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Competition – Win a Twycross Zoo Family Ticket

How would you like to get your hands on a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) for one of the days Santa is at Twycross, and a discounted family dinner in Himalaya on a Friday evening (the restaurant is open until 9pm)?

Santa at Twycross Zoo. Credit Twycross Zoo

From Friday 1 December, Santa himself will be at Twycross, enchanting visitors at his story-telling sessions, which will take place in the Explorer Café at 11:15-11:45am and 3-3:30pm. The stories, specially written for Twycross Zoo, will be about William the Donkey (who visitors can also meet), and wildlife conservation work in the countries Santa visits annually. There are also arts and crafts sessions and festive films in the Study Centre to be enjoyed by all.

New for 2017, Santa’s Key Tree will ensure that all children have their presents delivered on time – chimney or no chimney! Upon arrival, all boys and girls will be presented with a magical key to be placed on the Key Tree. Visitors can watch Santa collecting the keys live on Christmas Eve via Facebook Live.

All visitors will be able to spend time with Santa at multiple occasions throughout their visit, at their own leisure. From a magical photo opportunity on Santa’s sleigh to seeing him feed the penguins, there are many opportunities to capture that special moment. Twycross is also against the 2-minute Santa visit, allowing children to spend as much or a little time with Santa as they wish.

Although Twycross Zoo is open to the public from 10.00 to 17.00 daily, the Christmas activities are only available on selected dates, given below. The zoo is closed on Christmas Day.

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To enter the competition please answer the question below and fill in the Rafflecopter

Humboldt Penguin at Twycross Zoo, UK.

Q: What species of penguin does Twycross Zoo care for?


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and conditions/how to collect your prize

Details of the prize winner will be sent to Twycross zoo who will make contact with the winner to arrange their visit to Twycross. 

 T&Cs – Participants must be aged 18+ and live in the UK.  Participants wishing to enter the competition on behalf of a minor must have permission from the minor’s parent or legal guardian. The winner of the competition will be picked at random via Rafflecopter and the winning participant will be contacted directly via email.  The winning participant will get one free family admission ticket (2 adults, 2 children) to visit Twycross Zoo on any day throughout December 2017. The tickets must be used by 31st December 2017, no travel or accommodation will be included. If the winning participant does not respond to the correspondence within 24 hours, Twycross Zoo reserves the right to select another winner. The prize is non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives. The prize will automatically be void if sold, offered for sale or if any attempt or offer is made to transfer the prize for value.

Closing date: 12th December 2017

Wellesbourne Airfield

Touchdown cafe

Wellesbourne Airfield is situated about 10 miles from my home in Leamington Spa, Arthur has a huge fascination with aeroplanes and loves to watch them flying in the sky so to start our bank holiday Monday with a happy toddler we took a trip to Wellesbourne, I actually mentioned it briefly during Arthur’s 2nd birthday post where you can see him sitting in a De Havilland DH.100 Vampire XK590.

Let’s not kid anyone, when I said the main reason we went to Wellesbourne Airfield was for Arthur I wasn’t being entirely truthful, the main reason was to get breakfast from The Touchdown Café which gives you a great viewing terrace to watch the planes.  The Touchdown Café is very popular with families and bikers as well as people flying in and out so it’s best to get there early.  Food is cooked from scratch so it’s not fast food by any means.

Vulcan Wellesbourne Airfield

The most interesting thing for me about Wellesbourne Airfield is the fact they have a Avro Vulcan XM655 which is kept in taxiable condition.  On the 21st June this year it’s the annual wings and wheels event where the Vulcan will complete two high speed taxi runs, this is a must see event for any military aircraft fan.

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Wellesbourne Airfield

It’s not just aeroplanes that fly into and out of the airfield, you get Helicopters too!

Wellesbourne Airfield Museum

If you’re a fan of wartime plane and memorabilia the Wellsbourne Wartime museum is worth a visit.  I think it cost us 50p each to enter and although it’s not huge it’s filled with the most interesting artefacts.  The volunteers are knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions you may have about the planes.

If you’re thinking about paying Wellesbourne Airfield a visit the opening hours are 9:00am – 5:30pm daily. The postcode for sat nav is CV35 9EU




Lazy Saturday At Warwick Castle

As I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions, I’m really lucky to live a stones throw away from Warwick Castle and because we have Merlin Passes it means we can pop there whenever we want a change of scenery or a walk and it doesn’t cost us anything.  Last Saturday we had planned to go to the Cotswolds or Oxford but the car was making a funny noise so we dropped it off at the garage and were at a loss about what to do.

It’s been a few weeks since we visited Warwick so we decided to have a walk around the shops and pop into the castle to have a stroll around the grounds.


We don’t usually stop to watch the staff demonstrations as there are usually far too many people around to actually see anything but on this occasion we managed to listen to a really interesting talk on the bow and arrow and how each bow was manufactured to suit the particular user to ensure each shot was a hit.  David recognised the gentleman doing the demonstration from a medieval night out with the sports and social at work, apparently he was excellent in his hosting skills.

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I never get bored of the castle, it’s a magnificent structure and I feel so lucky to live so close to it.  Caesar’s tower at the castle is actually the same height as 10 double decker buses (an interesting fact).

