Newquay Zoo – find your favourite animal!
Cornwall’s largest zoo contains over 130 species, offering lots to see and do for the whole family. Hear the lions roar, feed the penguins, squirm at some creepy crawlies or admire the beautiful birds, there’s something or someone you’ll love! There are always talks being given by zoo keepers and animal encounters to attend if you want to learn more about the animals, as well the exhilarating activity trail to explore – a personal favourite! Younger children can transform into beautiful butterflies or scary spiders with a splash of facepaint, or stomp around the children’s play area like the elephants!
There are three spots to have a bite to eat or you’re welcome to bring your own food. These include Café Lemur (right next to Lemur Island), which offers a good range of homemade meals and treats from mainly local suppliers, as well as scrummy cakes and pastries. Between April and September and of course weather-permitting, the chefs put on a mouthwatering BBQ so that you can make the most of the outdoor seating, or you can head to Tippy’s snack bar which is a mixture of the two! There are several ice cream kiosks too for hot days…
A personal favourite is the gift shop on the way out – beware though, you have to walk through to leave the zoo so the kids may be tempted! They stock everything from cuddly toys of your favourite zoo animals, to books and Fair Trade products, with a large proportion of the profit going towards charitable objectives.
The zoo is a great place to go if you have a full day to spend in Newquay as there’s simply so much to see and do – if you love it that much, you can use your ticket for seven days. If you fancy exploring the surrounding area, you’re just next door to Waterworld, the park, the Boating Lake and Trenance Gardens.
The site is predominantly pushchair and wheelchair friendly with only a few steep hills, as well as the entrance being right next to the car park. It is definitely a treat – with adult tickets costing £13.30 and children £10.10 so if you have a toddler under three, be sure to say so as then it’s free. They also do group discounts if you’re going as part of a larger party, so bring your friends!
Visit the official website here