Hiii there! Today’s Twiglet Top Tip is the fabulous Marwell Zoo 😊 We were kindly given tickets to visit the zoo and review the Lego Brickosaurs experience which is running until this coming weekend.
We visited last week (23rd August to be exact!) during peak summer holiday time. As we had left home slightly later than intended, I was a little worried about how busy it would be if we didn’t arrive at 10am for opening. But actually it was absolutely fine. It was certainly busy, but there wasn’t really a queue to get in.
When we arrived, the first thing we did was grab a couple of Lost Child stickers. Such a good idea – you just write your phone number on and stick it on the child’s back so they can’t reach it. Then if the child wanders off and becomes lost, a member of staff can call you. Great for peace of mind – losing one of the twigs is always my biggest fear!
Anyway, we were given a map of the Brickosaurs trail and saw a couple as soon as we walked through the entrance. The Lego dinosaurs were so cleverly built and lifesize – some were absolutely massive! The twiglets loved spotting them and finding out their names.
There were so many little touches on the Brickosaurs trail that really added to the mystery and excitement.
And of course, as well as spotting Brickosaurs, we also spotted lots and lots of animals.
The twiglets particularly loved the penguins as the underwater viewing cave meant you could get really close. They stood there for ages watching them swim past.
The giraffes were also incredible. We arrived just in time for a really interesting and informative talk – at least, I’m sure it would have been, but ya know, four-year-olds! 🙄
The layout of Marwell Zoo is pretty simple and it’s easy to find your way around (even for us!) It’s lovely and open with lots of space for little ones to run around. There’s also a little train and a road train which are really cute. If you visit, it might be a good idea to do one of these when you first arrive to help you get your bearings.
We had lunch at Café Graze. There were plenty of options for children, vegetarians etc and the food was really good. Although it was busy, there was plenty of seating. There are picnic areas too if you wanted to bring your own lunch. After this, we headed over to the Brickosaurs Base Camp.
The Base Camp was any Lego-loving child’s dream! Inside a large tent there were two big containers, one with Lego and one with Duplo. The twiglets have never played with proper Lego before as they only have Duplo at home, and they loved it! They spent ages absolutely engrossed in their creations. As did Daddy!
In the Base Camp tent, there was also face-painting and glitter tattoos. The twiglets chose the latter as they’d never had them before. They were very pleased with the result!
After lunch, we carried on round the trail and saw more Brickosaurs and more animals 😁
The meerkats were particularly cute! 😍
And of course, it wouldn’t be a day out without ice cream! The guy serving the ice cream was the happiest, smiliest person ever!
We also visited the play area which was brilliant. There were separate areas for different ages and the one for younger kids had sand – always a winner! There were lots of buckets and pulleys for moving the sand around, which kept the twigs entertained long enough for us to sit and drink a coffee yay!
We couldn’t resist getting the twigs a little souvenir from the shop. They chose a cuddly monkey and a lemur – they’re still carrying them around now!
Safe to say, we were all thoroughly exhausted after such a fun day. The Brickosaurs exhibition is on until 1st September so you only have a few days if you want to visit. And for the last weekend, the barriers are coming down! This means you can get up close to the Brickosaurs for some amazing photo opportunities.
But Brickosaurs or no Brickosaurs, I would thoroughly recommend a visit to Marwell Zoo. It’s perfect for families with young children as there’s so much to see and do. You can book tickets at https://www.marwell.org.uk/zoo/
Note: Our tickets were kindly gifted to us, however all views are honest and my own 🙂