Go on safari around the world this May Bank Holiday – without leaving South Yorkshire.
Visitors to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park have a chance to come face to face with some of the world’s most beautiful and at-risk animals, from lions and tigers to zebras and camels.
You can see the Amur leopards, the most endangered big cats on the planet, from an eight-metre viewing tower or through a 10-metre high glass wall at Leopard Heights.
Or get the perfect view of the stunning Amur tigers, playing among waterfalls and pools, from a 150-metre walkway.
The park’s Amur tigers – Sayan, Vladimir and his new mate, Tschuna – are among less than 450 of their species left in the world and are part of a crucial European-wide breeding programme to keep these majestic animals from becoming extinct.
If you’ve still not had your big cat fix, head over to Lion Country – home to the pride of lions rescued from a run-down zoo in Romania. The lions now roam in an extensive reserve with lake and waterfalls.
Next it’s time to hop over to the great African Plains, where zebra, antelope, ankole cattle and ostrich roam free.
The park is also home to the playful lemurs of Lemur Woods, as well as plenty of meerkats, wallabies, camels and even a giant anteater.
Grab a bite to eat at the Monkey Playhouse, where you can take a seat in the 120-seated eatery and watch the antics in the new baboon reserve through a glass wall.
And there’s even more fun at the new Zoom Super Slide Barn, which has plenty of slides for some heart-pumping fun.
The park’s special guest for the bank holiday is Peppa Pig, who will be meeting and greeting young visitors tomorrow from 10.45am. Spaces at the sessions throughout the day are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
For more information, visit Yorkshire Wildlife Park or call 01302 535057.
For a more relaxed day out, how about a trip to a bygone age, where vintage trams transport visitors along cobbled streets and out into the breathtaking countryside of the Derwent Valley?
You can do this and much more at the Crich Tramway Village, just 20 miles outside of Sheffield in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside.
The admission fee includes unlimited tram rides, entry to the exhibitions of the world class tram collection the National Tramway Museum holds, and access to three acres of the Woodland Park – which has picnic areas, a children’s adventure playground and an enchanting woodland walk and sculpture trail.
Visit Tramway for more information about the Crich Tramway Village.