The summer has a lot of perks, the best of which has to be going on day trips, especially when that includes seeing lots of adorable animals, pretty gardens, and historical houses, so you can imagine my excitement at taking a day trip to Longleat as it literally has it all. I can’t believe this was my first visit, I do love an animal park, especially one that has rhinos and penguins, as I said a day trip to Longleat is one full on day.
A fun day out needs an equally fun outfit, which is why it was only fitting that this beauty of a fringed bag from Karen Millen had to come out to play, isn’t it so beautiful. I know the 70’s has been a key theme this summer but I’m really surprised by how I have become full-on obsessed, we’ve had off-the-shoulders tops, the denim pinafore, and the giant flares, so it felt right to try the denim midi, probably the only denim skirt style I didn’t own.
I think out of all the 70s styles this button-front midi is the hardest to wear, definitely the most out of my comfort zone, the length is tricky and it can be quite difficult to get one that fits just right, especially when it is denim. This one from Warehouse, which is less than £40 is perfect, just resist the temptation to go for the next size up as after an hour or so of wear it felt a little big and created wrinkles I’m a little OCD about that.
What makes this length easier to wear is to go for block heels, whether a strappy block sandal, ankle boots, or most definitely wooden 70’s-style clogs, it needs the height to balance out the length, flats just wouldn’t work. I really do think that this is a style that will work through into autumn as it would also look great with knee-high boots and a baggy knitted jumper.
I was so surprised with how big Longleat is, this needs a day to see all the animals, check out the grand house, the beautiful gardens, as well as the dinosaur adventure, this place really is jam-packed, which is probably why on the sunny Sunday when we went it was absolutely packed and we were there soon after it opened.
This place isn’t cheap, but I think if you can invest a whole day you really will get your money worth. We started off with a walk around the Longleat House and Gardens, before heading to the Adventure Park area where you can see penguins, they were so funny I could watch them all-day long, jumped on a boat over to the Gorilla colony and explored Jungle Kingdom where you can see meerkats and cute monkeys.
Next to the house there are also a number of restaurants and shops, so you can have a mini feast and buy up cute gifts before heading out on the safari, which is by far the highlight of the whole day, which is why we left it till the end. You get a CD with audio commentary to listen to as you go round, which I loved, you certainly learn a lot about the animals, as well as see them up close, I couldn’t believe how close the rhinos and tigers got to the car.
If a safari worries you because of all those monkey stories at Longleat they allow you to bypass that area, which if you saw monkeys at the adventure park you won’t mind doing, especially if you like your car and windscreen wipers.
Other highlights not to be missed including feeding the giraffes, I loved seeing the baby giraffe, feeding the cheeky and very greedy deer, and driving through the wild cat enclosure especially when they’ve just been fed. I also could have stayed and watched the adorable rhinos scratching against a tree for hours, seriously cute.
Have you been on a day trip this summer?