After almost a week of being couch bound with a poorly Evie (minus our mini adventure to St. Michaels Mount) we finally have our energetic toddler back.

Desperate to be reunited with the fresh air and the world, we headed outdoors and took Evie to the oh so far away (Ok, I lie. It’s literally around the corner from our house) Paradise Park.

We come to Paradise Park a lot, but this trip was a little bit more magical than usual. Evie got to meet a real life penguin!


More of that later. First up, how adorable are these red pandas?

I’ve been coming to Paradise Park since I was a child and in all that time I’ve only seen the red pandas once. Normally they’re inside their little house sleeping.

But, they’ve just had cubs (you can see the cubs on the night cam sleeping in their beds, so cute!) so they’re being protective parents and keeping guard of them outside.

EVIE MEETS A PENGUIN - PARADISE PARKIf it didn’t say on the fact sheet attached to the enclosure, that red pandas can’t jump, I would swear down to you that the red panda on the left looked ready to pounce on us the whole time we were there.

Evie was absolutely convinced they were cats. There was lots of ‘hi cat cat, awww cat cat!’ much to the amusement of everyone who was around us.

The great part about coming so regularly is that Evie seems to have suddenly remembered her way around. Today, we let her take the reigns and walk us to where she wanted to go.

She took Jamie and I down to the farm animals (I say she took us, she ran off and we had no choice but to follow) and tried to feed the goats herself (minus the food). Luckily this mama was prepared with some non-pretend goat feed in my bag.

EVIE MEETS A PENGUIN - PARADISE PARKAs you can tell from my hunch she’s also gotten a lot heavier. Oh I miss the days when she was light!

Evie and Jamie then fought over who was going to go in the tractor and both kept taking it in turns. Although Evie was so cross every time Jamie climbed in.

Does your toddler have a death stare? Ours seems to have perfected hers.


We did originally try and time our visit with the ‘Flight Of The Rainbows’. This is where you can go into the Australian Aviary enclosure and they let the beautiful Lorikeets out of the cages to fly around and feed.

You purchase some nectar in little pots, so that the birds will land on you to feed. We were so gutted that we had only just missed it when we arrived. I think Evie is the right age now to not be frightened by the birds flying about, but we’ve got a great excuse to come back again.

Instead of feeding the birds, we waited around so that Jamie could watch the penguins being fed. Normally a few lucky people can go in and help to feed them, but they were cleaning the enclosure today so it wasn’t safe.


After the penguin feeding we were so lucky to get to meet a penguin up close! Every time we come we either miss this part, the queue is too long or it’s breeding season.

It really was a special moment. Only a few of the penguins have been hand-reared and are friendly enough to meet.

EVIE MEETS A PENGUIN - PARADISE PARKWe were led into a small enclosure, separate from the other penguins, to meet this one. There was also a little baby penguin running around our feet. He hasn’t yet been introduced into the group of penguins and he was also a bit unsure of us. But he was so, so cute!

With the adult penguin, we were told to stroke the lower back but Evie insisted on stroking the entire length of the penguin like you would a cat, so Jamie had to hold her arm to stop her from aggravating it. The penguin loved being petted, although I think Jamie might have enjoyed it most!

This was definitely a great end to a pretty crappy week.

After the penguins we had a quick skirt around to look search for some owls, rabbits and squirrels. We’ve been teaching Evie about seasons lately and lots about Autumn. In all of her autumn books these animals feature. 


We weren’t sure if she’d notice the similarities but as soon as we walked past some owls she went ‘ooohhhhhhh wow hi owl!’ I could have cried over the cuteness! I love this age. We were so engrossed in the birds, which is what paradise park is all about, that apart from this blurry one, I completely forgot to take pictures.

We ended our visit in the ‘Jungle Barn’, a huge indoor soft play area. Mostly to let Jamie play with Evie for a change. I am such a helicopter mum. I actually hover around her panicking that she’s going to hurt herself, even in soft play areas!!! Please, please tell me I’m not the only one who does this?!


P.s. – I feel that I should add that Paradise Park does have a lot more than we’ve described, like train rides, a huge indoor soft play centre, lots of farm animals, bird flying shows, outside parks, otters and much more. It’s also full to the brim with an enviable variety of exotic birds. Although this isn’t an advert or a sponsored post, I really do love it here and it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in Cornwall!

Have you ever met a penguin? What’s the most exotic animal you’ve ever had a close encounter with?



