January 6, 2013 in review
I got the chance to review a Britain’s Best Day Out for a family.
I was lucky to be sent tickets to West Midlands safari Park.
The plan was to go during the Christmas holidays but sadly due to illness’s it just wasn’t going to happen so I asked a good friend Annette if her family would like to go & review it for me. I don’t think she paused to say yes. It turns out the kids are totally animal crackers & West Midlands Safari Park is one of their favourite places to visit.
West Midland Safari Park – Saturday 5th January 2013
We were delighted to revisit West Midland Safari Park and once again it did not disappoint.
Having arrived at 9.50am (opening at 10am) we were delighted to find only a few cars in front of us in the queue. We entered the park and were informed exactly what attractions were open and what was closed (being the winter season, the funfair and some of the restaurants was closed, which we were aware of).
We decided to venture into the animal safari first as in the past it was extremely busy and we liked the idea of being able to watch the animals without cars behind pressurising us to move on.
We made the right choice, the safari was practically deserted and we could stop and take pictures of the animals at out leisure. Both our children are animal crazy and really enjoyed being able to read the very informative signs at each area of the reserve.
They especially loved the white lions who were sitting proudly in the sunshine (which is always a bonus) and took some great pictures on their cameras.
The cheeky Zebra below even put his head through the car window, I’m not sure if he was hoping to find something nice, well other than the kids there was nothing!
The safari took about 1.5 hours and after parking in a deserted car park, we went and had a wander around the other attractions that were available.
The whole park had being turned into a Winter Wonderland with snow and Christmas trees everywhere, which was lovely. The whole area looked very good and was spotlessly clean and tidy.
We enjoyed the Twilight Cave, the Flooded Village and Penguin Cove to name a few.
The walk through the funfair felt a bit strange as it was all closed down for the winter, we commented that we felt we shouldn’t be there because it was so empty.
The African Village which houses the Meerkats and Lemurs is a great favourite of ours, they are just so cute & full of cheeky fun and we were delighted to see the areas open and empty with staff around to assure us it was ok to enter and offer assistance with the gates etc. The hand gel at the entrance and exit is a fabulous idea as some of the animals in the village are loose and very friendly.
The toilets were very clean and well maintained, and the few eating/drinking places that were open looked very inviting. We grabbed a coffee and some drinks for the children which were very reasonably priced and again no queuing for anything.
The finale to our day was a Sea Lion show which was all included in the ticket price, the theatre filled up considerably, the only time we became aware that there was indeed any other guests in the park. The seating was great (just a little wet) with fantastic views of the stage and the show was superbly arranged and very enjoyable. The children loved seeing the naughty sea lion and listened intently to the lady who was giving the talk and instructions to the sea lion. Whilst waiting for the show to begin there was Disney music playing which was a lovely gesture and kept the children (and us) entertained & unashamedly singing along!
A superb venue with everything for a family fun filled day out. We’re looking forward to our next visit already
Annette and Darren Richardson, Curtis aged 10 and Amber aged 8
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