Mr Bloom from CBeebies will star in a series of live shows as part of Marwell Zoo’s exciting calendar of events for 2018.

The zoo has unveiled its highlights for the year ahead with lots on offer to keep the entire family entertained throughout the seasons.

Visit Marwell Zoo as they celebrate the grand unveiling of Tropical House: Energy for Life from 26 March, the biggest ever exhibit in their history. Under its spectacular curved roof crafted with cutting-edge technology, a rainforest and a living laboratory will come to life. Spanning two levels with views across a lush canopy, waterfall and forest floor below, experience face-to-face encounters with colourful and charismatic mammals including a sloth, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.

This Easter, take part in the Giant Egg Trail, a #SHELFIE opportunity inside a cracked egg shell and a Meet and Greet with the Easter Bunny  where guests can collect their free chocolate egg.

Throughout half term (May 26 – June 3), a Top Trumps Challenge will put families to the test! Pick up a card and fun trail on arrival and compare your scores against a number of giant cards around the park representing the animal species.

A highlight of the year will see Mr Bloom from CBeebies bringing his one-man stage show to the zoo for select dates during the event Summer at Marwell, which runs throughout August.

His much-loved show will feature a bundle of veggie stories, gardening games and all the catchy nursery songs from the TV show, entertaining ‘tiddlers’ and parents alike.

Ben Faulks, who plays Mr Bloom, said: “I’m really excited to be bringing the fun from the Mr Bloom television shows to families throughout the summer months!”

Skip into Summer with some fantastic floral fun and take part in Marwell’s topiary trail with a floral twist around the zoo. Meet crazy botanist ‘Dr Chris Anthemum’ for his fun-filled weekday show. Little green-fingered gardeners will also have the opportunity to plant their own plastic plants or dig deep with an assortment of toy diggers at  ‘The Big Dig Pit’ before taking a family #SummerSelfie in the giant Marwell deckchair to remember the day.

Dress up in your Halloween finest and be part of the magic at Marwell as part of the popular half term event Boo at the Zoo. Marwell’s resident wizard will put trainee flyers through their paces to earn their broomstick licence and Esme will mesmerize guests with creepy storytelling in the Haunted Hall where a variety of activities will be available.

Then to finish the year in style, experience the magic of Christmas at Marwell this festive season, a truly enchanting family experience where Marwell Hall will be transformed into a winter wonderland.

Becky Elliott, Marwell Zoo’s Head of Events, said: “We are thrilled to announce our exciting and interactive programme of events for 2018 which will keep the family entertained while discovering the wonders of the natural world. We’re particularly looking forward to our very special guest Mr Bloom visiting us for weekends throughout August!”

A visit to Marwell Zoo, near Winchester, is a chance to get close and discover the wonders of the natural world. From ring-tailed lemurs to majestic giraffes, endangered tigers to white rhinos, curious meerkats to pygmy hippos – their 140-acre park is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings and by exploring Marwell Zoo you’ll play a big part in helping to save them.

As a global conservation charity, their mission is to conserve biodiversity and other natural resources, both locally and internationally – but they rely on the support of thousands to bring it to life! With an aim to connect people with nature and inspire care for the natural world, they engage with over 40,000 children through their conservation educational programmes, and welcome over 500,000 visitors each year to the zoological park.

More details about events and to book tickets visit  www.marwell.org.uk

Marwell Zoo Events Calendar 2018

Easter: Giant Egg Trail 30 March – 15 April

Keep the whole family entertained this Easter with our GIANT Easter Egg Trail. Find the GIANT egg and count the animals for a chance to win four tickets to our sunset safari this summer!  Step inside our cracked egg shell for your family #SHELFIE!

Easter: Meet the Easter Bunny 30 March – 2 April

Visit the Easter bunny in his burrow and collect your FREE chocolate egg.

Top Trumps Challenge 26 May – 3 June

As well as exploring our new £8m tropical house development, this half term is a chance to take the Top Trumps challenge. Guests will receive a free Top Trumps card and fun trail on arrival and will be able to compare their scores against a number of giant cards around the park representing our animal species. Head into our gift shop towards the end of your visit to take home the Awesome Animals Top Trumps pack – available for £5.99

Summer 1 – 31 August

Join us for some fantastic floral fun this summer and take our topiary trail with a floral twist around the zoo. Meet our crazy Botantist ‘Dr Chris Anthemum’ for our weekday show.

Visit ‘The Big Dig Pit’ this Summer, where little green fingered gardeners can plant plastic plants or dig deep with our assortment of toy diggers.

Take a #SummerSelfie at our giant Marwell deckchair.

Summer: Mr Bloom 4, 5, 11 & 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 & 27 August

We are excited to welcome Mr Bloom from CBeebies with his one man show to Marwell this summer for selected dates. Why not, pop along and say ‘Ello!’ with CBeebies star Mr Bloom. There’ll be a bundle of veggie stories, gardening games, and catchy Nursery songs for tiddlers and parents alike. To sum it up in the words of a famous Aubergine: ‘Let’s sing and dance and have some fun!’

Boo at the Zoo 20 – 28 October

Dress up in your Halloween finest and be part of the magic at Marwell as part of our fun-filled half term activities.

Our resident wizard is putting trainee flyers through their paces to earn their Level 3 broomstick license. Sessions last 20 minutes and take place each day in the ‘flying arena’ on the front lawn of Marwell hall on a first come first served basis.

Join, Esme, the scary witch at 11am1pm and 3pm for some creepy storytelling in the Haunted Hall.

Create your very own spellbinding wand (£1 fee applies).

Christmas at Marwell 17 November – 24 December

Make your family’s Christmas magical and join us at Marwell for our Enchanted Christmas. Watch out for some exciting updates for this event.