Animal Adventures with iCandy Raspberry

The other weekend was more than a little crazy.  On the Friday I was all glammed up a the MAD Blog Awards (I promise I will write about this soon!), Saturday I had a lovely lazy brunch with a friend and a wander around London and Sunday we hit Chester Zoo with Aunty Custard and our new iCandy Raspberry.  It couldn’t have been a more random weekend if we’d tried but it was amazing and I wouldn’t have changed it for the world!

Of course we didn’t tell the kids where we were going, or who we would be seeing – just that we were “going on an adventure” . . .  I had fully planned to pack a picnic but if I’m honest when I got home from London on Saturday night the last thing I could be bothered to do was get myself down the supermarket for stuff to make butties.  Dave was clearly feeling flush as he decided we could probably afford to buy lunch there.  We packed the car up and set off at about 10am.

The pretty nifty iCandy Raspberry didn’t take up much room in the boot!
On the way to the zoo, Ben and Chloe were trying to guess where we might be going and who we might see when we got there.  We suggested to Ben that perhaps he should try reading some of the brown signs to see if that gave him any clues – it was pure comedy when he said “Yeah we’re not going to Chester Zoo though are we?!”  Hmm might be son!!  Now Chester Zoo is not a cheap day out by any stretch.  They don’t do a family ticket (!) and even with a discount for pre booking online we were still looking at the best part of £80 for the five of us.  I was determined we were going to eke every last penny out of that ticket price!
When we arrived at the zoo I realised we hadn’t taken any reins for Amy so was relieved that she actually chose to spend much of the day in her pushchair.  Aside from knowing she was safely fastened in and couldn’t run off, I knew she was comfortable and I think she appreciated the fact she could see better from her pushchair with the seat being a little higher than usual.
Amy enjoyed the vantage point her iCandy Raspberry offered her
Chester Zoo is one of those places where you can walk absolutely miles without even realising it – I was gutted when I realised my Fitbit battery had died and none of my steps were being recorded!  Ben and Chloe coped pretty well with all the walking for the most part though I must admit Chloe did get a little fed up in the end and had a sneaky ride in Amy’s new pushchair!!
Which way next?
I love how bright the Sunflower colour pack is on the iCandy Raspberry – it brightened up a grey Autumn day no end!

Dave and I realised that we hadn’t been to Chester Zoo for around a decade!  I remember on our last visit thinking it was a little dreary but not so these days!  They’ve done so much work on the zoo with shiny new enclosures and all sorts of exciting animals to see.  Chloe hasn’t really been to a proper zoo before and when we asked her what animals she wanted to see she talked about pigs and cows – little cutie!  Ben was more excited about monkeys, penguins and crocodiles.

Crocodile spotting
Amy loved the monkeys!
As lunch time came around the weather was looking a bit suspect and I was glad we hadn’t got round to packing a picnic; a warm lunch was a welcome pit stop.  By the time we had eaten our meals, the spit spots of rain which had threatened had passed and we were able to leave all the coats safely ensconced under the pushchair.
The ample basket on the iCandy Raspberry served us well for our day out!
I may have swerved the bat enclosure – I’m fully phobic of moths mainly as I’m scared of them going in my ears – so the idea of bats flapping around my head in the dark?! No chance.  I was brave enough to stick my head in the enclosure but was straight back out again, I couldn’t get myself through there!
A favourite of the afternoon for all of us was the lions.  We managed to arrive at feeding time and found the lion and a lioness having a bit of a strop with each other.  It was amazing to see and hear them – the noise they make is just immense even at just a low level growl.  We couldn’t tear ourselves away.  Chloe said she was very glad they were on the other side of the fence!
This bad boy was grumpy!
Cheeky face playing peepo with her iCandy Raspberry hood!

Towards the end of the day we started to get a bit muddled up and were running short on time to make sure we saw everything we wanted to see.  This was in part because we had intentionally done the route around the zoo backwards in an attempt to avoid the crowds – this made sense but did mean that sometimes we were having to go back on ourselves to get where we needed to be.

How many people does it take to read a map?

By far Amy’s favourite part of the day was the “baby raffs” – she was enthralled and I’m sure she’d have stood and watched them for far longer if we’d had time.  She was chatting all the time about “baby raffs” and what they were doing.  I’m definitely going to make sure we get her up to South Lakes next summer as you can even feed the giraffes there!

