August Bank Holiday – share your old photos with us

Posted by CDoyle on 26/08/2020

It will be a hive of activity this weekend as we encourage visitors to ‘Love their Zoo’.  We are a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) whose annual ‘Love Your Zoo’ week was cancelled this year due to the Coronavirus so we have decided to celebrate zoo life across the Bank Holiday Weekend.

As part of the Park’s own ‘Love Your Zoo’ activities, we want to celebrate visits from the past and present and are asking everyone to delve into their photo albums and send their photos from the Park. We have seen some fantastic photos from the 70s onwards and would love to see more.  Please email them to and we will add them to a collage that we will be creating and putting on show. We know that generations of families have visited through the years and are excited to see what will be sent to us.  For visitors not able to scan photos, please bring them to the Park during the weekend and they will be copied and returned.

In addition to the usual activities of family discovery trails, play areas, gardens and the animals, there will be the opportunity to make an animal mask and enjoy picnics from the patio of the Beale Centre which is usually closed to the public. On Bank Holiday Monday, Funky Faces will be doing face painting and glitter tattoos also in the Beale Centre.

The wider estate will also be busy as The Decorative Home and Salvage Show is in the Lake field and will be running from Friday 28th September to Sunday 30th September. Tickets are available from or on the gate (please see their website for details).

Hi5! are offering paddle boarding and/or kayaking rental on the Lake. This must be pre-booked, see for details.

It’s wonderful that the Park is a place for so much fun.  Our founder Gilbert Beale’s vision for the Park was that it was used for local people to relax and enjoy time together and that’s exactly what we hope our visitors do!

The Park is now closed for the winter. Please keep an eye on our website news section and via our social media sites for updates on the animals.