    • October 7, 2015 / 7:32 pm

      Thank you. I’ve been so many times in the last 20 years and this is the first time i’ve ever seen them outside haha. x

  1. October 6, 2015 / 9:16 pm

    Now, how do I start? Awww… first, Evie is ever so cute and I am loving the death stare, perfect! Meeting the penguin and everything is awesome. It looks like a good place for a family day out. I’m sure, you had an great time.xx

    • October 7, 2015 / 8:55 pm

      Haha the death stare is becoming all too frequent as she gets older. It’s such a beautiful place to visit. We do feel really lucky we get to come here alot. x

  2. Emma Farley
    October 6, 2015 / 10:23 pm

    Man, I love that place! We’re taking Jenson at the weekend because my old uni housemate is staying in Cornwall for a few days and loves red pandas 🙂

    • October 7, 2015 / 8:56 pm

      Ohh I hope you have an amazing time!!!! It really is such a great place isn’t it. I hope the pandas come outside for you. You can see their little babies on the TV screen and it looks so cute. Just a heads up, don’t forget to take some change!! We only ever take our cards with us and always forget to take £1 coin for the train! You think we would have remembered by now x

  3. October 7, 2015 / 8:35 am

    You’re so lucky having that on your doorstep! #whatevertheweather

  4. October 7, 2015 / 8:58 am

    Oh my! Lucky little lady got to stroke a penguin, that is amazing! We visit Cornwall every summer to see Lee’s parents, but we have never been to Paradise Park before. It looks like a lovely place. Sarah x

  5. October 7, 2015 / 9:10 am

    oh this looks lovely, I showed my kids the pics of the red pandas as they love them #whatevertheweather

  6. October 7, 2015 / 10:33 am

    ahhh. I love to see Evie’s little adventures 🙂 Looks like she had a fab time – bet the penguin experience was smashing xx #whatevertheweather

    • October 7, 2015 / 7:34 pm

      Aww thank you! It was so lovely getting to meet one. They’re so cute!!! x

  7. Stephanie
    October 7, 2015 / 10:49 am

    Wow that looks like a lovely place to visit and seems like you had lot’s of fun!! So jealous you got to meet some Penguins, how magical and special that is you lucky things. #whatevertheweather

    • October 7, 2015 / 7:35 pm

      Thank you so much. It was really fun. The penguins are so sweet. x

  8. October 7, 2015 / 12:21 pm

    No you are not alone. I have a big fear of playgrounds! Such a treat to stroke the penguin.

    • October 7, 2015 / 7:37 pm

      Yay I’m glad I’m not the only one. I always think the worst is going to happen. x

  9. October 7, 2015 / 12:38 pm

    What a great place to have right near your home! We would probably be there every week! We have a zoo we love to go to but its 45 min away so we only go once in a while. Our zoo has penguins also and we love feeding the lorikeet’s! Looks like you guys had such a great time! Thanks for hosting the link up!

    • October 7, 2015 / 7:41 pm

      Thank you. We do go a bit too much haha. Oh the lorikeets are so beautiful aren’t they! We definitely want to feed them next time. Thank you so much for linking. x

  10. October 7, 2015 / 12:40 pm

    What a fun zoo! It seems like it’s not your standard zoo format, which sounds great. We’re blessed with a local aquarium full of touch tanks, but what I wouldn’t give to encounter penguins!

    • October 7, 2015 / 8:32 pm

      It was definitely a special moment. Ohhh see i’m jealous of you with an aquarium. Our closest is almost two hours away. I’d love to have one nearer. x

  11. October 7, 2015 / 1:35 pm

    What a lovely post – the penguin is adorable. Cant recall any of us getting to stroke one, but I’d love to! Thanks for having us on #WhatevertheWeather

    • October 7, 2015 / 8:32 pm

      Thank you so much Sarah. It was so, so cute. x

  12. October 7, 2015 / 1:55 pm

    Oh wow, to actually stroke a penguin! That’s is really special! What a great end to a fab day out. Those red pandas are adorable – and you wouldn’t have got monkey out of that tractor! Glad Evie is feeling better and thank you for hosting x

    • October 7, 2015 / 8:33 pm

      It really was lovely. Thank you so much, haha it sounds like you have a big tractor fan on your hands! He’s love Cornwall then. You can’t go anywhere without getting stuck behind one where I live. 🙂 x

  13. October 7, 2015 / 2:01 pm

    What an amazing place to go AND it’s so near to you – perfect! I’ve never stroked a penguin – she’s a lucky girl. So great to get them learning about wildlife from an early age, Thanks for hosting #whatevertheweather

    • October 7, 2015 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you so much. It’s so good when something is really close by. It’s nice to not have to take the car for a change x

  14. October 7, 2015 / 5:51 pm

    Amazing for her to have got to stroke a penguin! There is a great place called Living Coasts in Torquay where you can walk around with them.

