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Zoo charity spreads Christmas cheer with festive fun

Santa’s grotto at Banham Zoo which will also be at Africa Alive

The charity which runs Africa Alive in Kessingland is spreading some much-needed Christmas cheer after a challenging year.

The Zoological Society of East Anglia (ZSEA), which also runs Banham Zoo in Norfolk, are delighted to be welcoming Father Christmas to their winter wonderland grotto at both zoos on selected dates in December right up until Christmas Eve.

Lots of exciting activities are lined up, including some festive fun with Santa’s elves, delicious treats to keep served by Mrs Christmas to keep guests warm and cosy, as well as a special gift from Father Christmas himself.

Claudia Roberts, Joint Managing Director, said: “We’re really excited to be welcoming guests back once again after the second lockdown. It’s been a challenging year for everyone, so we wanted to spread some Christmas cheer and bring our guests the full Santa experience.

“Everyone at ZSEA is delighted to make Banham Zoo and Africa Alive part of your Christmas memories”.

In addition to the grotto, both zoos have a fully stocked shop where guests can do a spot of Christmas shopping for their loved ones. Or even treat themselves!

At Africa Alive there is even the opportunity to enjoy a late night of Christmas shopping in a VIP Twilight Evening Experience for just £1.00!

Claudia continued: “Not only do these events promote the positive connection between nature and wellbeing but they directly support ZSEA who need help to continue their vital work, including caring for more than 10,000 animals at both zoos”.

The Zoological Society of East Anglia needs a minimum of £25,000 per week to care for all of the animals at the two zoos: now with the added pressure of not receiving any income during the two lockdowns. They are urgently asking for donations to its #WildAboutSurvival appeal: 

Vouchers for the grotto experience, which include a full day entry day pass to visit the zoo, can be purchased from the ZSEA online shop: Please note that the experiences differ slightly depending on what zoo you visit.

Entrance for the Twilight Evening Experience are also available on the online shop.

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