Port Lympne – A Great Day Out in Kent

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I’m looking forward to taking my nephew to Port Lympne wild animal park during the school holidays as I’ve heard it’s a great day out in Kent. I’ve had a look at their website and twelve baby blue wildebeest were born last month so I hope we get to see them.

I bought one of those Port Lympne passports last time I went so we can visit the park for a whole year without it costing any extra. The safari park experience is definitely one of my favourite parts of the day as you jump on board a safari truck. From the top of the park it is like a real life version of a scene for The Lion King.

I think it’s great that Port Lympne wild animal park has introduced the new safari park experience as I think it will be great for my nephew to see these animals in a somewhat natural setting. It will also be a great learning experience for him too as they have some great areas to learn about the conservation projects. A sneaky way to teach him something during the school holidays.

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Visit Port Lympne Safari Park this Summer

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If you haven’t been to Port Lympne’s new safari park I suggest you get it booked in the diary to take the kids during the summer holidays and visit the baby meerkats while they are babies. It is great to see the wild animals actually in the ‘wild’ with plenty of space to run around.

The wild animal park has recently greeted adorable meerkat kittens who have been let out into the open, two months after their birth. The three infants are now exploring their surroundings.

The great thing about Port Lympne is that you can purchase a Port Lympne passport which gives you admittance for a whole year. It is a perfect day out in Kent for the whole family. You can even adopt an animal while you are there or after your trip, this includes the adorable meerkats.

Enjoy the South of England Event

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The summer brings exciting county events and a variety of shows that promote British talent. I particularly enjoy attending the South of England show in Ardingly, West Sussex. The show starts from the 9th of June and ends the 11th June 2011.

There really is something for everyone and it makes for a great family day out. I really love disappearing off into shopper’s paradise which is filled with local crafts, clothing and rocking horses. The rocking horse is an interest of mine as they are all hand crafted to suit the individual or they have a range of antique rocking horses for people that love tradition.

Whilst I lose myself in the shopping village my partner wonders off to watch the motorbike shows and equestrian events. We then meet afterwards to enjoy some of the local produce and stroll through the beautiful flower shows.

Howletts Animal Park Welcomes Four Monkeys

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wild animal parkHowletts Animal Park and Port Lympne safari park have both welcomed new additions to their parks. Howletts have welcomed four Dusky Langurs in less than three weeks all to four different families.

The four infants were born between 31st March and 17th April 2011, three of which are thought to be female. Howletts is one of three zoos in Europe to keep the Dusky Langurs aka Duskey leaf monkeys. Thanks to the new arrivals Howletts now homes 19 of these monkeys which makes this the biggest group in the world.

These monkeys are so adorable and I feel quite privileged to live a stone’s throw away from Howletts Wildlife Park. The breeding programme has continued to be successful over the years and now accounts for 19 of these monkey compared to the two Howletts began with in 1992.

Southern Comfort Rocking Horse Brings Rider Luck

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Mark Todd winner of the first Badminton Horse Trials returned this year not only to participate but also to say hello to rocking horse in the Duke of Beaufort’s home. The wooden rocking horse was made by Stevenson Brothers to resemble Mark Todd’s winning horse in 1980, Southern Comfort.

Mark Todd, now 55 years old participated and took first place at the Badminton horse trials again this year. It is the fourth time he has walked away with the top spot at this prestigious event, 31years after his first win in 1980.

The antique rocking horse sits proudly in the manor house. Maybe the Southern Comfort lookalike being present brings Mark Todd good luck at the Badminton Horse Trials.

Ice lollies enjoyed at Kent animal parks

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As we are all enjoying the lovely weather Howletts and Port Lympne animal parks are using their initiative to keep their animals cool.

Over at Port Lympne safari park apple ice blocks have been made to cool down their Giraffes. The keepers enjoy making these natural fruit blocks as it acts as part of their enrichment. It provides a new experience for the Giraffes which encourages problem solving and behaviours they would have learnt from the wild.

Down the road at Howletts wildlife park, Black and White Ruffed lemurs were also handed fruit lollies made by the keepers. It is pretty cool to see animals holding ice lollies and almost mimic human behaviour and understand the trust keepers have errant from the animals.

Let’s hope the weather continues so the animals will keep getting little treats along the way.

Port Lympne Wedding worth £10,000 is won

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port lympne mansionA £10,000 wedding at Port Lympne wedding venue in Kent has been won by a lucky couple from Gravesend.

50 couples entered into a local radio competition to try and win their dream wedding at Howletts sister park, Port Lympne. The Mansion at Port Lympne offers stunning scenery across landscaped gardens.

Tim Leech and Natasha Gant were the lucky couple that chose a lucky favours box containing a gold heart that was symbolic of their triumph.

Tim and Natasha not only won a wedding but the most divine wedding on offer at Port Lympne, the platinum package. This means that on arrival guests will receive champagne and canapé’s together with £125 per head at the wedding breakfast.

Sounds lovely to me, will have to listen to the radio more and see what exciting competitions are out there.

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