A Visit To Chester Zoo

During a very chilly day last weekend we suddenly felt we should pop into Chester Zoo. Little Z is always very keen to see some animals and, as he’s got older, appreciates real life ones as opposed to the cartoon ones he sees on TV regularly. It was probably not the best day to make a visit given that a doomy storm threatened over head on our way there, but we were nearly there by the point it looked like it was going to chuck it down and had we no choice but to wrap up warm or turn back. We decided to brave it and it was a brilliant day out. Since watching Our Zoo on TV I was really keen to see the place that George Mottershead, the founder of the zoo, had opened in 1931.

It is a vast estate which houses the zoo itself as well some very pretty gardens and is evidently a much loved place with a massive stream of visitors despite the chilly weather. If you’ve seen the series you’ll know it wasn’t an easy journey to opening his zoo with much uncertainty and objection from neighbouring residents. Open it did though and it’s gone onto becoming a firmly loved place within the North West.

Little Z was eager to get going once he got his hand on a map and it was amusing to watch him try to get his bearings on a pretty large zoo whilst looking at a map he couldn’t yet read. He was determined to guide us though so we saw very little of the routes we should be taking. Luckily there are sign posts every hundred yards or so and we ended up just winging it. With his new blue coat on that has been affectionately named “My Baa Baa Black sheep coat” (on account of the very fluffy wool lining) he refused to take his hood off for the entire day and we took to calling him Kenny (from South Park) on occasion. We were duly corrected each time.

As it was so cold, some of the animals preferred to understandably take sanctuary within their warm homes so unfortunately we didn’t get to see the elephants or much of the tigers properly. We did get a very close up view of the lion and lionesses though and observing their relationship with each other was a really nice sight to see.

Little Z thought each animal would respond to him if he called them. E.g. “Flamingoooooo! Flamgingoooooos!!!”
I think they were slightly busy standing on one leg in their big pond but I’m sure they would have come over otherwise. He was very impressed with the lions and kept running alongside the enclosure to get a good look at them, then asked to be picked up and put right next to them. As majestic and lovely as they looked we didn’t comply with that particular request of his. I think he was most impressed with his go in a Chester Zoo jeep!

The rhions are also a very worthy visit and their enclosure is heated up to a very warm temperature so its a brilliant place to warm up a bit if you’re feeling cold. As long as you don’t mind the slight whiff of manure.
Chester Zoo is one of those places that needs most of a day to get round and with our impromptu visit, we didn’t quite manage to see everything. It’s definitely a good excuse to go back for more sometime soon though. As well as maybe coupling it up with a trip to the nearby outlet village!

Here are some of the pics from our ultra chilly day. I definitely could do with a coat like his!

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41 thoughts on “A Visit To Chester Zoo”

  1. Fab pics. I couldn’t help smiling at Z with his map! It sounds like you had a lovely day. It’s years since we last went, so we ought to go again soon. Like you, I loved Our Zoo and would be interested to see what I recognise from the series!
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  2. What fantastic photos! We loved the program and it was amazing to see how the zoo came about. We haven’t been to a zoo for years but would love to go there as I rowed in Chester when I was at Uni and it is a really lovely place.
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  3. Awww this is where that cute photo of Z was taken! Amazing photos. I always love Flamingos. The color and their flawlessness! Its been awhile since we last went to a Zoo and my son is young then. Too young to take things in. I think its right time we go back but we need to save! Its does look cold but I am glad it doesnt look like it rained =) #magicmoments
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  4. It’s such an amazing place, isn’t it, but as I’m forced to go pretty much EVERY WEEK, I’ve almost lost my enthusiasm for it. We have a family pass so spend an awful lot of time there. However, even on the worst days, they still have the best ice cream.

  5. Looks like a great day out, Well done to you guys for braving the cold (and letting the little one navigate, ha ha!). I love the first photo of Z. Candid shot: perfect! Gorgeous coat, too!

  6. Your photos are fab as always. I love Chester Zoo but it is definitely a full day out, they do some lovely events around Christmas that I’m hoping we’ll make it to next year. I would quite like a coat like Little Z too, they hood does look very warm!
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  7. Oh what a beautiful family day out. We love chester zoo. I was just saying to Mr P we need to take the kids again we haven’t gone in so long. Looks amazing. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme
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  8. We often visit Colchester Zoo and it’s always a fun day out – amazing that you can get so close to the Tigers at Chester, the full length window is such a great idea because you can really experience the majesty of these gorgeous creatures. Lovely, lovely post and photos Taz x

  9. Wonderful photographs, love that you’ve used your dSLR here because it shows Little and Big Zs off brilliantly. There’s proof that Big Z exists! I’d love to visit Chester Zoo, especially after watching Our Zoo.

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