Now that restrictions have eased a little; I’m so glad to be able to start going out again, and this week we visited Newquay Zoo!
Of course the lockdown has had a huge impact on many businesses and so we wanted to try and support some local places by paying them a visit. There are of course many places to donate too, which is really amazing; and a great way to support the places you love if you can spare a little to help any of those struggling.
Newquay Zoo, is actually one of the first places I visited when I moved to Cornwall almost ten years ago; and we’ve been a few times since; because it’s great for a wander, and of course who doesn’t like seeing lots of cute animals!
Newquay Zoo is found in Trenance Gardens; at Trenance Leisure Park in Newquay, not too far from the town centre. Like many places at the moment, we had to pay in advance and pre-book an arrival time, choosing early afternoon. We could stay as long as we liked after this.
We ended up staying for three hours, which was plenty of time; though could have stayed longer, we’d paid that much in parking. Parking is a private car park which does charge; so you will need to take this into account when you are planning your visit.
It was a lovely sunny day when we visited; and the zoo is within 13 acres of gardens; so it’s absolutely wonderful on a nice day! (Though we have visited in winter too, and it was just as much fun). There is currently a one way system in place to keep people distanced safely; and still able to see everyone and everything.
The indoor walkthroughs are currently closed.
How cute are all the animals?! I tried to take lots of photos! It was such a lovely day; we had a great time, seeing lots of animals, who were clearly enjoying the warm weather too!
Our day out to Screech Owl Sanctuary – Click Here
Food and drink
After one loop around, Stu and I stopped for a bite to eat and a cup of tea; the on site cafe is open; and there are plenty of food and drink options available. Though you can’t enjoy indoors at present; there was a good uncomplicated queue system and lots of tables and seating outside.
It’s so nice to be out and about again! Stu and I had a really nice day, and it was great to see lots of other families there out and enjoying it too!
I know Zoos can be a bit controversial; though it is important to remember; MANY are engaged in programs to protect and maintain species worldwide. While I understand some people may not be a fan, I think they’re a fun way to learn about animals, see some you won’t see elsewhere, and of course help in the effort to protect endangered species.
We had a great day, and definitely recommend it as a local day out for all the family!
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