August bank holiday in Bath and Longleat
Thanks to Tesco clubcard rewards I have managed to claim tickets for Longleat Safari park! Thank you very much Tesco! I have wanted to go for soooooo long, so when I mentioned this little bit of exciting news to Elaine, Rachel and Virginia I was even more excited when they said they wanted to come too.
Rachel (the absolute gem) managed to find us a self-contained cottage (I think i would call it an apartment though) in Bradford on Avon for August bank holiday weekend, meaning we could be close to Bath for some city sightseeing, as well as the safari park. The apartment was part of Granby House, the owners were really helpful and so lovely, even with us arriving at 11pm on the Friday night.
The apartment was perfect, with our own entrance we didn’t need to worry about disturbing the owners or anyone staying in the main house. The cottage itself had a kitchen, bathroom, big living room including a sofa bed, dining table and TV (with a dvd player) and a good sized bedroom and the living room opened out onto our own private garden too.
After a fight with a mutant sized hornet (Ninja Rachel to the rescue) in the bathroom we managed to settle into the apartment quickly.
Saturday morning we did our ‘big shop’ at the local sainsbury’s then headed into Bath city centre for some sightseeing. We hopped onto an open top tour bus then had a good old mooch around the shops and markets before heading on a river cruise boat to see a different side to the city. Finally we headed into the Roman baths for sundown just in time to see the torch lights come on.
Oh and the fudge! How could i forget the fudge… So many flavours to choose from, after aimlessly staring at the selection for an eternity we went for peanut butter and chocolate fudge…. hands down the best fudge I have ever tasted. So if you are in or around Bath head to The Fudge Factory to try it for yourself.
Sunday it was up early and off to Longleat, now we knew Longleat would be big but I don’t think we had any idea just how big! We took our time around the safari park spotting lions, tigers, monkeys, deer (we even fed them), rhinos, wolves and giraffe. This took us around 3 hours to do, and my advice is to get there for when the gates open, so you don’t need to rush round but also so you are not forced to go super slow in all the building queues. After the safari drive we parked up opposite Longleat Stately home and headed into the park, here we hopped on the river cruise to see hippos, gorillas and sea lions then on foot we went over to the butterfly house, penguin house and birds of paradise section and then the highlight of the day had to be the bird of prey show.
We had lots of fun watching these cheeky monkeys try to peel off a number plate from the car beside us… giggling as we drove by but praying we were not next on their hit list!
If I am being honest I wasn’t fussed when the girls suggested the bird of prey show, it could take it or leave it. But now I am soooo glad we did it! I just regret not filming it! It was the most moving show I have ever seen, they started off with owls and then moved onto vultures, releasing 6 which were all flying across the crowd, close enough for their wings to touch our hair. Finally the kites were released, showing us how they can catch food mid-air. I just wish I had filmed it to prove it to you. I guess the only thing would be to go to experience the Hunters of the Sky show yourself. We highly recommend it.
Monday we decided to have a relaxing day, before the drive home, and explore Bradford on Avon. This quaint village is full of surprises, the main one being The Bridge tea rooms, we decided to pop in and be ‘English tourists’ for the afternoon enjoying their delicious home-made scones and a lovely pot of tea… oh and a strawberry milkshake to top it all off. Perfect for a rainy afternoon.
We were lucky enough to have glorious sunshine for Saturday and Sunday and to be honest I quite liked the rain on the Monday, otherwise we may have not discovered the tea rooms!
My love of safari and birds of prey has grown even more now, and I can’t wait to explore more safari parks in the UK with these girlies while we save up for our next African safari trip.
Please also take a look at my vblog of the weekend too.
Do you have a favourite safari park or recommended wildlife adventure?
Let me know in the comments below.