Summerfest, The Living Rainforest
Join The Living Rainforest throughout August as they celebrate nature conservation and sustainable living.
Take part in a host of indoor and outdoor activities, including…
- Immerse yourself in our amazing tropical glasshouses with Rainforest Tours and animal feeding sessions
- Enjoy fascinating rainforest plant and animal talks
- Browse the stalls and chat with budding eco-entrepreneurs at our weekly Green Market (every Friday)
- Explore planet-friendly employment opportunities at the Green Jobs & Careers Fair, including opportunities to work with the Living Rainforest and Trust for Sustainable Living (18 August)
- Don’t miss the Sustainable Futures exhibit in the Human Impact Building
- Meet Special Guests and learn about their inspiring personal journeys
- Enjoy outdoor activities including Bug Hunts
- Savour our delicious new Summerfest menu
- Attend a BEE Workshop with a live hive of bees! Learn how to build a pollinator palace.
- Celebrate the opening of our Caiman Exhibit – finally and “officially”… post-Covid! (21 August)
- Get inspired by local conservation efforts and initiatives including the beautiful River Kennet and amazing local moths
- Take the Drawdown Challenge and test your wits to help reduce atmospheric CO2
- and much more
The Living Rainforest
Explore the rainforest without leaving the UK. With over 850 species of plants and animals, you can watch birds, butterflies and lizards roam free in their tropical glasshouses. Go to the Living Rainforest to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a lush tropical rainforest. Their three glasshouses are home to over 850 types of rainforest plants and animals – including rare and endangered species of global conservation val
Their learning resources pages are packed with information about rainforests and sustainable living.
Keeper experiences at The Living Rainforest
Their amazing keeper experiences have proved to be very popular, allowing you to work alongside their keepers as they feed a selection of animals. As you go round, the keepers will tell you all about the animals you are seeing, show you how they look after them and describe what makes them so special. They love answering any of your questions and will work with you to make enrichment items for the animals (enrichment gives animals “brain teasers” and ensures they have lots of interesting things to do).
Wheelchair and buggy users may find it harder than usual going round due to the one-way system. Wherever possible, they would request that buggies be left in our buggy park.
If you require one of their wheelchairs, they can be pre-booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, these are subject to availability and booking is essential to ensure they are suitably sanitised in advance of your visit. They currently have a limited number available due to the new safety measures in place, therefore they recommend booking early.
They only have a small administrative team, so it may take us a little longer than usual to get back to you.
They have implemented a new visit reservation system with two timed visits 9.30 – 12.30 and 1.00 – 4.00
(To help to keep our visitors safe we will be closed each day between 12.30 – 1.00pm to deep clean the premises)
The Living Rainforest