Sadly lately I’ve felt like I haven’t been spending as much time with the kids at the weekends as I would like. I’m not sure whether it’s the fact that the weather has been a bit meh, so we’ve just been staying in doors and some what hibernating or if it’s just because our lives seems to be a lot busier than usual. Whatever the reason I have felt the dreaded mum guilt kicking in, so when we were invited to Noahs Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol recently to experience their Christmas Activities I jumped at the chance to spend quality time together as a family.
The festivities at Noah’s Ark start from the 20th November and finishes 23rd December. Thru out November the park is open 10.30am until 5.30pm and from December to January 10.30am to 4pm. We arrived at the park on a Saturday when it opened at 10.30am and I have to admit the park was busier than I thought it would be but thanks to the shear amount of space there wasn’t much waiting around to see and do things or queues.
As you explore the park you can follow the beautiful light trail around the zoo, reading you go Christmas story as they go. The trail is lit with hundreds of christmas lights which the kids loved looking at and you can read the Christmas story as you go on the mission to find St Nick and claim their delicious reward.
Between 12pm – 2pm daily, St Nicholas is in the N- shed hiding. Once we completed the Christmas trail, it was our turn to take the kids to meet him. The kids really enjoyed getting to meet him and hearing a bit about who he was and what he use to do. To keep in the spirit with things the kids were given a gold coin each (chocolate of course!) as a reward for finding him just like the real gold coins St Nicholas use to give to people. It was a lovely added touch to getting to meet him.
After visiting St Nicholas in the N-Shed, we had finished just in time to go and see the Elephants. Everyday at 1pm the Elephants are brought inside to the Elephant Eden for the zoo keepers to give an elephant talk. Also in the run up to Christmas the elephants having been enjoying eating Christmas trees which the keepers have hung up for them inside the Elephant Eden.
After the Elephants we took a walk around the park to see what other animals they had to offer. There are so many wonderful animals to see at Noah’s Ark zoo farm, everything from to camels to birds and even Gibbons. The Kids had so much fun watching the Gibbons enjoying there food, especially when they were using the toes and hands to hold it.
Before it was time to head home, as it was starting to get dark and a lot colder. we had two more things we wanted the chance to do before leaving, the first was feeding the goats with the kids, thing the kids had been asking to do since we had saw them earlier that day. The goat feed was avaliable for us to buy from the gift shop for £1 a bag which was great value. The second thing was to see one of the most Christmassy animals of all that Noahs Ark Zoo Farm had… The Reindeer.
The kids had loads of fun feeding the goats and seeing the Reindeer was a real magical way to end our day out. It was lovely experiencing all the christmas related activities Noahs Ark had to offer. I would definitely love to visit again try out some of the other things Noah’s Ark has to offer like the outdoor parks, indoor soft play area’s, a huge outdoor maze. The kids were so busy exploring and seeing the animals that sadly we didn’t get to see these. However we still had a fantastic day out and would definitely recommend for others to come and visit whilst the Christmas Event is on, theres even some extra special events planned on particular dates in December such as:
– Saturday 9th December: Ark Angel choir performance at 2pm in the Ark Arena.
– Saturday 16th December you can watch a festive performance of the Christmas story with real animals at 2pm in the Ark Arena.
-Saturday 23rd December you can get involved with your very own Christmas Nativity with real live animals, at 2pm in the Ark Arena.
All of which are included in the entry price you can just turn up and get involved.