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Forests, Festivals & Family Days

Forests, Festivals & Family Days

Sing along with a superstar beneath the trees at Delamere Forest, and spread out a rug at Chester’s open-air theatre to watch Bryony Lavery’s brand-new adaptation of The Borrowers. Encourage little imaginations to soar in the creative chaos of Rode Hall’s annual lakeside rumpus, and go on an art-fuelled hunt for a vanishing vocabulary of natural words at the stately home at Lyme. The great outdoors provides a stunning setting for these events and more.

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  1. Just So Festival

    Scholar Green

    There’s nothing like the Just So Festival for a fantastical family adventure.

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    The three-day celebration of outlandish arts in the outdoors takes place in the leafy, lakeside grounds of Georgian country house Rode Hall – come for the day or pitch up at the campsite for the whole weekend. The exciting agenda promises midnight feasts, silent discos, and al-fresco theatre. Get down with ‘riotously odd’ musical outfits such as Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers; hear storytellers regale campfire tales; and exercise your chuckle muscles to the ripe punchlines of comedians. Make lanterns for parades, learn bushcrafts and join in competitive larks at the Ministry of Games.

     

    Contact Details:

    Rode Hall Estate, Scholar Green, Cheshire, ST7 3QT

    Tel:

    0121 472 6688

    Website

    Web Site

  2. The Lost Words

    Search for ‘dandelion’, ‘fern’ and other words that are too quickly disappearing from the Oxford Junior Dictionary.

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    The hunt for lost words, inspired by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’s spell book of the same name, continues in 2020 at Dunham Massey and Quarry Bank. The National Trust’s fun trail with art installations conjures up a vanishing natural vocabulary that is being lost as children spend less time outdoors. Yet, it seems, all is not lost; young explorers can pick up a booklet to create spells to bring nature’s language back to life. Keep your eyes peeled, there are hidden words everywhere – on a spinning zoetrope, in a willow sculpture, even etched on an old stump.

    Contact Details:

    Dunham Massey & Quarry Bank, SK12 2NR

    Tel:

    01663 762023

    Website

    Web Site

  3. Chester Zoo

    Chester

    **Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award Winner 2019** There’s always something new to do at Chester Zoo.

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    Family of Lemurs at Chester Zoo
    Sumatran tiger Kasarna at Chester Zoo
    African painted dog pups at Chester Zoo
    Giraffe Calf at Chester Zoo
    Family of Lemurs at Chester Zoo
    Sumatran tiger Kasarna at Chester Zoo
    African painted dog pups at Chester Zoo
    Giraffe Calf at Chester Zoo

    **Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award Winner 2019**

    The UK’s leading zoo is home to more than 500 species of endangered animals and it’s also the HQ of a team whose efforts to preserve biodiversity spans the globe, with initiatives such as the award-winning Act For Wildlife campaign, which helps you to get involved.

    Learn how to support bees, butterflies and hedgehogs, how to defend the natural world from invasive non-native species, and how to help create safe spaces for our threatened wildlife. On a trip to Chester Zoo you, too, can become a wildlife champion.

    Meet the animals at Chester Zoo 

    Download a map of Chester Zoo to see where you can find the various animals. The zoo has sections that home:

    - Mammals - Air breathing animals, characterised by having hair or fur, such as big Cats, Elephants, hoofed animals, Monkeys & Apes, Bears and other mammals. - Birds - There are over 1000 birds at the zoo many of them endangered species. - Reptiles - There are over 50 types of reptile at the zoo including the world's largest lizard. - Amphibians - Amphibians are a weird and wonderful collection of animals that include three main groups; frogs & toads, salamanders and caecilians. - Fish - There are so many different fish in the world, at least 30,000 species, with new species discovered all the time (several hundred a year!). - Invertebrates - Invertebrates are animals without backbones and there are many different types, including insects, spiders, sponges, snails, octopuses, clams, squid, jellyfish, anemones, corals, starfish, sea urchins, worms - that's just the short list!.

    Conservation and education are at the heart of everything we do at Chester Zoo. We are committed to providing the highest standards of care for our animals, as well as protecting native and international wildlife. Our team of expert and knowledgeable staff work hard to care for our animals and support conservation, but are also passionate about connecting our visitors to the natural world. We have a variety of tours and hands-on experiences, as well as daily animal talks to guarantee your day is full of animal adventure.

    Stop for a snack at one of our many restaurants, cafes and kiosks located throughout the zoo or let the kids run wild in one of our adventure play areas. We’re a huge zoo, but we’ve got plenty of options for getting around including our Zoofari Monorail and our Lazy River Boat Trip. Don’t forget to stop in at the gift shop on your way out for a souvenir of your trip.

    Chester Zoo Membership

    Join the Chester Zoo family by becoming a member and you'll get a whole year of FREE unlimited entry plus lots of other great benefits. Memberships can be bought for yourself or for someone else as a gift.

    Membership packages start from £50 and include:

    - Unlimited FREE entry for 12 months (during normal opening hours) - Beat the queues with Fast Track entry - 10% members' discount in our shops and cafes* - Free entry to other zoos and attractions (terms apply) - Our quarterly members' magazine, Z - Two Members’ Days where you can bring up to twelve guests each for half price - Access to Junior members’ events and days out (age restrictions and additional charges) - Chester Zoo car sticker -Invitations to our special Members' Talks

    Book your Chester Zoo Tickets here.

    For information about opening times and prices, please visit our website (prices and opening times vary throughout the year).

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    Contact Details:

    Upton by Chester, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1EU

    Tel:

    01244 380280

    Website

    Web Site

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Just So Festival (53.10955,-2.28536)The Lost Words (53.3535,-2.05409)28.11
The Lost Words (53.3535,-2.05409)Chester Zoo (53.22551,-2.87758)50.96
Total Distance *79.05 miles
Estimated Journey Time2.54 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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