Why you Should add WWT Slimbridge to Your Bucket List this Summer!
We just had such a lovely weekend and I hate when it’s all over too soon. We spent Sunday at WWT Slimbridge, exploring the new LEGO brick animal trail. If you haven’t been to Slimbridge then I absolutely recommend you take a trip. It’s such a lovely day out, suitable for the whole family.
Location-wise Slimbridge is located just off the M5 between Gloucester and Bristol. It’s a great day out from Weston-super-Mare too, taking only 50 minutes or so. We visited last spring and really enjoyed it, even though the weather wasn’t as amaze as it has been lately!
GIANT LEGO ANIMALS!
The giant LEGO brick animal trail will be at Slimbridge all through the summer up to 23rd of Sept. When you enter the park, pick up a trail map and pencil, and tick off the sculptures as you find them. There’s a giant otter, kingfisher, swan and dragonfly, and many more to find along the trail.
Quack question…sorry, that isn’t even funny. How many Lego bricks do you think they used to build all 14 animals featured on the trail?
Keep reading to find out!
B really loved the dragonfly. Me and Mr D thought the owl was really impressive.
As you wander the trail, get up close to the real animals who live at the park. The highlights for me have to be the flamingos. The colours are just amazing. B asked us why they are pink, and to be honest, I had no idea. We found out though that it’s due to what they eat and the beta carotene in food. So think shrimps.
Real Wildlife to Explore
Before you head into the park, grab a bag of grain because there are so many opportunities to feed the ducks and birds. They are all so friendly, with many eating grain from your hand.
Not only are there plenty of feathered friends at Slimbridge, but you’ll also find toads, frogs and newts in Toad Hall. Which actually reminds Mr D and I of League of Gentleman. If you’re a fan, you’ll know exactly what I mean!
River Canoe Calamities
During our trip, we got to take a ride on a river canoe. It was literally the first time I’ve ever done anything like this. Mr D sat at the back, B in the middle and me at the front. We had to keep telling B to keep in the middle as we were rocking all over the place!
Once we were all comfy, we paddled our way around the kilometer safari trail. We saw loads of dragonflies and plenty of ducks. I would say it was peaceful but we had B and well, his life jacket seemed to be the only one which had a whistle. Anyone close to us probably saw no wildlife at all. Soz.
If you’re feeling hungry after your canoe trip, grab a snack at the cafe nearby and let the kids have a run around the playground.
Welly Boot Land
A must for anyone with kids…Welly Boot Land. If it’s warm, you definitely don’t need welly boots. B kicked off his sandals and off he splashed. It’s been so hot that I was tempted to join him!
Welly Boot Land is full of bridges and fountains, criss-crossing a small stream that runs through the park. There’s plenty of play equipment, and the whole area is suitable for bare feet too.
As part of the Lego brick trail, Slimbridge are also running Lego Workshops. They are priced at £10.50 per person and last around an hour. We took part in tree challenges and B really enjoyed all of them. Daddy too! He gets a bit competitive though. The challenge here was to build as many baby ducks as possible in ten minutes.
You also get to build your very own short-eared owl and take him home. He has been B’s favourite at the moment!
Summer Fun at Slimbridge
As I said at the start, we love Slimbridge and have enjoyed the park before. I’d absolutely recommend a day out while the Lego trail is on. B is a massive Lego fan and loved finding the animals.
Oh and in answer to my question at the start…a whooping 253,728 LEGO bricks were used to complete all 14 animals on the trail! Wow!
Disclaimer: We were invited to Slimbridge to try out the new Lego animal trail. All thoughts and opinions are my own. We genuinely had an awesome day!