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Go for gold to win Paignton Zoo tickets

Paignton Zoo are channeling their inner Willy Wonka with a golden pebble treasure hunt to win free zoo tickets.

The zoo will be hiding gold-painted pebbles around Primley Park in Paignton as part of their centenary celebrations. The hunt begins on Friday 24th March, and local residents are encouraged to look around the public pathways for a golden pebble that can be exchanged for a ticket to Paignton Zoo during the Easter school holidays.

These pebbles are the first to be painted ahead of the zoo’s ‘Centenary Rocks’ event during Easter. In these free workshops, visitors will be able to decorate a pebble to either take home or leave it at the zoo to form a #CentenaryRocks display at their Big Birthday ZOOnanza in July. The workshops will be run by local craft company ‘Mushycow’, and are running from 11am to 3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Easter holidays (4–6th and 11–13th April).

Events and Corporate Relationships Manager Katie White said:

“We’re really excited to be able to offer free tickets to locals as part of our centenary celebrations for Easter. We want the local community to feel part of our celebrations and what better way to do that than to offer free tickets. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to get out and about and enjoy the beauty of Primley.”

She explained: “The golden pebbles will be hidden around the public paths of Primley Park and can be brought into the zoo at any point during the Easter holidays to be exchanged for one day ticket. All we ask is that groups only take one pebble so that as many people can get involved in the treasure hunt as possible.”

Paignton Zoo, who are part of Wild Planet Trust, are celebrating their 100th anniversary with a variety of events and activities and also sharing blogs and photos that look back at the history of the zoo. They have chosen to locate the pebble treasure hunt in Primley Park as not only is the park owned and maintained by Wild Planet Trust, it was once the private estate of Paignton Zoo’s founder – Herbert Whitley.  Primley Park is one of three local nature reserves that are managed by Wild Planet Trust and they demonstrate the Trust’s dedication to help halt species decline.

For those of you who are not lucky enough to find a golden pebble, zoo tickets can be purchased by clicking here.