February is officially over, which means that most places in Cornwall are starting to re-open.

Cornwall in Winter is pretty bleak, and with not many places to visit and the outdoors being bitterly cold, we are more than grateful to be spoilt for choice again.

We’re slowly starting to make our way around Cornwall’s greatest attractions, with a mission to do them all by the end of Summer.

Last week we started with the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and this week we kept the animal theme going by taking Evie to Newquay Zoo.

Newquay Zoo

We try and be frugal as best we can, but lately we’ve noticed that our paid days out with Evie are starting to be worth the money.

She’s more interested in what is going on, and now she is almost two, she wants to stay in places and explore them for most of the day, rather than just an hour.

Newquay ZooShe was a complete sponge at the zoo. Every single animal that we pointed out and named she would repeat back to us, taking a good long hard look at them before independently running up to the next enclosure, keen to see more.

She is speaking in full sentences now and speaking her thoughts more, which is incredibly adorable to listen to.

When we reached the penguin enclosure she announced that they were about to take a bath, and when we reached the meerkats she made sure to tell us several times that they were eating their lunch.

Newquay Zoo

She took a particular liking to the meerkats. Not wanting to leave the area by their enclosure. Although we weren’t so sure if she wanted to be there so much for the meerkats or the slides in the park adjacent to them.

Newquay Zoo

I have always been a helicopter mum.

I’m so bad at taking Evie to the park and letting her go and explore solo. I’ve always hovered around worried that she’s going to hurt herself.

We haven’t been to the park in a while because of this, but every week we take her to nursery for half a day, so she can socialise and so I can get some work done.

There is a park attached to nursery and we know that the carers take the children there a lot.

Newquay ZooIt’s certainly paid dividends letting Evie go to the park with someone who won’t hover as much as me. She’s definitely learnt her boundaries of safety, and I was so impressed and proud to see her navigate the big slides confidently and by herself.

The last time I let her go on a slide alone she ended up toppling down head first and seriously hurting herself. I’ve been way too frightened to take her back, which I know is awful because the best thing you can do is let them try again, but I am glad she has had the opportunity at nursery to explore independently.

Out of all the exotic animals at the zoo, including the meerkats, otters, zebras, lions, monkeys, tapirs, pigs, penguins, lemurs, the list goes on…Evie’s ultimate favourite animals of the day were the chickens.

She is obsessed with chickens at the moment and this in turn (we think!) has turned her into a self-confessed vegetarian, well chicken-etarian.

Newquay Zoo

Every time we even attempt to give her chicken she spits it out or point blank refuses to eat it. Whether or not she has related it to the animal or whether she just doesn’t like the taste and texture, we’re not quite sure yet.

But she loved chasing the chickens around this yard, giggling at their sounds and counting them all as they ran about, announcing to us every few minutes, ‘look, chickens mummy and daddy!’

I’m seriously contemplating getting some for the garden.

It was such a beautiful family day out. We had a lot of giggles and were both so overwhelmed by how quickly Evie is growing up.

Newquay Zoo

As you may have learnt from my post yesterday, Jamie and I have gone our separate ways. But we still remain a close knit family unit, therefore these days out together are now more important than ever.

Newquay Zoo

It’s so nice to see that Evie’s bond with both of us is still so strong. She is turning into such a Daddy’s girl and it’s so beautiful to see.

I’m excited to share more family days out with Jamie and Evie throughout the year as we cross of our bucket list of Cornish attractions. I wonder where we’ll be heading to next! Watch this space!

Have you got a zoo near you? What’s your little ones favourite animal?



  1. March 2, 2016 / 7:06 am

    We don’t have a zoo where we live, but we took our kids to the one in Edinburgh two years ago when we were all last on the mainland. They loved it! Looks like a great place you have nearby – loving those otters (we have them wild where we live though, so that’s a consolation!)

