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Celebrate the history of Belle Vue Zoo at Gorton Monastery this weekend
Thursday 14th March 2019 @ 15:45 by Tom Greggan
Gorton & Openshaw News Tameside

Gorton Monastery is celebrating the history of Belle Vue Zoo this weekend and you’re invited to go along and reminisce.

Once known as the ‘Showground of the World’, Belle Vue was one of the most famous attractions in the North West, attracting around two million visitors a year in its heyday and covering 165 acres.

Over itys 141 year history, Belle Vue expanded to include a world renowned zoo, amusement park, grand ballroom, large scale firework displays, speedway and an international circus.

Belle Vue attracted around two million visitors per year in its heyday.

Sadly, the zoo closed in September 1977, with the circus and most of the remaining site following suit in 1982.

This weekend’s event at The Monastery offers visitors the opportunity to celebrate the glory days of Belle Vue zoo and amusement park with two days of talks, performances, film screenings, memorabilia and heritage stalls.

Throughout the event, families will be able to take part in a number of activities such as The Curiosity Barrow and Potion Making from Professor Jigget. Children’s author Jane Kerr will reveal the true stories behind her Belle Vue Adventure books and there will be storytelling on a Belle Vue heritage bus.

There’ll also be face painting, Victorian dress-up, traditional games and family trails!

The event is free to attend and runs from 11am-4pm on Sunday 17th and Monday 18th March. Drinks and refreshments will be available from the Victorian Pantry and Welcome Wing café throughout the event.