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Tots100 has teamed up with Moneysupermarket.com to find Britain’s Best Days Out, as part of this we were really lucky to be sent a family ticket for Dudley Zoo, the only thing we had to do was decide when to go!

After the excitement of Christmas and the welcoming in of the New year, we thought it would be nice if we waited a couple of weeks back into the school term and went over to Dudley on a Chilly January Saturday, thinking it would be a fab treat for the month that is usually associated with feeling down after the festive fun, especially after heading back to work!

We also thought that if we could enjoy a day there in the cold (and I am talking really really cold) then we could enjoy it anytime!

It took us a little over an hour to get there and directing ourselves to it was easy, we were a little surprised to find it located in what appeared to be the middle of the town, but it was so easy to find and there was a car park too (£3.50 per car for the day).


We donned our hats, gloves and grabbed the picnic and headed in! The Zoo was bigger than we first thought and there certainly was a lot to see! Even though it really was cold we got to see most of the animals, a few wanted to stay inside but that was fine because they had houses we could visit! The Flamingos weren’t playing and neither were the penguins (can’t understand why, they are from the cold aren’t they?).

There is a wide range of animals at the Zoo, ranging from the giraffes to the Meer cats, and the Snakes to a Raven (poor thing had a sad back ground but is being cared for by the Zoo).  There is so much to see and learn, you don’t even realise it is educational through the fun you are having!

The staff we met were so friendly and seemed to be enjoying their jobs too!  We took our picnic with us this time and there are plenty of lovely places to eat it! We did have warm drinks from the cafe, which was nice and clean and had a lot on offer in the way of food! We saw a Birthday Party enjoying their lunch all face painted up – lots of smiles and fun was being had by all!

There is a castle in the middle of the Zoo, and it is fab! It is really quite big and nothing like what you would expect to see on a trip to the zoo, it is awesome; the kids loved running around and exploring it, we went up the tower too and you could see right out over Dudley! Knight Leggies and Princess Mouse claimed the castle as there own and they were fighting the Mummy and Daddy Dragon with full energy! There is a tavern and a courtyard, I can see us spending a lot of time around that area on a summer visit!

So what did we think? Well we explored, we ran, we watched, we talked to the animals, we laughed, we shivered, we learnt stuff, we said we would visit again (a lot) and most of all we had so much fun!

Definitely a top day out! There is so much on offer that I think the best way to showcase it all is with this slideshow – An Alphabet Review of Dudley Zoo!

Thank you so much to Moneysupermarket.com for this day out, it really made our January more interesting! We will definitely visit Dudley Zoo again (will try summer next time!).  If you fancy a day out visit MoneySupermarket vouchers – you might find a great offer!


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Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday

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So half term was a week ago, seems like forever!

Unfortunately for us it was not all good, there was illness amongst other bad stuff. So to help me, I thought I would write about a particularly lovely day we had!

We had planned from the beginning that the Thursday of Half Term was going to be family day, we love spending time with other family and friends, but we wanted one day where it was just the four of us! Typically we woke up, opened the curtains and it was absolutely chucking it down! Hmmmm, do we really want to go out in the rain, seaside is out, Zoo – probably not as most the animals hide away, what to do, what to do?

So I jumped on the internet and checked around, we found Stonebridge Farm, even better it is free to get in, hmm it is still raining outside though……oh well! C’mon kids, wellies on, waterproof on – we are off out! So we jumped in the car and headed off, we didn’t tell Legs and Mouse where we were going, we did however give them ‘maybe its the mushroom factory’ and ‘maybe its the boring centre’ along the way!

Now Stonebridge Farm is a small City farm, yep it is right in the middle of the city, when we pulled onto the estate we weren’t sure we had the right place – there were houses and industrial office type building all over, but it was! It is small and we were only there for 40 minutes but the kids loved it! We bought some animal feed and visited the Ducks, Chickens, Goats, Pigs and more.  Legs was laughing his head off at a goat ‘tickling’ his hand with it’s tongue whilst trying to get some food!

After this we headed down the road to Greens Windmill, again in the city and again Free to get in – Yay! There is a small science centre attached where you can play with magnets, conduct power from yourself (the kids are far more powerful than me, must be my age!) or look in funny mirrors! Then you can actually go into the windmill, it is a working windmill so you can see the real parts, the grain, the flour – everything, it is fascinating for the kids as they don’t see things like that all the time! Legs was telling us all about how it works (he has been with School before) and Mouse loved exploring!

We topped the day off with a naughty lunch at a particular Yellow logo’d fast food restaurant, not somewhere the kids get to go a lot but boy, do they love it?! It was a fantastic day, the kids had smiles through it all! Brilliant!

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Silent Sunday

Silent Sunday

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Over the Half Term holidays we were determined to have fun, and to not spend extortionate amounts of money, so we were looking for free things to do!  So after a fab Jubilee Bank Holiday we decided on Tuesday to head off to Rushcliffe Country Park!

The park is near Ruddington in Nottingham, and is completely free to enter, If you park in the car park there is a £1 voluntary car parking charge. The website boasts ‘8 kilometres of footpaths, grassland, conservation and landscaped areas, the park is excellent for walking, jogging, cycling, spotting wildlife and exercising your dog’ so we thought there must be plenty to entertain Granny and Grampsy, and the kids!

Well, what can I say…there was plenty! We had a fantastic time, we started with a walk around the lake, which even the kids enjoyed thanks to the things you can see on the way! We spent time in a sensory garden, with a musical Garden Gate, optical illusions, touchy feel things and more. We had a ride on a giant wooden swan, saw through the eyes of a Fly, climbed through the hungry caterpillar and saw birds galore! Grampsy and his camera were in his element, Legs loved learning how to leapfrog mushrooms and Mouse enjoyed the space to run free

We finished the visit with a play on the children’s park where there was swings, slides, diggers, a train and more to explore, the kids had an lollypop and the grown ups a nice warm drink! It was a fantastic day and I would definitely recommend a visit! A free day out (well free apart from the refreshments we bought!) in Nottingham – bonus!


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