Lazy Saturday, Busy Sunday!

Hey everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Mine consisted of being lazy on Saturday but very active on Sunday which is strange as it’s normally the other way round for me! I worked on Saturday morning but afterwards came home and had a ‘chill out’ afternoon reading magazines, watching the telly and hanging out with my family. I was waiting for The X Factor/Strictly marathon and wasn’t disappointed – both shows were great and I was glad to be having a night in rather than going out on the town!


After an early night I was up on Sunday morning at 7.30 feeling refreshed, energized and ready to do something fun with my day! I was supposed to be heading over to beautiful Bath with a friend but plans got changed so I ended up taking my little sister to the famous Cotswold Wildlife Park where we have been going since we were tiny! The weather was great and looked set to stay for the day so we got in the car and drove all of 8 minutes before we arrived at the park itself.

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Entrance fee is £14.50 per adult and £10 per child with discounts for families and over 65s. I’ve always thought the fees were quite expensive, but £24.50 for me and my sister to go and enjoy a great day out together definitely sounded reasonable to me! The park itself is big but not excessive and can easily be done in a day – we spent 4 hours there in total but stopped for lunch as well.

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There are all the usual suspects you would expect to see at a zoo, including lions, rhinos, zebras, meerkats, penguins and many more but, for me, the highlights were the new giraffe enclosure which has not long been opened, and the brilliant Madagascar Walk-through Experience which opened in 2008. There is so much to see and do at the park, with daily feeds & talks from the knowledgeable staff members who clearly love their jobs, and the beautiful grounds & varied animals really make it a top family day out.

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If the weather’s good, take a picnic and place yourselves on one of the many greens around the park, some of which are near to the animal enclosures, for a lovely relaxed atmosphere. You can however make use of the park’s canteen and treat yourself to a full hot dinner (loads of choice although a little pricey) or make use of the kiosk like we did and go for a simple yet satisfying hot dog and chips with extra ketchup!


The Cotswold Wildlife Park will be listed in a new monthly feature of mine, Top Five Things To Do In… where I use all my knowledge and opinions about different areas I have visited and compile a handy guide of the best places to visit in the relevant areas. Watch out for this in the next month – I promise to make it good!

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If you have any questions or would like to know more about the park please get in touch and I will do my best to help you! Alternatively, please visit the website:

Hope you enjoyed reading my latest post – my new adventures are coming up soon!

Love Jess


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  1. […] I have been visiting the Cotswold Wildlife Park every year since I was a baby and even now I still adore it and love it just as much as I did when I was a kid.  The attractions keep on getting better and better each year, with new animals and enclosures added all the time to enhance the park. A particular favourite of mine has always been the penguin pool with the daily talks and feeds from the keepers which make the experience so interesting. The best thing about the park is that you can explore totally at your own leisure, following lots of different paths towards all the enclosures so you get to see it all throughout your trip. Make a day of it and stop for lunch – thats what we do everytime! Take a picnic and park up on the various benches and greens that are present throughout, or visit the cafe which serves numerous hot meals at decent prices. My last trip to the park was in September 2014, where I had a lazy Saturday but an incredibly busy Sunday! […]

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