We’ve been eagerly anticipating the Nativity plays here at Noah’s Ark in Bristol for a long time now, but we’re pleased to say that the time of year is finally upon us! Around the country, the nativity play is one of those moments when time stands still, and families celebrate together with this traditional, magical production.
Our Nativity plays have been hugely popular with families for many years now, not least because they feature live animals and a real baby! This year, our Nativity plays take place on two Saturdays in December: the 13th and 20th. What’s more, there’s no charge for watching the Nativity plays – the zoo is open as normal and the productions are included in the price for paying visitors.
Our opening hours on the 13th and 20th December are 10.30am – 4pm, with doors opening to the Ark Arena at 2pm. Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis, so don’t be late!
This Saturday (13th) will see the production of ‘The Bossy King’, performed by 90 children from Whitchurch Primary School. Next Saturday (20th) the doors of the Ark Arena will open for ‘The Nativity: The Animals’ Tail’ by Portishead Young Players; a youth theatre company attached to the main Portishead Players for 10-18-year-olds. The story is a unique version of the beloved Christmas tale but is told through the eyes of the unsung heroes: the animals!
Of course, you’ll get the chance to meet many animals whilst visiting Noah’s Ark, but you’ll be pleased to know that the Christmas theme continues with a meet-and-greet session with our magical reindeer (Rocky, Roxie, Ronnie, Regan and Renee) just before the doors open to the Ark Arena. Little ones and adults alike will love getting up close to these wonderful animals, even though there’s not a red nose in sight!
As well as Nativity plays, ‘tis also the season of generosity. We are offering a 20% discount throughout December and January on all day ticket admission (this excludes Season Tickets, Jungle Tots and non-school groups). So there’s no excuse not to come and see our amazing animals before and after Christmas this year.
If you’re looking for a perfect and unique gift this Christmas, look no further; Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm gift shop has an array of present ideas – from toys and books to woolly hats and jumpers. If you are stuck for ideas for an indecisive friend or family member, surprise them with adopting an animal – a thoughtful and precious gift for any animal lover out there. Similarly, our unique Zoo Keeper Experiences make the perfect present – from elephants, lions and tigers to reptiles and birds, allow them to spend some quality time with the animal they love for a truly memorable Christmas gift.