Cats & Chickens: An Adventure to Ballsall & Woodgate Farms

I have been stuck inside for too long and the sadness is seeping into my bones. Stuart heals my weary heart with a trip to a healing cat, clucking hens, and screaming geese amongst the hailstones… Today’s adventure is a little trip back in time to last summer, and while we are currently stuck inside,…

Afternoon Tea & Pandas: An Adventure at Edinburgh Zoo

It is a dreary Autumn afternoon in Edinburgh as we make our way through the penguins to the grand ivy-covered manor house. A warm brew and an array of delectable sweet treats is the little of luxury that we needed to continue our adventure up the steep hillside of Edinburgh Zoo to discover all the…

Whales & Penises: A Trip to The Icelandic Phallological Museum

First and foremost, I would like to thank my amazing Grandparents for treating my brother and I to this fantastic holiday in Iceland in 2015. This is a bit of a throwback post, but I remember this trip with such fondness that I wanted to share a few of our animal adventures… “The Icelandic Phallological…

Meerkat Surprises: A Birthday Trip to Bugtopia the Zoo

I am wearing a long mesh skirt, which attracts the attention of multiple curious noses, and they start to dart in and out of my feet, climbing around the mesh as they scrabble for more worms…. “Bugtopia is a family owned small zoo with an emphasis on interactivity and affordable fun for the entire family….

Castles & Animals: A trip to Dudley Zoo

The sun is shining brightly, there is a warm summer breeze swirling the fabric of my dress, and I am moving slowly through the air as adorable fluffy monkeys play on the hillside below my dangling feet…. “Hundreds of exotic and endangered animals inhabit an ancient wooded hillside, with a rich geological history, around the ruins of…

Bonsais in Winter: A Trip to Winterbourne House & Gardens

It is Winter. The world is still cold, and in the New Year, the people are only just starting to come out of the hibernation of the festive season. We wake ourselves up on this cold sunny morning to quiet our minds surrounded by a beautiful botanical garden… “Winterbourne is a rare surviving example of…

#TBT – Deer & Ducks: A Trip to Beecraigs Country Park

This adventure is a throwback to 2013 to our little family weekend wander through Beecraigs Country Park… “The woodland at Beecraigs Country Park is carefully managed by the council to provide a fantastic resource for local residents to enjoy our stunning natural environment. We balance the needs of retaining woodland areas to provide shelter for…

Conventions: A trip to The Birmingham Entomological Show 2019

“We are back at Edgbaston Cricket Ground for another superb entomological show. This will feature a huge range of both live and papered specimens of tarantulas, beetles, moths, butterflies, katydids and stick insects as well as a host of other species. A full range of equipment will also be available including housing, moth traps, books,…

My Pets: Giant African Millipedes

“The Midland Entomological Fayre is held twice yearly and is a great friendly show for all ages. There is a huge amount of livestock / dried and mounted specimens of butterflies, moths, tarantulas, beetles, stick insects etc as well as books and equipment. There is a host of well recognised traders and collectors as well…

Feathers & Flying: A S&D Falconry Experience

Our adventure with S&D Falconry was a fantastic flying experience where we were able to learn all about five beautiful birds of prey. We were lucky enough to be able to fly these majestic birds, watch them perform incredible flying demonstrations, and enjoy listening to their history.

Jewellery & Animals: A Trip to Hellabrunn Zoo

The natural beauty was breathtaking, and the habitats for the animals were better than anywhere I have visited before. I was so so impressed. If you are in the Munich area, Hellabrunn Zoo is a must visit destination.

I Am A Happy Fluffy Jellyfish: A trip to SEA LIFE London Aquarium

My favourite exhibit was the jellyfish… obviously! There were a lot of species on display, more than I had ever seen before, and with the use of colour-changing lights they looked even more beguiling. I wandered around in these rooms for so long even Stuart was starting to get bored!!

Valentine’s & Self-Care: A trip to The Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

Akin to all animal parks, Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park plays an important role in conservation by breeding animals at risk of extinction in the wild. They work with other animal centres to generate, and maintain, healthy populations of endangered species. Through education with the centre, and events organised by the park, they are a great resource for raising awareness of the threats to endangered species and the environments they live in.

Feathers & Scales: A Trip to Birdland

Birdland makes for a wonderful day out, especially when combined with an adventure in the surrounding town: Bourton on the Water. There are so many captivating birds to marvel at and learn about in the centre, and if that was not enough to tempt you… I mean… they have dinosaurs… what more can I say!!

We Walked Alpacas: A trip to Charnwood Forest

We had a fantastic experience at Charnwood Forest Alpacas. Out in Leicester’s countryside lies Charnwood Forest, full of beautiful bundles of fluff, and many of which we were lucky enough to spend some quality time with! There are a number of relaxing alpaca experiences to choose from, and we booked for both a Cria Watch experience, and a 90-minute Walking Experience with the alpacas. Both were brilliant!

Meerkat Pups: A trip to Exotic Zoo

Exotic Zoo is a beautifully constructed centre for intriguing little creatures, with a focus on education and animal therapy. Highlights include characterful meerkats, a happy free-roaming pig, and a wonderful array of reptilian creatures!

Adventures & Howling: A trip to Twycross Zoo

Importantly, for me, Twycross Zoo has an ethos firmly rooted in conservation and education. To date, they have been involved in 55 conservation projects and has an extensive research programme in place. To me, this is a fundamental aspect of all zoos, and nature centres, as it provides a bedrock of supporting animal conservation in the wider world, and increasing knowledge of environmentalism, and conservation in the general public… which is really important!

Exotic Sanctuary: A Trip to Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre

Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre is a safe haven for exotic animals. Here they can have a chance at a second life, and recover from their neglected past lives. Highlights include beautiful wildcats, characterful raccoons, and a gigantic wolfdog!

Twit-twoo: A Trip to The Scottish Owl Centre

The Scottish Owl Centre is a perfect day out for owl lovers, old and new. Everything you have ever wanted to know about owls is right there, and all the birds are spectacular to see up close in all their feathered glory!