  2. Helen
    March 2, 2016 / 7:31 am

    Aww it looks like you had a lovely day out – we also really enjoy family trips to the zoo. We recently went to Marwell Zoo, which was really nice and I also like West Midlands Safari Park and Cotswold Wildlife Park 🙂 #WhateverTheWeather

    Helen x

  3. March 2, 2016 / 7:49 am

    Yaaay to everything starting to open up again and lovely photos. Looks like you had a great day 🙂 #whatevertheweather

  4. March 2, 2016 / 9:00 am

    What a lovely day out! I’m sorry things have been so tough for you lately, but hope there’s better days ahead. I can’t wait until Finn is old enough to appreciate a good day out at the zoo 🙂 #whatevertheweather

  5. March 2, 2016 / 10:12 am

    I haven’t been to a zoo in such a long time as it can be so expensive with three children. Our closest zoos are Chessington, London zoo and the zoo at Battersea Park. But we have been to Howletts in Canterbury about 7 yaers ago – it is a fabulous zoo. Sorry to hear that you have gone your seperate ways, but well done for keeping up the day sout as a family xx #WhateverTheWeather

  6. March 2, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    What a lovely day out. She is at a perfect age for zoos, to watch the animals and chat about the basic things they do. Looks like everyone had fun . x

  7. March 2, 2016 / 6:07 pm

    What a fab day out. We haven’t been to a full-on zoo since our eldest was a toddler, although we did spend a lovely hour wandering around the zoo at Drayton Manor when we went last weekend for their Thomas & Friends day. The meerkats were a huge hit with my youngest too, they’re just so engaging aren’t they. My eight year old had other ideas and was rather taken with the enormous snakes, can’t say I shared his enthusiasm! #whatevertheweather

  8. March 2, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    Mine love the zoo, we haven’t been for a couple of summers now. So this has made me want to go this year now! It looked liked a wonderful day.

  9. March 2, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    We are also helicopter parents at times so I am with you there! Can’t wait to takeM to the zoo later this year as she will have so much more interest in it that last year.

  10. March 2, 2016 / 11:18 pm

    We have South Lakes wild animal park here but when my kids were little we lived near Drusillas in Sussex. Both great zoos.

    Its lovely seeing our children grow and change

  11. March 3, 2016 / 8:31 am

    Gorgeous photos! My little boy turns 2 next month and we’re taking him to Marwell Zoo too celebrate. I hope he likes it as much as Evie clearly enjoyed it!

    I can relate to your helicopter parenting fears – I have to try really hard not to do it. The difference when my husband goes to the park is quite noticeable – he’s more willing to let Max explore and do more on his own. I’m right there behind him, often getting into trouble (last weekend I fell of the steps of the slide trying to get down – this equipment was not built with adults in mind!)

  12. March 3, 2016 / 11:34 am

    I love the phrase ‘helicopter mum’ lol i’m like that too sometimes. Gorgeous pics here 🙂 we live near Chester Zoo but haven’t been since arthur was tiny. Must take both of them there now they’re a bit older x #whatevertheweather

  13. March 3, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    Got to love all the excitement the zoo brings kids and the family gets a bit of fresh air and bonding time as well. Looks like you had a great time!

  14. March 5, 2016 / 5:45 am

    Ugh the helicopter thing can be so hard! I’ve had to sit in my hands at times and just remember to let them explore!

  15. Jenny Eaves
    March 6, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    Aww, she looks so happy on the slide, now you know she can do it, you can hang back a little and let her get of with it. It gets easier letting them do things as they get older and more confident. I’ve never been a helicopter mum, mainly because O was quite cautious and would only do what he knew he could. A is completely different, very adventurous, but being the second child he’s often left to get on with it! It looks like a lovely zoo to visit, we always like to see the meerkats too. 🙂 x

  16. March 8, 2016 / 4:14 am

    I mean, is there even such a thing as a bad zoo? I even went to a sad (by American standards) zoo in Nigeria once and I was still happy.

    Also, things being closed for the winter is something I just experienced for the first time this past year. We were in a hillstation in northern India and places just up and close until the tourists come back. Lol.

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