Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Longleat Safari Park in the rain

If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook you will know we have recently been away to the South Coast. We spread ourselves wide whilst being based in Poole taking advantage of being closer to some attractions that we love. Whilst down there we booked to go to Longleat Safari Park. We went last September with a group of family, which you can read here. This time around it was just myself and the girlies. We took advantage of the Tesco club card deals again and pre-booked the date before even going down south. The day we decided to go the weather was not on our side. It was cold, wet and miserable and it was due to stay all day long.

We chose to do the safari first in the hope that the rain would stop. You can really see in the picture with camels how wet it is and the low cloud rolling in too.

As we bumbled around the enclosures we came across a traffic jam in the deer field. Under closer inspection people were feeding the deer. The girls both wanted to do it so we joined the queue. The feed was £1 for a cup and can be fed from the window.

As I snapped away taking pictures of the girls feeding them,

another startled me by nosing around on my lap... I have never jumped so much before....

if your window is open they will try to get in... the girls found it hilarious as I tried to drive on to make room for others and they kept making me stop as they poke their heads in...

with the deer being so wet, the smell was bad... this made S laugh a lot whilst J got grossed out...

After the deer we moved onto the big cats. Due to the rain we couldn't get great photos as the windows had to remain up, but they were still all on show much to my amazement.

The safari took longer then last time, at a whopping 2 hours. I presume its because everyone drove slower due to the rain, or that everyone was doing the safari instead of the outdoor attractions.
We parked up and put a brave face on as we tackled the rain that was still pouring. We decided to head to the boats first and feed the animals.

S wanted to take one of the fishes home with her which made a few people laugh as I tried to coax her to throw it over the side for the sea lions.

The main reason we wanted to re-visit Longleat was due to the new Dinosaurs they have. S is a HUGE dinosaur fan and this day out was mainly for her. She loved seeing them all around, and hiding in a dinosaur egg herself. She wasn't too pleased when J wanted to join her too.

There were plenty of opportunities to take photos with the dinosaurs which moved and growled, whilst dodging all the other visitors that braved the rain too.

J remembered last time feeding the birds nectar and wanted to do it again this time. Again at another £1 for a cup they both had a go. J was popular with three on her, including her head. I even had one land on my head and I had no food.

 S was mesmerised by the one brave bird that landed on her, and she remained still whilst it ate it all up.

 When the rain got heavier we hid away in the sting ray cove, again this is another favourite part for J as she comes into contact with the friendly rays.

I just love their little faces...

S then recognised a dinosaur from Dinosaur train and got all giddy as he flapped his wings as went past...

She wanted to have a "selfie" with her friend T-Rex. She is obsessed with things with sharp teeth.

With J we tried something more fun... trying to explain that she needs to look scared and run away... well it took several shots, but we got there...

She only ran away for real as he moved his head and roared and made her jump! (They are not continuously moving, just periodically) When the T-Rex stopped she wanted to feel its teeth....

We then found shelter again in the butterfly house. I steamed up instantly but did manage to spot some bright butterflies flying around.

whilst the girls found a snake to hold...

Longleat isn't as fun in the rain, and the queues are still long. There is not many places you can shelter so you do just need to brace yourselves and come prepared with waterproofs. However we still had a great day out, and saw lots of animals. After all we wont let the Great British weather spoil our holiday, we can always warm up with a hot chocolate and warm bath!


  1. Aw this is so fab, Longleat is on a list of places I really want to visit x

  2. Wow it looks like so much fun. I've been meaning to go to a drive through zoo for ages, but I've been waiting for the weather to change and for it to fit in with my OH's work schedule (I could be waiting a long time). I love the fact you could feed the deer through the windows lol x

  3. I love Longleat! Might have to go back for this dinosaur stuff haha!

  4. It looks like a great day, despite the rain. I'd love to go here with the family

  5. Rain or no rain, look at their faces! They simply don't care! Love your images!

  6. Oh wow amazing pictures, it looks like you had the most amazing time, even in the rain. x

  7. This place looks like so much fun! some really great photos.

  8. I love safari parks! Those deer are so cute, but then again, I don't have the effect of the smell accompanying them ;) such a shame about the weather but I'm glad to hear you guys found ways to have fun anyway! x

  9. This looks amazing, I am going to have to add it to the list of places I need to take my daughter. It looks like the rain had little effect on your enjoyment. Brilliant photos!

  10. This looks like an amazing day out, despite the rain! Fab photos, I really love the one with the camels

  11. I love safari parks and it looks like you and the girls had so much fun despite the rain!

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  12. I just love Longleat - it's been fab re-living memories through this post. We plan to return on 2017 with the grandparents and my brother and his son. We loved feeding the deer too - wonder if they ever get full?? Your lion shots are still pretty good despite the rain :D


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