Monday 23 October 2017

Halloween Half Term at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Yesterday we were invited to Bristol Zoo Gardens to see what they had for Halloween half term which runs from the 21st-29th October. Bristol Zoo Gardens always has a special place in our hearts as both hubby and I visited there many times as children so it's always wonderful to take your kids back to those places that we enjoyed. 

We arrived about 11.30am which gave us plenty of time to explore the Zoo before it closed at 5pm. We parked onsite which cost £3.

There are a few activities for children to do which are specifically Halloween themed. There is a haunted trail, spooky storytime, creepy creature encounters and a halloween parade which are all free of charge. There are also various crafts available in the craft house which cost extra. 

The first thing we decided to do was head for some lunch as we were all starving. We ate in 'The Hide' restaurant which is a table service restaurant. There was a bit of a queue to get in  and we had to wait outside which was slightly annoying as it was drizzling and cold but the queue did move quite quickly. 

The kids chose to have the kiddies lunch box and hubby and I both had sandwiches. Eva loved her box and was fascinated by what it arrived in. Overall, we were impressed with the food and service.

We then headed for the craft house which was wonderfully decorated in spooky decor. The kids enjoyed colouring in masks and then they both had their faces painted. Eva decided she didn't want a spooky face and opted for a dog. Ophelia just had some whiskers painted on. The face painting costs £3.50 per child (we didn't pay for Ophelia) and there are plenty of designs to choose from including some spooky ones for halloween.

After that we decided to have a wander around the zoo and look for our favourite animals. The Zoo seems small but it's like a tardis. There are so many animals to see.

The reptile house was a big hit with the girls and dad. They loved seeing the snakes and brightly coloured frogs (mum not so much, snakes freak me out). 

We all enjoyed the aquarium especially spotting Nemo and Dory.

Eva is 2 years older than when we last visited (she's nearly 5) and what was amazing to see was her asking lots of questions about the animals and she was wanting to read and know all of the facts, rather than just watching the animals. She was particularly fascinated in the Gorilla's and couldn't believe how much they ate in a day. She also watched a video of a baby Gorilla being born via caesarean section which she thought was very cute.

We all loved Seal and Penguin coasts. Penguins are one of my favourite animals. They are so funny to watch and they seem to have such individual characters and personalities. We managed to catch the Seal talk which was fascinating to listen to. Eva loved seeing the Seal's listening and carrying out commands.

We ended the day with the girls playing in the outdoor playground. They had a good run about to tire their legs ready for our car journey back to Wales. We were able to sit down and enjoy a hot cup of tea whilst they played.

Overall, we had a great day out. The staff are all very friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. They were fab at interacting with the girls and teaching them new things to develop their enthusiasm. I think there was just the right amount of Halloween activities so as not to distract from enjoying the rest of the zoo. The kids absolutely loved it and therefore we may return in the Welsh half term next week.

There is currently a great offer on for Halloween half term 21-29th October which is a child ticket for just £5 when you book online. 

Keep your eyes peeled on my youtube channel for a video of our day out coming very soon.

*We were gifted with a family ticket to Bristol Zoo gardens in exchange for our honest opinion*



  1. What a fabulous idea. Well done Bristol zoo. The day looked spectacularly successful with loads to do for Haloween and regular zoo stuff. Fab value for money day out

  2. It looks great day out and Bristol is quite near too

  3. Glad you guys had a lovely time xx

  4. Oh what fun!! Bristol zoo is a lovely place for kids and nice to see they are offering so many great crafts and halloween stuff for this half term

    Laura x


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