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Amazing Places to Meet Animals Up Close

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Written by Yeyen


As we are now well into Spring this is the best time of year to go out and see loads of different animals. Many attractions allow you to see and maybe even feed their newborns and there is nothing cuter than a little baby lamb or chick! So, we’ve brought together all our favourite places to meet animals up close and enjoy a great day out with play areas, activities and tasty food at some amazing locations.

 West Midland Safari Park- Bewdly, Worcestershire

Discover your wild side at this awesome safari! They have some incredible creatures to discover plus plenty of seasonal events to keep your kids entertained. This Easter you can watch the animals enjoying their Easter treats!  Buy tickets here.

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Marsh Farm Animal Adventure Park – Chelmsford, Essex

**Get 12% off tickets when you book from Picniq!**

With special events all year round Marsh Farm is a different experience every time you go. Don’t miss out on their 999 Days and May Half Term Pirates week available when you buy discounted tickets through us! Buy tickets here.


Paradise Wildlife Park – Broxbourne, Hertfordshire

**Get up to 29% off tickets when you book from Picniq!**

An award-winning experience that lets you get up close and personal with animals from all over the world. Although don’t get too close at the big cat enclosure! Buy tickets here.


Liberty’s Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre – Ringwood, Hampshire

**Get up to 49% off tickets when you book from Picniq!**

One of the best collections of birds of prey, reptiles and creepy crawlies this is one of our favourite rainy day activities. Buy tickets here.


ZSL London – Regent’s Park, London

**Get up to 20% off tickets when you book from Picniq!**

Set in the wide open space of Regent’s Park you’ll find gorillas, tigers, armadillos and more at ZSL London. Buy tickets here.

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ZSL Whipsnade – Whipsnade, Bedfordshire

**Get up to 21% off tickets when you book from Picniq!**

Explore over 600 acres and see over 2,500 animals at ZSL Whipsnade. With multiple play areas, a steam train and a farm yard you’ll have to drag them away at the end of the day! Buy tickets here.

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Longleat – Warminster, Wiltshire

**Get 20% off tickets when you book from Picniq!**

For a real safari experience Longleat is second to none! This drive-through experience allows you to get closer than ever before so your kids can get a real sense of the wild. Buy tickets here.

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Welsh Mountain Zoo – Colwyn, North Wales

Be captivated by the birds’ flying displays, meet a family of chimps or watch the penguins waddle along. Find out more.

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Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park – Edgbaston, Birmingham

Committed to protecting and improving the welfare of animals the Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park is able to work with some endangered species of lemurs, monkeys and more. Find out more.


Walby Farm Park – Carlisle, Cumbria

An award-winning, all-weather Farm Park in the North of England you can meet a whole host of rare breeds, raise your adrenaline on the 24 demon slide or bounce around on the trampolines. Find out more.


Farmer Palmers – Poole, Dorset

The complete farm experience with everything from a bumpy tractor trailer ride to cow milking! Find out more.


Cannon Hall Farm – Barnsley, South Yorkshire

So much more than just a farm, Cannon Hall offers outdoor and indoor adventure playgrounds, restaurants and working farmyard machinery! Find out more.


Bristol Zoo Gardens – Clifton, Bristol

Get up close and personal with the gorillas, feed the lion or even adopt your favourite animal at Bristol Zoo. Find out more. 

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Vauxhall City Farm – Central London

**Get a free bag of animal feed with Days Out Card!**

Nestled in the buzz of London Vauxhall City Farm is peaceful escape with fun and educational activities for children to see and interact with a wide range of farmyard animals. Find out more.


Edinburgh Zoo – Edinburgh, Scotland

Set in 82 acres of parkland and home to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals one day just isn’t enough to see everything at Edinburgh Zoo. Find out more.


Hobbledown Children’s Farm – Epsom, Surrey

For a more magical and mystical animal experience Hobbledown is the number one place to be. Find out more.


Church Farm – Stow Bardolph, West Norfolk

Meet and play with tame animals and your little ones can even meet the little ones at close quarters. Find out more.


Bucklebury Farm Park – Reading, Berkshire

With over 70 acres to explore in the stunning Berkshire countryside the Bucklebury Farm will keep the whole family entertained all day. Find out more.

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Marwell Zoological Park – Winchester, Hampshire

With one of the widest ranges of animals at Marwell you’ll be able to see tigers, leopards, giraffes, snakes, monkeys, penguins, zebra, rhinos and so much more! Find out more.

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Gorse Hill City Farm – LeicesterBucklebury Farm Park – Reading, Berkshire

A registered charity and working farm dedicated to the welfare of its animals and giving something back to the local community the Gorse Hill City Farm is a trip worth taking this Summer. Find out more.

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Smithy’s Farm Shop – Preston, Lancashire

Home to tasty treats and cute ‘n’ cuddly animals Smithy’s Farm Shop is the ideal day trip for the young’uns this Spring. Find out more.

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British Wildlife Centre – Lingfield, Surrey

Learn about Britain’s vast and varied wildlife with over 40 different birds and animals both big, small, winged or bushy tailed. Find out more.


Tropical Wings World of Wildlife – Chelmsford, Essex

A truly interactive experience, at this zoo your kids can join a keeper for the day for a more intimate introduction with the animals and their habitat. Find out more.


Floralands Farm Park, Nottingham

Meet a whole array of animals such as llama, pigs, ducks, goats, cows, donkeys and even ride the miniature railway round the park. Find out more.


Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, London

The perfect place for kids to meet their favourite animals and even learn about some new ones too! Find out more.


Manor Farm & Woodlands – Loughborough, Leicestershire

With over 100 acres of land the Manor Farm & Woodlands offers not just animal delights but a stunning lake, picturesque meadow and a beautiful woodland to explore. Find out more.

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We hope that you find time to visit at least one of these attractions and as they really are a full and fun day out! And don’t forget to share your pictures with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, we’d love to see what you’ve been up to.

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