and especially with 3 children. However we don’t get to go out often so I didn’t mind too much. The children’s lunch boxes cost £4.50 each and consist of a sandwich of choice, drink, fruit and crisps.

The 4D cinema hosts regular shows and fits a fair few people in. You are given special glasses and the show lasts about 20 minutes with various fun effects including water, air and snow. You may get wet depending on where you sit.
The newest attraction is Ninjago Laser training camp which we found at the very end. This attraction consists of various degrees of laser wire difficulties which kids will have lots of fun getting under or over, and all in the dark too.


We all really enjoyed the Legoland Discovery Centre. We were not expecting so much in one place and think we were there for 2-3 hours.
On the way out there is a shop for souvenirs. Various professional family photographs are taken throughout the attraction which can be purchased at the end.

Visit Legoland Manchester for more information.

Sealife Manchester
After our Lego Discoveryland trip, it was time for our second attraction. Sealife is right opposite Discoveryland and combined tickets can be purchased to allow you to visit both.
Sealife is an amazing underwater world with all sorts of amazing sea creatures.
When we entered we were given a short talk on turtles and there was this fascinating globe light which just seemed to be bobbing around on it’s own

Then onto some very magically looking aquariums containing a varying array of beautiful marine life. Many of them very bright and colourful. Different fish, sponge and sea anemone.

Some of these fish were very very big.
I spotted an amazing colourful tank which had round domed glass and it almost looked like the fish were in 3D.
The underwater tunnel is a great experience. It’s a tunnel you walk through and the fish and sharks are all around and above you. It’s great looking up and spotting a shark or turtle above our heads.
Throughout the day there are are certain times: several talks or feeding shows.
For £60 you can even get in with the marine life on a Sea Trek five experience. This is something I would love to do in the future.
For now Ryan and Jordanna were happy getting as close as they could in the various interactive tanks.

Sealife Manchester boasts over 5000 different marine creatures including seahorses, jellyfish, octopus, turtles and sharks. There is also a small play area and a interactive rock pool where crabs and starfish can be touched. The whole walk around takes about an hour and is truly and wonderful and educational experience for all.

More information can be found at Sealife Manchester

Combination tickets for both Lego Discovery and Sealife start at £19 online. Special promotions can be found at certain times of the year.
If visiting during Easter holidays you should try and get there as early as possible to avoid large queues or pre book your tickets to get in the priority queue.

Legoland discovery opens at 9am-7pm with last admission at 5pm daily.
Sealife opens 10am-7pm, last admission 6pm.

We had a very enjoyable day out. Kids loved both attractions. Izebella surprisingly stayed awake throughout the whole day. She didn’t want to miss a thing and finally fell asleep on the bus home.
If you live in the North West, this would make a great day out. There are many bus services running to and from the Trafford Centre from numerous locations. The Trafford Centre itself is of course an amazing place for shopping too if your not too worn out by these two fabulous attractions.


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