26 August, 2016

Days Out in the Cotswolds // Cotswold Wildlife Park

One of my favourite places to visit near us is the Cotswold Wildlife Park at Burford. 

The Cotswold Wildlife Park has something for everyone, and every year myself and my family make several trips. It's an extremely lovely place to go and for us, it's only a 5 min drive.

The entry fees are low compared to many other zoos and safari parks in the UK. 
Days out especially, as a family can be pretty expensive but one of the reasons why we keep on coming back is partially due to the admission prices.

Ticket Prices 

Children under 3: free
Children aged  3- 16: £10.00
Adults: £15.00

Set in 160 acres, the park is home to many species, from birds and mammals to primates, reptiles and amphibians.

Penguin Enclosure

The park is the only UK Zoo that allows entry to dogs. I remember taking Daisy up as a puppy and she loved it, there was so much for her to look at and sniff. It was also a great way to socialise her and we are going to do the same with Honey.

As well as the animals, the park itself is visually stimulating with its' beautiful landscaping, especially in the wall gardens and the walkthrough by the wolves. It's a must visit when you go to the park, no matter the time of year.

View in the Wolf Walkway

Inside the Wall Gardens 

Wall Gardens

Wall Garden - near the meerkat enclosure 

For children visiting there is so much to do, the farm area is normally a huge hit, where children can see rabbits, guinea pigs, ponies, donkeys and my favourite the pygmy goats!

The boys very much enjoyed getting up and close with them too! 
I have many pictures from my own childhood in the same pen petting the goats, it's one of my favourite areas. More than likely because here you can be interactive with the goats. 

I actually worked on the farm for a placement at college and it was by far one of my favourite places. 
I also got to help out with the Tapirs as well which I loved. 

I then actually ended up getting a job on site in the gift shop and kiosks. 

The park also has a lovely big wooden play area, so during our lovely British summers you can set the kids loose and enjoy an ice cream whilst they play.

The big tree house slide is always a hit! 

The park also offers experiences by the form of being a keeper for the day, animal encounters and even feeding some of the animals. 
I personally would love to get up and close with the penguins and giraffes. 
I may have to ask for an experience as a Christmas gift. 

I love this park and we always have such a fun time when we are here. 
The park holds so many memories for me, from school trips and childhood memories to the times I worked there and whilst on my placement, to the first time I brought my children here. 
There is always so much to see and do, you won't be disappointed. 

The park is spacious, accommodating to wheel chair users and pushchairs. 
There are toilets dotted all over the park along with kiosks for snacks and drinks. 
The park is extremely clean and family friendly. 

There is plenty of activities on throughout the day from penguin, lemur and big cat feeding to brass rubbings in the manor house and who could forget a trip on the park's very own train. 

Let me know if you have ever been to The Cotswold Wildlife Park and also what is your favourite animal to see at a zoo. 


01 August, 2016

12 Facts About Honey

We have had Honey for a month now and I wanted to share a few facts on our newest family member.  

1. Quiet puppy 

The first night we brought her home she made no sounds, she is a very happy and content puppy and we have been so lucky that she hasn't spent night time barking or howling.

2. Honey loves to chew 

Like most puppies do, Honey loves to chew on her toys and my flip flops, oh and stones! She loves stones from the garden, other than that she is pretty good.

3.  Sulks like a toddler 

We have been training Honey for about 3 weeks now and we only do short 5-10 minute sessions. I have noticed when she isn't happy she is like a toddler, she lies down on the floor as flat as a pancake and that is it. Game Over.

4. Soft toy fetish

Honey's favourite toys are her stuffed ones, she carries them everywhere! It's really sweet but the boys have caught her the odd time stealing their toys which they weren't too happy about!

5. Not a foodie 

Honey is not into food like some dogs she has no intention to inhale or eat super quick, she is actually a slow eater, so slow that she would happily graze all day from her bowl. However if you give her a treat she goes round the room like a Tasmanian devil.

6. Quick learner 

I'm use to training labradors and Honey is a completely different kettle of fish. But having said that she has been a super quick learner and I have been amazed at the progress she has made. 

7. Owned by the Chihuahua 

Honey has to share her home with our other dog Daisy. Daisy is our soon to be 7 year old Chihuahua, who thinks she part Meerkat and part great dane. Daisy hated honey at first, it was a nightmare but Honey has realised that as long as she doesn't push Daisy then she is safe and so is her bed!

8. PAT dog in training 

One of my goals for Honey is for her to become a registered Pets As Therapy dog. If I can spread a little bit of joy into someones life once or twice a week, then that would be amazing. I hate to think that there are so many people alone and a visit from Honey could make the world of difference.

9. All about the cuddles

Now most of this is probably breed trait as pretty much every Cocker Spaniel I know is like this but Honey loves human contact. She will gladly sit and cuddle me all evening, putting her paws around me and just snuggling on the sofa. 

10. Honey Lemon 

Honey was named after Honey lemon in Big Hero 6, originally I had Alice and Tinker Bell but Honey suited her the best.   Some of you may know that all our animals are given a Disney name we already have Daisy, Lilo, Elsa, Duchess and our newest member which we've had for a week is another guinea pig baby Alice.

11.  Baby compromise

Before having Honey I was desperate for another baby but with that being out of the question a dog was the compromise. 

 12. Emotional support dog

Honey has become an emotional support dog for me, she helps me with my anxiety as she is so calming. There is something really relaxing about stroking a dog and it has been scientifically proven that it does relax a person and help reduce stress. When I was young we had a labrador named Sam and she was amazing. I have never met a dog since like her, there was something about her but she helped me in so many ways and I have that same connection with Honey, it was instant as soon as I saw her.

I hope you enjoyed my post on Honey, she will be a regular feature on my blog so don't forget to bookmark me so you can see her progress over the next few months. 

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