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Northanger Abbey

22 June 2017

Doors open at 6pm

While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey.

Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry's mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? A Jane Austen classic is brought to life under the gothic backdrop of Walton Hall.

Please bring a rug or low backed chair to sit on.

Tickets are priced £13 for adults and £8 for seniors and children (up to the age of 15). A family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) is £38.

For more information about this performance please visit www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk

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David Walliams -'Billionaire Boy'

Wednesday 30 August 

Thursday 31 August

Door open at 5.30pm

Joe’s dad is rich and he buys Joe anything he wants, and lots of things he doesn't want besides. Joe's got his own bowling alley, his own cinema, even his own butler who is also an orangutan. No one dares to bully him, because he can always pay them off. But Joe isn't happy. Why not? Because he's got a billion pounds! But not a single friend.

It's pretty hard to trust people when your dad's idea of a birthday present is a million-pound cheque. But then someone comes along! Someone who likes Joe for Joe and not for his money. The problem is, Joe's about to learn that when money is involved, nothing is what it seems and nearly everything he believes is wrong......

Please bring a rug or low backed chair to sit on.

Tickets are priced £13 for adults and £8 for seniors and children (up to the age of 15). A family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) is £38.

For more information about this performance please visit www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk

 

Billionaire boy

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Alpaca experience

Join the rangers and our three beautiful alpaca - Jim, Topaz and Mally on this new event.

We'll start off with a brief talk about alpaca and introduce you to our three boys. The rangers will then demonstrate how to catch the alpaca and we we'll take them on a walk around the park with opportunities for photographs.

We estimate that the experience will take about an hour.

The detail 

Children must be between 8 – 13 years old and must have a responsible adult with them to help them with their alpaca.

We appreciate that you may want to bring someone with you to take photographs so we're happy for one person per booking to come along with us – they must be an adult and will not be allowed to walk the alpaca. 

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Alpaca don't like dogs so please don't bring your dog with you! Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear suitable footwear as paths may be uneven or muddy.

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Animal adoption

Will you help us by adopting one of our animals?

Adopting an animal for a year will get you a super adoption welcome pack full of all the information you need to know about the animal you've chosen to adopt. You'll also get a key ring, newsletter, annual adopters’ evening certificate and birthday card.

Every adoption helps us buy things for the zoo that otherwise we'd be unable to afford. Things like the alpaca and their shelter, Herdwick sheep, ornamental waterfowl, squirrel sheds and incubator, rugs and harness for the donkeys, a set of ornamental entrance gates, our lovebird aviary, feed troughs and veterinary scales. The list could go on! 

So you can see how much we rely on your continued help and generosity.

The animals available for adoption are: Lenny & Charlie the donkey’s, our herd of African Pygmy Goats, the Peacocks, our Shetland Ponies – Lotty and Pebbles, our collection of Rabbits, the ferrets and our Miniature Pot Bellied Pigs. Individual animals are not up for adoption as sometimes animals move home or are changed for breeding purposes.

How much will it cost me?

The cost for one year’s animal adoption is £15. Red Squirrels cost £20 and the adoption is more suitable for adults.

What do I get?

The adoption pack will include;

  • An adoption pack containing animal fact pack, certificate, gift and picture of your animals 
  • Bi-annual newsletter which will be sent out in April and October.
  • Celebration card from the chosen animal on the adopters birthday (or other special date)
  • Special Adoption evening where you can chat with the keepers about the animal or bird you have adopted.
  • Your name on our adoption board

This scheme is for individuals. Group adoptions are available – please contact us for more details on erowlands1@warrington.gov.uk

Please click on the next 'available' day to book your year's adoption!

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Animal hour

Animal hour is back with two sessions on 18 February. 

There'll only be 10 people in the group, so book now to get a chance to feed the chickens and peacocks, groom the donkeys or pony, feed the goats and visit our pet’s corner! Sound good? Then book now to avoid disappointment!

£5 per child. Limited to 10 children ( No age limit), adults not included. Please note: Adult supervision is required.

Sessions last for 45 minutes - Meet outside the zoo gates.

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Children's parties at the zoo

Book a unique children's party for your little one - there's two options to choose from:

  • Animal hour party - This is suitable for all ages with accomodation of up to 15 children per booking. There's lots to see and do during our animal hour and your party will make some new best friends as they feed the birds, groom the donkeys and say hi to a whole range of other animals including Thumper the rabbit and Buddy the ferret. Duration - 1 hour.
  • Zoo keeper party - This is suitable for ages 5 and above (including teenagers) with accomodation of up to 15 children per booking. The party will get stuck in straight away as they help to clear the stables before meeting the donkeys, goats and other animals. For a unique 'day in the life' experience you won't find anything better! We offer a themed 'donkey and pony party' with this package - if this is something your child would love then let us know in the 'comments or special instructions' part of this booking. Duration - 1.5 hours

Please email Liz Rowlands for alternative dates.

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Christmas at the zoo

2 Dec 2017

Join us on this seasonal tour of the children’s zoo to meet Jazz the chicken, Fluffy the rabbit and a chance to go in with our herd of goats and turkeys! We will then make our way to the zoo visitor centre to make some decorations to hang on the zoo Christmas tree.

Meet outside the zoo gates

Limited to 20 children - adults not included. Please note: Adult supervision is required.

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Easter at the zoo

Join the Rangers on this springtime tour of the children’s zoo. The tour will take you around the zoo and into some of the animal’s enclosures where you will meet Jazz the chicken, the herd of goats, rabbits and the donkeys.  If cupid’s arrow has found its mark we may even have one or two new arrivals to introduce!

Limited to 30 children, adults not included. Please note: Adult supervision is required.

Meet outside the zoo gates.

Keeper for the day

Keeper for the day

Join the zoo rangers to discover what it’s like to work in the children’s zoo. After a health and safety talk the session begins by cleaning out one of our stables and bedding it out again. We’ll then spend some time learning about what animals eat and their different dietary requirements. Then it’s time to feed the goats and meet some more of our friendly residents. 

Please wear old clothes and suitable footwear such as wellies because you'll be getting dirty! Parental / adult supervision is required and in the interests of health and safety this event is only open to children aged 5 and above!

Limited to 10 children on each session - not including adults.

Meet outside the zoo gates.

Sky at night

The Sky at Night

Join local astronomer Michael Jones in a new event to Walton Hall. Weather permitting we'll be studying the night sky and what better location to do this than Walton Hall?

A hot meal will be served to keep you going during the event.

Tickets are priced at £10 each for adults and £5 for seniors and children (up to the age of 15). 

 

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Time for Tots

13 September 2017

Especially for the pre-schoolers! Say hello to some of the animals in the children’s zoo, you will have a chance to stroke Jazz the chicken, Fluffy the rabbit, meet the goat’s and Lenny and Charlie the donkey’s!  Then join us in the visitor centre for to colour in a picture of your favourite animal.

Please note: Adult supervision is required.

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Warrington's transport history

Join us for an evening devoted to Warrington’s Transport History on Wednesday 14 June at 7:00pm

RESTORATION OF A WARRINGTON TRAM – A REMARKABLE SURVIVOR

A talk by Rob Jones of the Merseyside Tramway preservation society, telling the story of the recovery and subsequent restoration of Warrington Tram No 11.

WARRINGTON TRANSPORTER BRIDGE

Margaret Ingram of the Friends of Walton Estate group will describe the history of this iconic structure and give an update on the restoration project.

Light refreshments will be served during the interval and the bar will be open.