We last took Ava to Chester Zoo on her 2nd birthday which seems so long ago now! I haven't been since but used to go so much as a child. Chester is only 45mins from us and it brings back so many happy memories.
My cousin desperately wanted to see the Komodo dragons so that was our first stop.
I'm not that keen on the slithery things myself, they look like they could gobble you up in one bite!
Throughout the day we could hear this rumbling sound, no matter where we happened to be in the zoo. We soon realised that it was coming from the lion's enclosure and quickly raced across to see what was making them so grisly.
Unfortunately we didn't get to see the lion in all his roaring glory but hearing the roars reverberating throughout the zoo was quite spine chilling!
After spotting the face panting station Ava was desperate for hers to be done. She waited patently in line whilst I tried to convince her to have her face painted as a tiger, but she wasn't having any of it and decided on a puppy, as usual!
We then moved on to Ava's favourites, the penguins & some of my favourites, the flamingos. The penguins were real showmen and so fast! So I didn't manage to snap a picture of them unfortunately.
It was then ice cream time! They sell ice cream from the Cheshire Ice Cream farm, somewhere we love to visit & the ice cream is amazing! Chocolate for Ava, raspberry ripple for my auntie & cousin & honeycomb for me.
We were lucky that although we went during half term (and did a communal groan when we saw how full the carpark was) it was never overcrowded. This could be due to the fact the Chester Zoo is so vast and there are so many different parts to explore.
There are lots of grassy areas, perfect for children to run around or to sit in the Summer for a picnic (something that I'm planning on doing next year!)
There is so much to do we only covered a very small part of the zoo and unfortunately didn't get to see the islands that are the new home for the tigers, but there's always next time.
One of the hardest parts of the day was trying to tear Ava & my cousin away from one of the many playgrounds!
Before long it was time to get on the monorail and head home.
The zoo closes at 4.30pm during the colder seasons and the day just flew past. As I mentioned earlier we hadn't even managed to see it all!
We weren't offered any tickets to review Chester Zoo, we just had such a lovely day I just thought I'd share it with you, If you're in the area you should definitely check it out.
Have you ever been to Chester Zoo?