Chester Zoo - THE LANTERNS AT CHESTER ZOO - FATHER CHRISTMAS STORY TIME - FESTIVE FEASTS

 THE LANTERNS AT CHESTER ZOO

25 Nov - 23 Dec

Watch your children’s eyes light up and their imagination run wild.

In its fifth year at Chester Zoo, this year’s event is even more magical and a favourite in the Chester Zoo calendar.

Your favourite animal lanterns are back for another year plus more NEW characters and lanterns to enjoy.

Take the zebra crossing through a constellation of stars and stroll through the enchanted forest where you’ll meet our colourful festive characters and catch a glimpse of Santa on his sleigh – the perfect Christmas outing for all generations.

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo is designed and performed by The Lantern Company, creators of spectacular illuminated events across the world, for audiences of all ages.

The Lanterns is always very popular so we recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment.

 

FATHER CHRISTMAS STORY TIME

3 - 24 December

Join us for a magical, funny and inspirational wildlife storytelling experience told by Father Christmas himself in the Sumba school house on Islands.

£6.50 per person

It wouldn’t feel like Christmas without a visit to the man himself so we’d love you to join us for a very special storytelling adventure.

Start the journey at the Sumba school room, on Islands, and we’ll take your little ones around the world to far away forests for an experience that they won’t forget.

Using cutting edge film technology, inspiration from the animals at the zoo and good old fashioned storytelling your children will be amazed by this festive treat. This will be a rare and unique opportunity to find out more about what Father Christmas gets up to during the rest of the year!

Every child will take away a special gift from Father Christmas and the whole experience will last around 20 minutes.

So, settle in and enjoy another unique zoo experience with us this year.

 

FESTIVE FEASTS

This year’s seasonal feast will be available in the Diamond Jubilee Quarter, Bembe Kitchen and Bembe Coffee Shop.

We'll be transforming the space with a cosy teepee to create a range of food and drink options that the whole family will love.

We'll serve hearty stews, spicy Mexican, Bavarian sausages and a hog roast. If you purchased your feast with The Lanterns tickets you’ll be able to chose any one of these options. Vegetarian and kids options are available too.

Bembe Kitchen

Traditional Dutch Beef Stew – Large chunks of fillet beef slow cooked with red wine infused root vegetables

Dutch Stew without the beef

Kids Yorkshire Puddings with beef stew

Teepee 1 – Spicy Christmas

Burritos - Stir fried turkey in Cajun spices, onions and bell peppers. Topped with cheese sauces and salsa

Vegetarian Burritos

Kids Nachos - piled high with sour cream, salsa and cheese

Teepee 2 – Bavarian Beachwood grill

Bratwurst – Grilled and served with crusty sourdough and sauerkraut

Rote Wurst – Crisscross Bavarian sausage served with sourdough bread

Qourn Frankfurter - Served with sourdough bread and sauerkraut 

Kids Hot Dog - Plain hot dog served in a soft roll with tomato ketchup. Vegetarian option avaliable

Teepee 3 – Hog Roast

Hot pork sandwich - Best edge pork with crackling, rubbed sage and onion stuffing served in a brioche roll with Bramley apple sauce

Kids Hot Pork Roll - Best edge pork with crackling, rubbed sage and onion stuffing served in a brioche roll with Bramley apple sauce

Bembe Coffee Shop will also be transformed into a German Beer Keller, and in the Diamond Jubilee Quarter you'll find roasted chestnuts and mulled wine.

 

MUMS AND BABIES COFFEE MORNING

Whether you're a mum or a mum-to-be we host a coffee morning with a difference!

Our keepers are used to welcoming new mums and babies but we're equally delighted to welcome human mums and your new charges to our coffee mornings.

Join us on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month to catch up and swap tips, all with a view of our rhinos, warthogs and Asian elephants.

Bembe Coffee Shop is in the Diamond Jubilee Quarter, which is FREE to access. It's right by the main entrance which has plenty of FREE parking too.

 

 

Fancy a fabulous day out with more than 20,000 amazing animals? You're in the right place! We're the UK’s top zoo, with 125 acres of award-winning enclosures and gardens to explore.

There are over 500 different species here at the zoo, including some of the most exotic and endangered animals in the world. So there's plenty to explore on your visit.

 

 

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WILDLIFE CONNECTIONS AT THE JAGUAR COFFEE HOUSE

Wildlife Connections Event

We’re transforming our Jaguar Coffee House into a UK wildlife Hub.

We’ll have information about the species we’ve recorded, some table-top activities and hints and tips for getting involved in Wildlife Connections

 

 

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Book your 2016 break

If you are planning a 2016 get-away then perhaps our friends at Sykes cottages can help? 

They’ve got over 6,000 self-catering cottages to choose from so whether you’re coming to Cheshire or are looking for somewhere further afield, we’re sure they can help.

 

 

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We’re the UK’s top zoo, with 110 acres of award-winning enclosures and gardens to explore.

There are over 400 different species here at the zoo, including some of the most exotic and endangered animals in the world. So there's plenty to explore on your visit.

Open daily from 10am, with loads of free parking available.

There’s a lot to explore in our 110-acre zoo. But you don’t have to do it all on foot!

You could get a giraffe’s eye view from the Zoofari Monorail, or take a gentle ride on the Waterbus.

As well as getting to see the animals from new angles, you’ll have the chance to learn more about them, and our conservation work.

 

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Always working really hard to think of ways to improve the experience for our visitors so we're pleased to announce 'flexible' pricing and a brand new ticket booking page on our website.

