London Pet Show – My Family Ties

We had an exciting day out when we went to the London Pet show sponsored by Zoflora, it was held at Earl’s Court one, so for us was only an hour away on the train.
Be prepared for lots of photo’s as there was so much going on, and so much action to capture I just couldn’t stop.  We had a jam packed day full of learning, watching and petting lots of different and unusual animals, as well as the more well known.
From the moment we went through the doors the children were abuzz with where to start and which order to go, first we checked out the guinea pigs and the rabbits.  The owners were only to happy to chat and let the children pet and in some cases hold the animals, which was wonderful for our two animal loving girls.

Next we went on to the discover cat’s section, have I mentioned that Siobhan our oldest daughter is crazy about cats? What she doesn’t know about cat’s isn’t worth knowing.  So it goes without saying she was in seventh heaven looking at all the different cat breeds and chatting with the owners.

I think one of the highlights of the day was to be able to see and to touch a hairless cat (Sphynx), they were lovely and very friendly too.

We did spend a long time looking at all the different cat breeds which was lovely for the girls and Siobhan gained lots of new knowledge on the individual breeds.

With such a large area to cover we were never going to be able to see absolutely everything, so we went on to look at the rabbit racing ( yes it was as fun as it sounds!) and then on to the discover dogs section.  There were so many breeds of beautiful dogs and with Mr MFT being more a dog person than a cat person, he was very happy to look at them all.
One really nice touch that the breeders did was to offer the children stickers and/or a little sweet or lollipop for coming to look at their animal.  The girls were adorned with stickers from all the different stands by the end of the day and even took home pens, pencils and badges too, so they were really happy.

 With plenty of stalls selling all manner of pet paraphernalia, there were lots of goody bags, which in kids talk is fantastic!  We were laden with bags containing cat treats, stickers, pens, and all sorts of extra goodies, including free coffee’s for the adults, a very welcome treat mid morning in exchange for an e-mail sign up.

It was a really perfect day with  opportunities to see so many different animals, dogs, cats, aquatics and reptiles, ponies and ‘small furries’.  We saw such a lot and we all wished we had another day to come back and see some more.  It was held over two days so perhaps next year we will get tickets for both days.

Guest speakers included Steve Backshall, Chris Packham and Ben Fogle.  We only managed standing room for all the speakers as, naturally they were very popular and all the seats were gone really quickly.  It was a little disappointing, as the girls really love the interesting shows that Steve Backshall is involved in ( The Deadliest series).

But with so many people and not a lot of space for seating it is understandable.  Siobhan our teenager, was the most disappointed as she can’t stand for too long without getting tired, (she has dyspraxia and ASD) and as the talks were around 45 minutes each we managed to listen to about 15 minutes, before she got really restless and had to move on to get back to the cats.  Having said that it didn’t put a downer on the day at all as there was so much to see and do.

Watching ‘Crocodile Joe’ feeding the chameleon and handling the scorpion, was a real treat.  Seeing them up close and even getting to handle them, for the girls this was something really special.

I think If I could have, I would have come home with a lot of these wonderful animals, I especially loved this ‘grumpy cat’, such a sweet cat with a unique look.

We are a family of hen lovers, after a house sit last year turned into a hen sit too.  So to be able to pick up hens again was a delight for the girls.

There was so much more to the London Pet Show than I have covered you can read more here.  As it is the UK’s largest pet show you can imagine we didn’t get around to seeing absolutely everything, but our minds are made up, we are most definitely going back next year for another look at the variety of animals and all the interesting and fun entertainment to be had.   Until then there is always the National Pet Show coming up on 20 – 21st September 2014, which is held in Birmingham at the NEC sponsored by My Pet Online. Which looks every bit as impressive as the London Pet show, and we will most certainly be buying tickets for.

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Super Busy Mum


  1. July 10, 2014 / 6:40 pm

    So awesome to see so many potential pets in one place =) #mmwbh

    • July 10, 2014 / 8:29 pm

      It was a wonderful day and we are looking forward to the next one! #MMWBH

  2. July 10, 2014 / 8:09 pm

    Lovely photographs, I'm surprised how many different animals were there, looks like you had a wonderful time #MMWBH

    • July 10, 2014 / 8:30 pm

      Thank you, yes I was really surprised just how many different animals we saw, it was a great day. #MMWBH

  3. August 5, 2014 / 4:41 am

    Sounds like you had a great day! Too far for us to go as we are in Newcastle!

    • August 5, 2014 / 9:17 am

      It was great, if you ever get the chance – go for it! x

  4. August 22, 2014 / 4:29 am

    The hairless cat is just too creepy! Very interesting show it looks like.

  5. September 11, 2014 / 5:17 pm

    What a great day out seeing lots of different animals, I especially like the grumpy cat, what a beauty!

  6. November 8, 2014 / 11:14 am

    This sounds like a great day out!

  7. August 9, 2015 / 8:02 am

    My daughter would love this, she loves animals, although mainly the furry kind