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LANTERN FESTIVAL

Lantern Festival is returning for Winter 2022. More details to be announced soon!

We’re thrilled to be launching an after-dark illuminations experience like no other! 

Join us this autumn for an epic lantern trail, where you can enjoy mesmerising lighting displays, discover a ‘wild’ range of breath-taking lanterns and explore the walkthrough areas of the Park like never before.

Be transported to a wonderland of lanterns and interactive lighting displays. With over forty light groupings, and up to 1000 individual lanterns, the event will have something for all ages, and make a fantastic family evening out.

With magical lit-up landscapes, dinosaur lanterns, glowing animal installations, a giant interactive piano keyboard, rainbow tunnel and many other creations, the 3km trail has been designed to offer guests a safe and enjoyable evening, with plenty of fun all round!

OPENING TIMES

22nd – 31st Oct, 5th – 7th Nov, 12th – 14th Nov, 19th – 21st Nov, 26th – 28th Nov and 3rd – 5th Dec 2021. 

– Event starts: 5.30pm

– Last entry: 7.30pm

– Park closes: 9.30pm

 

Please note, rides are only open from 22nd – 31st October, and 5th – 7th November.
The Safari Drive-through and all other walk-through animal exhibits will also be closed during the evening event.

Warning: There are some flashing lights on the trail route.

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Lantern Festival – Frequently Asked Questions

Tickets must be purchased separately to any day-time tickets. Lantern Festival admission tickets prices:

Adult – £18.00

Child (3-15yrs) – £15.00

Concessions (Student, Senior, Carer) – £16.00

Under 3s – Free

Lantern Festival is our brand-new event, starting on 22nd October 2021!  Guests will be able to discover a magical trail of lights, around our walk-through areas of the Park for an after-dark illuminations experience like no other.  

This is a separate evening event, starting at 5.30pm, and all guests will need separate Lantern Festival tickets to visit.

Unfortunately, Free Return Codes cannot be used for Lantern Festival. 

Free Return Codes will not be issued to guests who have purchased a Lantern Festival ticket.

 

The Safari Drive-through and other walk-through animal exhibits will be closed during Lantern Festival, as it is an evening event. Guests can still purchase separate day-time tickets, if they wish to see the animals earlier in the day, but Lantern Festival tickets will need to be purchased separately. 

All guests will need separate Lantern Festival tickets to visit the new evening event. Guests visiting in the day will be required to leave the Park by either 4.00pm or 4.30pm, depending on the day. The Lantern Festival then starts at 5.30pm.

If you have purchased both day-time Safari tickets and Lantern Festival tickets, you will need to leave the Park inbetween the events. Guests visiting in the day will be required to leave the Park by either 4.00pm or 4.30pm, depending on the day.  The Lantern Festival then starts at 5.30pm.

All Day Guests with Lantern Festival tickets must leave site when the Park closes for the day at 4:30pm.

You can either leave our site completely, or you can sit in one of our entry lanes on our main driveway until the Park reopens for Lantern Festival at 5:30pm.

Lantern Festival tickets can be booked for specific arrival times. This is to ensure we are able to safely manage guest numbers through the lantern walking route, as well as at entrances.

The Theme Park will be open on selected dates when Lantern Festival is running; from 22nd – 31st October, and from 5th – 7th November only. 

Blue Light Card discounts will not be applied on tickets for Lantern Festival, unfortunately.

All Annual Pass holders can benefit from 10% off admission tickets for Lantern Festival.
Annual Pass holders can get the usual 25% off ride wristbands and Annual Pass PLUS holders will still receive free wristbands during the event. 

Tesco Clubcard Vouchers or ASDA Funpacked Summer Codes cannot be used for Lantern Festival, unfortunately. 

The Lantern Festival will still continue in wet weather. We would advise guests if the festival was cancelled in extreme weather (storms etc).

Our exciting new evening event, ‘Lantern Festival’ will launch in October and end in December. We recognised that our ‘Firework Festival’ weekend was hugely popular with guests, and so, with ‘Lantern Festival’ now running across a much longer period of six weeks, we’re delighted that we can welcome even more guests to experience West Midland Safari Park at night, with a magical discovery of lights and illuminations.

Our illumination spectacular gives guests the chance to discover our ‘wild’ range of breath-taking lanterns and explore our walkthrough areas of the Park like never before.  We can’t wait for the fun to begin!

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SPOOKY SPECTACULAR

Join us from 22nd – 30th October 2022 for our frightfully fun Spooky Spectacular event!

