What’s On in 2018

BEALE PARK MODEL BOAT SHOW - 5th & 6th May 2018

This year’s Beale Park Model Boat Show is organised between Kent Model Boat Display Team and the local Mid Thames Model Boat Club.

There are thirteen clubs attending, displaying craft of all sizes and vintages from sailing boats to state of the art merchant ships, warships and hovercraft.

All the stands will have people on hand to answer any queries and advise how to become involved in most areas of model boating – with everything from making a model boat from scratch to ready to run models, and different types of radio control and the merits of each.

On both Saturday and Sunday, models can be seen on the water with organised periods for the hovercraft to display their abilities, tugs towing a ship around a marked channel and re-berthing as in the real world. There will also be electric boat racing and, in between, a wide variety of craft will be seen in action on the water.

On Sunday, the Portsmouth Warship Association will provide a display on the water of warships in action, firing their guns from 1pm to 2 pm, with sounds of the guns and smoke.

Sunday will also see the tugs, which will be providing a towing demonstration taking one of the large warships from its berth round a pre-set course and re-berthing.

With lots of activities going on, why don’t you come down and get involved! Please see timetable of events for a detailed list of daily entertainment.

Please note: Normal Park admission charges apply

Click here for a timetable of events

Love Your Zook Week Half Term Trail

There will be a special trail at the Park in the Easter holidays.

For just £0.50p, all you have to do is find ten answers that will be dotted around the Park. Once completed, hand the trail into the Gift Shop for your chance to win some wild prizes.

Event: Love Your Zoo Week Half Term Trail

Dates: Throughout the Easter holidays – 26th May to 3rd June 2018

Time: 10am – 4pm

Cost: 50p

Normal Park admission charges apply

Love Your Zoo Week - Meet the Bugs Session

Animal Keepers are giving visitors the chance to get up close and personal with some of the residents that live at the Park. So, if you would like to experience the amazing world of giant insects, meet a snake, stoke a Giant African Snail or get close to a tarantula, then pop along to the Park from 1.30pm to 3.30pm – you’re guaranteed to have a bugtastic time!

Event: Meet the Bugs at Beale Park

Date: Wed 30th May 2018

Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Cost: Normal Park admission charges apply. Encounter is free

Venue: Education Building

This event is run on a first come, first served basis. Parental supervision is required.

Although we try to show as many bugs as possible, the Park cannot guarantee what will be available on the day.

Love Your Zoo Week - Build a Butterfly Feeder Workshop

Build a Butterfly Feeder and be a Part of a Nationwide Survey.

Calling all wannabe conservationists! Butterfly feeders attract and feed butterflies and will also provide you with a great amount of enjoyment as your garden becomes a haven for colourful insects! So, why not join us in the Park on Wednesday 30th May, to construct your own feeding station to take home.

The feeders are a great way to encourage your children to venture out and to teach them about the different species we have in the UK.  A worksheet will also be available for participants to be a part of a nationwide survey to record the different varieties they find in their garden.

This activity costs £5 per feeder to build and is a great way to get involved as you assist, develop and help to maintain vital butterfly habitats. To take part, meet us from 10.30am in the Outdoor Classroom.

Event: Build your own Butterfly Feeder

Date: Wed, 30th May

Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm

Where: Outdoor Classroom

Cost: £5 per Butterfly Feeder

Normal Park admission charges apply

This event is operated on a first come, first served basis and parental supervision is required