Under a brilliant scheme to help inspire the next generation of conservationists, Chester Zoo is letting thousands of school kids visit for free.
While the offer isn’t new – having been running since 2017 – it’s still an excellent chance for young children to visit the zoo and get inspired.
This year 42,000 tickets are available, with priority given to schools that have not yet benefited from the free educational trips over the past few years.
For the first time, each school will get a free resource pack for their visit, and the zoo is particularly keen to get kids from disadvantaged backgrounds through the doors with the free ticket scheme.
Nicola Buckley, Chester Zoo’s discovery and learning manager, said: “For many school children, a visit to the zoo is what sparks a lifelong conservation journey. These are the conservationists of the future and some will go on to play a vital role in preventing extinction all around the world.
“Over a million species are faced with extinction and we must galvanise the power of our young people to help protect our environment. Bringing school children to the zoo for free is about inspiring the next generation to connect with nature and to find their own ways to be conservationists in their day-to-day lives.
“It’s to help equip youngsters with the skills, attitudes and motivation they need to play an active role in tackling the environmental challenges we face today.”
Nursery, primary and secondary school pupils up until year 13 can get involved, and take advantage of free tickets on weekday visits between November 1st 2020 and February 28th 2021 – the visit has to be during Cheshire West and Chester term time.
Chester Zoo is pushing for conservation action to be included in the UK school curriculum, after seeing it work successfully in the North West.
Schools can get involved by visiting the Chester Zoo website here.
A bottomless bingo brunch with naked butlers is coming to Manchester
Let’s hope all those years you’ve been going to bingo with your gran finally pay off!
The UK’s favourite game has been reimagined for 2020 with the help of everyone’s favourite Boy Toy Butlers.
Taking over one the Gay Villages’ favourites, On Bar, the Grand game of Bingo will be the focus for one crazy afternoon.
Not just that, the lads will also be bringing along 2 very special guests with them, London and Manchester’s biggest drag queens: Kitty Scott Claus and Donna Trump.
There’s plenty of prizes up for grabs throughout the evening – so keep your eyes down (as much as you can).
The menu is designed to cater for all, so you can expect corn chips and fresh homemade salsa dip on arrival, plus a brunch dish of your choice.
You also get one and a half hours of bottomless bubbles, making that a total of four hours of cheeky entertainment.
Oh, and did we mention the buff Toy Boys will wait on you hand and foot throughout it all?
It’s all happening Saturday, November 14th and Saturday, December, 12th. There are two slots each day, the first at 12:30pm and second at 5pm.
Live entertainment and bottomless bubbles will start from 1:30pm. Tickets will set you back £43.95 per person.
There’s a Mamma Mia-themed bottomless brunch coming to Manchester next weekend
Gimme Gimme Gimme!
Calling all you ABBA fans there’s a Mamma Mia inspired musical brunch coming to Manchester next weekend and it’s BOTTOMLESS!
If you think you know everything there is to know about the Mamma Mia films, put your knowledge to the test on this boozy brunch club!
There will be quizzes and plenty of prizes to be won so… take a chance on Revolution for one night and one night only… you can be Donna and the Dynamoooooos!
For grub, you can opt for the Brunch Grill, Gluten-Free Brunch Grill, Avocado Brunch or a sweet Blueberry, Bannaan and Nutella Pancake dish.
And to wash it all down there’s plenty of choices to drink from Aperol Spritz to Bloody Mary’s and Prosecco.
There will even be prizes for the best competition, so get out the flares, blonde wigs and platform boots baby we’re going back to the 70s!!!
There will be plenty of Mamma Mia songs throughout the quiz and while you eat. Plus you’ll even get your very own microphone to take home. Tickets start at £35.
So warm up those vocal cords and slip on some flares! Gimme Gimme Gimme tickets.
The best pumpkin picking spots near Manchester this Halloween
Perfect half-term activities!
You’re never too old for a bit of pumpkin picking!
How fast has this year really gone!! Physically we are just days away from Halloween, mentally I’m still processing March.
So long the pre-picked pumpkins from the Supermarkets, this year it’s all about supporting your local pumpkin patch from the ultimate Spooktacular experience.
Wrap up, grab yourself a pumpkin spiced latte and get picking!
Dunham Pumpkin Patch, Dunham Massey
Three generations of the Hewitt family have come together to make this time of year so special at Dunham Pumpkin Patch. Harvesting pumpkins for over 30 years now head down to enjoy the ultimate picking experience with wood-fired pizzas, award-winning apple juice and cider.
Dunham Massey Farm Ice Cream
Just down the road, there is another three-acre patch full of every type of pumpkin you can imagine. From colour to size they’ve got it all, grown by the guys at Red House Farm.
They’re also offering a variety of autumnal hot chocolates including mint, Ferrero Rocher, and coffee – it’s almost worth going just for that.
There is no need to book here, they’re open every day during half-term from 10am!
Smithills Open Farm, Bolton
For the first time ever, Smithills Open Farm in Bolton is hosting its new pumpkin picking event. To add to the mood, all farm staff will be dressed up in fancy dress, with a spooky sweet treasure hunt, a super fun event for kids in the half term.
For dates and booking head to their website, booking is essential.
Kenyon Hall Farm
Kenyon Hall Farm has been planting pumpkins in Greater Manchester for over 30 years, now one of the biggest destinations in the north of England.
Their pumpkin patch is running up until Saturday 31st October, due to Covid restrictions the team are restricting numbers and all visitors to the pumpkin patch areas must pre-book an entry slot in advance.
Create some spooky memories with their unique photo backdrops too!
Lancaster Park and Animal Farm, Oldham
The Lancaster Park and Animal Farm has a humongous pumpkin patch, as well as a haunted house, spooky tales with a witch and fancy-dress competitions!
Aside from this, the farm is also open to the public so you can enjoy petting and feeding small animals, riding the caterpillar ride as well as the mini quads and the adventure zip lines!
Malpas Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Cheshire
Which pumpkin will you choose? Find your way through their spooky maize maze to their hidden pumpkin patch. Transport it back to your car with one of their wheelbarrows before visiting their Halloween shop and cosy café.
Set over 30 acres, I’m sure there are enough pumpkins for just about everyone. No booking required, just check out their website for opening times.