Tuesday, 30 May 2017

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Dear Zoo Trail

On Saturday we had an early start as we headed to Whipsnade Zoo as we were asked to a special VIP breakfast event. The event was celebrating the Dear Zoo trail which is on from 27th May til 4th June in time for half term. The book Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell is celebrating its 35th birthday this year which is super exciting as it's a book that we love. 




On arrival to the zoo at approx 8:30am we were shown to the marquee where breakfast was provided for us. There was a selection of pastries on offer as well as orange juice, teas and coffee and of course prosecco. They also started to hand out delicious Dear Zoo birthday cupcakes while there were speeches from the Zoo manager and Rod Campbell himself.  



Once the speeches were done we then headed over to the interactive story hub where it was officially opened by Rod Campbell. Inside we listened to Rod Campbell read his own story before queuing to have a copy of his book signed. 

We were then given a trail card which was stamped with a camel already as they don't have any at the zoo. Then we got to go off and find all of the other six real life versions of the animals. 




The trail card has a map on the back so that you know where to find the stamps that you need to collect. We headed off to find my favourite zoo animal first Giraffes they were definitely too tall to have as a pet just like the book. We then went in search of the rest of the animals that we needed to find plus spotting other animals that aren't included in the story on our way round.  Half way through our time at the zoo we stopped off at the indoor play area however Blake was getting tired and hungry so we stayed only for a short period before finding somewhere to have our picnic that we brought with us. We then finished of the trail and collected Blake's sticker before heading to look in the gift shop and then home. 





Whilst we were at the event we were also given a Dear Zoo goodie bag for Blake which included a special 35 year anniversary copy of the book, a poster, stickers, activity sheets and a cuddly lion. 

 We had such a lovely time doing the Dear Zoo trail and if you are looking for something to do this half term I fully recommend it.




41 comments:

  1. This looks like a lovely day out, the trail is a super cute idea!

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  2. Giraffe's are my favourite too. I love going on days out when there are activities involved for the children, it seems to make them even more fun x

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  3. Looks like a fab zoo. Last zoo i went to was Paignton Zoo last year and had a great time

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  4. Ah what a lovely invite! We have loved that boook for years in our house - such a sweet idea xx

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  5. Sounds like such a fun event, I haven't been to Whispnade in a long time, I really need to go x

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  6. Oh what a lovely event! Me and my daughter loved Dear Zoo when she was younger, I didn't realise it was 35 years old though.

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  7. Aww I love that they have got Dear Zoo involved. What a great activity sheet. Lily got a little bored at the zoo last time she went so i think something like this would have entertained her more.

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  8. What an awesome sounding day you had, I love that they put on other little educational extras for children.

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  9. What a gorgeous idea we love Dear Zoo and what a lovely way to celebrate this classic is such a marvelous setting!

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  10. You managed to snap some great shots of the animals - so lucky being invited as a VIP for breakfast :) x

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  11. Nice to see you had a fab time, sounds like a lovely activity to get the kids involved with :) x

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  12. Aww the goody bag is so cute. We love trips to the zoo but haven't been to Whipsnade yet

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  13. This looks incredible, and I'm very jealous that you got to meet Rod Campbell. We love Dear Zoo.

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  14. Aw what a fun day out at the zoo. The breakfast does sound rather tasty x

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  15. This looks like a fun idea and the trail looks good too! I am not sure we would have made it for breakfast though :p

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  16. Looks like a great day out, I loved that book when I was little.

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  17. Ah nice. I bet you all had a lovely time. Would love to visit the zoo with the family this summer.

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  18. The Dear Zoo goodie bag looks like tons of fun, and a great way to keep their interest going after the visit.

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  19. How cute is this. I just love the dear zoo books, as does my daughter, so I would love to do this.

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  20. AH elephants! We don't have any at Edinburgh so lovely to see!

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  21. What a lovely family day out, the Dear Zoo books are great!

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  22. Whip shade is round the corner from where I grew up and it always makes for a great day out. The dear zoo trail looks perfect for little kids :)

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  23. Whipsnade is listed as one of the places I want to visit and it looks like you had an amazing time x

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  24. Sounds like a fantastic time was had - loving that goodie bag too!

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  25. What a lovely idea, and a great day out too! Love your photos. Kaz x

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  26. What a lovely experience! I love the zoo! xx

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  27. It looks like you guys had a good time! I haven't been to the zoo in years.

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  28. Wow, Happy 35 years to Dear Zoo! Looks like you had a great experience celebrating with your family. This is a great avenue to bond with the kids too.

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  29. Sounds like a great day, I haven't read dear zoo

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  30. I haven't been to the zoo for years I keep meaning to look and book for me and twins one day. I must do it soon because they love animals

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  31. I haven't been to the zoo for years I keep meaning to look and book for me and twins one day. I must do it soon because they love animals

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  32. Looks like a fab visit, my daughter is obsessed with elephants so we've been looking for somewhere that has some :) Love the Dear Zoo connection

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  33. This sounds like such a fun day out - my boys would have loved it when they were little! I can't believe Dear Zoo is 35 years old though!!

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  34. Dear Zoo is one of my favourite books, I read it to my son who's now 19 and have read it to both the girls so it's lovely to see it being celebrated like this

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  35. What a perfect day out. Goody bag was a nice touch

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  36. What a lovely treat and VIP too! Fantastic trip.

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  37. I was just thinking about taking my niece to the zoo tomorrow. Zoo is perfect for half-term.

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  38. I haven't been to Whipsnade zoo in years - I'd love to head back there x

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  39. Looks like such a fun day out, I've never been to Whipsnade before! xo

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  40. This looks like so much fun! I've always been scared of animals, so I haven't actually ever been to a zoo but I always love seeing pictures. Weird, I know...

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  41. Whipsnade is a good quality Zoo! Lovely day out x

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