The free-to-enter Wildlife Connections Festival, now in its fifth year, will take place at the zoo’s 14 acre Nature Reserve on the weekend of 18/19 September.

Organisers say the two-day event will fuse family fun with serious conservation and put a much-needed spotlight on the UK’s wonderful wildlife, with 50% of UK native species now in decline.

Much-loved TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson, star of CBBC shows including Live and Deadly, Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature and Wild and Weird, will deliver an interactive stage show created especially for the festival, based on her adventures around the world and her love of UK species.

Festivalgoers will also be able to get up-close-and-personal with a wide range of wildlife through an array of hands-on activities, including bug hunting, bird spotting and pond dipping, as part of the jam-packed line up. There is no need to book, just turn up and enjoy the day.

Hannah Brooks, Chester Zoo’s Community and Engagement Manager, said:

“This year our wonderful Wildlife Connections Festival is going to be bigger and better than ever and we’re thrilled to have CBBC star Naomi Wilkinson headlining across both days. Naomi will be sharing some fascinating stories about the weird and wonderful wildlife she’s seen on her travels around the world and will also be talking about her passion for the UK’s native species.

“Our jam-packed line-up also includes loads of activities that the whole family can get involved with, from bug hunting to willow weaving and, for the first time this year, we have a brand new space called the creative corner where festivalgoers can participate in dance and music workshops.

“The festival is fun, it’s celebratory but it also champions a very important message. Right now, we’re living through a biodiversity crisis, with many species facing extinction. However, we can all make a difference and there’s lots we can do to help the wildlife on our doorstep. We’ll therefore be giving our festivalgoers lots of ideas and inspiration on what they can do.

“This interactive festival is great for all the family. You can become a mammal detective, transform into a beautiful butterfly or just sit back, relax and enjoy some live music. Whatever you choose to do it’s going to a fun, wildlife-inspired day!”

The zoo’s Wildlife Connections Festival is in association with Darwin Escapes and is part of its wider Wildlife Connections campaign – helping to prevent the extinction of UK wildlife by creating new areas of high quality habitat in gardens, parklands and community spaces.

For the full programme of events at Chester Zoo’s Wildlife Connections Festival, visit:


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