Fairies and dragons and gnomes – a South Yorkshire attraction is coming over all magical for the bank holiday weekend.
The Tropical Butterfly House Wildlife & Falconry Centre, at North Anston, has been given an Enchanted Forest makeover.
The centre’s woods will become home to fairy villages and tiny pixie dwellings as visitors are led through a world of magical creatures, including a 7ft- tall dragon.
Andrew Reeve, zoo curator and manager at the attraction, said: “Enchanted Fairy Forest has been taking place for many years and is always a big hit with both new and returning visitors to the zoo.
“It’s great fun for the young and young at heart.”
Animal presenters will also be dressing up as good and bad fairies to put on a pantomime-style show throughout next week and there will be a packed diary of fairy-themed events and activities. The magical celebration coincides with national Love Your Zoo week, when members of the public are encouraged to visit their local zoo or aquarium and learn about the good work they do.
As well as the enchanted forest, free-flying bird displays will take place twice daily, featuring owls, macaws and a raven.
A daily timetable of animal encounters is also available to visitors, providing the opportunity to meet birds of prey, meerkats, parrots, reptiles and insects.
Heather Scott, an animal presenter at the site, said the encounters and bird displays are a great opportunity to educate as well as entertain.
She said: “During our talks and presentations, we try to raise awareness of the threats facing native and exotic animal species around the world. We’ve supported the World Parrot Trust, Save the Vultures and the British Trust of Ornithology and always been thrilled by the generosity of our guests.
“Having welcomed a troop of ring-tailed lemurs to the centre, we are now focusing our efforts on raising funds for lemur projects.”
n For details, visit www.butterflyhouse.co.uk