Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo – Coming soon…

Last night my colleague Dave and I attended the Christmas social of the West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce which took place at Chester Zoo. Apart from the fact that it was a good opportunity for networking, we also got a glimpse of Chester Zoo’s upcoming Lantern Magic and the zoo’s manor house. Completely unprepared, I could only take some pictures on my iPhone so the quality isn’t brilliant but I just had to share this wonderful idea.

selfie

On entering we got these very stylish 3D glasses (I took this selfie in the office the next day – I always look sooo stupid with a pair of these…) and were told to look at all the lights. And out of nowhere, with the glasses on, the lights transformed into illuminated shapes of bats. There are other ‘light’ animals throughout the zoo, we just happened to be in the ‘bat part’. They explain how it works on the glasses.

3D glasses

Next up were these beautiful lanterns (some are a bit out of focus, it was just too dark for the iPhone to cope).

tiger

zebra

elephant

giraffe

The animals and me - I'm not very tall but this gives you an idea of the size of the lanterns.

The animals and me – I’m not very tall but this gives you an idea of the lanterns’ size.

They look stunning in the dark.

And finally we got a glimpse of Oakfield Manor, the Victorian mansion and headquarters of the zoo. George Mottershead, the founder of the zoo, bought it for himself and his family in 1930 and made his dream of “a zoo without bars” come true.

We were greeted by some elves with hot drinks that were much needed on this cold and windy evening.

We were greeted by some elves with hot drinks that were much needed on this cold and windy evening.

The original boardroom – George Mottershead developed and managed the zoo from here.

You can hire the venue for weddings as well.

The library – you can hire the venue for weddings as well.

Here’s the flyer for the Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo or visit www.chesterzoo.org for more information.

lantern flyer

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