Guest Blog Post: In this article our Online Marketing Manager Khalid Amin reviews his recent family trip to Chester Zoo…
Chester Zoo is a great day out without any added any attractions however this year they’ve added a little bit of something extra with a great new exhibition, Dinosaurs Bite Back, but more on that later. I had the pleasure of visiting Chester Zoo last weekend with my kids and in-laws, that’s an age range of 4 to 78 and everybody left thinking they’d had a fabulous day out. As my in-laws live in Chester we tend to visit every few years but no one can accuse Chester Zoo of standing still as there was loads of new stuff to take in. I knew we were onto a winner with my 7 year old son as he plans to open York Zoo when he leaves school in the car park of a local small business.
Chester zoo is huge at over 100 acres so even on a busy Bank Holiday there’s a real feeling of space which is not something you can get at all big attractions like this. We took it relatively steady and still managed to see most animals we wanted. Highlights included the giraffes that came out of their enclosure for a good look at today’s humans just as we arrived and the sleek cheetahs that were so impressive stalking around their compound. The walkway above the cheetahs is as far as I can remember a new addition since our last visit. The zoo also does a huge amount of conservation work with species such as the Black Rhino which is in danger of becoming extinct in the next 25 years. If you want to take a closer look at the animals before you go visit the Chester Zoo webcams.
The Chester Zoo Dinosaurs are part of the Dinosaurs Bite Back exhibition which runs until early November later this year. The exhibition features 19 highly impressive robotic replicas of dinosaurs complete with sound effects and some of them even spit water (Tip: it’s the third one on the way round). I would love to name some of the dinosaurs on show but will have to leave you with a couple of photos instead. The exhibition is housed at the centre of the zoo complete with dinosaur talks. Entry is included as part of the normal entry fee but in terms of highlights it definitely ranked right up there for the kids. Before I forget, you can follow the Chester Zoo Dinosaurs, or Chester Zoo Rex to be precise on Twitter @DinosBiteBack
If, like us, you were picnicking, the zoo doesn’t force you into their own cafes and restaurants, as there are plenty of pleasant areas to eat your own food. When we did pop into a café, the coffee was not only reasonably priced but also very good. As you may expect from a charity that puts so much into conservation the coffee is both ethically sourced and Rainforest Alliance Certified.
I wouldn’t have any hesitation in recommending Chester Zoo as one of the best days out in Britain for both families and couples and it is easily my favourite animal park in this country. You can buy Chester Zoo and hotel packages from our website or over the phone in the call centre.
I’d love to recommend a hotel to stay in but as I stay at my in-laws it’s a bit difficult. What I can do though is recommend my favourite pub near Chester if you fancy a bite to eat or a pint. The award winning Pheasant Inn at Burwardsley has wonderful views across the Welsh Hills, a range of CAMRA recognised beer and source excellent local food.
The Chester Zoo Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs Bite Back, Zoological Gardens, Upton-by-Chester, Chester, CH2 1EU. Until November 4th 2012.
The Pheasant Inn, Higher Burwardsley, Tattenhall, Cheshire CH3 9PF
Tel: 01829 770 434