Last week Mr M had a week of annual leave at home with me and the boys, and we had grand plans to sort out the house, de-clutter and spend some quality time together as a family. Sadly, the house is still a tip, BUT we did spend a wonderful day at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park. We have been before and thoroughly enjoyed it, and loved the opportunity to go again and see what they have to offer.
It had rained over night so we dressed Ted in wellies and a puddle suit so that he could run around as much as he wanted – and that he did! When we arrived at the park the sun was starting to shine and Ted made a bee-line to the giant sandpit near the entrance filled with diggers, buckets and spades. This was perfect for us as we sat watching him, bleary-eyed and enjoyed a coffee together. He was soon ready to move on and we explored the children’s play areas – there was a perfect toddler-sized part but Ted wanted to explore the bigger slides and swings as he usually does! There is so much open space and he loved the freedom to run around and we felt like he was safe and secure too.
Ted soon spotted the miniature locomotive (Peppa Pig reference for you!) and shouted “TRAIN!” – and decided he couldn’t possibly go anywhere that the train wasn’t in his eyesight. Somehow we managed to convince him to come with us to the animal feeding area and he was not disappointed.
Foxes, Ponies, Chickens, Donkies and Alpacas – he loved seeing them and all of the animals were in really healthy, well-kept condition. His favourite part of the whole day was feeding the Pygmy Goats – one had somehow escaped over the fence but Ted wasn’t frightened at all and enjoyed feeding him and being up-close to him. I love that there are plenty of places to wash your hands dotted all over the park for after you come in contact with the animals. We then went to Pet’s Corner and Ted crouched right down to talk to the Guinea Pigs and Rabbits – it was so cute!!
Next up we headed over to the miniature railway and we all had a ride – including Baby Arthur! He actually loved it and it was so nice doing something all together. Ted really enjoyed the train ride and would probably have gone on it all day if he had the choice!
We managed to tear him away with the lure of soft play. Again, this was another perfect activity for all us, Arthur could join in so we were all together as a family. The boys loved the array of cozy coupe cars, ball pits, sensory areas and the opportunity for pretend play in “The Village”.
After we were all soft-played out, it was time for lunch. Another thing I love about Avon Valley is that they have a great cafe with reasonably price cooked food, or you can bring your own food as well. We took packed lunches and sat outside in the sunshine. This is the perfect option for us with a fussy toddler and a messy baby! We all had ice creams too.
After lunch we did some more playing in the play areas before it was time to take our tired boys home for a nap. We only really touched the sides on what there is to offer at Avon Valley – there is also a tractor ride, a maze, a boulder wall, falconry displays, pig racing, archery, quad bikes – the list goes on! It is the perfect location for a family day out for all ages from pre-schoolers to teenagers. You can spend a fun-filled morning there or a whole day, there is so much to do. It is ideal for a play date with friends or a family day out. We had a great time and will no doubt return again soon.
Avon Valley also organise events and recently held a Pokemon Go evening, and they have plans for Halloween, Firework night and of course, Christmas! Check out their events page to keep up to date.
*DISCLAIMER* We were given free admission to Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park for review purposes, however all words, opinions and photos are my own.