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A Day Out To – Newquay Zoo

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.

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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.

Sitting in a giant Newquay Zoo anniversary deckchair... as you do!
Love me a giant deckchair…

Our Day

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.

Newquay Zoo, meerkat, tamarin, armadillo, penguins, lynx, capybara and tapirs

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!

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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.

Newquay Zoo, baboon, monekys, lemurs, deer, otters and bokiboky.

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!

Newquay Zoo - lions
We even got to see the lions get some food, after they worked up some energy chasing around a ball!

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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