Visiting Twycross Zoo during a Stay, Play, Explore break to Leicestershire

During April we were invited to try a Stay, Play and Explore short break in Leicestershire.

For just £149 (£159 during bank holiday weekends) a family of 2 adults and 2 children can visit any 3 out of 10 exciting attractions and enjoy overnight accommodation including breakfast at a choice of 4 star family friendly hotels and for larger families like ours you can buy an additional child ticket for £20.

The attractions included are National Space Centre, Conkers, Twycross Zoo, Twinlakes Theme Park, Stonehurst Family Farm, Swadlincote Ski Centre, Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre, Bosworth Water Park  and King Richard III Visitor Centre.

We were keen to explore places that we have not been before so decided upon a visit to Twycross zoo, home to the largest collection of monkeys and apes in the Western World and more excitingly for us, it is also the home to a herd of elephants.

Twycross zoo isn’t the largest zoo we have visited, but it is perfectly formed with exciting trails to follow, hidden delights and more than enough to see and do for a full day out.

Twycross Zoo

Despite being home to many apes and monkey’s there are plenty of other animals to see, including big cats, giraffes, elephants, birds and a petting area to meet friendly farm animals.

The Amur Leopards are one of the first animals we came across and we were excited to see them running around and playing. One even jumped up at the glass window, much to the kids excitement, but it was a really sobering moment when we discovered that they are the most endangered big cats with just 30 – 35 left in the wild.

Twycross Zoo

Information about the animals is something that Twycross Zoo do brilliantly. There is signage all over the enclosures with interesting facts about the animals and a scale which shows the danger of extinction levels.

Twycross Zoo

We managed to time our visit to each enclosure perfectly to coincide with the keeper talks which were fun and informative. The elephants didn’t seem bothered about being the centre of attention, but the giraffe’s played up for the camera, enjoying a bit of play fighting.

Twycross Zoo

It was the apes where we learned the most though, despite visiting our local Monkey World regularly. We discovered that apes are divided into two groups; great apes, which include gorillas, chimpanzees, orang utans, bonobos and humans; and small apes, which are gibbons and siamangs.

Twycross Zoo

There was one gorilla who was enjoying himself a little too much *cough* and another who did his best catalogue pose for us. Twycross Zoo opened its new Gibbon Forest last year, which is a huge 4000 square metre enclosure which was very impressive, although all the gibbons appeared to in hiding for us.

Twycross Zoo

From the moment we arrived, Eliza was desperate to visit the butterfly enclosure and we found it just behind Gibbon forest. We were treated to watching not one, but two butterflies emerging from their chrysalis’ and then I had one settle on my shoulder and hubby has one attracted to his phone – maybe it wanted a selfie?

Twycross Zoo

By now it was time to stop for lunch. Twycross Zoo has The Fish Bar, serving fish and chips, The Vine restaurant and The View restaurant serving home cooked hot dishes, Costa Coffee and a range of house toasties on ciabatta and focaccia breads.

I have to admit that I wish we had gone back to the Fish Bar as we chose the kids lunch box option where you choose five items for £4.95, only there were only three to choose from. This was the only downside of an otherwise brilliant day and we were advised it was because they were waiting for a delivery. Not that the kids were bothered – they wolfed their food down and headed out to the park and petting area.

Twycross Zoo

Last time we visited a zoo, Isaac and Eliza were too nervous to feed the Lorikeets, but on this visit they decided to give it a go and although the birds didn’t sit on their hands, they bravely managed to feed them some nectar.

Twycross Zoo

Our final animals of the day were to find the Zebra, which had been hiding earlier and the elusive Snow Leopard.

Twycross Zoo

I would highly recommend a visit to Twycross Zoo. There is plenty to do come rain or shine as they also have a large Jungle Soft Play area if the weather turns, although there is an additional charge to use it.

Disclaimer: We were guests of Visit Leicester and received a Stay, Play, Explore break for the purpose of a review.

Country Kids


14 thoughts on “Visiting Twycross Zoo during a Stay, Play, Explore break to Leicestershire

  1. Stephanie says:

    These stay and plays offers sound great! Going to look into them

  2. Kerry Norris says:

    This looks like a fab zoo. Love you pictures. Seems as though they have a huge variety of animals to see x

  3. Natalia says:

    what a nice zoo! I’d love to visit it!

  4. I live really close to Twycross & still haven’t been! It looks like a really good day out and love that there is plenty of things to do even if it is raining. Sophie loves a bit of soft play 😀 x

  5. Clair says:

    Can’t beat a trip to the zoo, especially to see the monkeys!

  6. I can see the kids had a great time. Need to take mine to a zoo.

  7. Cass Bailey says:

    We’ve done the Stay, Play, Explore before and found it amazing value. Twycross zoo is lovely isn’t it? x x x

  8. Cass Bailey says:

    We’ve done the Stay, Play, Explore before and found it amazing value. Twycross zoo is lovely isn’t it? x x x

  9. Lilinha says:

    What a fantastic deal, seems like you had so much fun. We would love to explore Leicestershire too!

  10. Sabina Green says:

    Ooh that sounds like a really good deal, we could definitely make use of a pass like that. We haven’t been to Twycross before but it’s on our list. We went to Conkers last Summer and loved it so will definitely be going back there. The Space Centre is AMAZING!! We still have plenty more places to explore in Leicestershire, thank you for the heads up x

  11. Looks like a fun place to visit. The kids looked like they had a great time 🙂

  12. joanna says:

    Twycross zoo looks loads fun and great to explore. Love your photos.

  13. Wow what a great idea that pass is. We don’t live far from Leicestershire and have been to Twycross zoo though not for a while – think we are due a return visit as there is so much to see and do. Love your photographs xx

  14. Twycross zoo looks like such fun, my children would love visiting here. I will have to make sure we visit if we are ever in the area. The stay lay explore breaks sound like such amazing value xx

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