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After I booked the youngsters and I every week away in Essex earlier this month, I had no thought concerning the space or what was native however after a fast Google I found Colchester Zoo was a 30 minute drive away from Clacton and I might solely discover nice opinions from buddies that had visited. Due to Covid reopening, I used to be on-line at 8am the weekend earlier than making an attempt to get tickets and managed to get 5 for the Wednesday proper in the midst of the journey.
Colchester Zoo was simple to seek out and parking was free. We had a 30 minute slot for entry and there have been only a few folks across the entrance. My tickets had been scanned by way of my cellphone and we had been despatched inside. I do not know the way busy the zoo normally will get to touch upon, however we by no means felt crowded or too near others, however when it got here to desirous to eat, it was very difficult to seek out someplace to sit down!
We discovered the zoo troublesome to navigate at first and my cellphone did not get sufficient sign to get the web map up. I did see different folks with paper copies although in order that they should have been out there on the entrance. That being stated, we had no actual agenda apart from seeing as a lot as we might and we loved wandering and seeing what got here up subsequent.
We preferred how interactive the zoo was, with issues that may be climbed on, data designed for youngsters and fascinating shows across the zoo. We visited the feeding space the place the youngsters might feed among the animals together with goats. This was an actual spotlight for the youthful two who wish to become involved the place they’ll.
My favorite a part of the zoo was the African space the place giraffes, zebras, rhino and different animals that naturally coexist had been in a bigger space collectively. You could possibly stroll a lot of the method across the space and there are alternatives to pay at hand feed the giraffe and elephants (£20 for a household/group of as much as 5 folks).
There have been a number of enclosures and areas that weren’t open to guests, something that was totally inside was shut resulting from Covid tips, however we spent many hours on the park and did not really feel like we missed out. Some areas had been undercover however with open sides so masks had been required (alongside social distancing after all) however they had been open and clearly signed. There have been additionally no keeper talks or timed feedings to keep away from crowding
The boys favorite a part of the zoo expertise was the ‘Misplaced Madagascar’ practice which took us round an space of the park and gave us a singular view of some animals. The practice was cleaned between passengers, there have been perspex screens between every group and there was a terrific narrative from the driving force. It was perfect after a protracted afternoon strolling round! We ended the day on the massive playground close to the exit. Designed for college aged kids it was safe, sufficiently big to maintain my elder kids (eight and 9) blissful and had loads of seating.
We had an excellent time out at Colchester Zoo and would actually advocate it as a household attraction in Essex. We spent over 6 hours within the zoo and the youngsters have all requested to return! As we visited on every week day, my grownup ticket was £21.24 and the youngsters’s tickets had been £15.30 every. There’s a massive retailer which you could go to for items and souvenirs on the best way out, however you may keep away from going inside in any respect and use the exit on the facet.