Longleat Adventure Park, Animal Adventure and Exhibitions
One of the key areas that we didn’t go to was the Longleat Adventure Playground. Not because I’m a meanie but because the weather was unfortunately grey and drizzly. Mr Dad snuck the girls off for a quick peak before we left and they cam running back full of excitement and desires to come back another day. I’m reliably informed that it amazing and full of things to climb, slide and swing on.
We did manage to have a quick look around the Longleat Small Animal area and some of the exhibitions but time was starting to run out.
The Bat Cave was one of the best I’ve been in (not that I’ve been in loads). Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos’ as it was dark … bats like the dark. As soon as you walk through the doorway you’re greeted by darting bats flying low and fast. It surprises everyone that walks in as they jump, stifle a squeal and dart to one side. Once you get your eye in you can see them all hanging and flying with such accuracy and stealth. I could have stayed in there for ages watching them dart about but the mini me’s wanted to keep going and see what other animals they could find.
In the grounds just outside the bat cave was an interesting exhibition of photographs by Simon King showing animals from a slightly different perspective.
We wondered off to the Jungle Cruise but the queue was so long that we decided to give it a miss and find some more accessible animals and we weren’t disappointed (the Jungle Cruise takes you out onto the water and around gorilla colony and hippo zone).
The butterfly tent was a bit disappointing with what seemed to be only one type of butterfly but we did find some amazing stick insects and a beautiful Iguana hidden in amongst the foliage.
and this cute Crested Chameleon.
You can walk into the Rainbow Lokikeet enclosure and get up close as they chatter and play above your head.
We caught the Marmoset Monkeys having fun bouncing about unenclosed on their favourite bushy trees. This little fella was enjoying a little snack only an arms length away from me!
One of the Parrot shows was just starting as we walked past so we settled down to watch the show and learn about the parrot personalities at Longleat.
We also tickled a sting ray, walked with penguins and held a snake.
At around 5.30pm we caught the new Pride of Longleat Parade, sadly without the wonderful Lion puppet as the weather had become very wet! Here are some of the Longleat marketing photo’s as mine were very wet and bedraggled.
But we did get to see it Lion puppet when we wen to see the interactive wildlife exhibition on the way out as it was stored in the same building.
The interactive wildlife exhibition was very clever. We went in in small groups and stood infant of a white screen. Then computerised images of landscape and animals were projected on to us so we could see whales, polar bears, penguins, elephants etc walking up to and interacting wit us. It was wonderful watching the kids moving about trying to place themselves next to the animals so they could pretend to stroke and cuddle them.
Longleat really is a fantastic day out and great value for money. You won’t have enough time to see and do everything so plan your day around your ‘must do/see’ activities.
Top Tips For Longleat Safari And Adventure Park
- Try and avoid long queues? – Check out the walkthrough attractions including Penguin Island, Jungle Kingdom and the Jungle Cruise in the morning and then go on the safari, as it will be a bit quieter then but remember last entry is at 6pm! Allow 2 – 3 hours to drive through the Safari.
- Pride of Longleat parade – Everyday in the Main Square at 5.15pm there will a spectacular parade. Not to be missed!
- Have a go at one of the hand feeding experiences? – You can feed lorikeets, giraffes, sea lions and deer.
- Look out for shows and animal handling around Animal Adventure
- Check out what exhibitions and event are coming up. They change throughout the year so you might want to pan your trip around them. The upcoming festival of lights looks amazing!