Sunday, 22 March 2015

New Dinosaur Attraction - West Midlands Safari Park

Last weekend we visited West Midlands Safari Park for a preview of a new attraction which opens on the 21st March.  We started our day by driving the 4 miles around the safari where you can see over 180 different species of animals.  It was quite an overcast day but still busy and it took us about 11/2 hours to drive around, which wasn't too bad considering there was plenty to see.

We bought a packet of animal food from the entrance and Grotbags enjoyed feeding the animals on our journey, some of them can be quite cheeky and one even tried to take the box, instead of the food being offered.

One of my favourites was the lions and tigers, I just love seeing them in their natural habitat.  They look so majestic and the tigers were basking in the limited sunshine on offer.
The giraffes liked to block the road, the one in this photo was being rather stubborn and it took the ranger a while to get him to move on to the grass so we could drive past.  After we had driven through the safari we visited the park and I was surprised how much there was to do.

There are different areas to the park itself, the Discovery Trail, Adventure Theme Park, Tiny Tots Theme Park and African Village.  Various shows happen throughout the day and we managed to watch the Sealion Show and listen to a very informative talk about Reptiles.  Wash stations and toilets are situated throughout the Park which I found really helpful. 

We then visited the Land of the Living Dinosaurs the UKs largest animatronic dinosaur display, featuring 38 life size dinosaurs all with moving eyes, mouth and neck, isn't this an amazing entrance? A skeleton of T-Rex embedded in the archway.


The lady at the entrance had this rather cute baby dinosaur which appeared to have just hatched and I must say it looked rather weird as it wriggled and moved about.


Of course my husband the clown always has to get a funny photo along the way!  I must admit I am rather glad dinosaurs no longer exist, those jaws look rather formidable.

Grotbags was a little wary at first, I think due to the sound effects which were really authentic, it felt like you was walking around a lost world.


We had a fantastic time and will definitely be returning.  Next time we will allow ourselves a lot more time and probably stay overnight nearby as there is so much to see and do.  The admission price for the Safari is £19.99 for adults and £14.99 for children which includes entrance to the Land of the Living Dinosaurs, animal encounters and discovery zones.  The theme park is charged extra and you can buy wristbands which work out a lot cheaper than buying tickets.

We were sent tickets free of charge for the purpose of this review but the opinions are our own.

7 comments:

  1. City Coastal Lifestyle22 March 2015 at 12:48

    we've never been but it looks interesting, I'd have the windows right up though, prefer that to a zoo.

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  2. Ooh we had a great time when we went to WMSP, Will have to go and visit the dinosaur part the kids will love that x

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  3. It is a great day out :), M would love it xx

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  4. Yes definitely keep the windows up, although it is safe in various parts to have them down and feed the animals x

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  5. this looks like a great display!

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  6. Thank you Anne, it was a great day out x

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  7. That looks fab! I love animals so safari parks are right up my street

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