Another day out for the family. Well, nearly all of the family, the oldest child is away camping for the week, leaving the
three of us to enjoy a day out at Banham Zoo
Banham Zoo can be found, as the name suggests, near the small village of Banham in Norfolk. Promising a host of
wild animals, including giraffes, zebras, monkeys, seals, penguins, and, in the Australian section kangaroos and
emus. Banham Zoo is set in several acres of grounds - perfect for children of all ages to run around in.
It's a giraffe - one of several to be seen at Banham Zoo
Banham Zoo isn't a cheap day out, but not many family attractions are cheap - £16 for an adult; and
£11.50 for a child. A 10% charity donation is added on automatically to this charge - but you do have the opportunity to remove this.
There is plenty of free parking though, and you can return to your car to pick up the picnic at any time.
After a morning looking at all the animals, we dragged the cool box from the car and settled down on a picnic table
at the playground. There's plenty of space for a good old sit down, while Jessica threw her lunch down her neck in 2 minutes flat - and went off
to try the helter scelter.
For those whose idea of a good day out doesn't include a picnic, there are plenty of opportunities to buy your
lunch while you're at Banham Zoo.
Have a sit down, while the nippers enjoy the playground
With a new zest for life which only a good picnic and a big mug of tea can induce, we set off
to what else we could find. One of the non-animal things to try is the "sky trek" ariel
trekking course. It's like an assault course, only 50 ft up in the air. It looks good fun, but
I must admit we didn't try this...
Got a head for heights? Try the Sky-Trek at Banham Zoo
Banham Zoo is a a nice way to spend a day, and we certainly had a good time. You don't need to be extremely
interested in animals to enjoy your time here either. Just a vague interest is enough to enjoy your day. And, of course,
there's that playground. Oh, and there's a road train which drives round the zoo - and gives you an opportunity to sit down for 10 minutes.
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Try a villa holiday in Europe and the Mediterranean during March, April and May. James Villas Spring Holidays is the place to look - and if you get in early enough you could get a bargain in the James Villa Holidays Half Price Sale.
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See the sights from the top of the Nevis Range in Scotland. Take a gondola up the mountain, and get some views from the Sgurr Finnisg-aig view point. You can always cycle down too - or take the cable car back down again.
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