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Discounts on family days out is essential as popular theme parks have put up prices by as much as 57% since the start of the cost-of-living squeeze.
Up early on a bank holiday weekend, I must be mad but we were off to Twycross Zoo yipppeeee. I think I was more excited than our 2 year old daughter.
The car was all packed up; it looked like we were going for a week, not a day. Pushchair, check, picnic, check, tickets, check – right we were off.
We had bought our tickets online as we got an extra discount and it came with fast track passes too, so no queuing – happy days.
At the zoo we saw everything from monkeys, penguins, elephants to donkeys and ants. We ended up going on all of the rides, a little train and had plenty of photo opportunities with people dressed up as animals etc. We even took a picnic and took advantage of the great sunny day.
After a long, tiring day we headed home. Before we had even left the car park our daughter was fast asleep.
When we got home, I looked at Trip Advisor and the reports on Twycross Zoo. I was quite surprised that the reports were quite bad, as we had had a great day. People were complaining about the admission prices, food prices and restaurants, lack of animals or lack of certain animals. If I had read those reports before we had gone, I would have probably gone elsewhere.
Why don’t people do their research before going anywhere? Obviously the admission prices are more expensive on the day at the attraction. There are plenty of discount websites such as Groupon with offers and voucher codes to purchase online or just using the attractions official website normally gives you a discount, like we did. According to a quote on the Daily Mail website “Some popular theme parks have put up prices by as much as 57 per cent since the start of the cost-of-living squeeze, according to a study.” So shop around.
The food is always more expensive in tourist attractions so why are people shocked by this. The prices and what is available is on their website but they also have loads of picnic areas available so take your own food.
The lack of animals and what certain animals are there is again on their website. They even said some of the areas looked empty; well they are allowed to sleep too, just like us.