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Ellingham Show

At the weekend we went to the Ellingham Show again. You can see my blog post about it last year here. I took a lot more photos of the show ground last year as it was much easier getting around then with Huxley not being able to walk and Nick not having a broken leg! It was much more hard work this year! Not to mention that it was about 30 degrees!

We had a really lovely day. My mum’s company sponsor the event so there’s a private tent with a bar, hog roast & ice-cream all day which makes it much more relaxing. My favourite part of the day was definitely getting to hold a chick & a duckling. We’re seriously considering getting ducks now.

Holding a chick at Ellingham ShowHolding a duckling at Ellingham ShowDuckling at Ellingham ShowBalloonsMinion balloon at Ellingham ShowEllingham Show horseSistersMy (half) sisters Charlotte & Ellie came along too because unfortunately their Gran died on Saturday morning & my dad is up in Kent looking after his mum and my stepmum had to go to the hospital to sort a load of stuff out.

Pigs at Ellingham ShowEllingham Show pigsOn Sunday we went to Barford Farm (again!) for more awesome ice-cream with our friends Lauren & Ben and our god-daughter Lexi. I love how well Lexi & Huxley play together despite being a year apart. We also went to a garden centre in Holt which has animals and a play park.

Barford Farm ice-creamHuxley-&-LexiStewarts Garden Centre Holt

They wanted to go and see the animals together and Lexi kept turning round and saying ‘no, don’t follow. You’re not coming’ haha but I couldn’t resist talking loads of photos while they were holding hands!

Pigs at Stewards Garden Centre Holt DorsetHolt garden centre pigsHux-&-LexiLexi-&-Huxley

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A day out at Longleat Safari Park

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On Wednesday we went to Longleat Safari Park. We got some free tickets using Tesco Clubcard Rewards and it’s only an hour drive from us. I was so excited. I went to Longleat several times when I was little with my granddad and loved it. A lion even bit our car’s bumper once!

It’s been 5 years since I last went, as I took my little sisters one summer and SO much has changed! It’s amazing. If you’ve never been before, it’s a little different to a normal zoo as you spend most of it driving around in the car as the animals are free to roam in their massive enclosures.

The first stop you come to is my favourite, the zebras and giraffes. They’ve got a huge plinth that goes out into the enclosure and you can buy branches to feed the giraffes. It’s literally the best thing ever. We only bought one branch (for £2) but next time we go I’m going to take loads of money and stay there for ages because Huxley loved it so much.

Giraffe at Longleat Safari ParkFeeding the giraffes at Longleat

When you drive round the monkey enclosure they all jump on your car and rip bits off. (You can miss that bit out if you don’t fancy paying a fortune for new wipers/aerials etc or you can do the entire safari on the park bus). Huxley looked a bit freaked out at the monkeys climbing up the windscreen to be honest, and even more freaked out when Nick starting shouting at me to carry on driving because they were on our roof trying to get the aerial off.

Then you get to a bit were you can buy a pot of deer food (for £1) and park up and the deers come and stick their heads in your windows and gobble all the food up. This bit always makes me crack up laughing because it freaks me out to have a massive deer so close to my face even though I know they’re harmless. (Also, deer antlers are possibly the softest thing I’ve ever touched). I didn’t manage to get any pictures because you have to feed them from both sides of the car otherwise they start butting it haha!

For me, the only downside to this part of the zoo is how long it takes to get round. It’s totally fine if you’re an adult or older kid but as a 20-month old, by the time we got round to the lions and wolves at the end, Huxley was restless and had lost interest as he wanted to get out and run around.

Wolf at Longleat Zoo

Then we headed back to the rest of the zoo, which is still way better than any other zoo I’ve been to. When you go in the meerkat enclosure, they tell you to be careful if you’ve got open-toed sandals and painted toenails as they might try and nibble your feet! Huxley kept trying to stroke them as they are literally running around your ankles!

Meerkats at LongleatMeerkat at Longleat Zoo

There’s loads to see and do at Longleat, there’s a train ride, a huge maze, a boat that takes you round Gorilla island and you can take a tour of the enormous house.

Ice cream at Longleat Safari ParkLongleat

Huxley is wearing – T-shirt: H&M | Jeans: Gap | Trainers: Zara (old)

I managed to get Huxley to stroke a snake! He was a bit weary at first, but I think that was due to the lady holding the snake more than the snake itself. By the end, he was loving it and kept squeezing her!

Snake at Longleat Safari ParkHolding a snake at LongleatAfter that we went to the Penguin enclosure and again, they are running around your feet. It’s so amazing to be allowed to get that up close and personal with the animals.

Penguins at Longleat Zoo

Then we headed to the massive play area but we never made it out of the soft play because Huxley was having way too much fun. Unfortunately we never made it near the house or the boat because Huxley was exhausted after all of that!

Soft play at Longleat ZooBalloon room soft play at LongleatSoft play ball cannon at Longleat Safari Park ZooBall pit at LongleatPLaying with balloons at Longleat

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Moors Valley Country Park

I’ve written about Moors Valley several times before (here & here). It’s one of my all-time favourite places. I used to go all the time when I was little and I intend to keep going often as Huxley gets older. This week he’s started climbing on things so we thought it would be the perfect place for him to climb to his heart’s content!

But not before a quick stop at the skate park first! Huxley was desperate to have a go on Nick’s skate board so Nick stood him on it and had a little whizz around. Huxley loved it and had the biggest grin on his face! Then he had a go on his scooter. He has no fear! Nick held his arm the first time going down the ramp but on the second go he wanted to do it all by himself. Nick finishes his food judging this week so he’ll be at home all the time again now so we’re going to try and take Hux to the skate park at least once a week.

Verwood skateparkSkateparkHux at skatepark on microscooter

We had to rush out and buy Huxley some new jeans on Saturday as he’s had a massive growth spurt recently and has grown out of everything. Nick loves these grey ones and keeps saying he wants some to match! He desperately needs some new pyjamas too so I’ve been browsing Couporando.co.uk* to try and find some for him – I’m a little obsessed with these Boden ones!

There’s a little play park at Potterne so we had to stop for Hux to have a quick go on the slide before we could start walking to see the ducks and get to Moors Valley.

Potterne ParkToddler in sunglasses

It was freezing when we left Verwood but luckily as we got nearer to Moors Valley it warmed up and the sun came out (which we totally weren’t prepared for outfit-wise or suncream-wise but yay sun!)

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Huxley loved watching the little steam train and waving at all the children going past.

Steam train at Moors Valley DorsetSouth Coast Roast tshirt

We made another quick pit-stop at the play park before moving on to the play trail. If you haven’t heard of Moors Valley before it’s basically a big play park made from wood hidden around the forest. It’s amazing. And free (if you walk from Verwood – hooray!). Even if you drive the car park is only £9 for a day which I used to think was expensive but now think is pretty reasonable.

Moors Valley play areaJungle Book tshirt

After Open Farm Sunday last weekend Huxley is obsessed with tractors so when I spotted this one in the gift shop I knew I had to get it for him!

Toy tractor at Moors ValleyTractorForest at Moors Valley(This post contains a paid-for link)

 

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