5 December 2007

Festive Fun at the Frost Fair!

Last week Jenny and I were lucky enough to be invited to an opening night at Chester Zoo. This is the second year of the Frost Fair, which has proved very popular over the winter period. It is such an innovative way of attracting people all year round. The zoo has already had a good year with record breaking visitor numbers and the Frost Fair is sure to sustain that popularity.

I had fully prepared for the evening by wrapping up in my woolly hat and scarf. Walking up to the entrance of the zoo, I could see it had been transformed into a Winter Wonderland. There were twinkling lights to guide us to the entrance and as we walked through the gates we even got a blast of snow to get us in the mood. It looks so magical when you first walk through, not like the Chester Zoo I'm used to.

Robin Cousins was the special guest for the evening and he declared the Frost Fair open. Unfortunately there was no ice skating display from himself but we were able to see some of the skaters from Deeside Ice Rink show off their skills. Jenny and I decided we wouldn't showcase our skating skills that evening, so we went exploring to see what else the Frost Fair had to offer.

As you can see from the picture, we came across some interesting characters on our travels. There was so much to see and it is an excellent attraction for families. There was a carousel, face painting, Santa's Grotto, mulled wine, mince pies and you can even go and see the Asian Elephants getting ready for bed! The shop is still open late into the evening, so we took the opportunity to find some unusual Christmas gifts.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the Frost Fair, and we were full of festive spirit by the time we had to leave. I can't wait to return and enjoy it with my family and I may even risk a spin on the ice this time. Why not take your family along as a Christmas treat?

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