|*We received tickets in exchange for this post.|
We arrived just after 11am and the place was already buzzing with people as well as lots of Halloween decorations on display to entice the spooky folk in! We made our way through the entrance and couldn’t decide where to head first with the map so we let our feet guide the way…
Half Term Halloween at Bristol Zoo
As part of their half-term celebrations there is a little trail for children to complete, figuring out the clues as they walk around the zoo. When they get to the end and figure out the answer they can hand it in to the Activity Centre in exchange for a sugar skull mask to colour in…
As well as Kuki’s Haunted Trail you can take part in their Amazing Animal Shows (12pm/2pm), Creepy Creature Encounters (1pm/3pm/4pm) Spooky Storytime (1pm/3pm) and a Halloween Parade 12.30pm/2.30pm). These activities are all free!
There’s also lots of stuff to do in the Activities Centre but they do cost extra. The activities include:
- Face painting £3.50
- Lucky Dips £1
- Colouring in 20p
We also saw some other tables with activities on but nobody was there to explain what they were or how much they cost. I was a bit disappointed these activities weren’t included in the price of the ticket, but that’s student and home educating life for you; we are budget mad!
I’m not going to lie, sometimes I can find it a bit difficult to visit zoos, especially after a pretty bad experience in Barcelona where we saw quite a lot of behaviour from the animals that we discovered was linked to stress and isolation. I think I’ll always find the monkey enclosures pretty difficult to
deal with; that’s what happens when you’re a huge fan of Anthony Browne I
suppose. However, I also understand that animals are in need of conservation and care to avoid extinction.
As we travelled around the zoo there was a lot of information about how the animals are cared for, there was also a lot of activity and interaction from the staff. We saw a lot of cleaning and tidying within the enclosures, as well as a couple of very passionate staff members/volunteers. This made me feel a lot more at ease and able to enjoy the learning process along with the children.
When we entered The Butterfly Garden we met Alan, a lovely volunteer with so much knowledge and passion about butterflies and it was probably the highlight of the trip for me. George and Molly were particularly taken by the penguins and the general Aquarium, they loved looking at all the different sea creatures and talking to the staff about different artefacts and ocean life.
The Great Outdoors
As you travel around there’s so much in terms of interactive bits and bobs, large sculptures, lots of grass land for the kids (and adults if that’s your bag!) to run around on and bagfuls of information.
The zoo as a whole is packed full of things to see and do. Even when you’re not checking out the amazing animals there’s an awesome play park (with seating to have a bite to eat) as well as their awesome ZooRopia (prices start from £5.40 online).
We made a little video to show you some of the highlights of our visit, I hope you like it!
We had a great day and I’ve added a second post with more amazing pictures that you can see here.
Tickets for Bristol Zoo Gardens are much cheaper if you buy them online, this trip would have cost us £44. This price is for two children and two adults and includes access to all the animals plus some half term Halloween activities (as listed above). The Halloween events will run until 29th October and the special ticket price for children until 5th November.
Have you been to Bristol Zoo Gardens? What was your favourite part?
Disclosure: I received tickets for my family to enter the zoo in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.