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School children can now visit Chester Zoo for free with 30,000 tickets up for grabs

The visits are designed to ‘spark a passion for saving species’ among children

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Chester Zoo is offering free visits to thousands of school children in a bid to inspire a new generation of conservationists.

The educational scheme has been running since 2017 and has welcomed tens of thousands of children into the zoo over the years.

And this year, 30,000 more school kids will get the chance to explore conservation up close at the charity’s 128-acre zoological gardens.

Conservation education experts from the zoo are especially keen for the tickets to help schools in disadvantaged areas, with them saying the visits are designed to ‘spark a passion for saving species’.

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They are also leading calls for educational reform and are championing a move to see conservation education – which includes issues such as climate change and sustainability – embedded into the curriculum nationwide, having already seen it work successfully in the north west of England.

Charlotte Smith, director of conservation education and engagement at Chester Zoo, said: “With so many species threatened with extinction, it’s crucial now, more than ever, that we all play our part in creating a more sustainable future.

Read More: Chester Zoo help bring rare ‘tequila fish’ back from extinction and reintroduce it into the wild

“Learning about animals with our educational experts in the amazing setting of our zoological gardens can create a lifelong connection to nature, inspiring young people to take action and make a difference to the future of our planet.

“Children and young people have experienced so much disruption during the last couple of years and it’s important that they have opportunities spend time in nature, which has a whole host of mental and physical benefits.

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“With an increase in young people’s awareness and desire to be involved in conservation, zoos and schools play an important role in giving them the skills and knowledge to protect the incredible biodiversity of our planet.”

Visits will be available on weekdays between November 1st 2022 and February 28th 2023. Home educators are eligible to apply as a group through a Home Educators’ Network.

If you know a school that should apply, all you need to do is download the application form and send it to learning@chesterzoo.org by February 28th 2022.

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Disney in Concert: The Sound of Magic is coming to Manchester

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Disney in Concert is coming to Manchester featuring all your family favourites performed by a live orchestra.

The special concert tour will celebrate 100 years of Disney classics through music as it takes place at venues across the UK this June.

Disney In Concert: The Sound of Magic will feature best loved Walt Disney scenes and characters with classic soundtracks brought to life by the Novello Orchestra.

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Live music will transport the audience on a magic carpet ride through the most memorable song, score and movie moments of The Walt Disney Company.

Classic soundtracks include: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Moana, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, The Jungle Book, Frozen, The Lion King, Fantasia, Encanto, Beauty and the Beast, and more.

The show premiered in London at the Coliseum last year, with London Theatre Reviews awarding it five stars in their review, saying: “It is a truly sumptuous multimedia experience: iconic film scenes throughout the decades are projected on a giant screen, whilst the magical musical moments are brought to life by The Novello Orchestra.”

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Following on from its London debut last year, Disney In Concert: The Sound of Magic will come to Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall on June 4th. 

Tickets for the show will go on presale via Ticketmaster from Wednesday, February 21st, with general onsale tickets available on Friday, February 23rd at 10am. For tickets, click HERE.

The Disney in Concert UK tour dates 2024 are as follows:

  • June 4th – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
  • June 5th – Bath Forum
  • June 6th – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
  • June 8th – Edinburgh Usher Hall
  • June 9th – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
  • June 10th – Liverpool Empire
  • June 11th – Birmingham Symphony Hall
  • June 13th – London Eventim Apollo

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Sausage dog party with 150 cute dachshunds returns to Greater Manchester

It’s a sausage dog party!

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Proud owners of sausage dogs get ready as a pop-up dachshund party is returning to Greater Manchester.

Owners and fans of the adorable little four-legged friends can come along to the one-day event where 150 dogs can have the time of their lives.

Party Like A Dachshund is coming to Westhoughton Dog Park, in Bolton, on Saturday, March 9th from 9am – 3pm.

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Pups can get to meet other sausages, where they will enjoy 60 minutes off-lead time at the outdoor dog park as well as unlimited puppuccinos and doggy treats.

