On Saturday the sun was shinning so we bounced out of bed bright and early and hopped on the bus to the seaside, well kinda..
For the most part not having a car is not really an issue, we probably use a taxi around twice a year and the rest of the time the inner city train, bus or simply walking is super easy. We decided to head to Clevedon which involves a short bus to the centre of town then another for 30mins to the coast. We had missed a bus when we got to town so grabbed a coffee and a babyccino and watched the world go by next to the fountains. The bus finally turned up a good twenty minutes late but it was still before 10am so we were well on our way to a full day at the beach.
This is where it went a bit weird.
Click below to read about our trip to the weird zoo!
The bus broke down about twenty minutes into our journey outside a sign for 'Noahs Ark Zoo Farm' and we were told it would be another hour until the next bus came past. As we were out in the countryside the option was to sit in the bus, wait on the side of a busy road or go into the zoo. I'd heard a lot of bizarre stories about the place and it's religious teachings but with a bored toddler we thought it was the best option until we could catch the next bus.. we realised afterwards that was probably not the best choice.
Noah's Ark Zoo Farm is a religious zoo that teaches the theory of the great flood from the bible and that evolution started once the animals had all been collected and the floods had gone. I'm pretty liberal when it comes to religious beliefs and would consider myself agnostic rather than an atheist but I do fid the idea of a religious zoo a pretty odd one. I guess the thing that concerns me most if that they bring school trips there for educational visits which unless it was a creationist school makes no sense to me.
Regardless of all the bizarreness the place was really unsettling with sad animals including elephants, rhinos and tigers. Tom slipping back into some kind of west country roots exclaimed 'I wouldn't even graze my cattle in such a small place let alone a rhino!'. I'm not actually opposed to zoo's in general and with the right care I think they can be great places although I'm not sure that animals like lions should really be held in captivity unless there is a adequate area for them to roam in. Suffice to say we left within the hour despite the hefty admission charge and waited on the side of the road for the next bus..
Once we had got on the bus again we were 15mins from Clevedon and we stopped at Tiffin for a yummy cream tea. Wilf was rather taken with the waitress and even offered her a pom bear (that's saying something!).
Wilf had the BEST time on Clevedon pier and it was certainly worth the admission cost of £1.60 each. There was even a little cafe at the end which if we hadn't just stuffed our faces with scones we would have definetly have indulged in some tea and cake. His favourite thing was looking through the slates at the sea below, he could have stayed like that for hours I'm sure.
Despite the weirdness earlier the day at the beach was so fun, we stayed out most of the day and grabbed the last bus back just in time for bedtime. Tom and I were silly enough to get a bit burned (me on my nose!) isn't it so silly how you remember to slather sun cream on your child and not yourself? Lesson learnt ;)
I love summer and having these little breaks with my family, although I'd kinda love a trip away somewhere too, there are some brilliant ideas here from Tots Too.
The weather was so brilliant this bank holiday weekend and created so many lovely memories with my little family. I don't know about you but sometimes I get these waves of feeling like I'm so ridiculously lucky to have me these two in my life I'm sure something terrible is going to happen to counter balance all the goodness? Is that a parent thing?
Hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend!
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