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Paignton Zoo is throwing its biggest party ever

Paignton Zoo have announced their biggest ever event – a two-day party to celebrate the zoo’s 100th birthday. Taking place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July, Paignton Zoo’s Big Birthday ZOOnanza promises to be jam-packed with live music, activities, talks and much more.

The weekend has activities for all ages, plus adults will be able to enjoy a bottle of Paignton Zoo’s centenary ale in collaboration with Bays Brewery: Wild 100. Relax to some live music from local bands, including performances from The Chordettes Acapella Chorus, Choir 86, local singer Emma McElhinny, girl group Risq, Torbay Police Community Choir and Bay Brass, along with many more.

To mark their 100-year history, the zoo will be opening an extra special Centenary Hub at 11am on Saturday 1st. This special exhibition will be packed with stories and photos from the past 100 years, and will be a place for zoo supporters to reminisce on the zoo’s history and learn more about their plans for the future.

Events and Corporate Relationship Manager Katie White, who has been busy planning the event, said: “We’re really excited to throw our biggest ever event to celebrate our centenary at the start of July. Without the help of local businesses, artists and bands, we wouldn’t be able to throw this event, so we’re very grateful to our community for helping us put together what promises to be an amazing weekend. We hope everyone enjoys it as much as we will!”

Throughout the weekend, various local businesses will be running workshops around the zoo including The Rock Project who will be leading drop-in sessions for budding musicians, and Mushy Cow crafts who will be running a craft camp with badge making and pebble decorating activities. In addition, The Little Village People will be bringing a pop-up mini village for little ones to enjoy imaginative role play, and local artist Andrew Madgwick will be sculpting animals for all to see.

Travel back in time to the 1920s with walking storytelling sessions to hear terrific tales from Paignton Zoo’s past, and spot Professor Seymour Stuff the explorer roaming the zoo. Plus, there will be a variety of animal talks throughout the weekend led by zoo rangers.

Paignton Zoo hopes that this will be a sell-out weekend, so book your tickets soon to be a part of it: