Zoo time!! We were excited to discover that our local zoo was having a Countryside Festival and decided to visit. Kirkley Hall Zoo is set in the Northumberland Countryside and is part of a local college that teaches all sort of things about animals and farming. This means that they have a fantastic little zoo as well!
Peakles was very excited to be going as she loves visiting the zoo and looking at all the animals! There were lots of things to do and we enjoyed looking around some arts and crafts stalls. We watched some traditional English country dancing.
Peakles liked the dancing and thought the bells on their shoes made a lovely noise! We were told the name of each dance and where it had come from by one of the dancers.
Peakles thought the hanky waving was funny too! ‘Hankies are for noses not dancing!’ she laughed.
After so much excitement we decided to have our lunch in The Orangery Tea Room and Gift Shop at the Zoo.
It was a lovely lunch and we had some fantastic views of the countryside. The cupcakes were delicious too!
After lunch we decided to look around the tractors and Peakles was allowed to sit on one. She loves pretending to be Farmer Peakles!
Although there were lots of different events going on Peakles had some definite ideas about what she wanted to look at. There were some different events and displays including a dog show and sheep shearing. We even saw some new-born lambs and a couple of cockerels too!
One stall was dedicated to bees. They had honey and wax candles but the most fascinating thing was a comb from the hive itself! Contained within the glass we could see the honeycomb and the hundreds of worker bees. The beekeeper pointed out the queen as she was larger than the other bees and she had a yellow dot on her back. I found out lots of interesting information about bees, how important they are and how to make your garden ‘bee friendly’ (I will ‘bee’ following this up in another post soon!)
We then decided it was time to visit the Zoo and we saw lots of animals. We liked the wallabies and a kookaburra (Australian bird).
The capybara looked quite impressed by some ‘wallaby’ jumping by Peakles!
We also saw some donkeys, alpacas and pygmy goats. Peakles liked the pygmy goats. The pygmy goat like her as well, so much in fact that it stuck its head through the fence at her!
Finally it was time to head home and we caught the tractor and trailer ride back to the car.
A fantastic day out and we cannot wait to go back! Why not do an online search for your local zoo or country park and find out if they have any ‘special events’? For more information about Kirkley Hall Zoo please follow the link www.kirkleyhallzoo.co.uk