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Kirkley Hall Zoo picks up What’s on Where award


Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens has won Recreation/Children’s Facility of the year at this year’s What’s on Where awards.

Jenny Cairns, Enterprise and Events Manager at Kirkley Hall collected the award at a recent ceremony at Newton Hall. The awards, which were hosted by Sky Sport’s Ingrid Hagemann, aim to celebrate the best leisure and entertainment facilities in Northumberland.

Jenny said: “We are delighted to have won this year’s Recreation/Children’s Facility of the year. The zoo continues to grow and we have exciting plans to add more things to see and do.”

Kirkley Hall Zoo houses over 200 domestic, exotic, zoological and aquatic species including lemurs, marmosets, tamarins, Goeldi’s monkeys, coatis, capybara, many reptiles and avian species, wallabies, rheas and maras. The zoo is also home to bush dogs which came from Chester zoo as part of an endangered breeding programme. Visitors can also enjoy river and forest trails, picnic areas and fun children’s play areas which make the zoo a fun day out for all the family.

The Kirkley Hall Activity Centre is also popular with all ages, offering a range of adventurous activities including high ropes, zip wire, archery, bushcraft and clay pigeon shooting.

Steven Sykes, Animal Centre Manager at Kirkley Hall said: “We are always adding to our zoo collection. Our latest addition is a pair of rare Emperor Tamarins which arrived in February and are very popular with visitors.”

As well as an award-winning visitor attraction the zoo also provides a realistic learning environment for the Animal Care students who study at the Kirkley Hall campus. 

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