On Knowsley Safari with Pops and Co.

I'm getting a fair few opportunities these days from my little blog, and I'm pretty excited for most of them!  However when Knowsley Safari came calling (well emailed, they didn't knock on or that), I was really chuffed and it was timely too, because we were going anyway!  But thank you for thinking of me, appreciate that.  

We've already been this year, we went in May half-term, when we piled in the car, picked up Pops, and drove round the park, screaming with laughter (those bloody baboons), mouths open in awe of the lions, and were just simply impressed with how close you can get to the animals. 

Purring away like cats! 

#obviously the windows were wound right up

All pile in the Honda Jazzy! 
What's great about Knowsley is that once the drive is done, you can park up and head to the other attractions, which are almost a surprise as, when you're heading to the park, you're geared up and talking about the animals, because they clearly are the stars of the show.  They have some rides that aren't so expensive, Willow bless him did his usual "I don't like it" scared face as he goes round, then once it stops "Again again".  

Bless on rides he always looks worried!
As I say, at our earlier visit this year, we drove round the park in my car, and it was great; going through the baboon enclosure was brilliant, the kids loved it, those baboons they put on a good show.  Aahh, and the way the mummy monkey's carry their little babies round, it's a real insight into their world.  If I was park keeper mind, I'd insist on undies, erm it's all on display!

What's not to love about having a monkey on your windscreen! 

We went back last week, this time my wiper blades weren't in jeopardy, oh no, we have arrived, we are riding high.... we only got tickets on the baboon bus!

Three wise monkeys... 

You've got to ooh ooh at the baboon bus stop! 
What I didn't realise getting on the bus, was we'd have a guide talking us through, we had a young girl, Harriet, very knowledgeable in a talky non-scripted way, and was as enthusiastic about the animals as we were.  We learnt a lot going round. 

A few of the many fun animal facts as learnt from Harriet: 

  • Emu's brains are smaller than their eyeballs (I always think they do look a bit thick) 
  • Halfords in Knowsley sell more wiper blades than any other branch in the UK 
  • White deer in their natural habitats would be offed, as their camouflage is a bit crap, but at Knowsley it's fine, they're not under threat so they can go about being as white as they like! 
  • Baboons, pink bottoms are of the female sex, so the male baboons can spot them, again my vote would be for knickers! 
  • Each year the dominant male deer is decided on by who has the biggest and most wonderful antlers... shallow if you ask me...
Win win for Willow, he loves buses and monkey's

There was loads we picked up, but again going through the baboon enclosure on the bus, was the highlight, they have ropes hanging down so the baboons, have a good old swing, honestly you see it all... 

Back seat buds!  

Second to the monkey's the sealion show, and to note, sealions are different to seals (they get nowty about the continued comparison). They're so beautiful and so clever, I want one for Christmas!  Again, thanks to the design of the park, you get so up close to them.

Honestly two seconds prior the sealion was waving at the window!


The show is great!
We do a few trips a year with my old Pops, he's a star attraction too, the kids love him, they appreciate his rubbish jokes (okay some of them are funny, on seeing a hippo "Watch out they don't charge at the car", "That'll be £3.50"... get it charge...). He's not really my granddad, well not biologically anyhow.  Thing with old Ray, it's quite twee, he was the gardener at my kids home, I've known him 25 years, and he's always seemed dead old, but young with it.  He was a breath of fresh air in my youth, with his many scams to get out of the actual gardening and keep warm and scavenge trifle in Mossfield's kitchen (he used to trick the young lads into the mowing).  He gave me away at my wedding, actually ruined my entrance as I remember.  The registrar said he'd knock when they were ready for us, Pops was convinced he heard the knock, made me take a few premature steps down the aisle!  Suppose at least I got to make my entrance twice!

Handsome brute, he was as nervous as me (and tried to steal my limelight)
We ran him back and he had to endure an ICT/iPad lesson by two know it all 9 year olds 
Back to Knowsley, we love it there, it's a fabulous day out for the young, old and the quite young (that's me, 35 is no age at all).

xx Emma-Lou

To note, Knowsley let us in free for the purpose of me writing a little review, but as I say we love it and would big them up everyday of the week and still pay to get in.

To further note, Help the Aged, did not sponsor my kind words about Pops, they are my own, we love him xx 


  1. What a fabulous day out! I went to Knowsley a few years ago when I lived up North and would absolutely love to go back!


  2. Sounds like a fun day! Love the monkey business with the guy on your windscreen :)
    Jen x

  3. Knowsley is great- I love the bat cave and the lions the best xx

  4. Sounds great. I'm inspired to go but hope I don't have to pay a visit to Halfords afterwards!x


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