The one where we visit the zoo!

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A couple of weeks ago, we visited Colchester zoo. We haven't been to the zoo for a long time so it was a nice change. The zoo had also changed rather a little since our last visit, with new enclosures and animals. There was plenty for us to see! We went with the whole family, my mum, step dad and siblings and there children and partners! It was a great family day out and although can be a little expensive, booking tickets (e-tickets) online saved us a fair bit of money. We also took our own picnic and left it in the car, coming back a couple of hours later for lunch. I'm quite a fussy eater and my children can also be quite picky so taking a picnic not only saved us money and queing but it also saved me the stress of finding something for everyone. However, there are plenty of places to eat at the zoo, which all sell a good variety of food - burgers, chips, hot dogs and so on. And plenty of places that sell cold drinks and ice creams!

Visiting the zoo
It did rain a little bit but it didn't stop us having fun! There are plenty of animals in side too (I recommend the orangutan enclosure which is fairly new to the zoo and quite spacious too)

there are also a number of play areas for the children and plenty of benches and picnic tables to sit down if you need a rest! We needed to stop and have a rest a few times as the zoo is quite big and some of it is up hill so stopping for little rest stops was well needed! It was fairly busy but the zoo is so big, people are well spread out and there are so many animals to look at! We missed the animal feeding shows this time as we were busy just making our own way around but there are plenty of animals shows (The sealion show has been my favourite in the past)and feeding times. There are also plenty of zoo keepers and staff around to ask for information about the animals and the zoo in general.
There are so many animals to see elephants, giraffes, tigers, lions, red pandas, meer cats, sealions (The sealion tunnel is a must see!), penguins, goats (You can buy cups of food to feed the goats), ant eaters, monkeys of ALL kinds (personally I loved the chimps), otters just to name a few.























We really did have an absolute fantastic time and can't wait to go back again! We quite fancy feeding the elephants next time and I'd love to see the penguin show!

What are your favourite animals?

Sarah xXx


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  1. Colchester zoo is one of my favourite places to go. I love that you can feed the elephants and giraffes!

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  2. I've never been to Colchester zoo but it looks like so much fun. We used to go to whipsnade as it was right on our doorstep.

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  3. I absolutely love zoo's and I need to go to one after the summer holidays when it's a bit quieter. I love watching the monkeys just swinging about x

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  4. I love visiting the zoo and love the photos you captured for this post. I enjoy seeing the monkeys when I visit the zoo, I could watch them all day! I hope you had a lovely day.

    Ami xxx
    www.ami-rose.com

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  5. Wow! Fab pictures, I love days out at the zoo. My favourite animals to see is the lions.

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  6. Wow so much to see and do and so many different animals. I do love animals from Africa as that is where I am from

    Laura x

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  7. Whoa! This is definitely a fun activity. I'm always amazed to see different animals that usually live in the wild. It's just an opportunity to get close to them.

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  8. I love Chester Zoo. It holds very precious memories for me x

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  9. I love visiting the zoo, this looks Ike a great one. I love that goat (it is?) picture! My favourites are the giraffes x

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  10. You got some stunning photos here! The sea lion tunnel sounds great. I will have to visit here one day as I love zoos.

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  11. It sounds like a fantastic family day out! It looks like there is plenty to see and do. Fab photos. I like the monkeys. They are always so funny. #CountryKids

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  12. I must say E&E haven't been to any other Zoo except the London Zoo. Colchester Zoo looks really great. I think it is also for us to go for a revisit too. I love your gorgeous photos. I know taken photos can be really tricky, but I think you have done a great job! xx #CountryKids

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  13. Wonderful pictures, you really do get close to the animals at Chester Zoo. I'd love to visit, it is not far from my brother so one day we will get there. A good tip to book on line and take a picnic, especially if you have a large group as you did. What a great venue for a big get together. I think the Penguins are my favourite, I'd love to be around for feeding time there.

    Thank you for sharing your day on #CountryKids

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  14. Love all your fab photos! We've never been to Colchester Zoo but it looks amazing! Our favourite animals are the Big Cats! Popping over from #CountryKids x

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  15. Wow, you got some amazing pictures and must have got really close to the animals. I love Colchester zoo, my kids will always remember feeding the giraffes there. Mich x #CountryKids

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  16. I've not been to Colchester Zoo. Lots to see by the looks of it. You are super organized taking your picnic and how wonderful to share the day with all your family. #CountryKids

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  17. We have never been to Colchester Zoo and it certainly looks and sounds like it has a great variety of animals. I love that there's food there but also plenty of places to have a picnic Mine would appreciate the play areas too. #countrykids

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  18. I love a zoo too. I'm so lazy when we're out and about, I rarely take a picnic - it just means extra to carry and I always seem to be parked so far away. #countrykids

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  19. feeding the elephants sounds so much fun! fab pictures too! #KCACOLS

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  20. I don't remember the last time I visited a zoo but I love the giraffes! Thanks so much for linking up to #KCACOLS hope you can come back again next time :)

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  21. Never been there before but we love visiting zoo's! My favourite animal are elephants! #KCACOLS

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  22. It looked really good. I love it when even the weather can not dampen having fun. I can't wait to take the girls back to the zoo and see how they are now with all the animals. I think the girls are going to absolutely love the monkeys. :-) x

    #twinklytuesday

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  23. great pics! We spend a lot of time during the summer at the zoo also #KCACOLS

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  24. WOW you've got some fantastic shots there, my kids love going to the zoo #pocolo

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  25. Great shots of the animals - it's hard to photograph animals in enclosures.

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  26. Have been to a zoo in ages, you've taken some great photos here Sarah, glad to read that you had a lovely time :)

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  27. sounds and looks really great. I love the idea of getting to feed some animals, I'd love feeding the goats. Your photos look awesome too. #mainylovessummer

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  28. What amazing photos you've managed to capture. Looks like a fab day and good idea about the picnic, we always take most of our own food so that we know we will all be well fed and not have to fork out loads on what can be quite expensive outlets. Thanks vey much for linking up with the summer linky.
    Mainy
    #mainylovessummer

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