Go Leicestershire have a great offer on at the moment, Stay, Play, Explore, including a one night stay in the Hilton Hotel in Leicester, breakfast and entry into 3 attractions out of a list of 5, for a bargain of £109!! Well we would be fools to pass this up and decided it would be great way to end our half term fun seeing as Bean had an inset day today.
The hotel was fantastic and had the added bonus of a swimming pool which we of course made the most of while we were there, Bean demonstrating how much her swimming has come on over the past few months. The kids especially loved the breakfast on offer, the usual mix of cereals, continental and full English but with the added bonus of the Chef making them fresh pancakes..yum!! I think also it had something to do with the fact they can be so independent in going up and picking and choosing what they want when they want.
We decided to visit Twycross Zoo today as one of the three free entry tickets. We have until the end of the year to use the rest of the vouchers so we will be visiting Snibston Discovery Centre and The Space Centre at a later date. Twycross was fantastic and much better than I remember it from a previous visit 5 years ago with Bean. They have obviously invested a lot of time and money into making the enclosures better for the animals. It is also great to discover the great conservation work they are doing and was incredibly educational for the children.
My favourites as always are the orang-utans, and we have been lucky enough to see them in Borneo on our travels many moons ago. I love their playfulness and how like us they are in their mannerisms. The walk through Lemur enclosure was also fantastic and we were able to get really close up to these inquisitive playful creature. Flump was fascinated with the Penguins and their agility underwater, I am hoping he may get some tips from them. Bean loved the Amur Leopards and the snow leopards which we had the pleasure of being able to watch in their new enclosure while we ate lunch.
We are now back home, exhausted but happy although not relishing the idea of the school run tomorrow morning. I also have the trepidation and excitement of a 30mile bike ride for Sport Relief as part of team Honk, but I feel that is a post for another day!!