We will be brimming with Halloween decorations and hundreds of pumpkins in our impressive Pumpkin Patch.
Our excitable pumpkin-scarecrow character, ‘Patch’, will be returning during half term to greet guests and put on a fantastic show! This year, he has brought some magical pals along with him, including a friendly witch and wizard, cheeky dragons and even a silly skeleton.

Spooky explorers will need to help locate the missing potion ingredients in the free Scratchcard Trail, which have been stolen by some mischievous dragons. If they can find all the items, they will win a special treat!

We also have extended opening hours, so brave explorers can discover dinosaurs and rides in the dark!

PATCH’S SPOOKY MAGIC SHOW!

Join Patch for this 20-minute magic show throughout our Spooky Spectacular! This interactive show includes some fang-tastic magic, eerie spells and lots of spooky fun, ensuring everyone will have a Spooktacular time. 

Every day at: 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.00pm & 3.00pm

Please note that seating is limited and entry to the show will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. The show includes flashing lights.

Full of Halloween fun for the whole family, it’s the perfect way to brighten up the spookiest of seasons…

SPOOKY VR RIDE 

If you go out to the woods today, you’re sure of a spooky surprise…Everything has come to life! Help D.A.S.H. fight the evil FLASH and get back to safety! You’ll encounter ghastly ghouls, petrifying pumpkins and sinister scarecrows, so keep your eyes peeled – you’ll need your wits about you on this spine-tingling journey! Fearsome fun for all the family!

£7.00 per person

OPENING TIMES…

HALF TERM – 22ND – 30TH OCTOBER: 

  • Open from 9.30am – 7.00pm
  • Rides open from 11.00am – 7.00pm
  • Last entry at 3.00pm
  • Safari Drive-through gates close at 3.00pm
  • African Village closes at 4.00pm

 

There will also be some Spooky theming and a Pumpkin Patch in place from 15th October for guests who like to get in the spooky-spirit early!

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SAFARI SUMMER CLUBS

Sign your kids up to take part in our exclusive Safari Summer Clubs during the school holidays!

We’re thrilled to announce that our Safari Summer Clubs are returning this year!

During the school holidays, book your child onto one of our amazing sessions, and leave it with us to give them a day of educational fun!
We have a range of dates with different themes and topics, so young adventurers can choose based on their interests. Clubs are suitable for children aged 8 – 13, depending on the chosen day. 

Clubs will run from 9.00am – 3.30pm in our Safari Academy building and have very limited availability. Early drop-off will be available upon request. 

Children will need to bring their own packed lunches and snacks, but we will provide cold drinks. 

Price per child, per day: £60.00 

HOW TO BOOK
Contact our education team to book your child into one or more sessions! – education@wmsp.co.uk or 01299 404888 (option 1).

 

Annual Pass Holders can benefit from 10% off the session price. 

Annual Pass Bookings T+Cs 

  • The Annual Pass must still be in date at the time of the session/visit. 
  • Either the booker or the child will need a valid Annual Pass, which must be presented upon arrival. 
  • Your Annual Pass member number will also need to be quoted when booking. 

DINOSAURS & REPTILES

Suitable for ages 8-11 years.  Date: & Thursday 4th August  

Be taken on a tour of Land of the Living Dinosaurs to learn about these prehistoric beasts and even get a chance to hunt for fossils in ‘Dino Dig’. You will also get to see some living, cold-blooded creatures with a tour of the Reptile House including a Reptile Show and a close encounter in our outdoor classroom! Then get crafty by helping to make a habitat for a dinosaur using recycled materials.

ROLES OF A ZOOKEEPER  

Dates:

  • Thursday 28th July (Suitable for ages 11-13 years)
  • Friday 29th July, Wednesday 3rd August & Thursday 11th August (Suitable for ages 8-11 years)

Learn about the roles of a zookeeper, including essential cleaning tasks, adding enrichment for the animals and more! Enjoy a tour of the walk-through areas of the Park and watch a fascinating Sea Lion Show! You’ll even get the chance to have an exclusive Q+A session with a Sea Lion Keeper afterwards, plus meet our smaller, friendlier animals close up.

ENDANGERED SPECIES

Dates:

  • Friday 12th August (Suitable for ages 8-11 years) 
  • Wednesday 10th August & Thursday 18th August (Suitable for ages 11-13 years) 

Learn about a range of species we have at the Safari Park that are vulnerable or endangered, including giraffes, rhinos and some of the smaller animals. You’ll also find out about the programmes that are in place to protect them! (Tailored depending on the age booked in). 

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