FREE Safari Summer Animal Trail


From Saturday 22nd July until Sunday 3rd September 2023, we will be hosting a free ‘Safari Summer’ event with large animal sculptures, free crafts and educational activities from Banham Zoo and Africa Alive Reserve.

Throughout the summer holidays, Chantry Place will be home to 10 animal sculptures, including a giant hippo, lion, giraffe, elephant, panda and more. Visitors can pick up a trail map from Deichmann on the lower ground floor of Chantry Place and then go on a safari hunt to find them all. Once complete, families can head back to Deichmann to pick up a free goody bag offering a complimentary child’s ticket for free entry to Banham Zoo or Africa Alive Reserve with a full paying adult, as well as an animal medal or prize, and enter their details to be in with a chance of winning a family annual pass to Banham Zoo and Africa Alive, with an annual pass up for grabs every week.

Every Wednesday in the summer holidays, Chantry Place will host ‘Wild Wednesdays’ with local company, Schoodoodle, hosting free arts and crafts sessions with themes changing every week. Suitable for children aged four and above, these need to be booked in advance via Eventbrite. Some of the activities include making a lion’s mane and a bird of prey mask!

As part of Wild Wednesdays, the education team from Banham Zoo and Africa Alive Reserve will also be at Chantry Place. Visitors can visit the discovery station, which will include artefacts, animal information and other zoo-related puzzles and games, on the lower ground floor near HMV. Visitors will have the opportunity to find out more about the animals they care for and about their work. They will also be at Chantry Place on 22ndand 23rd July, and 14th and 15th August 2023.