Watching the ‘raffs

Our Chester Zoo adventure ended as it had begun, with the elephants.  Their enclosure was being cleaned which meant they were all inside, the silver lining to this was it meant we were able to see the baby elephants close up.

I don’t think I need to say anything about this picture!
Baby elephant!!

It was a perfect Sunday making memories together.  It was a real treat to have a proper day out with Aunty Custard and Chris, even more so that we had Aunty Custard’s parents with us too.  Amy hasn’t stopped asking for her Aunty Custard since.

Aunty Custard!
And the iCandy Raspberry?  It was the perfect partner for our day out.  Amy was extremely comfortable and safely strapped in.  She was sat up high enough to be able to see what was going on and it was easy to push around the park, even when it got a but busier it was agile enough to avoid bumping into people!  The basket is spacious and carried all our bags and coats for the day with no problems.  We can’t wait to take it on more adventures!  You can read a detailed review of the iCandy Raspberry on the Pushchair Expert website.
Our iCandy Raspberry with Sunflower colour pack
*We were sent the iCandy Raspberry free of charge for the purpose of taking it on ad adventure.  All thoughts and opinions remain our own*

42 Comments

  1. September 30, 2015 / 10:33 pm

    Great review of the pushchair Colette, with some helpful photography too. I'm really impressed by the size of the basket and how comfortable your husband looks pushing it (given that I know how tall he is). It looks like the perfect set of Amy-wheels.
    We haven't been to Chester Zoo for a couple of years and I think it's changed rather a lot since the last time we were there, I'd love to see the new Islands area and, how lucky were you to see their brand new baby elephant?

  2. September 30, 2015 / 10:39 pm

    What a lovely day out you had! I'm loving all the photographs, you have a beautiful family and you show just how practical the icandy raspberry is for a fun packed day out. We need to return to Chester Zoo, it's around two years since we've been and they have lots of new attractions! I'd definitely recommend South lakes too I… I mean my children loved feeding the Giraffes and the penguins when we last visited.

  3. October 5, 2015 / 5:50 pm

    It looks like such a lovely day out. Chester Zoo is high on my list of places to visit! Love the colour of that pushchair too x

  4. October 6, 2015 / 7:09 am

    We always loved Chester Zoo especially the meercats!

  5. October 6, 2015 / 7:13 am

    I love my Raspberry!! looks like you had a fab day out #triedtested

  6. October 6, 2015 / 7:32 am

    Your photos are fantastic – I love the one with the lion 🙂

    #triedtested

  7. October 6, 2015 / 7:40 am

    Aww I love the photo of the baby elephant! I live too far south for an easy visit to Chester zoo but it sounds like a great day out. #triedtested

  8. October 6, 2015 / 7:51 am

    I always hear really good things about the iCandy and I love buggies that fold down to nothing. I'm dreading trying my quinny frame in my current car, eek. Its the second time this week I've seen a post on Chester Zoo, I think we need to go now 🙂

  9. October 6, 2015 / 8:23 am

    That basket looks amazingly huge! One thing I'm definitely looking for in a new buggy for baby2! One to consider methinks

  10. October 6, 2015 / 8:50 am

    Wow that's a lot of stuff you can fit underneath! #TriedTested

  11. October 6, 2015 / 8:52 am

    That looks like a great pushchair, mine are now 6 years old but I love how quickly the buggy choices move on and what options you can have now. I LOVE the bright yellow against the black.

  12. October 6, 2015 / 9:09 am

    so jealous! love iCandy pushchairs, we've had the cherry before. This one looks fab #triedtested

  13. October 6, 2015 / 9:24 am

    Aww! It looks like you had a lovely day out! What a great pushchair! So bright 🙂

  14. October 6, 2015 / 9:42 am

    Love how much you can get underneath! #Triedtested

  15. October 6, 2015 / 10:05 am

    When we go out now I wish we had a pushchair still in order to carry all the bags, coats etc!

