Graves Park Trip
We took ourselves to an animal farm. More Llama, less Orwell.
The week commencing January 27th our intrepid explorers ventured out to take in the sights and smells of Graves Park, in reality the big draw was the animals who call this park home.
Set in the outskirts of the city, the gang were utilising various forms of public transport, starting on the bus to the city centre, and from there, taking another to the leafy suburbs of Meadowhead. The trip started well, however unbeknownst to the WOTS crew the bus didn’t stop at the terminal, the connecting bus had already gone by the time we rocked up at the platform. We took the tram back to Burton Street, Mike the hero volunteered his car, surprisingly only adding an extra 30 minutes to the journey time. Despite our kerfuffle Sheffield’s transport links on the whole are excellent.
Once at the farm, Arshad, Michael, Kelly and Nicole eagerly approached each enclosure to catch a glimpse of the goats, llamas, pigs and sheep. Often shy initially, Kelly and Nicole were in their element, Nicole mentioned how much she liked the goats, Arshad fell ears over tail for the rabbits.
Whilst we found the diverse animals in a heartbeat, the goal for the trip was to speak to a park official who could really fill us in on a day in the life of a zookeeper. Unfortunately, due to the late arrival and chilly conditions, we couldn’t find anyone to ask and had little time to wait around. Partly our fault but we thought there could be more people on hand for general enquiries too. It’s a learning process, and we determined we needed better planning for longer journeys to maximise the time spent at the attractions.
Despite the hiccups, everyone was in high spirits, Michael’s favourite animal was the sheep, on a cold day he thought the wool would come in handy to keep his ears warm. Kelly enjoyed the Guinea Pigs, but wasn’t too enamoured with the ponies, she prefers smaller animals you can pick up and despite Conor’s best efforts the pony couldn’t fit in his bag.
Accessibility around the site was good, despite being an institution in the city, rarely renovated or updated, the paths were clear and easy to navigate. The smells of coffee and bacon were emanating from the cafe, we stocked up on refreshments and headed back.
En route back to B street, we posed the question ‘what animals were missing from the park?’ Michael was hopeful for tiger and elephants, Kelly wanted to see owls, and Nicole just wanted to flood every enclosure with more goats! All in all, had we been sharper on our heels the trip would have been more successful, but the park in general is a great attraction and easy to navigate. 7 out of 10.