    • October 7, 2015 / 8:36 pm

      Oh wow, that sounds so cool. I’m going to look that up. We go to Torquay sometimes. I’ll be sure to remember that now we have a little one. x

  15. October 7, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    Aww, so cute! I’m looking forward to A getting to that stage, just starting to get a few words now,but he’s fascinated by animals and particularly birds. He’d love it there! Lucky Evie meeting a penguin, I would love to pet one too! The red panda does look a bit wary, must be so nervous of everyone. Will definitely have to visit if we ever go down that way! #Whatevertheweather xx

    • October 7, 2015 / 8:37 pm

      I love it when they start to speak and can start to communicate with you what things are. It’s so great that he has such a love for animals now. 😀 He’d be in his element here then. x

  16. October 7, 2015 / 7:25 pm

    Aw.. that looks like such a great day out for everyone! It makes me want to visit our local wildlife park – it’s so fun to see kids experience things for the first time – I’ve never properly met a penguin yet! #whatevertheweather

    • October 7, 2015 / 8:51 pm

      Thank you Erin. It was so lovely. I hope you get to visit your local park before it gets too rainy!!! The rain seems to have come in this week down here *sobs*. It really doesn’t make us want to get outside very much. x

  17. October 7, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    That looks amazing and what a lovely place to have round the corner from you. I love the safari park but it’s a fair drive from our house and very expensive so we’ve only been once so far. My husband and I went to an Elephant sanctuary when we were in Nepal as students and go to play with the baby elephants, the girls haven’t done anything so exotic yet but hopefully one day they will. I love the penguin pic! #whatevertheweather

    • October 7, 2015 / 8:53 pm

      Oh wow that’s amazing. I’d love to go and see elephants up close. That must have felt so special. I’m sure the girls will one day. It’ll be so much better when they’re older too because at least they’ll remember it too. Thank you so much for linking up lovely. x

  18. October 7, 2015 / 10:26 pm

    This is so cute! What a lovely day out and how wonderful that it’s just around the corner from you!

    • October 15, 2015 / 6:26 pm

      Thank you so much. It’s amazing how close it is, yet we don’t go very often. x

  19. October 7, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    Aw I love visiting places like this with Tyler, just to see how he reacts seeing animals and birds in real life. It’s so nice to see, isn’t it! Love the shot of the flamingoes 🙂 Sabrina xx #whatevertheweather

    • October 15, 2015 / 6:27 pm

      It’s so lovely seeing their reactions. Especially when they’re at that lovely age when they’re starting to recognise what they are too! Thank you so much for your comment xx

  20. October 8, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    Wow, very fun. We love going to the zoo but the only thing we get to pet are goats. A little jealous hear.

    • October 15, 2015 / 6:30 pm

      Oh wow, most of the zoos I know you can do some kind of feeding or petting. I bet you have far more exotic animals than us though! 😀 x

  21. October 8, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    Ive heard some really great things about Paradise Park, and its on our hit list if we visit Cornwall again. Especially now I know you can meet a penguin. How wonderful is that? We have been to several zoos but no where have we been where you can feed a penguin. What a lovely experience for Evie. You have captured some lovely photos here as ever, and I hope this week has been better for you xx #whatevertheweather xx

    • October 15, 2015 / 6:31 pm

      Definitely put it on your list. You can also feed some lorikeets too (but we just missed that) and you can feed the donkeys some carrots which is cute. Thank you so much for your comment, our week has been lovely thank you. x

  22. October 8, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    wow, what a magical looking place! Buying nectar sound very appealing!!
    We have had an encounter with a penguin – we went up to Edinburgh zoo about a year ago, and waited for the penguin parade. Only one penguin turned up! Oh well.

    • October 15, 2015 / 6:33 pm

      I really wish we got to feed the Lorikeets. They’re such beautiful birds, really colourful and they’re so friendly.
      Penguins are equally adorable though.
      Oh no, I wonder where the rest of the penguins got to haha. You can’t really have a parade with a solo penguin. x

  23. October 9, 2015 / 2:08 pm

    Glad Evie is feeling better! I love penguins, we saw some at The Deep last time we were in Hull. They were my favourite, so full of character. It looks like you all had a fab day out. #whatevertheweather

    • October 15, 2015 / 6:40 pm

      They are such beautiful creatures aren’t they. I adore the way they waddle, it’s so cute. x

  24. October 11, 2015 / 12:23 pm

    Aw what a lovely place! I would LOVE to meet a penguin they are my favourites apart from flamingos. We have seen the signs and leaflets for this place when we’ve been to St Ives but never visited. We will next time, I’m sure our girls would love it! Becky x #Whatevertheweather

    • October 15, 2015 / 6:52 pm

      They are so, so adorable. It really is worth the ticket entry price. There is something different to take part in every half an hour or so throughout the day and lots of hands on stuff; feeding the donkeys/lorikeets/penguins/goats. Watching the otters being fed, bird flying shows, train rides etc etc. We LOVE it there and Evie’s not really old enough to know what’s going on. x

  25. October 12, 2015 / 11:35 am

    Wow! So awesome that Evie was could get up close with the penguin. I think Evelyn would totally be scared! haha Well done Evie! By the way, don’t worry, you are not the only one who is the helicopter mum – me too! 🙂 x #whatevertheweather

    • October 15, 2015 / 6:55 pm

      Evie was convinced it was a cat haha. Oh I am so, so glad someone else is a helicopter mum. We really can’t help it can we. I watched a little girl Evie’s age go down a slide happily by herself the other day and Evie started to climb up the stairs and I was like ‘I need to let her do it on her own’. The one time I did and she fell face first down the slide. 🙁 Now I’m an even worse helicopter mum haha. x

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