Everyone has a handful of places that brings up a whole world of nostalgia for them. One of mine is Colchester Zoo – I could not count the amount of times I’ve been here and have been going here since I was little. I absolutely love the place; it’s got such a gorgeous atmosphere and whatever the weather, you can quite comfortably wander around for the entire day. I visited here a few weeks ago, for the billionth time and I wanted to write a little blog post about the day and share some of the photos I took. Come and join me at Colchester Zoo!
This zoo gets busy. I mean busy. But thankfully, we went on a Monday and most children were back at school from their October half term. They have a lovely seating area overlooking a pond right in the middle of the zoo, so we stopped there for a sit down and a snack when we got there. We also made friends with a really friendly duck, so there’s that too.
One of my favourite areas of the zoo is the big walkway in between the elephants on one side and the rhinos, giraffes, zebras and ostrich on the other. These enclosures are very big and every day they offer feeding encounters to the public. There’s African style music playing in this area of the zoo as well so it gives it a beautiful atmosphere!
The penguins have recently had a bit of an enclosure revamp with a new platform guests can stand on to get closer to the animals. I absolutely love penguins, they’re such funny little characters! We were also very lucky to see the red pandas out having a bite to eat and the beautiful wolves having a lay about in the sun.
Now I know not everyone likes zoos or agrees with them but I would never, ever support anything that I believed wasn’t worth supporting. Colchester Zoo has lovely enclosures, knowledgeable staff and they do a lot of fantastic work. I adore animals and being at a beautiful zoo is one of the most relaxing places for me so if I didn’t think the animals were being kept fairly, I just wouldn’t go.
They also have a beautiful gift shop on the way out which sells tons of Yankee Candles, homemade soaps and gifts – all very reasonably priced so it’s a great place to pick up some treats for you or a loved one!