If there is one thing in life I have truly enjoyed since I was a child it’s going to the zoo. There really is something special about seeing animals in real life, especially ones from distant places. Funnily enough out of all the blogging things I get invited to I never normally get invited to the Zoo or to a museum both places which I would jump at the change of going to. Marwell Zoo is in Hampshire, we live in Hertfordshire we haven’t been there before but we got asked to come along to their Sunset in the Zoo event and it seemed like the ideal chance to go and see a new zoo and meet some new animals.
Sunset party in the park was the reason for our invitation and it is a fab chance to go along at dusk and watch the sunset over fields of zebra, giraffe or whatever takes your fancy. There really is something special about being at the zoo at this time of night it all feels very magical.
The children were in their element with bouncy castles to play on alongside some animals which were new to them as they only ever visit London or Whipsnade. In particular, the boy enjoyed seeing some of the special acts such as the fire performers, the bouncing kangaroo stilt walkers and the larger than life pigeons which we wandering about. Its now his dream to become a fire performer, we all have our dreams. I’d quite like to be a zookeeper, I’d be happy to take part in evening events *hint*.
The evening at the zoo was one of those memorable experiences which will stay with us for a long time. Perfect weather, happy children and lots of new things to see and explore.
We were also fortunate enough to have the chance to stay at the Marwell Hotel because it is quite a long way from where we live. The hotel was great, I can highly recommend it. I loved the African 1970 ish vibe about the place and the fact that you opened your window onto lots of greenery was simply beautiful. You’ll also be hard pressed to find a hotel with a more awesome breakfast buffet!
Staying in the hotel meant that we had the chance to explore the zoo again in the daytime. The weather was sunny and warm and we were all in a holiday mood as we wandered around discovering new places and animals we hadn’t spotted the previous night. The children enjoyed the play area, Penguin Cove provided loads of fun and the chance to see some penguins exceptionally close up which was awesome. Fifi decided her new favourite animals were the bongo and we were thrilled to get the chance to see such a wide range of lemur.
Disclaimer: We were provided with free entry to the zoo and an overnight stay at the Marwell Hotel.