Summer 2019: Day 32 – South Lakes Safari Zoo and home via The Wallace and Gromit Cheese Factory
This summer I’ve posted what we’ve been up to each day of the school holidays – you can see a summary of our adventures at our 2019: 42 Days of Summer page.
Today we travelled an hour south from Ambleside to the South Lakes Safari Zoo. I’d got a half price voucher from Planet Radio Offers.
It was an interesting experience. The zoo was taken over by new owners a couple of years ago after serious allegations into how it was being managed (including an employee death, animals escaping, and the zoo owner being stabbed in the neck after having an affair with a rugby players wife). You can read more on Wikipedia – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Lakes_Safari_Zoo
Walking round the zoo felt like I was in Jurassic Park after it had become dilapidated. The restaurants, toilets and safari branded signage were great quality, but some parts such as the mini railway were deserted with no explanation which didn’t feel right during peak season.
Most importantly the animals looked healthy and well cared for (especially the rhinos, lions, tigers and flamingos) and being in the enclosures with the animals was a special experience. It was good to see lots of young animals too.
The boys loved the howler monkeys and stroking the kangaroos. They also enjoyed playing in the park. Dad liked the arctic wolves. I liked the snow leopard, and was nervous walking through the birds of prey as some were huge.
We travelled home via Wensleydale Creamery at Hawes (home of Wallace and Gromit branded cheese), and I can’t recommend this place enough for a stop off. They have a whole room of cheese with free samples galore.
Have you been to South Lakes Safari Zoo? Or the Wensleydale Creamery?