  16. October 6, 2015 / 10:18 am

    The pushchair looks lovely and the Zoo even better! Chester Zoo has been on my list of places to visit for a while, I'll def. be making the effort after this. #TriedTested

  17. October 6, 2015 / 10:22 am

    I love a day out at Chester Zoo and I agree about how much walking you can get done. Shame your fitbit battery died on you. I love the colour of the pushchair. I can't believe how much pushchairs have come on since my 2 were little x

  18. October 6, 2015 / 11:32 am

    A friend of mine has one of these and is pretty impressed with it. I like the way it looks as well not too bulky #TriedTested

  19. October 6, 2015 / 11:58 am

    Oh our favourite days out are always the Zoo. We've done London Zoo, Paradise Wildlife Park and Bristol Zoo each more than once. I never get photos nearly as great as yours though. Chester Zoo sounds fab.
    Visiting from #TriedTested xx

  20. October 6, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    Oo I love a dfay out at the zoo! The buggy looks great too! Escecially the colour!

  21. October 6, 2015 / 1:40 pm

    Looks like you had a lovely day out! x

  22. October 6, 2015 / 2:28 pm

    Looks like you had a great day out. We need a pushchair that's compact as we've only got a small car, it's hard when we're going anywhere as our current one takes up most of my boot! This sounds perfect

  23. October 6, 2015 / 2:41 pm

    I think they should change the name to iCandy Sunflower! It's a gorgeous pushchair and we can't believe how small it folds down to in your boot. It's tiny compared to our big clunky 3-wheelier JANE buggy. A really informative review and the pictures are helpful. #TriedTested

  24. October 6, 2015 / 3:33 pm

    Ah that looks like a fabulous day out – love that photo of the baby elephant. That iCandy Raspberry is a gorgeous pushchair – love the colour 🙂

  25. October 6, 2015 / 3:44 pm

    That looks a lovely day out – and it's been years since I've been to the zoo! Love the colour of the pushchair too, it looks like it's got a really sleek design as well. Thanks for hosting #triedandtested

  26. October 6, 2015 / 5:25 pm

    Looks like a great pushchair and you all seem to have had great fun. I particularly like the picture of your littlest absorbed in watching giraffes and the kids all on top of the elephant statue. #triedandtested

  27. October 6, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    It sounds like you had a lovely family day out. It is a shame that zoos are so expensive as it isn't a very affordable day for a family.
    The pushchair looks and sounds great. I love the bright yellow.

    #TriedTested

  28. October 6, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    Sounds a fantastic day out. We haven't done a proper zoo visit yet. The pushchair looks good too

  29. October 6, 2015 / 8:20 pm

    The colour is beautiful. Seems to have a good bit of storage too. Hubby would kill me if I buy another one just for chloe. Lol #triedandtested

  30. October 6, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    Chester Zoo looks fab as too does the iCandy Rasberry! So compact but usable! Love the colour and this would have definitely been on my want list had it been out during our pushchair days!

  31. October 6, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    I am going to let you into a secret. I saw your photos on Facebook and zoomed in to see what the beautiful pushchair was. We have an icandy cherry and I hate it. I feel like I have researched pushchairs so extensively that the decision has become too big!! I may send you a detailed questionnaire on this one he he. The model gets cuter by the minute and her mummy is not bad either 😉

  32. October 7, 2015 / 10:45 am

    That baby elephant! Anyway, this looks like an amazing pushchair. I hate the big bulky ones, but the way this one folds up very small and yet still has room to hold your bits and bobs at the bottom would be just the ticket if I was ever after a replacement for our current pushchair.

  33. October 7, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    Sounds like a great day out, love the buggy and that ti folds up so small. The colour is great too. If we buy another I think I may consider this one! Thank you #TriedTested

  34. October 8, 2015 / 12:56 pm

    A big basket always wins me over! Lovely day out and fab little pram #triedtested

  35. October 11, 2015 / 11:35 am

    I love the bright yellow colour, really cheerful! I do like it when prams have a decent size basket – it makes things so much easier!

  36. October 13, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    Some really brilliant photos from your day out, love the baby elephant, so cute!! #TriedTested

  37. October 14, 2015 / 8:32 pm

    i like the basket, our current pushchair has a massive basket but you cant out anything from a parent side as its closed and open from the opposite end

  38. Darren
    July 4, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    What a smart, colourful pram! My kids ones were positively boring compared to that i candy raspberry and it stood up to Chester zoo well.

    I have a day out website so am always on the look out for brilliant new places to visit.

  39. January 31, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    We love Chester Zoo in our household, and it’s only 20 mins away from where we live, so we visit often. Off to London Zoo soon for a “Meet & Feed The Animal Experience” – can’t wait – we are all super excited!!!

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