Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Banham Zoo

It had probably been about 20 years since either of us had been to Banham Zoo. We decided we needed a day out after far too much adult sorting of the loft during our Easter break.

Naturally, we had an awesome time. A take over 500 photos in a day kind of awesome time. I just couldn't put my camera down. There was so much cute everywhere I looked!
Just five minutes into our visit, I learnt a valuable lesson: read the signs! Donkeys DO bite, through your coat and you will be left with a donkey teeth shaped bruise on your forearm a few days later. Also, that other people find donkey biting incidents really quite hilarious.
Unfortunately, plastic dinosaurs are less likely to bite...
 I literally fell in love with the Lemurs. The enclosure is totally open, you can walk through, and although it's not advised, if you're lucky, you can stroke one. They had such fantastic characters. I went through the Lemur walk twice, and I could have easily stayed in there all day.
The meerkats were their usual adorable selves. Apparently you can book feeding sessions and sit in the enclosure with them. I think I'd be too tempted to steal one.

The llamas also stole a piece of my heart. They are funny looking things, but I can't help but love them. We finished off the day at the Farmyard Barn, armed with 50p in my pocket for food, I was ready for some happy time...

 The goats were fabulous in every way. They were greedy and confident and happy to head-butt if they didn't get their own way. The two kid goats were totally 100% cute and adorable. They were only 3 weeks old, and very shy. I just wanted to squeeze them.
Banham Zoo was a great day out. If you are local, it's well worth a visit. It's relatively small compared to the other zoos closeby, such as Colchester, but there is plenty to do. We even took a ride on the train! The enclosures were lovely (none of the animals looked sad or cramped), and an added bonus, there is a garden centre there too- so on the way back to the car I picked up a few plants for the garden.

I stopped the car and pulled over on our way home and asked Rory to take some photos. Sometimes the English countryside is just so lovely. The photo above hasn't been edited in any way. It's that good.


  1. OMG Banham Zoo :) That's my childhood right there .... school trips, brownie trips, adventures with the family! Growing up in Norfolk it was always the zoo of choice.

    I'm actually heading back to Norfolk for a week with my boyfriend in June and we're going to use our Tesco Clubcard vouchers to do a zoo trip, it's between Banham and Africa Alive but I think I am leaning towards Banham :)

    My fondest memory of Banham is the crazy huge monkey that used to live near the entrance in the 80s, it used to throw things at people, which was very entertaining when I was a child ... especially when it threw poo!

    Thanks for giving me a lovely burst of nostalgia to cheer me up this morning :D

    Chloe x

  2. Lovely photos, what a great day out you had. I haven't been to Banham Zoo for years, maybe it's time for a re-visit soon.

  3. Cute cute photos, I love the goats!

  4. This looks like such a great day out!! x

  5. I've been meaning to comment for days now! Your right, the British countryside is beautiful at the moment. Maybe it's all this sunshine we've been having? I have a thing for kid goats too, uber uber cute. Looks like a great school holidays trip xx


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