On Friday 28th April, we will officially celebrate the opening of our brand-new exhibit, the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament with the assistance of Discworld dignitaries, Rob Wilkins and Stephen Briggs.
The beautifully crafted exhibit has been created in collaboration with the World Owl Trust (WOT) and has been named in honour of the award-winning author, Sir Terry Pratchett due to his well-known love of wildlife and in particular, all species of owl.
To book tickets online in advance to save 15%, visit our bookings page or arrive in Discworld-themed costume on the day to receive a discounted entry rate of £10 per person. A special prize will be awarded on the day to the best dressed visitor!
As well as showcasing a wonderment and diversity of owls from the magical snowy owl to the reputedly wise long-eared owl, the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament will aim to educate and raise awareness of these amazing birds. The display will also provide an interactive space for visitors to learn fascinating facts about Strigiformes – the order in which owls belong.
The Owl Parliament has been created both as a satellite of the WOT’s collection and to recognise Sir Terry’s passion for these mysterious birds of prey. Visitors familiar with the popular Discworld novels will be able to easily recognise a number of the references but with the unique stylizing of these aviaries, everyone exploring the exhibit will be drawn into the mythical and wonderful world of Sir Terry Pratchett.
To celebrate the day, visitors will be invited to attend the official opening ceremony and to explore the unique aviaries for themselves before joining in with plenty of Discworld fun and games throughout the day including, a themed quiz trail, a charity raffle and auction packed full of prizes, educational talks and even a special Q&A session with Rob Wilkins and Stephen Briggs.
Mark Anderson, Birdworld General Manager, commented: “We’re extremely proud to be hosting Discworld Day in honour of the official opening of The Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament at Birdworld.
“The 28th April 2017, marks Sir Terry’s 69th Birthday and to celebrate this special day with an event such as this, we hope will be a fitting tribute to the award-winning author and his memory.
“We are looking forward to being able to showcase such an extraordinary selection of owl species, many of which are threatened with the loss of habitat in the wild and for visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in the mysterious world of Sir Terry Pratchett in the process.”
10.00am – Park Opens. Please take this time to explore the park, get your face painted, answer our Discworld quiz and take a photos with the Birdworld photographer!
12.00pm – Official opening ceremony at the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament with Rob Wilkins and Stephen Briggs which is followed by the Discworld Day Auction.
1.30pm – A Q&A with Rob Wilkins and Stephen Briggs in the Discovery Theatre followed by book signing.
2.30pm – Outdoor flying display at the outdoor arena
3.00pm – Draw of the raffle and best costume award at the outdoor arena
3.30pm – Penguin feeding at Penguin Beach
4.00pm – Owl Prowl at the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament
6.00pm – Park Closes