Santa Is Coming To Paradise Wildlife Park TOMORROW!

I am a Paradise Wildlife Park Blog Ambassador and have been gifted with an annual pass in return. From time to time, I will let you know what events will be coming up at Paradise Wildlife Park.

Christmas is fast approaching and as a blog ambassador for Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxburn Woods, I am so very excited to let you know that Santa Claus will be arriving tomorrow from 10.30am (Saturday 26th November) and you are all welcome! He will then be in his grotto at Paradise from 17th December right up to Christmas Eve.  Tickets cost £4.50 for park visitors on top of your normal entrance fee.

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Santa not only delivers to humans but also to all of the creatures at Paradise Wildlife Park too, did you know that? Let’s hope the animals have been nice instead of naughty!

In his sleigh pulled by snow white horses, Santa will be opening Paradise’s Christmas Craft Fayre before joining his reindeer in the Park and taking his place in his magical Christmas Grotto! Don’t forget to check out the Christmas Craft Fayre too!

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You can visit Santa every weekend at Paradise from the 26th November and every day from the 17th December until Christmas Eve. He will be in his Grotto from 11:30am – 12:30pm and 3:00pm – 4:00pm. He’s in major demand though so please book your place as soon as possible. Tickets cost £4.50 each and can be booked now on the Paradise Wildlife Park Website –  and everyone who visits Santa will, of course, receive a present. 

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A note about Paradise Wildlife Park

Paradise is an award winning, family run Wildlife Park set in the beautiful surroundings of Broxbourne Woods in the Hertfordshire Countryside. It has been voted Hertfordshire’s Top Tourist Attraction and has a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence. It is home to over four hundred exotic wild animals and Paradise also offers a huge range of family friendly experiences – On Safari Adventure Golf, Formula Fun, Woodland Railway, Paradise Lagoon, playgrounds, Tumble Jungle and lots more.

They are very proud to be the leading zoo in Europe for animal experiences with over thirty incredibly popular (pre bookable) exotic animal experiences, from ‘Feeding the Big Cats’, ‘Shadowing a Keeper’ and ‘Meeting the Meerkats’ to ‘Tickling a Tapir’! Getting close to the animals and educating through fun and they are deeply proud of its status as an active supporter of animal welfare and conservation.

They have made contributions of over £5,000,000 to conservation projects and wildlife causes in the UK and around the world and are part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme with successful African Penguin, Lar Gibbon, Cotton Top Tamarin, Silvery Marmoset & Red Ruff Lemur births in the past year alone. They were also the first zoo in Europe to receive a double Platinum Award for funds raised for the EAZA Tiger Conservation Initiative and are Platinum Award winners for funds raised for the Lemur and Madagascan EAZA appeal and they are an active member of the British, European and World Association of Zoos.

 

Enjoy Howl-O-Ween at Paradise Wildlife Park This Half Term!

Starting on the 22nd of October at Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire is their Halloween special, Howl-O-Ween. Starting with Wolf Night (which my other half is gutted about missing as we’re actually away and wolves are his favourite animal!), there is a whole week’s worth of spooky fun right up until Halloween on the 31st of October. There are even chances to win stuff with the #fabzoolus Howl-o-ween hunt where the kids can win some yummy treats and also be in with a chance to win a Snooze at the Zoo experience for the family.

Upon arrival all children will receive free wolf masks as they explore our Wolves Woodland Walk and encounter free roaming Wolves. They get to experience the fear factor of getting up close and personal with some of the creepy crawly animals in the daily Creepy Critters shows or join in with Team Paradise and go crazy with them in their Spooktacular dance and games performances – and if this wasn’t enough, they can also check out Dracula’s Bat House or enjoy watching the many Beautiful animals tuck into some scrumptious pumpkin enrichment.  Sounds like fun, right? We’re gutted to be missing it but luckily got the chance to visit Paradise Wildlife Park this past weekend to see what it was like.

