A Family Day Out Finding Marwell’s Zany Zebras…


*This is a collaborative post

We’ve always been a family that likes days out, especially at the weekends when Andy is home too. With Alice starting school last week, all our special days out will now be saved for the weekend and school holidays.

Whilst we love going to farm parks, theme parks and zoo’s. We also look out for different days out, to mix it up a bit, give the girls some variety and to make it a bit more exciting.

When we were told that Southampton had been overtaken by lots of Zany Zebras, we knew it would be the perfect day out for us. What more could you want than to wander around with a map and spot Zany Zebras, sounds like a winner to me!

There are 150 Zany Zebras all over Southampton at the moment, with a mixture of small and large sculptures. Also, if you are heading to Marwell Zoo soon, they have the miniature Marwell’s Zany Zebras trail. Where you can get a #GiantZelfie with Gulliver, the biggest zebra in the trail.

We downloaded the free app onto our phones and set off in search of our first Zany Zebra. We decided to do the city centre trail, as there appeared to be lots in a relatively small area that we could easily cover in one day. It didn’t take us long to spot our first one, as we came round the corner of West Quay shopping centre, we were greeted by Zee-bee Zebra…


Alice loved pretending she had her zebra binoculars on and would be trying to spot the next one. After a trip in the lift we found, Zoot Suit zebra. Alice thought it looked like daddy with his tie on!


We headed out of the shopping centre and down the high street and we did some great spotting…










One of personal favourites…Zebra Crossing


 Southern Gold

We nearly missed King Zalfred as he was up the top!


Then we quickly spotted Ziggy Zebra all at Zee (fab names aren’t they?)


Zozy Zebra was next.


And as we looped back round in a circle, we spotted Captain Stripes.


Holly had slept for most of the morning, after a bad nights sleep. But Alice absolutely loved it and now it was time for a pit stop and some lunch.

During lunch we checked the map on our app to see if we could find another trail that was close by with lots more zebras to see before we had to head home. Thankfully a two minute walk took to us Marlands shopping centre and this showed that there was lots of zebras there.

After we were all fed and Holly was now awake and ready to join in the fun, we headed off in search again. We very quickly came across our first Zany Zebra.

Let me introduce Zeffe…


Inside the shopping centre there were lots of signs on the floor directing you towards the zebras.


Alice spotted Florence in the window of a shop.


And then we met Silver.


Right in the middle of the shopping centre was a display with lots and lots of zany zebras…


Right behind the display is a Zany Zebra shop and yes you guessed it there was lots of zebras in there too.


Plus they had souvenirs you could buy, competitions to enter and you can buy your very own Zany Zelfie Ears, which the girls brought for 30p each! This is probably a good place to start the trail, as you can pick up a free trail map too.


This brought our Zany Zebra spotting to an end. The girls were tired and it was time to head back home.

If you fancy going on the Zany Zebra Trail and seeing how many zebras you can spot, the zebras will be there until 25th September 2016. But don’t worry if you can’t squeeze it in, there is one more opportunity to see all the zebras together at the Zebratastic Weekend.

Which is a four day extravaganza from 14th-17th October 2016, at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Tickets are on sale now at £2.50 in advance and £4 on the door. Under 3’s go free. All proceeds will go to Marwell Wildlife’s conservation work and to supporting communities living in the arid rangelands of northern Kenya.

And if you are wondering what will happen to all the Zany Zebras. On the 18th October 2016 there is a chance to buy a zebra to take home with you, as all 150 sculptures go on sale at a Charity Fundraising Auction at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl.

We had a great day spotting all the Zany Zebras and the best bit, it was all free. Don’t you just love days like this…I think my next problem will be next time we go to Southampton, Alice is going to ask to see all the zebras again!

Laura x

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  1. September 13, 2016 / 19:12

    Oh I love it, I’m sure Alice had a fun day!

  2. September 13, 2016 / 21:32

    This sounds brilliant fun, we love trails like this. It’s a great way to get them out and about walking all day without feeling like it’s a chore. And those zebras are just fabulous!
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  3. September 15, 2016 / 09:01

    This looks like so much fun! What a great day out, the boy’s would love this and they have loved looking at your photos at Instagram hun x
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  4. September 16, 2016 / 20:02

    These are so cool. I love how colourful they all are. What a great idea to get the family involved in finding them all. x

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