This summer, join lovable pals Wallace & Gromit to discover what it takes to be a zookeeper, writes Keri Beckingham
This summer visitors are invited along to Bristol Zoo Gardens for a ‘grand day out’.
Featuring Wallace & Gromit and their nemesis Feathers McGraw, the new trail has been created to help children and grown-ups learn all about the most important jobs at the zoo.
Running throughout the summer and into autumn from July 20 until October 13, it is part of Aardman’s 30th anniversary celebrations for Wallace & Gromit’s first adventure, A Grand Day Out.
On six days during this period there will also be special model-making workshops at the zoo, for anyone aged five upwards, run by animators from Aardman. Participants will be able to make their own models of Gromit, Feathers McGraw or Shaun the Sheep, and meet expert model-makers who have worked on some of Aardman’s best-loved titles.
The Wallace & Gromit trail will take visitors on a journey around the zoo where they will find out how to formulate an animal diet, study animal behaviour, design an enclosure and much more. Everyone who takes part in the trail will have the chance to win a Keeper Experience to find out what it is really like to look after animals.
Simon Garrett, head of public engagement at Bristol Zoological Society, said: “Everyone loves Wallace & Gromit and our new trail is certainly going to be a Grand Day Out for all our visitors. We hope it will offer a fascinating opportunity to find out more about the hard work that goes on here, and give a flavour of what it takes to be a zookeeper.”
The Aardman model-making workshops will take place at Bristol Zoo Gardens on July 29, August 5, August 16, August 27, September 28 and October 13 and advance booking is highly recommended.
For more information, visit: www.bristolzoo.org.uk/whats-on/a-grand-day-out-at-bristol-zoo