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Loveable pals Wallace and Gromit are heading to Bristol Zoo Gardens this summer.
Visitors are invited along for a ‘grand day out’ discovering what it takes to be a zookeeper.
A new trail featuring the popular eccentric inventor and his trusted canine friend has been created to help children and grown-ups learn all about the most important jobs in the Zoo.
And that sinister penguin, Feathers McGraw, who caused the duo so much trouble in The Wrong Trousers, is also making an appearance. He will be hiding in different places around the Zoo and visitors will have to try to spot him before he gets up to any mischief.
The Wallace & Gromit trail will run throughout the summer and into autumn from July 20 until October 13. It is part of Aardman’s 30th anniversary celebrations for Wallace & Gromit’s first adventure, A Grand Day Out.
On six days during this period there will also be special model-making workshops at the Zoo, for anyone aged five upwards, run by animators from Wallace & Gromit creators, Aardman. Participants will be able to make their own models of Gromit, Feathers McGraw or Shaun the Sheep, and meet expert model makers who have worked on some of Aardman’s best-loved titles.
The Wallace & Gromit trail will take visitors on a journey around the Zoo where they will find out how to formulate an animal diet, study animal behaviour, design an enclosure and much more. Everyone who takes part in the trail will have the chance to win a Keeper Experience to find out what it is really like to look after animals.
Simon Garrett, head of public engagement at Bristol Zoological Society, said: “Everyone loves Wallace & Gromit and our new trail is certainly going to be a Grand Day Out for all our visitors. We hope it will offer a fascinating opportunity to find out more about the hard work that goes on here, and give a flavour for what it takes to be a zookeeper.”
Merlin Crossingham, creative director for Wallace & Gromit, said “Wallace and Gromit love a great day out and so when the opportunity to learn about being zookeepers at Bristol Zoo came up they jumped at the chance.”
The Aardman model-making workshops will take place at Bristol Zoo Gardens on July 29, August 5, August 16, August 27, September 28 and October 13 and advance booking is highly recommended.
Bristol Zoological Society, which operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project, is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work at the two zoos but also its vital conservation and research projects around the world.
Click here to find out more about Wallace and Gromit‘s Grand Day Out at Bristol Zoo Gardens.
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