What are you doing on Friday night?
Fancy a party? In a park? In Marwell Park to be exact!
This year Marwell have put on 2 Sunset Party in the Park the first was on the 7th June and the second is on 21st June. We were lucky enough to be invited as guests to the 7th June event. If you are debating getting tickets then STOP and JUST DO IT!! Its a really unique experience to see the animals from 6:30-9:30pm as the sun is setting doing their night-time routine. The weather was lovely too (which was lucky as it rained all morning I was a bit twitchy!)
What we loved :-
The Samba band as you came in was awesome! Really got the party started!
Penguins we are big fans of these! At the gates Amy told us how Ralph was wearing a wetsuit as he'd lost his feathers and this kept him warm … so this was our first point of call!
Feeding time at the cheetahs!
Seeing the lemurs asleep – this is Megan's class name so she was desperate to see them!
The staff are unbelievably nice! Megan spent a few minutes discussing the 2 Giraffe's that were indoors, their names and ages – the keepers were happy to answer her and were really knowledgeable. It gives the experience more provenance to for the children – Megan clearly remembers that they were called Matilda and Isabella and they are 11 & 17years old.
Moo spent sometime in a cabin filled with skulls, skins and bones chatting about all the pieces (he LOVED this – it fuels he's plan to be a vet!)
Olive enjoyed running about freely, seeing animals, staying up late and filling my shoes with stones whilst we watched the fire eaters!
Personally I would have preferred a Saturday night poor Megan was really feeling it by 8:30pm and ended up getting the pushchair after a full day at school, followed by Ballet then a 40 minute drive for 6:30pm start at the Zoo she was done in! I forget sometimes she's still only 4! There was also so much to do and see 3 hours isn't really enough! The kids would have loved to have seen PomBear and been on the bouncy castles. We ate a picnic in the car on the way – there was a BBQ there but as expected it was pricey – so do take a picnic or snacks.
We had a fab time and the children are still chatting about it now!
For further information on the Sunset Party check out the Marwell Zoo website AND while your there see if you can spot Ralph in his wet suit on Penguin Cam.
Disclosure: We received press passes for the Sunset Party. Although we weren't requested to write a review – we wanted to share our thoughts, all opinions are mine and the MOO's.