As it was L’s birthday so early into the new school year, his first school year at that, we opted against a party this year. It would have just been too much for us all. So instead, we headed out with his best friend, who just so happens to celebrate his birthday the day before L, to hang out at Pettitts Animal Adventure Park.
We had never visited before and I honestly didn’t know what to expect. It’s been going as long as I can remember, but even as a child I never went. So we headed off, full of anticipation and with a very excited birthday boy.
It’s not the easiest place to find, well off the beaten track. I am very glad we had SatNav to help. Considering I’ve lived in Norfolk since I was ten years old and been visiting and staying from the moment I was born, have explored a huge amount of the county, we hadn’t ever ven driven past by accident. Not once. So it was entirely new to us and we did on more than one occasion think we must have gone wrong!
I’m not going to lie, it is expensive. £13.45 per adult and £14.45 per child aged 2 to 15 years. Under two’s can enter for free. You can then return at any time that season for half price. We did, however, spend a full day there. A really full day! We also didn’t pay for anything else once we got in, other than lunch and a few rides on the coin operated tractors and cars, which the boys adored.
I simply cannot believe we hadn’t visited before, as for younger children like L and his friend it is perfectly pitched.
All the rides are perfect for younger children, there wasn’t a thing our five year olds didn’t enjoy. With tea cups, flying elephants, a small roller coaster and more. There were plenty of things the boys could enjoy without us if they wanted, and many we encouraged them too as our poors knees were getting a bashing!
As well as the rides, where we spent a lot of our time, there is a fabulous train ride around the park, which we all loved. Plenty of animals to see, I loved the raccoons and red squirrels. L was rather fond of the goats in the farmyard that made a break for as the outwitted a visitor, not one in our party I hasten to add.
There are so many brilliant play areas, the boys explored the wooden Robin Hood’s Adventure playground, filled with bridges and tunnels and places to climb. I didn’t think we’d get them to leave the construction zone!
The boys really enjoyed the live show, belly laughing throughout. L’s friend got up on stage and joined in, being braver than our son. But even if your child didn’t get the chance to go on stage, you could still buy them a little prize for 50p afterwards which I though was a lovely touch.
There was plenty we didn’t get round to either, we ran out of time for the dinosaur crazy golf, the chicken show, I didn’t make it to see the reptiles and we only happened on the monkeys by accident as we were leaving. We would have loved to have visited again to see the rest of it, especially at half price, but visiting so close to the end of the season meant we didn’t have time. We’ll certainly be back next year though, and a lot earlier so we can make the most of the half price visits for the rest of the season!
I honestly can’t reccomened Pettitts enough if you have younger children, we had a great time and made the most of our entrance fee, that’s for sure. I’m actually a bit sad we didn’t visit sooner.
Disclosure – we paid for our own entry, the review hasn’t been requested, I just wanted to share our experience of a fun local day out.