Knowsley Safari Park revisited: A family's journey avoiding the baboon enclosure this time

Rebecca Koncienzcy took her family back to Knowsley Safari Park
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Upon hearing that we were returning to Knowsley Safari Park, my four-year-old son exclaimed with alarm, "but not the baboons". On our initial visit last year to the Prescot-based wildlife adventure, we made the mistake of ignoring the warnings before the monkey enclosure.

Fear overwhelmed us throughout the trip as chaos ensued and our car still displays the aftermath of the encounter - one of our washer jets remains off-kilter.

Opting for a safer experience on our second visit, we decided to circumnavigate the perimeter of the baboon area, watching from afar as the infant monkeys interacted and observed their elders wreak havoc on passing cars - a rather endearing sight. The memory of last year's incident finally felt less traumatic as we watched a baboon brazenly snatch a windscreen wiper from a vehicle, seemingly in celebration - we could only breathe a sigh of relief it was not our car this time round.

For those who haven't visited before, Knowsley Safari Park offers more than just a drive-through experience. They also feature a foot safari with giraffes, an impressive tiger, adorable meerkats and birds of prey.

Seaside Carnival at Knowsley Sarafi Park with workshops and performances
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This half term, they've introduced a Seaside Carnival, which runs until Sunday, June 2. The carnival includes live performances from skilled acrobats and free activities and workshops such as aerial silks, hoola-hooping and plate-spinning, reports the Liverpool Echo.

There are also pier-themed game stalls like a coconut shy, Tin Can alley and hook-a-duck. Plus, you can enjoy a 25% discount when you book online this half term.

Of course, all the usual rides are still available. An unlimited rides wristband costs £12, and for some rides that require an adult, the adult rides for free.

This is a fantastic deal, especially for children aged between four and nine. While there are height restrictions on the rides, don't be fooled into thinking they're not exciting - my husband was quite pale after the sky ride!

Visitors are welcome to bring a packed lunch (just remember not to feed the animals), but there's also food available for purchase. We opted for fries from the food court, which were great value for money in a captive market.

At £2.85 for fries with unlimited sauces and £1.50 for a can of Coke, the prices at Knowsley Safari are commendably low, especially compared to the £2.80 we paid for a can of Fanta at Alton Towers the previous day.

In addition to learning from our previous visit and avoiding the baboon enclosure, we also followed our own advice by arriving early, enjoying the safari, rides, carnival and snacks, before embarking on another drive safari. Knowsley is a fantastic family day out and we're fortunate to have it so close by.

Here's my checklist from last time that proved useful this year as well:

Ensure you use the toilet before embarking on the safari.

There's a loo just before the drive safari gates, so make sure to use it.

Enter the baboon enclosure at your own risk.

Our experience last year was quite intense, so this time we were content to simply drive around. We observed the mischievous baboons taking over several cars within the enclosure - some emerged unscathed, others weren't as lucky.

But it's all part of the experience.

Arrive early.

Get there early and spend the entire day there, rounding off with another drive to see the amazing animals.

Tokens are required for the rides.

There's also a free playground if you want to keep costs down. However, I understand it can be hard to say no to your children, so an unlimited rides wristband is available for £12, while other rides cost between £1-3 per ride.

Bring snacks.

Bringing your own food can help keep costs down if you don't want to buy food there. Plus, bringing snacks is just good safari practice.

Tickets are priced at £22.50 per adult when you book online, £19.50 for children aged three to 15 and under threes are free. Find out more here.