Tigerlilly Quinn: Our Bank Holiday weekend in pictures

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Our Bank Holiday weekend in pictures


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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48 comments:

Eleanor Willock said...

Oh crap. We just bought our niece a family ticket to this zoo for her birthday, I had NO IDEA it had these connections. I'm a Christian and I would NEVER go to such a place, especially if it has badly treated animals in unsuitable locations. Wish I'd known!

Polly Davies said...

gorgeous photos Fritha :) And that Zoo sounds bizarre to say the least!

mummyoftwo said...

Lovely photos and the majority of your weekend sounds like it was great - that zoo sure does sound odd though. Definitely one to avoid!

Kerry Louise said...

You're photos are always so lovely! I love getting an insight into your daily life x

Claire Toplis said...

beautiful photos and what fun you had

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

I always worry things will go wrong when I think how good they are! But Mr C has been reading lots of those train your brain for success books and they are all about focusing on just the positives for more positive things to happen so I'm trying! Gorgeous pics, I love Clevedon. That zoo does sound totally bizarre, so pleased we know never to visit it as it was somewhere we would have ended up visiting at some point!! xx

Jenny said...

I've never been to Clevedon but it looks perfect for a day out.

Lori MacAlpine-Smith said...

I LOVE TIFFIN! It's my favourite place in Clevedon! If you didn't this time,you must go on the Poet's Walk. At the end is a lovely field, and an absolutely gorgeous view over the sea! You think you are in Cornwall! xx

Twinsplustwo said...

There are undoubtedly some religious crackpots around.... there is actually a lot of archaeological evidence of events in the Old Testament (and New) but I think we would seriously struggle supporting that zoo's theory!!

Lizz Akin said...

That Zoo sounded super scary. But the pictures were beautiful. Never been too or even heard of Clevedon, will love to give it a try in the summer.

Bex @ The Mummy Adventure said...

I love these pictures and that Wilf was looking down at the sea - looks like a great weekend

Jen Walshaw said...

LOVE the red wellies. Oh and the zoo - odd and unnecessary in very sort of way.

Helen Peakle Pie said...

Some lovely photographs and I just adore your little one's welly boots! The zoo sounds a bit weird and not something that we would have enjoyed either. As for a cream tea - yummy!

Adele Jarrett-Kerr said...

We love Clevedon! I've never considered taking a bus there and, to be honest, it sounds like a total nightmare. Another reason I'm glad I'm finally driving. I actually do believe in creation and intelligent design but I'd never heard of this version of creationism. It's so sad to hear how those animals are treated. We've considered visiting Noah's Ark a few times but I'm really put off now! Your time in Clevedon looks gorgeous though.

savvywendy said...

beautiful pictures. The zoo sounds very weird x

You Baby Me Mummy said...

Oh hun the zoo sounds awful, I hate seeing animals like that, so sad. Anyway glad it all got better at the beach. Fabulous pictures. xx

Lia Billimore said...

That Zoo is a horrible, horrible place for the way the animals are treated. My aunty reported it a couple of years back to the RSPCA. I don't know if it's improved, but doesn't sound like it!

Fiona Naughton said...

I love the second picture. A desk like that would be my dream for my blogging/writing space. I'll keep wishing haha :)

Vicky Wombwell Kuhn said...

I love the idea of the wardrobe office. I don't have one, just a few office boxes and a laptop on a laptop tray so something like this would be just perfect for me :-)

Sylvia Fiolunka said...

Lovely photographs! It looks like you had a happy family time out ;)

Vicky Wombwell Kuhn said...

I love the beach and water pictures, and the funny face an the pier is a must I think, a right of passage. Love the tractor too - I remember doing all these things when my two were small.

Kirsty Hornblow said...

Thank goodness the day improved! The pier looks perfect and the views across the beach are amazing. I am the same on easy out and always forget to put sun cream on myself!

lisa prince said...

aw looks like you all had a great weekend fun at the beach and he looks like you had trouble getting him from that tractor

laura redburn said...

makes me sad to hear of animals being treated like that. despite that and the bus, looks like you had an otherwise lovely and sunny bank holiday :)

Louisa said...

Despite being a Christian myself the thought of a religious zoo doesn't sit right with me. I'm glad your day picked up after that!

Lucie1979 said...

I don't like the sound of how the animals were treated. Your photos as always are stunning!!!

pinkoddy said...

I have never heard this about Noah's Ark before - guess it makes sense now you say it. I have never been to the beach at Clevedon and I have lived there lol.

Helen said...

Fab review. I love the design and colour of this buggy, it really stands out. Thanks for sharing a fantastic review x

Wild & Grizzly said...

Great review and wild looks very cosy in his new ride! such cool colours and pattern, i think it compliments your wardrobe very well :) x

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abigail said...

