Hamerton Zoo Park [Giveaway]

We were very kindly invited to visit Hamerton Zoo Park a couple of weeks back and Emily couldn't wait to see the Zebra. It's rare that we get to go out as a family, as Sam works lots of long hours. So when we do, we try to make the most out of our day. I was a little worried about the weather as I didn't want to be caught in the rain, luckily for us it did stay dry but when we arrived we soon noticed that most of the park is under covered walkways, meaning no matter the weather you are set for a good visit and will be able to see most of the animals.

Hamerton Zoo is on the outskirts of Cambridgeshire, which is about a 45-minute drive for us. Within the 20-acre zoo park, there are around 100 different species of animals. Quite a few of the animals are rare, endangered and on the brink of extinction, and we couldn't wait to explore.

One of the first things I noticed was how much room the animals have to roam around. The first thing we saw when we entered the park was the wallabies roaming around a gated field. Emily loved being able to watch them explore. Hamerton Zoo does try to make it clear that none of the animals are shut in or out. They have the freedom to explore both inside and out if they choose. They live at Hamerton Zoo all year round, there is a possibility that you may not see some of the animals when you visit as they may be choosing to hide away, but that just gives you an excuse to go back another time. I personally loved the fact they had the freedom to make up their own mind about where they wanted to be.

Emily loved being able to feed the goats with her daddy, at first she was a little nervous, but as soon as she saw Sam doing it, she was happy to give it ago. The feed was inexpensive too, it was 20p for about a handful - make sure you take some 20p's with you, as you need to pop it in the machine. I do wish that there was a little pot or something to catch the feed in, as most of it fell on the floor. Emily found it hilarious how the goats started running towards you as soon as you turned the machine to get the feed out.

The park has a train ride that takes you around part of the park. It does cost a small extra charge, but I was happy to pay that, especially as Emily loves trains. The driver was lovely and was happy to wave at passer-bys. He even let Emily sit in the driver's seat after she had a go on the train. The train takes you around the park, and past the tiger enclosures - Emily loved being able to see the animals on her journey and loved pointing them out to her daddy. I have to warn you though, the train plays a very catchy jingle, and I am sure it will get stuck in your head, just like it did with us.

Hamerton has a huge play park, which I was really impressed with. Normally I find that parks are aimed at older children and there isn't much that Emily can go on. However this wasn't the case with Hamerton, the play park is split into two parks, a small area that is dedicated to under 5's, and a park that was suitable for older children. Emily had so much fun burning off some energy, I liked that the play area was completely fenced in, so she couldn't escape anywhere. It also meant Sam and I got to enjoy a hot drink with five minutes peace.

Next to the play area is a covered picnic area, next to a small cafe and gift shop. We actually didn't take much with us, just drinks as we planned to get food there. The cafe was really reasonably priced - normally the food is really expensive at places like this.

The gift shop sells a range of merchandise, cuddly toys, toys, books and lots more. Prices do vary but there is definitely something to suit all budgets. I loved that there was a good selection of books too. Emily made a beeline straight for the books and came out with a book, a little box of animal figures and a book for her sister (when she is older of course). I like that you don't have to exit through the gift shop like most places, it means you can skip the gift shop if you don't want to purchase anything. 

Hamerton Zoo is open every day except Christmas and boxing day, tickets can be bought both at the gate or in advance online. Tickets are £13.99 for adults, and £8.99 for 3-12 year olds. Which I think is really reasonably priced.

Overall we had a lovely day, Hamerton is a lot bigger than I first thought it would be, and Emily really enjoyed herself. She told us her favourite part of the day was seeing the zebra' and going on the train. Hamerton Zoo are giving my readers a chance to win a family ticket to Hamerton Zoo Park! Just enter below for your chance to win!

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Terms and conditions
UK entrants over the age of 18 only
Entrants will be submitted to the random draw
Incomplete or duplicate entries will be deleted
The giveaway ends at midnight on August 21nd (21/08/2017)
Blog owner is not responsible for non-delivery of the prize
The prize is one family ticket to Hamerton Zoo Park (a family ticket is 2 adults, 2 children)

Hamerton Zoo Park, Hamerton, Nr Sawtry, Cambs, PE28 5RE
Winner will be announced within 5 days of the competition closing.
We were given free entry into the zoo park and a refreshment voucher for the purpose of this review, however, all opinions are my own.


  1. ashamed to say I've never been to this area before - but the zoo looks lovely! my kids would really enjoy it :)

  2. Lovely photos, it looks like you had a great day out! We went to a local zoo a few months ago and Sophie loved seeing all the animals x

  3. Lovely photographs. We recently went to a zoo and the kids loved seeing the animals. If we are ever in the area of Hamerton zoo we will have to visit as it looks like you had a lovely day.

  4. Looks like you all had a lovely time. The girls love the zoo :)

  5. Looks a great day out I like that the animals have loads of space to be free. We've never been to this area the zoo does look fun though.

  6. My favourite for a long time were dolphins but I'm not so sure what my favourites are any more.

  7. We love a good day out at the zoo and this one looks fab! That train looked super cute and lots of fun. Lovely photos :) x

  8. I like seeing the lions and my son loves meerkats


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