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We weren’t quite sure where to start when it came to going round the park – there was just so much to look at! Since we will be attending again very soon, we didn’t quite get to everything but we did manage to do quite a lot – from feeding the animals to Jack and Steve holding snakes and bearded dragons! We had some lunch in one of the restaurants and saw some beautiful animals up close.

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There is so much for adults and children alike to do and we still have so much to do and see next time – we haven’t yet ridden the woodland train, taken advantage of the adventure golf nor has Jack truly explored the playgrounds with slides and things aplenty. He has however really enjoyed the many photo opportunities there are around the park as you can see below:

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We had a fantastic first time visiting Paradise Wildlife Park and can’t wait to go back again soon. We are gutted to be missing the Halloween half term fun but we are looking forward to seeing what other events are to come over the next year. We are very lucky to have been chosen as official blogger ambassadors for the next year so we will be visiting a few times, especially at specific times of year where major events are going on.

Have you ever been to Paradise Wildlife Park?

 

We are lucky enough to have been chosen as official bloggers for Paradise Wildlife Park and have been gifted with an annual pass so that we can blog about the various events happening over the next year. All thoughts and opinions are honest, unbiased and our own.

Gravity Force St Albans

We recently attended the launch day of the new Gravity Force site in St Albans, along with a few other bloggers. I don’t have many photos from the day as I wasn’t allowed to jump due to being pregnant and whilst Steve jumped with Jack and his friend Ben, he tried to get as many as he could – you can see a variety over on my Instagram.

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Despite me not being able to jump and watching from the sidelines, everyone had a great day. The boys enjoyed bouncing around on the trampolines and especially loved jumping into the foam pit as you can see above. It took Steve a few attempts to get the boys away from it as they constantly kept queuing up.

The whole place and experience is meticulously planned and I cannot fault the team at all. Upon arrival you are greeted and asked if you have signed your waiver forms (to enable the children to jump). If not, someone will take you to sign them or you can head on over to the desk and let them know you have arrived before you receive a wristband and some grip socks for jumping.

You are then taken into a side room for a safety briefing – its so important to keep safe when doing activities like this and the Gravity Force team were great at putting everyone at ease and letting them know what was and wasn’t allowed. The boys especially loved the Instagram cutout as you can see from the pictures below…

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As you can see, the safety area is very spacious so there is plenty of room for children and their families to get their briefing. Once the briefing is over, staff take you through to the trampoline park itself.

I cannot fault the staff when it comes to safety. There was always someone close by should you require any assistance and they always made sure to stop anyone from doing something they weren’t supposed to – a few children kept trying to jump in the foam bit when it wasn’t their turn but the staff quickly noticed and put a stop to it, avoiding any potential injuries to anyone.

I watched from the extremely spacious cafe section upstairs which offers a wide variety of food and drinks. With sofas, coffee tables and other tables and chairs aplenty, there is plenty of space to sit and look out on the trampoline park.

What can I say about Gravity Force that I haven’t already said? If you are looking for an inexpensive, safe but fun day out, perhaps consider heading to your local Gravity Force trampoline park. We will definitely be heading back again soon – Jack even wants his birthday party there!

We were invited to the launch day FOC to review the new park

Afternoon Tea For Two At Moggerhanger Park

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I had never been for afternoon tea until a few weeks back. It has always been on my list of things to try and I even put it on my 30 before 30 list as something I was determined to do before the age of 30. Well, I’ve done it and let me just say, it was incredible.

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I was invited by the team at Moggerhanger Park  to sample their afternoon tea. Moggerhanger Park is just up the road from us in Bedfordshire and we enjoyed a leisurely drive there only to come across the most beautiful stately home and grounds. Not only do they offer afternoon tea but they also offer tours round the grounds, walks and even a playground. We parked up in the spacious car park after passing some sheep roaming free (this was a delight to see and it is great that they put signs up to warn you to drive slowly and carefully because of the animals). The sheep seemed unfazed by us and we continued on our way to The Old Kitchen in preparation for our afternoon tea.