Good old Clevedon, we must have just missed eachother as we left in the late afternoon! I´ve been to Noah´s Ark a few times and didn´t realise it was religious until after (obviously I didn´t clock the name...) I like that there´s a bit of space to run around, but haven´t been in a year or two. But yeh don´t really agree with the whole biblical teachings for school trips, what does a zoo have to do with religion?

Michelle Ashmore said...

Little Wilf is braver than me...I really don't like seeing the sea swishing beneath my feet when on a pier! I love your sunglasses, they really suit you :)

Laura Rocksteady said...

Wow what a lovely collection of beautiful photos and a wonderful way to spend a bank holiday - the more I read about that zoo the weird it sounds - it's really good to know as we have seen a few pamphlets for the zoo before not knowing at all it was Religious and weird - I have an issue with bring school kids there - also liberal but really? Anyway lovely post


Laura x

Laura Rocksteady said...

I really love the colour schemes Cosatto use and there retro design look - very stylish ride


Laura x

MummyNeverSleeps said...

Wowzers! My little boy's almost 5 now but even I want this buggy! That wouldn't be weird, right? Love the neutral colours too :)

Noahs Ark said...

Nice photos of your family weekend. Writing from Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, we came across your blog and in all honesty had to write a brief response. Sad that you didn't enjoy your day here, that's a real shame. Tbh, your comments about animal care and lack of space are unfair, one of the main comments we have from 200,000 visitors a year is exactly the opposite of yours - healthy looking animals in spacious enclosures! To put it in perspective, we have 110 acres of zoo, with our elephant enclosure the largest and most modern in Europe at 20 acres... Bristol Zoo in Clifton is 12 acres in total.


Re. religious stuff - we are a 'Christian business' if you like, but the message at the zoo is very light (so much so that lots of visitors come and go without noticing it and if they do it either interests them or it doesn't! Certainly not harmful dogma. It's such a shame you felt it affected your day.


If you wanted to come back and speak to our management about your experience, or come for a proper look round for free to get a better feel for the place - do contact us via our website and we'll arrange. As a management team we're always open to suggestions for improvements.. and criticism!


Kind regards!
Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Globalmouse said...

We love Clevedon!! In fact we even have a plaque on the pier!!! It's a gorgeous place and perfect for a sunny trip out!

The Go To Mum said...

Love the colours and the style of these pushchairs.

The Go To Mum said...

What a lovely day out with exception of the zoo. We've had days like this too!

fritha strickland said...

Hi guys! thanks for taking the time to read my post and comment. I think we'll have to disagree about most points but of course you are more then welcome to make your point of view heard! I see what you are saying about size although of course Bristol Zoo does not have the animals you have (tiger's, elephants, rhino's, giraffes' etc etc) and of course animal welfare experts such as the RSPCA urging you not to keep certain animals http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-10878060 I stick to my point that I felt animals like these should have large spaces to roam in like a safari park might do. I also mentioned I have never felt comfortable with the lion's spaces at Bristol Zoo.


I'm not sure about the visitors not noticing the creationist part as you have a dedicated 'information centre' full of these beliefs. I suppose they may not visit that part but I saw many placards for religious quotes next to the animals spaces so I think it's pretty clear and for me I felt quite odd.. I think actually it would be better if you made it clear on promos about your place that this is what you believe and what will be on show it could let people decide better if they felt comfortable with this. I stand by that I would feel upset if my child's school visited. I think it's great for children to experience religious spaces like church's and mosques but then it's very clear that they are visiting a religious space and not a space to learn about animals?


Again thanks for commenting :)


best wishes

fritha strickland said...

I've not heard of Poet's walk! A great excuse to go back soon! x

fritha strickland said...

That's interesting (about the success books) I never really had it until I became a parent but I started thinking all these weird things about how I couldn't possibly be lucky enough to have a happy healthy family without something going wrong somewhere down the line! x

Keri-Anne said...

Wilf always looks so happy!! Love him peeking through the peir slates :) x

Life With The Crew said...

Great post! Love that cleavage Tom is sporting! The zoo sounds like an awful and weird place. I am very much against zoos and do not plan on taking my little babe to one. The last time I was at one was in Paris during a high school trip and I got into a huge fight with another student about how the animals were kept.
I think it is great how much traveling you guys do without using a car! That is really quite unheard of here in the States, but is a very eco-friendly option.
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Kara said...

Is that the pier from the one direction video (not that I will actually admit to watching it). The zoo sounds very odd - we normally love the zoo

Wild & Grizzly said...

I have never been to Noah Ark Zoo and definitely wouldn't want too. the pier however is lovely, we have been a few times with F and it's so much fun. x

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