WIZARDING WONDERS AT WEST MIDLAND SAFARI PARK
Magic is taking over this year at West Midland Safari Park’s annual Spooky Spectacular, with even more exciting things to see and do.
Beginning on 29 September, the five-week-long festival includes a brand-new Wizarding Workshop, where children will help Walter the Wizard cast an invisibility spell by creating their own nifty wands and putting their spell-casting to the test!
Decorated by the Park’s creative artists, the Workshop features potions, spell books and vintage furniture – the perfect space for budding young wizards to conjure up the most magical enchantments, all under the watchful eye of wise Walter.
This year will see the return of the Trick or Treat Trail, with explorers helping Glenda the Good Witch to restore peace in the Park by finding the missing clues and ingredients to her spell. After encountering creepy characters and mischievous witches along the way, successful explorers will receive a sweet treat for their efforts.
Braver guests are invited into Ice Age: Legend of the Dire Wolf, where strange things have been happening, including reports of what sounds like a howling wolf. Enter if you dare!
Holly Ashworth, Events and Marketing Officer, said: “As my first year running the annual Spooky Spectacular, I’m incredibly excited about the event, particularly all of the new elements we have added to our fearsome festival. Our younger guests have the opportunity to make their very own wand and spell in our new Wizarding Workshop, where resident wizard, Walter, will be on hand to provide expert magical advice.
“Our brand-new Ice Age exhibit will also host our slightly scarier Halloween experience, where some of our Ice Age Keepers have been bitten by what looks to be a large wolf-like creature. As this experience takes place during the evenings only, guests should take extra care and report any sightings of roaming wolves immediately!”
She continued: “We also encourage all of our guests to dress up and take part in the Halloween fun. With plenty to see and do, it’s the perfect place for families to come along and experience the spookiest of seasons.”
The wizarding theme will be continued with the daily Halloween Sea Lion Show, this year aptly named “Herring Potter and the Deathly Haddock”. If this isn’t enough, the Park will be decorated with over 600 pumpkins and 100 scarecrows, which are eerily illuminated after dark. For an exclusive chance to win a family Annual Pass PLUS, guests can take a picture with their favourite scarecrow and upload it to the Park’s social media pages.
Opening hours will be extended until 8:30pm on weekends and the October half-term holiday, with the chance to ride the Adventure Theme Park rides in the dark.
Spooky Spectacular runs from 29 September to 4 November and is included in the education group admission charge of £10.50 for adults, £9.50 for children aged 3-15 and £10.00 for concessions. Children under the age of three years are admitted free of charge. Education admission is for groups of ten paying people or more. Adventure Theme Park rides are charged extra.
Further information and discounted tickets are available from the Park’s website www.wmsp.co.uk or by telephone 01299 402114. You can find out more on the Safari Park’s official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WestMidSafari
Telephone: 01299 406396