Blair Drummond is just outside Stirling and we really did have a fab day out. There are animal shows (the birds of prey swooping over the kids heads being a particular high point) and of course, you can drive through the safari park itself. My kids were squealing with delight/terror when two female lions decided to 'have it out' with each other about 3 feet from our car!
It's about to close for the year on 30th October but if you're still on half term - or looking for something to do at the weekend that doesn't involve dressing up in Hallowe'en outfits - I'd recommend a visit. It isn't normally all that cheap to get in (I think adult tickets are around £12.50) but you can print off free entry for kids from their own website - and you can also use your Tesco Clubcard points.
The park opens again in March 2012 if you're not going to be in the area this week and, if you do manage a trip, the kids (and our) highlights were:
The Birds of Prey Demonstration - complete with swooping vulture, speedy falcon and huge owl.
The Lion Enclosure - all roaring and ripping of meat (not for the faint hearted)
The Fort - which is a large play area next to the restaurant with a large fort for the older ones and a smaller fort for little kids. There's also a large sand play area complete with 'buried treasure' which if you find, you can swap for a prize!
The Sea Lion Display - learn about these amazing creatures while watching them show off their abilities and strength.
|HUGE White Rhino - slightly nervous Toots|
|Time to go home (with the swiftly named Lemie the Lemur and Scratchy the Siberian Tiger)|
I do have to admit that I safari parks and particularly zoos don't always sit all that well with me but the animals all looked healthy. The keepers knew their stuff and really care about the animals, being more than happy to impart their knowledge about them to inquisitive 8 year old boys (is there another kind, I hear you ask?). So, Blair Drummond Safari Park got the big thumbs up from the Thrifties - made all the better by our 'free entry tickets'.