Grand day out at Blackpool Zoo

Elsie NavigatesToday was a Baker day at Lily’s school so we took full advantage of the quietness by going off to Blackpool Zoo. Unlike Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom, who went there with young Albert, their son, we returned en masse, and a very happy family after a really great day out.

Factor one was the weather – a real ‘steal’ – not expecting it at all but it was clear and sunny almost all afternoon there. The Zoo itself was a great size; I’ve found London and Chester Zoos to be a bit sprawling, but we managed to see as much a variety of animals in a smaller space without the animals feeling cramped. Okay, there were no hippos or rhinos, but the relative space they take up is not really needed. They’re pretty dull when all’s said and done.

Highlights for me were

  • the sea lions, who were in the process of being trained. They seemed to be really getting into it in the same way Labradors do.
  • The Pelicans and their ever-stretchy beak rubber at tea time (“Eeeh – it’s like feeding time at the zoo round here”).

The lowlight for the day was driving on to catch Blackpool Illuminations as the sun went down. The lights had been switched off the evening before for the year (!!). Will have to get to the illuminations next year though.

See the photos here on Flick or here as a slideshow.

  • Sorry to hear that you missed the Illuminations, they have been really great this year. Glad you enjoyed the zoo, its a great zoo plus there is the dino safari.
    This link gives the dates for the 2009 Illuminations should you come back to Blackpool next year.

  • Hello. I have to agree, Blackpool Zoo is much better than Chester Zoo. It is possible to see all of Blackpool Zoo in a couple of hours, whereas in Chester everything seems to be spread out.

    It really is a pity you missed the lights, they are usually the highlight of any visit to Blackpool. Most people drive through the lights and then drive home.

    On the brighter side you can always visit next year. πŸ™‚

    Andy