This weekend we were invited to a special VIP day out at Woburn Safari Park with Vauxhall to celebrate their all new family-friendly Crossland X.
We got up nice and early and made the 2.5 hour drive to Woburn where we were greeted at the gate with a fabulous goody bag for the kids and then enjoyed a scrummy breakfast in the Safari Restaurant whilst waiting for the rest of the guests to arrive.
We enjoyed a short talk on the Crossland X which is promoted as a family car / SUV crossover, combining space and style with a family friendly price-tag and then it was back to the cars for a special Safari drive-through experience.
Seeing a dozen Crossland X cars in a rainbow of colours driving in convoy through a safari park was almost as exciting as seeing the animals.
Isaac was in charge of photography for me and did a brilliant job of capturing fantastic images of all the animals.
We were not expecting to find North American black bears on our safari, but we saw 6 of Woburn’s 10 bears as we drove through their enclosure and were surprised at how agile they were as their clambered up the trees.
The winding road takes you through pastures of Bison, Zebra and Wild Horses and Vauxhall’s photographer got some amazing pictures of the cars as a backdrop to the wildlife.
From the grasslands it was then onto the Savannah where we spotted the white rhino, antelope and ostriches.
The big cats are always a highlight of a safari, but I am not sure they were really enjoying the rather damp and overcast UK weather.
Only the tiger bravely lay on the top of his sleeping platform, whilst the lions hid in their shelter.
Next up were the Rothschild’s Giraffe, who were enjoying roaming their winter enclosure.
The final location for the drive through was the African Forest which is home to a troop of cheeky monkeys.
I have to admit that I thought Vauxhall were quite brave letting us drive through this section as the monkey’s are notorious for trying to take apart anything brave enough to drive in, however, they were on their best behaviour and the most we got were a few muddy footprints and a slightly chewed aerial.
The drive through was then followed by a walk-through tour where we got to see meerkats and prairie dogs.
There was also a chance to feed some Lorikeets which I have been trying to persuade the kids to do for ages. Eliza finally plucked up the courage and loved it so much we had to do it twice!
Sadly we only had an hour to explore this area, so we missed the penguins and sea lions, but instead headed 10 minutes up the road to Chicheley Hall for lunch and afternoon tea as a Mothers Day Treat.
I have only had afternoon tea once and was disappointed, but this was amazing. There were sandwiches, scones and the all important cakes and the kids loved it as much as I did.
To add to the day, there was also entertainment for the kids which they thoroughly enjoyed and it gave us adults a chance to relax, chat and enjoy the afternoon.
With balloon modelling, games, singing, dancing and random face-pulling the kids did not want to leave.
Thank you Vauxhall for a fabulous day out, we all thoroughly enjoyed it and thank you for the use of your photo’s – Isaac did a fine job for me, but only of the animals and not the cars!
We previously took the Crossland X on holiday to the Lake District and you can read my review here.