There's nothing like a bit of poetry to lift the soul and please the senses. In celebration of National Poetry Day (October 2nd), the prestigious London Zoo is hosting its first ever annual poetry weekend that will see nature explored through the power of words.
Visitors will be able to roam the venue's specially prepared poetry trail in an event that will prove simply perfect for both poetry lovers and creature enthusiasts. There will be readings, animal-inspired workshops, fun challenges and even an official poetry competition for those who fancy themselves as the next Wordsworth or Coleridge.
Among the highlights on the poetry trail include the spot where author and poetry lover AA Milne became inspired to write Winnie the Pooh, the much beloved bear who adores his honey perhaps a little bit too much.
Other spots include where Edward Lear came up with one of the most universally loved poems of all times - The Owl and the Pussycat.
The weekend will also feature ticketed lunchtime readings on the natural world and animalistic behaviours from some of the country’s most brilliant and daring poets. Held in the prestigious and atmospheric ZSL Library, these little events will prove perfect for aficionados and poetry lovers alike.
William Blake's The Tyger and Roald Dahl's The Anteater are among those delightful pieces to be read out, with the full programme making for an invigorating selection for both adults and children.
Particularly well catered for are students, particularly those studying English, with a number of specially designed events that would perfectly suit those studying prose and literature.
London Zoo's poetry weekend will take place from October 3rd until the 5th and caters to groups of friends, family and school parties.