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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.

West Yorks adventure 

Published February 19, 2016 by Bizzimummy

On Wednesday we took a trip over to West Yorks. Our first train stop was Halifax and a visit to the children’s museum Eureka. None of us had been here before and the kids loved it. There are many galleries to enjoy and everything is hands on, therefore no looking at things through glass here. The museum boasts a realistic Marks and Spencer’s shop along with a post office and a bank with a cash machine. Eureka even have their own bank notes. 

There’s even a garage with full size trucks and cars, a digging pit and a realistic modern house. 

There’s a big garden type room with strange looking plants and a big play space just for the under fives. 

Ryan really enjoyed the “All about me” rooms on the second floor which is a massive walk through the human body and health. 

They have a doctor /dentist set up with reception and even a realistic baby scanner. Izebella is inside a mouth here. 

There is lots more to explore at Eureka and it’s easy to spend several hours in there. There is a cafe too which we went too. The queue was huge and food a little pricey so it may be best bring own packed lunches. 

There is a gift shop too which is not too expensive. Then more exploring and a bit of fancy dress too. 


Once Eureka was done we jumped back on the train to the nearby city of Bradford where we checked into the Holiday inn express. This hotel is conveniently located just across the road from Bradford interchange station. It’s inside a leisure complex with cinema, bowling and restaurants next to it. 

The rooms were lovely with a big double bed and a big double sofa bed. Both beds already made up for us. It was very clean too.  

I paid just £51 for a night here for four of us which included a lovely breakfast too. This included sausage, egg, beans, cereals, yoghurt, fruit, toast, croissants, hot and cold drinks.  

After checking in we had a walk around Bradford, found a pound world to stock up on munchies and a McDonald’s as a nice treat. We also found the National media museum too. This is free entry with several floors starting with cameras, then onto TV and history. We spotted a few well known characters along the way like this scary one. 

Ryan even had a go at videoing a tv scene. 

The games room is full of old and some well remembered video games that can be played on, there is a gallery displaying games consoles from the 1970s onwards. It’s a good place to visit if in Bradford.

We had a great time and it was lovely to get away for the night.




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