A day at Marwell

Bank holidays are fantastic, they allow us to spend time together as a family. We really cherish the extra days and make the most of them, particularly if the weather’s with us. We have only been to the zoo twice since having J, on Mother’s Day 2014 and again this bank holiday 4th May. I have been talking about going back for ages and so we packed a picnic and decided to spend our last day off there

The weather decided to hold out for us and it was the only clear sunny day of the ‘weekend’. It seemed everyone had the same idea and so we seemed to arrive with the masses. J’s feet seem to have had yet another growth spurt and she was complaining about her shoes and comfort before we even got past the ticket desk, so I dashed back to the car for a second time after initially forgetting suncream(!)

We also found the first Zany Zebra which is by the entrance and in 2016 there will be a herd of them coming to the streets of Southampton, following the Go! Rhinos success in 2013

I honestly cannot tell you how excited I am about this. Zany Zebras are hitting the south coast in 2016 after the success of Go! Rhinos in 2013
I honestly cannot tell you how excited I am about this. Zany Zebras are hitting the south coast in 2016. Such a fun day out and even better…it’s free!
It’s so rare for me to take the SLR out nowadays I made a point of taking it with us, mainly because I want some nice pictures of J for the wall as it’s something we are seriously lacking. For this reason, although the camera was on me at all times, I took very few photos of the animals and focused on my family

J is really cute at the moment and will wear her prescription sunglasses everywhere when the sun’s out

My beautiful girl
My beautiful girl
Finally getting the hang of posing. She made me sit on the other one opposite
Finally getting the hang of sitting still for the camera, though she did make me sit on the opposite ‘seat’
J loved looking at the animals and was particularly amazed at the sleeping tiger and kept roaring when we said it. She also seemed to enjoy the giraffes and meerkats and we spent quite a while there. We found ourselves reading the signs and spending time trying to learn more about the animals to ensure we could explain to her what they were and more importantly, pronounce them correctly

We stopped just outside the main house for a picnic lunch and the hubster took the opportunity to show J how to roll down the hill (having a kid means you can act like a kid…fact!). It seemed like all of the other children liked this as well and soon he was surrounded by them!

Marwell is in the process of installing new walkways and platforms, to allow better views whilst improving the animal areas as well. For this reason some areas weren’t open but we enjoyed it nonetheless. We thought that with the amount of walking J would be napping at lunch but we were wrong, she’s like a duracel bunny and just wouldn’t stop!

We had a lovely day, and it’s one I’ll look back on fondly. It’s amazing just seeing how much J has grown and what she can do in comparison to last year. I think we’ll have a yearly zoo visit to continue the comparisons

i remember playing with hula hoops on my fingers as a kid and it's so cute watching J now
i remember playing with hula hoops on my fingers as a kid and it’s so cute watching J now
I love how happy she looks in this picture
I love how happy she looks in this picture
Dad and J rolling down the hill together
Dad and J rolling down the hill together
my two favourite people
my two favourite people
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The goofiest looking animals, but my favourites for sure
I am seriously so proud of my girly here. She ate a punnet of strawberries bar 2 (and we had to fight for those!) It's so nice to see her eating healthy, even if it is a little expensive !
I am seriously so proud of my girly here. She ate a punnet of strawberries bar 2 (and we had to fight for those!) It’s so nice to see her eating healthy, even if it is a little expensive !
Hubster playing meerkat fun
Hubster playing meerkat fun
J having meerkat fun (she looks cuter)
J having meerkat fun (she looks cuter)
It's hard to remember she's only 2. She's so grown up in this picture and I just want it to slow down
It’s hard to remember she’s only 2. She’s so grown up in this picture and I just want it to slow down

Linking up for the first time with Coombe Mill for the outdoors Country Kids linky

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

5 thoughts on “A day at Marwell

  1. What a gorgeous day for it – funnily enough I drove past the sign for this yesterday and was thinking it would make a lovely day out. Tigers, meerkats and giraffe definitely sound a winner. #countrykids

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  2. This is what I call making the most of your bank holiday. gorgeous family photos, well worth taking the big camera with you. The meerkat photo board at Marwell is what prompted me to create one for Coombe Mill, they are such fun and a perfect excuse for a silly family photo! Zany Zebra sounds interesting, I look forward to hearing more of this when he comes to Southampton. Thank you for sharing your sunny bank holiday on Country Kids.

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