 

Now you know that you'll always get the best price for Chester Zoo tickets on our website when you book before 9.30am on the day of your visit. There is a choice of dates and prices so that you can decide when to visit at a price that suits you.

 

 

And just like our animals, we know that families come in all shapes and sizes, so we've added additional online savings for families - whether you are one adult and two children, two adults and one child, one adult and... well, you get the idea! The family discounts are automatically applied when you add adult and child tickets to your basket.

Join our family

Buy a zoo membership as a gift and your friends and family can enjoy free admission for 12 months, as well as special discounts, offers and priority booking for events like Lantern Magic.

Tiger cub triplets born

We're delighted to reveal that our Sumatran tiger Kirana recently gave birth to three cubs who'll be moving to their new exhibit in Islands in the coming months.

 

Cycle for wildlife

Get on your bike and join the fight against extinction. We have FOUR charity places up for grabs at the prestigious Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. Get involved or forward this on to someone you know with pedal power to spare.

 

AWARD-WINNING GARDENS

We're not just about animals - we're also home to award-winning gardens which reflect our passion for plants.

There are many gardens for you to explore in the zoo, which are all part of Cheshire's Gardens of Distinction and carefully maintained by our Horticulture and Botany team.

 

 

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ANIMAZING ANIMAL TALKS

Ever wanted to know what a lion uses its big teeth for? How fast a penguin can swim or how many muscles are in an elephant’s trunk? Then our daily animal talks will suit you down to the ground..

You can ask whatever you like and we’ll let you in on all the little secrets, you may even encounter a lion skull or an elephants tooth!

Each day we do different talks at different times, so double check when you are at the zoo (but just so you know, sometimes we need to change the times of our talks because of the weather or animal needs).

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CHILDREN'S BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Fancy having a wild time with more than 20,000 amazing animals? You’re in the right place!

We're the UK's most visited zoo, with 125 acres of award-winning enclosures and gardens to explore - the perfect setting for a fun and memorable birthday party.

Build your perfect party from our choice of packages and we'll take care of the rest so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the party.

And here's the best bit... we'll clean up the mess at the end!

  

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Beat the queues with Fast Track tickets

 

Make life easier for yourself and buy your tickets online. Take your print out to the main entrance and you'll be able to go straight into the zoo without queuing. And don't worry if you don't have a printer, you can just bring your order number with you.

Free admission for 12 months

 

With 110 acres and 11,000 animals you'll see something new every time you visit. So why not become a member and visit us for FREE as many times as you like all year? There are also loads of member perks, such as Fast Track entry and discounts in our shops and cafes.

Combination Tickets

 

Buy a zoo combination ticket from your local train station and it will include your rail travel, return bus link to the zoo AND your zoo admission in one discounted price.

 

A Unique Venue For Your Event

A unique location, awarding winning gardens, experienced events team and 11,000 wild animals combine to offer event organisers the ultimate venue, whether for a wedding, birthday party, meeting, conference, team building or private zoo hire.

With over 11,000 animals and lots to see and do,  we have range of options depending on your requirements and budget. Chester Zoo offers you and your guests flexibility, excellent service, and an event to remember. 

What’s more, by holding your event with us, all proceeds raised will be contributing to our conservation efforts, helping critically endangered animals and their habitats, in the UK and around the world. 

It's your event! Let our Events team turn your big ideas into reality...

Unique Wedding Venue 

Birthday Parties 

Christmas Parties 

Naming Ceremonies 

Corporate Family Fun Days 

Exclusive Zoo Hire 

Team Building with a Difference 

Evening Safari BBQ and Drinks Reception 

Private Dining 

Outdoor Exhibition or Event

There’s a lot to explore in our 110-acre zoo. But you don’t have to do it all on foot! 

You could get a giraffe’s eye view from the Zoofari Monorail, or take a gentle ride on the Waterbus. 

As well as getting to see the animals from new angles, you’ll have the chance to learn more about them, and our conservation work.

 

Wet Weather Walk

We've got lots of large indoor exhibits so even if the weather's not at its finest your visit will be just as fun and action packed!

Zoofari Monorail

There are two different trips you can do on the amazing monorail, and it’s the perfect way to ‘get back to base.’

Hire a Buggy

Little children love the zoo – but their legs aren’t always so keen! Take the pressure off everyone with a fun buggy.

Free Wheelchairs

You can hire a wheelchair or electric scooter free of charge. It’s just worth checking and booking in advance.

Waterbus

Take a ride on our own canal system and see the animals and gardens in a whole new way!

 

 

 

 

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Oakfield Manor was built over 100 years ago and is set in 110 acres of award winning zoological gardens. With views of our spectacular animal collection, it is the perfect place to keep your delegates both focused and entertained. 

Whether it's a board meeting or training session for 10 people, or a conference for 170, Chester Zoo has everything you will need to make your event a success.

Remember that we're as a registered charity, proceeds from your conference and meeting booking, will go towards our Conservation Projects in the UK and around the world. 

At our fantastic venue, Oakfield Manor, we offer: 

Professional Business Environment 

Meeting Room Facilities with Character 

Excellent Service and On-site AV Support 

Multiple Rooms in a Range of Configurations

A Full Range of Catering 

Day Delegate Packages and Special Room Hire Rates 

Dedicated Event Manager to Oversee Your Meeting

 

 

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CHESTER ZOO

Cedar House
Caughall Road
Upton-by-Chester
CHESTER
CH2 1LH

Tel 01244 380 280
Fax 01244 371 273

 

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