A day at Knowsley Safari Park
By Kate James
For some of us weekends are no longer spent at our city’s finest beer gardens and world renowned waterfront soaking up the last of the summer sun. For some of us weekends are spent trying to think up ways to keep our little ones entertained so we don’t turn to the bottle when they drive us mad! Luckily for us Merseysider’s we have an abundance of attractions right on our door step, and this weekend it was the turn of Knowsley Safari Park near Prescot for a visit from the James Family!
My three kids are aged 9, 4 and 1 so finding activities to keep them all entertained isn’t so easy. After we’d paid to enter the park and the kids had unfolded all 5 maps we parked up quickly to rearrange the car interior for the best possible view! This alone proved to be far too much excitement for my baby son who fell asleep in his car seat, worn out watching his sisters elbowing their way into the front passenger seat.
Luckily they both got a fantastic view as we came nose to bumper with three ginormous camels. The absolute best thing about Knowsley Safari Park is just how close you can get to the wildlife. It’s worth every penny of the entry fee to watch my kids’ faces light up at the sight of 2 tonne Rhino’s just meters from the side of the road, Elephants and Giraffes just a stones-throw from elevated feeding stations, not to mention the smaller creatures like meerkats, bats and all manner of birds. A couple of Ostrich almost had our car doors open which the kids thought was hysterical and the Iberian wolves put on a great show playing tag just a meter away from us. We clapped and cheered along as Biffo the sea-lion did seal impressions (pretty sure Biffo is actually more intelligent than me) and marvelled at the sheer size of the male Lions having a Sunday lay in while the lionesses prowled around for food (I bet they’d have gone to the match as well given the chance)
But the fun doesn’t end with the animals. The park also has a mini fun fair with a great range of rides for all ages with reasonable prices for wristbands to save on yet more elbowing/moaning about what’s fair and who’s had how many turns. However my little boy was more than happy to just sit in the huge sandpit playing with buckets and spades in the glorious sun while I turned green on the pirate ship with his energetic sisters.
Having exhausted themselves seeing everything…..twice, the girls had their faces painted (again great value and lovely staff) and we piled back into the car giggling about the naughty baboon who weed on mummy’s window.
Knowsley Safari Park is easily one of the best attractions in the North West and I can’t recommend it highly enough for all ages. The facilities are spot-less and clean, the food and treats are fairly priced and there’s loads of space and tables to have a picnic. There are always offers on entry fees if you check the website before you head off and even if you don’t drive there is a bus that drives the same route so you don’t have to miss out. All in all a thoroughly great family day out……now to jet wash the monkey wee off my car!