Just before lockdown, I had wanted to take the boys to Hamerton Zoo so once it reopened I booked us tickets straight away.
Tickets have been limited to keep to Social distancing rules so I was looking forward to it not being too busy.
arriving at Hamerton zoo…
There was plenty of parking and we hardly had to queue to go in. The first thing you notice when you do park is that the joining field that has zebras in it!
A one-way system had been put in place which worked well most of the time. There were a few areas that were a bit awkward to keep to social distancing, especially when some of the other visitors don’t seem to care.
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the smaller animals at Hamerton zoo…
The first animals we came to were Lemurs, these were cute especially as one had a baby on it’s back!
We then saw some chipmunks and birds such as owls, flamingoes, and Australian bush turkeys. In the centre of all of these was a large fenced area of wallabies and ducks.
From here we then saw a really big anteater, some adorable meerkats and some extremely noisy gibbons.
We had arrived at Hamerton Zoo at around 10:45. It was now about 12:30 so we stopped for some lunch.
There were plenty of benches and grassy areas to sit, however not many of these were in the shade and what was had already been taken.
There were a few toilet facilities around the zoo and plenty of signs showing you how to find them. There were also a number of handwashing stations throughout the zoo.
We had taken our own picnic but there was a cafe open for takeaway. It sold sandwiches and some hot food such as pizzas and hot dogs. There were also some snacks and drinks available.
the larger animals…
After this, we headed down to see the larger animals. There were some dingoes, tigers, including a white tiger, camels, goats, and donkeys.
As it was so hot the tigers were inside resting but we were still able to get a really good view of them.
There was a bear but this is easily missed and really hard to see as it is far off in the distance. It looked like Hamerton Zoo is undergoing work in this area so perhaps it will be easier to see next year.
This bought us to the end of our visit. We had been at Hamerton Zoo for around 4 hours.
conclusion of Hamerton Zoo…
It’s a great Zoo for the younger kids as it’s not too large but there is still a fair amount of walking. Due to it’s smaller size and being located in the middle of the countryside it’s a bit of a mix between a farm and a zoo. It was great going when we are still in lockdown as there were no crowds, I think it could get hard to see the animals on a really busy day.
Hamerton Zoo is located just on the outskirts on Northamptonshire in Huntingdon The postcode is PE28 5RE. Bookings can be made here.