Friday, 21 July 2017

Happy Summer Holidays

Hello to all our lovely blog readers,

How are you all? It's Betty the Guinea Pig here again with a little update from my lovely home here at Gypsy Wood Park. 

Since we opened in March we have been REALLY busy - not only making friends with all our lovely visitors but also still working hard behind the scenes too. We've now finished the cafe (if you haven't been then wow, you really need to go, it is absolutely stunning. And the food is pretty good too. Don't tell the animal carers that I nibbled on a bit of cake..... cake is definitely not healthy Guinea Pig food, and I would be in big trouble if they knew. But it was SO delicious!).

And did you hear about the fantastic award we won? We were abolustely thrilled when the lovely people from Great Days Out told us that we won the Great Days Out Commitment to Excellence Award for 2017. Wahoo! It is lovely to be rewarded for all our hard work and commitment to providing our visitors with a wonderful family day out. Debbie told me she'd like to say a BIG thank you to all our hard-working and dedicated staff for helping to make it all happen. 

So, what else is new here at Gypsy Wood Park? Well, we've got some new animals - our adorable new rats (NAMES?) have been settling in well, and the Russian Dwarf Hamsters have too. If you're visiting us this summer, do pop by and say hello to them, and to me of course - I love to meet new friends :) 

Our new undercover play area is coming along nicely too, it's looking great! We've got a new slide in there from Honey Bee Adventures, and I hear it's amazing! I'm not quite a brave enough little Guinea Pig to try it yet, but watch this space! But some of our little guests are having a great time in the new construction play zone too!

And as you're passing through the shop don't forget to look out for the new Gypsy Wood legend story. We've just had beautifully illustrated copies of this lovely tale back from the printers, and the little book is wonderful. It tells the sad, sad story of a beautiful fairy called Rhiannon, who wants to escape from the evil clutches of her nasty step-father. She runs away and creates a new fairy kingdom in a beautiful woodland, although poor Rhiannon is pining for her mother and sisters who didn't manage to escape. There is a happy ending though - but you'll have to read the story for that (I don't want to spoil it for you!!).

So, I'd better be off for now, I can hear all the staff stomping about in the office behind me. We're all getting ready for the mania of the summer holidays - we love seeing everyone, but it can get tiring for a little old guinea pig like me. So, it's time for my daily nap! 

Thanks for reading lovely people, and do come and see us soon. Have a lovely and very happy summer holidays, whatever you get up to.

Bye for now, squeaks and kisses,
Betty x

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Hello 2017 Season!

Wow! Can you believe it? It’s Betty the Guinea Pig here because it’s time to say a BIG hello to all our lovely blog readers and visitors again. We are opening in just 3 days’ time – wow! Did you miss us over the winter months? Because we definitely missed you.

I’d like to say it’s been very quiet and boring here on the park without you all, but sadly it hasn’t. What with all of us animals being treated to a lovely Christmas dinner, and then the sound of Gafyn’s tools banging and hammering away. All the humans have been pretty busy getting some amazing new attractions ready for you all, least of all a brand new café – wow, it’s looking pretty good. And I’ve been assured there’s no baked Guinea Pig on the menu – just lots of lovely cakes, sandwiches, coffees, ice creams and treats. Delicious – I’ll see you all there.

As well as the café we’ve got some fun new play tunnels, a new undercover play area in the old café and the fairy princess has a beautiful new home. We have been busy with lots of new projects, but we’ve also been pretty busy entertaining new guests too. Some of you might have popped to see us just before Christmas so you’ll know that we had a super special visitor – Father Christmas dropped in to stay with us for a few days to meet some of you, and he told me that he absolutely loved it and can’t wait to come back next year! Which is great – it was the first time Gypsy Wood opened for Christmas but we all had loads of fun and it was brilliant to see everyone. And now that FC has said he’ll come back then it’d be rude not to open for him again wouldn’t it!?!

Another beautiful visitor we had were some gorgeous swans on the lake – another first for us here at Gypsy Wood. I didn’t like to get too close to them, as the goats told me they were pretty hungry and looking for some lunch, but I admired them from afar and they were gorgeous. They’ve carried on their long journey by now though – I expect they were looking for some sunshine over the cold winter months (definitely none of that here, haha!).

Well, I’d better get back to it – all the animals are under strict instructions to make their beds nice and tidy ready for opening day, and do you know what, I’m not a very tidy Guinea Pig so it takes me a long time! I do try, but I like my straw all over my hutch that way I can be cosy wherever I go…..

All of us here at Gypsy Wood, including our team of new staff, are really excited about the coming season – and excited to see you all again soon! We’ll be open from the 27th March, so don’t forget to come and say hello to Betty and all my friends soon!

Take care, and lots of love and nibbles,
Betty xx