Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: Our Day...At The Zoo!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Our Day...At The Zoo!

With the weather being so beautiful lately, we have been taking the opportunity to get out and about as much as possible.

Tyne has yet to be introduced to the majority of the sights of Devon as we moved here toward the start of Autumn when the weather was turning cold for the winter, and so I've been so looking forward to some better weather so that we can start enjoying the many perks of living in this part of the country.

During the warmer months, I really start to appreciate how lucky we are to live in Devon - there are so many beautiful beaches and seaside towns right on our doorstep, as well as some of the most picturesque villages in the UK and some real hidden gems as well as a lot of tourist focused fun activities.

I have made it my goal this year to get out and explore the areas around us more, and infact to explore the whole of the UK - so many of us flock away abroad on holiday each year without having seen most of what the UK has to offer.

So when LOOK recently contacted me and asked me to contribute to their map of hidden gems, which shows well-loved but perhaps not so well known places to visit right here in the UK, I was delighted to get involved- especially when my favourite place in the UK happens to be right on our doorstep!
You are never short of a day out in Sunny Devon!

Last week, we took Tyne for his very trip to the Zoo!

Paignton Zoo is a real hidden treasure in the has all the animals you could hope for, and is a beautiful place for a leisurely stoll around - but it's tucked away in quaint little Paington so it's never over run with people.

As you arrive at the zoo, you're greeted by some beautiful pink flamingoes - Tyne showed very little interest in these and any other creature that resembled a bird! - so we didn't spend a lot of time here.

Although Jon is much more interested in these sorts of things, and insisted on going into the bird house display to take photos....I personally can't think of anything worse than going into an enclosed space with birds flying freely around my head, so I stayed outside!

Tyne soon decided he wasn't at all interested in staying in his pram for this exciting day out, so we took it in turns to carry him around - he really seemed to enjoy this as it meant he had a great view of all the animals!

The baboons and monkeys are always my favourite part of any zoo, so we spent a good 20 minutes at Baboon Rock just watching them all! There was a tiny baby baboon being nursed by its mother, which was really lovely to see (And impossible to photograph!) 

There was a petting zoo section called "The Ranch" where goats and sheep were roaming around freely....Tyne seemed a little bemused by the whole experience, and I was slightly nervous that the goats may smell his milk in the changing bag and start eating it....but it was fun nonetheless!

There were lots of little play areas and parks dotted around the zoo, which I thought was a lovely addition - a place for the adults to sit and rest their poor tired feet while the kids had fun on the climbing frames and swings!

And there was no shortage of impressive and beautiful animals on display, of course....

We had such a lovely day here, and we were so pleased that Tyne really enjoyed it too 

 And the glorious sunshine certainly helped make it all the more enjoyable...long may it last!

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  1. I grew up in Exeter, and visited Paignton Zoo so many times when I was young. This post brought back so many memories for me :) Glad you all enjoyed your day out!

  2. What a fab zoo! Looks like a really great day out!!
    Lovely photos x

  3. Oooh it always nice to find hidden treasures..a hidden zoo treasure is a very good one!

    WTPP - Living the dream, all but the farm!.

  4. Looks like you've had a fantastic day at the zoo :) x

  5. Looks like a great day. I'm so sad that there isn't one nearby to us. I also love how you and Jon are wearing similar outfits sooo cute!

  6. What a lovely day out! Looking forward to taking Eliot on his first zoo trip x

  7. Love the photos and you were so lucky with the weather! Devon Zoo looks great but it is too far for us to get to (we are in the North east). We are planning to go to Edinburgh Zoo over Easter though - it is only about an hour and a half away from us! We'll wait to see what happens with this weird weather though!

  8. You got some great photos! Looks like you had a really good day.

  9. Aww I can't wait until my little one is big enough to enjoy places like the zoo

  10. I have visited that area but never been to the zoo, I will try and go next time I am down that way.

  11. Looks like a fantastic zoo, my children love the zoo.

  12. I went to Paignton Zoo when I was a child, it's changed so much, but still looks brilliant!

  13. I love Paignton Zoo, I live in Cornwall (Devon Side) so popping up to the Zoo when I was a child was amazing!! :)

  14. What a lovely first trip to the zoo x

  15. What a fab zoo, I went to Bristol recently and there were hardly any of the animals you'd expect :)

  16. i love going to the zoo, it sounds like you all had an amazing time! :)

  17. Kids love zoos don't they? Lovely photos. I remember taking mine and the elephant took the sandwich out of my daughters hand- she was only 3. Fortunately she thought it was great!

  18. We live in Cornwall but visit Paignton Zoo every summer holidays! I love all the little play areas dotted around for the kids. We visited Newquay Zoo this year and have to say it wasn't a patch on Paignton. We were all done within 4 hours :/

  19. you had a great day remember my childhood trips they were the best

  20. Probably one of the only Zoo's we have never visited due to it being at the other end of the country for us! Looks great and if we ever manage to venture down to Devon Im sure a visit there will be on our list!


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