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We were greeted by the most loveliest member of staff when we arrived, she was very attentive throughout our experience as were the two young men who were also working with her. The weather was a little precarious but we decided to sit outside under one of the parasols whilst the sun was shining and even when it started to rain, the staff checked to see if we were okay – I felt so sorry for them but what amazing customer service!

We were asked what tea we would like and we opted for green tea which arrived quickly and there was plenty enough for my friend and myself. We were also asked what sandwich fillings we liked – I opted for prawn mayonnaise and my friend opted for ham – we were pleasantly surprised when the sandwiches arrived with the cakes and we had sandwich upon sandwich for ourselves! We were unsure if we could manage it all but we knew we would give it a good go!

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The sandwiches were delicious – they were full to the brim, no skimping on filling here, oh no – and the prawn mayo was just right. The cake stand with all the cakes, macarons and scones on it was so pretty, it looked too good to eat – but of course we had to tuck right in. We were treated to scones with clotted cream and jam, macarons which my friend had never tried before which was an experience in itself plus brownies, big slices of cake and so much more! Every mouthful was delicious and we are even talking about taking a friend there for her 30th birthday next year.

I would definitely recommend visiting Moggerhanger Park for afternoon tea or perhaps even for lunch or a tour of the grounds. It is a beautiful estate and I definitely want to visit again.

Have you ever been?

We were offered the afternoon tea for two for free in exchange for an honest review 

A Murder Mystery Dinner with Far Out Theatre at West Compton Manor

I was recently invited to possibly the most exciting opportunity I have ever had through this blog, a murder mystery dinner and stay overnight. The murder mystery part was performed by the lovely people behind Far Out Theatre at West Compton Manor and we were able to stay overnight in order to really enjoy the proceedings. It was a little drive to Dorset but it was more than worth it as we had a fantastic time.

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I’ve been slightly delayed in getting this post up as we’ve all been suffering from sickness bugs recently and I wanted to ensure I published this with a clear head so I could talk about just how much we enjoyed ourselves. You may have seen my numerous pictures on Instagram about it, I’m sure you can see I had a great time.

West Compton Manor itself is an absolutely gorgeous place and we were very honoured to stay there. When we arrived, we were invited in for tea and cake before being shown to our rooms. We were totally not expecting the team at Far Out Theatre to already be in character but it was great, really building the excitement before the dinner later on that evening. Ben Tover was indeed a very good butler.

I’ve always wanted to do a murder mystery so was excited to see how it would proceed and we were shown five scenes, all based on the day of Edd N Buried’s funeral and his wake thereafter, of which we were all attendees. One scene was played out before we retired to the room for dinner, others whilst eating.

We were able to question the suspects between these scenes and really put the team from Far Out Theatre on the spot. Fair play to them, they responded well despite having some very strange ways thrown their way from Steve and Amy aka Everything Mummy! The food we had was absolutely delicious and we were supplied with plenty of wine to make our stay as hospitable as possible. What we didn’t realise was that the cast actually prepared the food themselves alongside the performance and our sometimes very intrusive questions – how amazing are they?

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We were treated to a Bloody Mary Veloute, then stuffed mushroom to start followed by goulash and ice cream for dessert. It all tasted delicious – I especially enjoyed the mushroom starter – and since we are talking about food, I have to mention the gorgeous breakfast I was made the next morning – it tasted divine and was exactly what I needed!
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Throughout the five scenes, our choices for the perpetrator changed many times but when it came to opting for who we thought had done it, I went with my original thought. With all the information we had gathered together, mine seemed like a viable bet and I like to fancy myself as a detective when watching or reading murder mysteries anyway. I was wrong. Only one person got it right and that was Steve, which he was incredibly smug about!

After the perpetrator had been revealed, we spent some time chatting with the Far Out Theatre team and Ashley who owns West Compton Manor. They are an incredibly friendly bunch and a great group of people to have a laugh with. They are very talented and I wish them well with the murder mystery dinners in the future – I’ve been recommending them to everyone!