Monkeys & Mayhem; A day out at Cotswold Wildlife Park


Mum with pink hair and son wearing Joules top and Frugi rainbow snuggle fleece looking at the animals at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family Grandad by the giraffe enclosure with 3 year old grandson on shoulders at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family 9 month old baby boy wearing Frugi tractor dungarees and Maxomorra seal sunhat waiting for train at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family Seeing the Marmosets and monkeys at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family

A couple of weekends ago, we visited one of my favourite places in the world, Cotswold Wildlife Park. We've always lived fairly close so it's somewhere we visited alot when I was young; it's full of the memories I want to share with my own little ones as they grow up. It turned out to be such a beautiful day (seems to be a rarity recently, even though it's effectively Summer!) and we had such a brilliant time.

Mum looking at the monkeys holding son wearing rainbow Frugi snuggle fleece and H&M baseball cap at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family 9 month old grandson wearing Frugi tractor dungarees and Maxomorra seal sunhat on Grandad's shoulders at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family 9 month old grandson wearing Frugi tractor dungarees and Maxomorra seal sunhat on Grandad's shoulders at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family 3 year old pre-schooler running through the tree den at the farm wearing Frugi tractor t-shirt and bottoms at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family 9 month old grandson wearing Frugi tractor dungarees and Maxomorra seal sunhat on Grandad's shoulders at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family 3 year old boy petting the goats in the farm wearing Frugi tractor t-shirt and bottoms at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family Beautiful pink flowers in the secret garden at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family 3 year old pre-schooler boy eating ice-cream and playing on the trees wearing Little Bird rainbow wellies and Frugi tractor t-shirt at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family 9 month old baby boy wearing Frugi tractor dungarees and Maxomorra seal sunhat being held by Grandad at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family Mum wearing stripy green and white Joules top with pink hair standing next to pretty flowers at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family

Though we've visited with Archie before, he was too young to fully understand what was happening so it was lovely to potter about with a 3 year old whom now knows what a monkey is and if the goats are having a poo. Now he's old enough to form his own opinions, it's great to see what he likes (the penguins & the park) and dislikes (the lemur that was trying to 'get him') and it seems the place has recently been spruced up as the park has had major improvements as well as a modernised restaurant.

9 month old baby boy standing wearing rainbow Frugi snuggle fleece and H&M baseball cap at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family Nanny holding 9 month old baby boy wearing Frugi rainbow snuggle fleece in secret garden at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family 3 year old boy standing on the rocks in the goats farm at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family Green lizard in the reptile house at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family Grandson jumping from steps into Grandad's arms outside reptile house at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family 3 year old boy sitting on the wall of the pond outside the manor house wearing Frugi tractor t-shirt and Little Bird wellies at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family 3 year old boy playing on the climbing frame at the park wearing Frugi tractor t-shirt and Little Bird wellies at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family Two brothers sitting under the tree on sunny day wearing Frugi rainbow snuggle fleeces at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family Mummy and 9 month old baby boy wearing Frugi tractor dungarees and Maxomorra seal sunhat waiting for train at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family

Poor Jesse was a bit out of sorts (probably due to the tooth that has just popped through), but loved watching the goings on from the comfort of his pushchair and Archie was everywhere. He absolutely loved the park and the treehouse slide I used to race onto when I was a kid (funny how it seemed so much bigger back then), drifted his little fingers back and forth across the water of the fountain and climbed every rock, tree and den he came across.

Grandad and grandson on the slide at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family Grandad and grandson on the slide at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family Penguins swimming and feeding at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family Manor house at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family Seeing the giraffes at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family Seeing the penguins at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family 3 year old pre-schooler sitting on the fountain wearing Frugi tractor t-shirt and Little Bird rainbow wellies at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family Pretty pink flowers at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family Lemurs at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family Penguins swimming and feeding at Cotswold Wildlife Park with family

It's wonderful to see how much the park's improved in recent years as it's somewhere I hope to continue to visit each Summer and it holds so many memories for me, visiting with my grandparents and cousins as a kid. For anyone planning on visiting soon, make sure you visit the gorgeous secret garden at the beginning of the park and remember to head back to the lemurs (the enclosure doesn't open until 11:30am) if you arrive early as they're so much fun to see.

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