My second eldest daughter now works at #ChesterZoo as a zookeeper, and had moved from Bangor to Chester, so we had a plan to visit her new place, and pop in the zoo, and finish off the day with the Christmas Lanterns event which is held at the zoo in the evening.
Excited did not cover it!! We were so excited we barely slept, which did ruin our original time to set off. Ended up leaving at 9.30am in the end. Arrived by 11.30am and had some faff around her building, no parking. So we grabbed her for extra instruction. Woohoo we have arrived. Fastest pit stop, drop our overnight bags, as we decided to stay the night. And off to the Zoo we go…..
We got our tickets scanned, collected a map and off we went! It was super quiet, almost had zoo to ourselves, bar a couple of school trips, which gave us ample time to view, gaze and be in awe at each of the animals. Sam chatted away at each enclosure, how things had changed, future plans, and if she’d worked in that department. (She’s on small furries, and nutrition at mo)
Some animals just did not fancy coming out to show themselves, which was disappointing, but they are free to choose where to be, which I like. We spotted some lanterns for the evening being set up, and even the film crew for #SecretLifeOfTheZoo how cool is that!?
Once we had covered the zoo, with plenty of painkillers, a coffee and sarnies to power us through, we sat down, gathered our thoughts to ready ourselves for the twilight evenings show, #TheLanterns a gentle stroll with Magickal lights to help Santa find his way to each of the animals, to collect their letters. It was truly Magickal for small children, and there was performers, ballet dancers and acrobats too.
We ended the evening by 6pm and the cold was biting by now. So we handed in our lanterns and picked up a gingerbread biscuit (delicious) and headed off to Sam’s place, then to find some tea. It had been an incredible day, I loved every second of it, it was great to see where Sam works, to see this years babies, and then this wonderful Magickal festive event later on.
#Wetherspoons #OriginalGourmetChickenBurger with fries and beer battered onion rings, and topped off with #ShipyardPaleAle what a meal, what company, how epic!! Felt incredibly spoilt, good quality time spent with loved ones.
So this was my crazy action packed weekend, first #Goldie then #Zoo we slept the night and visited #Chester town on the Saturday. Starting to feel ‘normal’ though that could be the copious amounts of painkillers took to cope with the adventure. And as always my trusty crutch gave me much needed support.