On a rare Saturday together as a family, we decided to head to Twycross Zoo in Warwickshire. Although the zoo specialises in primates (there are loads!), you won’t be disappointed by the range of other animals you can see here. Make sure you have a look at the timetable for when the ‘Keeper Talks’ are taking place throughout the day. Access around the whole zoo is very good for pushchairs aside from a bumpy journey from some parts of the car park to the entrance. Entrance fees are £19.95 for adults, £14.95 for children aged between 2-16 years old and under 2s go free. These prices include a 10% Gift Aid donation to the zoo’s conservation work (a worthy cause!). If you book online you can save 5% from the prices mentioned above. Information about annual memberships can be found here.
Food & Drink
There are quite a few choices of places to eat at Twycross including an indoor picnic area, picnic benches outside and large grass areas if you have brought your own food. There are food and drink kiosks around the zoo as well as a fish and chip restaurant ‘Twycross Fish Bar’, Explorer Coffee House, The View Restaurant and Vine Cafe. We chose to eat at the The View Restaurant named so because it looks out onto the amazing snow leopard enclosure. The restaurant has plenty of room to park up your pram/pushchair and it’s easy to manoeuvre between most of the tables to find somewhere to sit. I managed to count around 20 highchairs, most of which were the Ikea Antilop highchair (without the tray) and were a perfect height for the tables. The food at The View is amazing quality but you’re looking at a main dish of about £10. The children’s menu offers a main, side, dessert and drink for £7. The coffee is Costa which is always a bonus for me. The only downside is that you have to place your order at the bar and carry the drinks back to the table which is fine if you’re with someone but you may have to ask for help if you’re by yourself with a little one attached to your hip…or leg – they’re very friendly and helpful so I’m sure someone would be more than willing to help. If you don’t want a full meal then I’d suggest heading to the Vine Cafe which sells sandwiches, toasties, hot/cold drinks and ice creams. For children, you can pick 5 items for £4.95.
The restaurant and cafe have three baby changing facilities – two of which are located within the accessible toilets and the third is a baby changing room (I didn’t get to look in it as it was locked each time I tried to see!). The baby changing facilities I used had a drop down table without a strap and the room was big enough for a pram and clean.
Within the same building as The View Restaurant and Vine Cafe is ‘The Jungle’ a multi-tiered soft play area open every day 10am-6pm. You don’t have to pay entrance to the zoo in order to access the restaurant, cafe or soft play area. The soft play area has a baby area for children aged 0-2, a toddler area for children aged 2-5 and an area for older children aged 5-12. It looked like so much fun but unfortunately Millie was absolutely shattered by the time we got round to it so we decided to leave it for another day. Prices for the soft play area are as follows:
- £4.50 for 3-12 year olds (members just £2)
- £3.50 for under 3s (members just £2)
- £1 for babies under age 1
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