Silent cinema to enjoy with zoo animals

Visitors at a previous screening
Visitors at a previous screening

A towering T-Rex and a singing orangutan will be coming to life on the silver screen this summer with open-air cinema at Whipsnade Zoo.

For the first time ever, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is launching a Silent Cinema weekend, with an exciting line-up of big-screen blockbuster classics which audiences can marvel at within the wild and beautiful setting of the 600-acre Zoo.

On Friday August 26, guests will be able to tour the zoo’s huge, walk-through Zoorassic Park experience, coming face-to face with the gentle brachiosaurus and toothy T-Rex, before buckling up for the rollercoaster action-adventure Jurassic Park, as it roars onto the big screen, in the shadow of the life-size, moving dinosaurs themselves.

The adventure gets animated on Saturday August 27 as Disney’s musical classic and family favourite, The Jungle Book, delights young and old once again. Families can join King of the Swingers, Louie the orangutang and loveable bear Baloo for the Bare Necessities, as they sit right in the middle of the zoo at twilight, surrounded by its 2,000 animals.

Before the screenings begin, film-lovers will be treated to a magical Birds of the World display on both nights, as well as having a chance to explore the zoo’s special summer dinosaur experience, Zoorassic Park.

To ensure the zoo’s animals don’t have to stay up past their bedtimes if they don’t want to, movie-goers will wear headphones for the screening, and are invited to bring a blanket to sit on. A range of food and drink will be available.

Only 600 places per night are available.

Visit www.zsl.org to book or for more information about the screenings.