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We visited Bird of Prey lawn for the first time during this visit, it was so quiet that we actually got close enough to take photographs of some of the magnificent owls, eagles and vultures on display.



Peacock garden is always a highlight of my visit, I found out during this visit that the majority of the peacocks like to hang out on the way to the toilets, I’ve only ever seen a couple in the gardens and now I know why!

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We finished our visit in the rose garden where Arthur watched the ducks having a swim, he is fascinated by ducks and birds at the moment so loved the opportunity to sit alone watching them without other people or children getting in his way!

While we were at the castle there were signs displayed all over advertising medieval glamping which sounded amazing.  There were two tents on display which I assume are like the ones you would stay in.  Prices start at £275 per tent for a night stay and 2 day pass to the castle which is a little out of my price range but would be amazing as a treat.

Leamington Spa Parks and Indian Food

When the curtains were opened yesterday we were greeted with a frosty reception, the grass was silver, the cars were sparkling, it looked really cold and miserable so armed with coats, woolly hats and the promise of tea and cakes we headed into town.

Our usual cake shop was packed with customers so we decided to get a couple of takeaway coffees from the Co-op which at £1 a cup is the cheapest I’ve found in Leamington Spa, we hadn’t been to the park for a couple of weeks and decided to take our coffee there.

The farmers market was on just outside of the pump rooms and I was drawn to a pastry stall that I hadn’t visited before, we picked up a couple of treats and headed to the park.

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Park, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

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David was most disappointed that the man running the pastry stall hadn’t heard him ask for a Sausage Roll, the disappointment soon fell on me when I realised I was going to have to give up half of my cheese and mushroom croissant which was rather outstanding as far as croissants go.

cheese and mushroom croisant, Leamington Spa

Thankfully both of our sweet treats were present so there was no sharing needed.  I picked an eclair which I assumed would be bog standard choux pastry filled with cream and topped with chocolate, I could not have been more wrong!  instead of cream I had a chocolate custard filling which was so delicious I nearly cried when David asked for a bite of it!

eclair, Chocolate



At this point my phone died and I had to ask David to take the remaining photo’s for me.  I’m getting well and truly sick of the Iphone 5, every day I have to charge my phone up at least twice as the battery seems to drain at record speed which is highly annoying and I wish I could find out why this is happening? anyway I digress.

market, Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa


We headed back over to the market to pick up some vegetables, I find nothing more appealing than vegetables covered in mud because you know that hours earlier they were probably still in the ground.

We stopped by a vegetarian Indian tapas stand and couldn’t resist trying a plate of food, at £3.50 it would have been rude not to!  The lady running the stall was so lovely and even gave us extra pakora for Arthur, although it had a small amount of heat he couldn’t get enough of it and was opening his mouth for more!

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Filled with coffee, pastry and Indian tapas we headed back into town to buy Arthur some tights, he keeps pulling his socks off so I couldn’t think of any other way to keep his feet warm.  I’ve not been able to find a high street store that sells boy’s tights so if any readers know of any I would appreciate it if you could tell me.

Warwick Castle

We are very lucky to live a 5 minute drive away from Warwick Castle yet in the 14 months we have lived in Warwickshire have only visited once.  On Saturday we decided to make use of our Merlin Passes and visited for a family day out, well more of an afternoon out.  We popped into Aubrey Allen for some delicious take-away sandwiches and off we went.

We parked the car in the field car park which was absolutely packed, I think we picked the day that everyone in the area decided to visit.  The car park is a 15 minute walk to the actual entrance which gave us a good workout with the pram.

We took full advantage of the gardens, the peacock garden was designed by the Victorian landscape gardener Robert Marnock and consists of a number of topiary peacocks, manicured hedges and beautiful pond and fountain.  The peacocks are a family favourite and we couldn’t resist taking some pictures in and around this garden.

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We took a short stroll around the rose garden but due to the time of year the roses had finished blooming but I did manage to capture this lonely pink flower.


I’ve watched the trebuchet in action on a previous visit and it’s really quite a gruelling job to get it going, it was originally used to hurl huge projectiles to breach the castle walls. Large rocks and stones were the main ammunition but staff say manure and dead animals were also hurled by the machines into the besieged castle to spread disease!


The history of the castle goes back almost 11 centuries so you know when you visit you are entering a place steeped in history.  The castle itself is a pretty impressive building and over £6,000,000 has been spent on restoration in the last 10 years.

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I always find walking through underground exhibitions quite spooky especially when wax models are used, I did notice that as we entered the Kingmaker rooms there was a note on the wall saying that ghost tours meet here so I assume this section must be of paranormal interest.  The believer of the unknown in me decided to take a picture to see if any orbs showed up (they didn’t).


We picked a pretty good day to visit as the Halloween celebrations (The Haunted Castle) were in full swing, Lucie couldn’t resist a photo opportunity!  My only criticism about the haunted hollows was that there was no sign to say that once you got to the end the only way out was up a flight of stairs and 5 further steps at the top, this would have been nice to know in advance especially since we had our huge pram and not our light stroller!

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We finished off our day with some sibling shots by the river

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Warwick Castle is open from 10am everyday except Christmas Day, parking is pretty hefty at £6 per car I would personally suggest parking in one of the town centre car parks depending on how long you are planning to stay at the castle.

Current ticket prices are shown below, please not that this is for the Castle only and not the attractions.

ticket prices