The Big Spring Fling at Blair Drummond Safari Park
I know I say this over and over again but Blair Drummond Safari Park really is one of my favourite (if not most favourite) places to visit for a family day out in Scotland! I'm a big animal lover (especially big cats - Tiger being my fav) My kids love animals too - Robert has a real ambition to work with animals in between his time as a Paleontologist! There is just so much to do at this park - so much so we have never managed everything in 1 whole day (probably because we spend so much time watching the animals but you are in a Safari Park after all)!
We were delighted when we were very kindly invited along to The Big Spring Fling to see what Easter activities would be taking place in addition to all the usual fun to be had at the park - Blair Drummond Safari Park seem to be introducing season activities like this throughout the year (last year there was Superhero Weekend and of course Hallowild which was amazing) So what does the Big spring Fling have in store for you?...
As always on arrival we drove around the animal reserves and much to our delight got really close to so many of them - we got a great day weather wise which was really lucky as it meant so many of the animals where out and about, playing, fighting ...and then there was the odd Rhino chasing cars - very mischievous!
When we parked there was a huge white marquee and an indoor area (just across from the Lion & Giraffe Habitat) which is where all the additional activities took place. We entered into the marquee to an Education Zone decorated beautifully for Spring. There's lots to learn here and a few activities to have a go at as well as some printed out information sheets you can take home that help you identify some little creatures and even guides on building habitats for them - of course 1 of each went in Lucy's bag - that's the rest of the holidays planned then!
As you make your way through you come to the area where the magic show & puppet shows take place - the kids were in awe of this and at times fits of giggles! In this area you will also find a table with some crafts, a photo opportunity area to put on some bunny ears climb on top of the haystacks and strike a pose, and of course this is also where you come to collect your prize when you have completed the Easter trail around the park (the sheet the kids fill in for this is handed to you at the ticket office but you can collect additional ones here if needed)
Upon heading out of the marquee you will come to the indoor barn area where there is a 3D cinema with a short Easter cartoon running every 10 minutes - grab some 3D Glasses and take a seat on the haystacks (Ive heard the middle to back rows are the best spots for getting the best of the 3D effects!
After taking part in the Easter activities we decided to grab some lunch before making our way round what the rest of the Safari Park has to offer while following our clues to find the rabbits with the letters we needed for our Easter trail! When visiting we always bring a light lunch / snacks in a backpack if we intend to spend a great deal of time in the park (which we always do) and tend to head for lunch in the restaurant a little later on but there is plenty of picnic areas & even barbecues to book out should you wish to bring your own. There is a new menu in the restaurant but much to my delight the macaroni cheese stayed on it (although its changed a little - bring back the melted cheese on top)! My husband decided to go for the steak pie this time (he's really fussy and sometimes a total nightmare to eat out with) - much to my surprise it was gone before I could even get a picture to share with you all - all that was left was the pastry which he said he kept until last to dip in the gravy as it was so nice - so I guess we can say he recommends that! The kids really enjoyed their meals too - for a family of four your roughly around £30 but the portions are great in my opinion and the food is really tasty and of good quality, there is also plenty of options and this goes for the sweet treats too.
Outside the restaurant the kids had a quick go on some of the carnival rides (you pay for these now and are given a ticket instead of the tokens that used to be in use) Ive also heard there are some mini land rovers arriving soon to add to the fun factor here. We then made our way round the animal reserves - again feeling very lucky that so many were out and about. We saw the new Tiger, Vitali who is gorgeous - we also managed to catch the tiger talk and got to hold some real claws! This time we decided to go see the Bird of Prey Show instead of the sea lion show as we couldn't fit in both and have watched the sea lion show on our past 2 visits. The Bird of Prey show is amazing - the birds come so close and watching them fly over the water is stunning - Lucy was amused when the griffin flew so close to her head she felt its feathers on her hair!
After each show / meet the keeper talk there is the opportunity to buy some wristbands for £1 which helps raise money for various charities helping to save animals all over the world so if you can please pick one up in support of this.
Once we finished at the bird of prey show it was time for a quick visit to the Giraffes & Elephant so we could catch the last drive around the reserves before closing. The enclosures for the animals really are great you can get such a close up look at some of the animals and it really is amazing to see.
As I said it was impossible to try to squeeze everything in all in one day so this time we didnt do the Sea Lion Show, Boat to Chimp Island, Flying fox, pedal boats or lots more other things included in your admission price - however you can read about these things here on our last blog of the park from when we visited last year.
The Big Spring Fling will be running until 14th April but dont worry if you dont manage to make it along to take advantage of the Spring activities - the Safari park has so much to offer in order to make sure you have a fabulous fun filled wild day out!
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We hope you enjoy your visit as much as we did!
*Our trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park was very kindly gifted however opinions and images are our own.