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.
|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!|
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.
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*