There will be plenty of photo opportunities to capture your little loves living life to the full and making memories, as well as a variety of props, tunnels, toys, ball pools and other fun equipment to keep your sausages entertained.

There’s also prizes to be won for the best dressed dachshund and plenty of stalls where you can purchase all sorts of cute doggy stuff.

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The pop-up is a family friendly event for which only your doggo requires a ticket. ‘Hoomans’ go FREE, including one car.

You will have the chance to meet up with other dog owners and sausage fans where you can become part of the community while watching your beloved fur ball having fun.

A selection of snacks and soft drinks will be available to purchase, so bring your other half or the kids to this event that welcomes the whole family. 

The pop-up is organised by Pawesome Parties who is raising money for the DMT Dog Rescue Charity, which helps rescue dachshunds from the dog meat trade and bring them to loving homes.

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All friendly dogs are welcome but there are some doggy do’s and dont’s:

  • Do bring friendly and socialised dogs
  • Do feel free to let your Dog off lead but..
  • Do keep a close watch over your dog
  • Don’t leave dog poo behind – bag it and put it in the bin
  • Don’t bring aggressive dogs to the event
  • Don’t bring dogs in season

Would you like to see your dog socialise with other sausages, meet like minded owners and watch as your dogs play in a secure off-lead environment? If so, tickets to Party Like A Dachshund can be purchased, HERE.

Tickets cost £12 per doggo and owners are asked to book in advance. The event will take place on Saturday, March 9th with one-hour time slots available throughout the day.


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Hollywood star Keanu Reeves is playing a gig in Manchester this summer

Keanu fans will be pleased to hear this!

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Keanu Reeves will be heading to Manchester for a gig with his band Dogstar later this year.

Best known for his role as Neo in The Matrix, but also for playing characters John Wick and Ted in Bill and Ted, Keanu has announced he will take to the stage with his band Dogstar this summer.

The band will perform at New Century Hall in June as part of their UK and European tour.

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Fans will get to see the 59-year-old in a whole new light as he swaps the big screen and red carpets for bass guitar and the stage lights of a Manchester live music venue.

The American alternative rock group’s members are: lead vocalist Bret Domrose, bassist Keanu Reeves and Robert Mailhouse on drums.

They first formed in 1991 and after 22 years of being inactive, they reformed in May last year. 

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The band have released three studio albums including their latest one which was released last year, called Somewhere Between the Power Lines and Palm Trees.

In an Instagram post shared with their 194k followers yesterday, the band announced: “We’re coming back to Europe & the U.K. this Summer!

“So stoked to announce our new headline tour in Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.

“General on sale starts on Friday, February 16th at 10am local. A limited quantity of VIP Soundcheck packages will be available at all headline shows.

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“View all tour dates – including the previously announced festivals in Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia & Serbia – now at dogstarofficial.com.”

Kicking off, the trio will perform in Madrid, Spain on May 30th before heading to Paris, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Zurich and Berlin.

From there they will head to Manchester on June 18th and then play in London at the Electric Ballroom on June 19th.

Dogstar will then go on to play in Brescia, Udine, Bologna and Turin to conclude their tour.

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Tickets go on general sale on Friday, February 16th at 10am via Ticketmaster, HERE.

Dogstar’s UK and European tour dates 2024 are:

May 30th – Madrid, La Sala Teatro
June 2nd – Paris, La Cigale
June 3rd – Antwerp, Trix
June 5th – Amsterdam, Melkweg
June 9th – Luxembourg City, Den Atelier
June 11th – Zurich, Kaufleuten
June 15th – Berlin, Columbia Theater
June 18th – Manchester, New Century Hall
June 19th – London, Electric Ballroom
June 23rd – Brescia,Teatro Del Vittoriale
June 24th – Udine, Castle
June 29th – Bologna, Bonsai Garden
June 30th – Turin, Sonic City 

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