ZSL London Zoo will be celebrating the story of one its most famous residents at the Little Creatures family festival this August, with a weekend dedicated to Winnie the bear.
From Friday 29 to Sunday 31 August, the Little Creatures family festival will be marking the centenary of the arrival of the world’s most famous bear, Winnie, at ZSL London Zoo.
A mascot for a Canadian regiment, Winnie was a black bear who was given to ZSL London Zoo at the start of World War One. She was frequently visited at the zoo by author A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose fondness for the bear was immortalised in the classic tales.
Little Creatures guests will enjoy a day out with a difference, with events and activities inspired by A.A. Milne’s children’s books.
While checking out the Winnie the bear exhibition, children will come face-to-face with ZSL London Zoo’s loveable animals including excitable tiger Jae Jae, friendly kangaroos, and sweet-natured donkeys.
Bees, bugs and adventure await explorers of the Woodland Walk, where little ones embark on a trail through wood in search of native wildlife, while over in the owl’s house, children can meet some of the zoo’s wisest residents.
Children can earn their tiger stripes with fun games on the lawn, and then when tummies start rumbling, a visit to the Animal Adventure cafe is a must, where tea and honey will be served to creatures of all sizes.
Encouraged to bring along their favourite teddies to Little Creatures, children and their bears are invited to join the Teddy Bears’ Picnic with prizes including most adventurous bear for their well-travelled companions.
With 17,000 animals to see, craft activities, nature workshops and face painting there’s a packed day of events to keep the whole family amused at Little Creatures at ZSL London Zoo.
If you are a ZSL Member, entry to the Little Creatures family festival is free but must be booked online in advance: