People are invited down to a unique camping experience at Chester Zoo’s Nature Reserve next month, as part of their annual festival celebrating rare UK wildlife.
The zoo will be hosting an open weekend of family-friendly activities, live music and wildlife spotting over their 14 acre Nature Reserve, just outside the boundary of the main zoo.
Campers will be given the exclusive opportunity to experience the Nature Reserve at night, on a British nocturnal safari guided by the zoo’s wildlife experts - you’ll even get a hot dinner and refreshments.
The next morning, sleepover guests will be taken on an early bird tour around the zoo, before daytime visitors arrive.
After that, the tour will finish with breakfast in the zoo’s Grade II listed restaurant, The Oakfield, which was originally the family home of zoo founder George Mottershead.
Annabella Bashforth, Assistant Team Manager of Informal Education at Chester Zoo, said:
The Wildlife Connections Festival Sleepover will offer a unique opportunity to camp at Chester Zoo and experience the wonderful wildlife of the zoo’s Nature Reserve after dark. It’s sure to be a lot of fun and we’re certain it will leave campers feeling far more connected to the incredible species we have living here in the UK.
Day visitors to the Wildlife Connections Festival - which helps UK wildlife by creating new areas of habitat in gardens, parklands and community spaces - will enjoy storytelling sessions and hands-on conservation activities, as well as live music, theatre and family games.
Conservationists from the zoo have long been fighting to protect habitats and species in the UK, from rare bats to threatened butterflies and critically endangered plants.
The sleepover is happening this September, on Saturday 14th and Sun 15th, and while the festival itself is free, if you want to stay overnight tickets will set you back £34 for kids and £59 for adults, including a hot dinner, hot drinks and breakfast.
Visit their website here for more information and to get your hands on tickets.