Went for the day arriving at 10am. I was surprised as there were lots of people but it didn't feel at all busy. I had pre-booked tickets for the deadly 60 day and had pre- booked Naomi's show. I also wanted to go on the safari bus to be able to show the kids the monkeys (there was no way I was getting my car ripped apart for the sake of a laugh). I went straight to guest services to discuss and although the bus isn't normally bookable for a specific time slot because of the deadly show at 12pm we were able to get safari bus for 1.30 pm. (£4 p.p) I then asked what would be the best thing to see first in the park and I was told the boat to see the sealions and gorillas as the queues form quickly for that.
At the start of the queue was a 'guide' with a camera and green screen. We were told to pose three different ways then we carried on. After only waiting 5 mins we were on the boat with 70 other people. We saw seal ions, gorillas and hippos. However the highlight was feeding the seal ions with fresh fish. £1 bought a cup with 2 fish in. I must have bought 5 cups as the kids Loved it! Off from the boat and directed to a station to wash hands and use gel. Then off to see penguins up close and to stroke the rays.
Then whilst Mum went off to the House, we watched the deadly show - the bird show run by the hawk conservancy. It was AWESOME!
Then off to feed deer before jumping on the safari bus at 1.30. The bus gave us a rest stop by the giraffes so we got close up to them and used the toilets and grabbed a snack for the tour. The safari was hilarious - the driver gave us a great commentary on the way round however the highlight was seeing the monkeys for sure. £4 per person for the bus was a lot cheaper than fixing my car?
Then we went for lunch in the cellar cafe at the house. Excellent jacket potatoes with enormous portions of salad and sides.
We then waddled to the deadly 60 challenge which used interactive tv screens (must note that mum was sat down on a Bench with coffee at this stage - she was pooped!). After running around for half an hour I was ready to leave longleat (5.30 by this point) so we went through the safari again with the car this time to do the deadly challenge. We weren't able to find all the clues but were able to work the code out. My kids loved doing this. For my part I loved seeing the animals. The big cats were actually walking around whereas earlier on the bus most were asleep.
We got some great photos.
Overall. What a top, top, top day.
If I lived locally I would be buying an annual pass and go every month. My mum had chatted to a staff member in the house and told them that I thought it had changed immensely in 5 years (when I last visited) and apparently the son is now in charge and he is very much into a more interactive experience for visitors hence the new penguin and ray enclosure.
We had a blast and will go back next year.
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