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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

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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* 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!)


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!

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Shapwick Country Fair

Did everyone have a nice bank holiday weekend? Ours was absolutely perfect. We had ice-creams in the sun and played on the park in Wimborne on Saturday, went to Shapwick Country Fair with our friends on Sunday and it was Verwood Carnival yesterday. I also managed to stick some of my bits on eBay. I’m trying to make a bit of pocket money as I’ve got my eye on a few pretty things from Esprit*. I’m loving their ‘boho glam’ collection!

I love this time of year. Driving around the countryside near me there are so many signs popping up for local country fairs and carnivals and festivals and I just want to go to them all! Nothing makes me feel more British than standing in a field, clutching a burger, bobbing to some country music and awaiting the suspense of a raffle draw.

This weekend we went to Shapwick Country Fair over near Wimborne, Dorset. Shapwick is a teeny tiny little village with a pub, a school, a church and that’s about it. (We went on a lovely walk there once many moons ago and we had a meal at the pub once too). To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much, maybe a handful of stalls and thirty or so people milling around so you can imagine our surprise when we turned up to find traffic queuing to turn down the road to the village!

We parked in a nearby farm and walked down to the fair which was only £2 to get in and were amazed at how many people were there. The fair itself was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. There was splat-a-rat, a coconut shy, hook-a-duck, old fashioned skittles, a ferret race, a raffle, a live band, a cider tent, a Pimms stand and a burger/hotdog stand. The best thing was that all of these stands were run by local people. There were no corporate looking burger vans or fairground rides for the kids. It could literally have been 1950. Everything was so cheap too! The hotdogs & burgers were £2.50 & the cider was £3 a pint. Bargain!

Huxley absolutely loved it. Although I think he got a bit overwhelmed at one point because he was getting a bit stroppy but I think he just couldn’t decide what to go and look at next. He sat and watched the skittles for ages. My heart melted watching him & Lexi holding hands and dancing to the music.

The whole day was absolutely perfect. The only sad thing is that apparently it’s only on every other year so we’ll have to wait two whole years now before we can go again!

Shapwick Country FayreHotdog at Shapwick Country Fair DorsetHux-at-Shapwick-Country-Fair-DorsetShapwick Country FairPimms stand at Shapwick Country Fair DorsetEnglish Country FayreDancing at Shapwick Country Fair DorsetHook-a-duck at Dorset Country Fayre

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