The Great Brick Safari at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo opened on Saturday 6th April 2019 and we were invited to go along to find out more about the new exhibition. The Great Brick Safari is a walk-through journey of discovery where you can see amazing life-size animals built entirely out of Lego bricks. You’ll also learn about the number of animals left in the wild and the important work that the Zoological Society for London takes part in to conserve and protect endangered species.
Once you’ve ventured past the zebras, hyenas, ostrich, antelope and crocodile, then look out for the turtles made from Duplo bricks. Entrance to the Great Brick Safari is included in your Zoo entry and there’s also a fun trail for children to complete.
At this point in the Great Brick Safari you have the option of practising your driving skills on the Mini Safari Cars (weather permitting). Children aged 3-10 years old can navigate a course of obstacles in a mini Land Rover at an additional cost of £5 per child (£4.50 per child member). The obstacle course has a variety of terrain to drive through but the turns are tight and the steering is tricky so, in our experience, I would say this is more an activity for children 5/6 years old upwards. If you really want to try the Mini Safari Cars then get there early as the queues built up quickly when we visited.
After the Mini Safari Cars we went inside the safari tent, which will be open during school holidays and at weekends. Inside the tent is a sheltered play area featuring a Brick Pit filled with giant bricks which will particularly appeal to the younger visitors to the Great Brick Safari. Next we walked through to a photography area where you can have your photograph taken on a little safari jeep made out of Lego.
Finally, there are more animals to see including an Emperor Penguin, some inquisitive Meerkats, Vampire Bats, colourful Macaws and a Kangaroo!
We love ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and we’ve visited many times. The Great Brick Safari is another great reason for a day out at the zoo and after we had seen all the animals in the safari we went to see the fantastic animals who live at ZSL Whipsnade.
If you’ve never visited ZSL Whipsnade Zoo then my greatest tip is to wear lots of layers! The zoo is very exposed and is much colder, or much warmer than you think it is going to be (depending on the time of year). On our visit we wore jumpers, coats, took wooly hats and gloves and we needed it! In the summer we usually need lots of suncream, hats and water.
The Great Brick Safari at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo will be on display until 2nd June 2019 (open during school holidays and at weekends only – closed weekdays in term-time).
Top Tips For A Visit to the Great Brick Safari at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
- ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is open 7 days a week from 10am, with seasonal closing times.
- ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2LF
- Entry to The Great Brick Safari at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is included in the entrance to the zoo.
- The Jumbo Express steam train is a great way to see more of the zoo. Click here for prices and running times.
- Make sure that you take drinks and a bite to eat as the restaurant choices are limited. If the weather is bad then there are temporary picnic tents located outside the Butterfly House.
- For more information about the Great Brick Safari visit the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo website.
We received complimentary entry to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo so that I could write about my experience. The images, words and opinions are all my own. All photography is owned by Kirsty Hornblow 2019. Please do not reproduce without permission.