We are very excited to announce the beginning of a whole new chapter in the wild Arena story! Last month we completed the purchase of an amazing property in northern Scotland, ‘Forsinard Lodge’, which will become our new headquarters in the coming months and a base for some amazing new experiences. Over the past 15 years we have spent a lot of time in Scotland, both personally and working with other photographers, such as Neil McIntyre. As a business we feel this is a great development to our offering, and as we are relocating to beautiful Scotland, this will add a new dimension of wilderness experience to what we can offer.

So why Forsinard?

Many of you may not have heard of the area, but this undiscovered gem is a photographer’s paradise. The property, where we will be able to offer accommodation, is sat right next to ‘Forsinard Flows’. an area of outstanding natural beauty, and the home to one of the largest RSPB reserves in the country.  There will be plenty of wildlife, which perhaps you have come to know us for, but this is also a dark sky, northern light area and has breath-taking landscapes. Forsinard lies more to the east than west, but still has majestic mountains nearby, and is close enough to the north coast to be able to easily escape the land for boat adventures, with some amazing coastal nature. As this area is still very much undiscovered, and being off the popular ‘NC500’ route, anytime spent here, will truly be away from the crowds where you can immerse yourself and your photography in a truly wild landscape.

We will be spending the next few months coming up with some great itineraries for weekend and week-long breaks & expeditions, with photography, nature and learning being equally important. Our trips to Scotland have offered many of you the chance to get some great pictures, but also spend time with like-minded photographers, whilst concentrating on nothing else for the duration of a relaxing break. Our guests have always fed back how useful this has been for moving their photography forward, and this really is our hope with this new venture. A great way to learn, in a supportive environment, that will offer some truly fantastic picture opportunities

This is obviously a big change for us, as we have had the privilege of being based within Knowsley Safari Park for the past 10 years. In terms of the business and the activities we offer, this will inevitably evolve, but it is our intention to continue the majority of Wild Arena’s favourite events as outlined below.

Knowsley Safari Park sessions: 

This will continue as normal until the end of May, and then we are planning to refresh these events with some small changes.

Macro Studio (Knowsley):

This will continue as normal until the end of May, and then we are planning to replace these activities with alternative close-up photography sessions at a venue close by.

Woburn Safari Park sessions:

This will remain unchanged until the end of May, but should then continue for the rest of 2022 with potentially some minor changes.

To allay any fears, any dates we have already booked or are advertising for any events will, needless to say, be delivered with our usual care and attention!

Of course, beyond our regular events, we will be launching a range of very exciting trips and activities – perfect for us and our customers!

We hope everyone had a lovely Christmas break and managed to stay safe. To celebrate the New Year we’re offering 10% off all our Bite Size and Workshop events. This discount is available on all bookings until the end of January, on the events listed below

Architecture in the Landscape, Elan Valley
Normally £129 (members price £103.20)

Special price £116.10 (Members price £92.88)

Macro Workshop, Knowsley
Normally £179 (members price £143.20)

Special price £161.10 (Members price £128.88)

Bite Size Frog Photography
Normally £49 (members price £39.20)

Special price £44.10 (Members price £35.28)

Bite Size Harvest Mouse Photography
Normally £49 (members price £39.20)

Special price £44.10 (Members price £35.28)

These great value prices are available on-line (just follow the links), but please feel free to e-mail us at info@wildarena.com or call on 0151 528 6607 if you have any difficulties or special requirements!

Please note this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Happy Christmas everyone from all of us at Wild Arena, we hope you all have a lovely break and we look forward to seeing you in 2022

Our office opening hours over the festive period are:

Open as usual until midday on 24th December (we can do email voucher right up until this time)

Closed from 25th until 2nd January.

Open as usual from 3rd January 2022.

Last minute places available, if your in the area and need your photography fix, then this is a great idea.
Bite Size Harvest Mouse 20% discount 18.12.21
Macro Photography Workshop 20% discount 19.12.21
Just follow the link to book email or call us.

We promised more information about our Black Friday offers and as Friday is looming here are our crazy deals. This will only be available on Friday, but if you do struggle with the website please just email, text or call us.

One to Ones Safari or Macro 25% off!

Workshop, Full Day £399 (Members £319.20)
Black Friday Deal £299.25 (Members £239.40)

Session, Half day £199 (Members £159.20)
Black Friday Deal £149.25 (Members £119.40)

Bite Size, 1.5 hours £99 (Members £79.20)
Black Friday Deal £74.25 (Members £59.40)

This deal is only available on the dated products and not on the vouchers, but if you can’t find a date to suit you, please email, text or call us and we can discuss a date.

12 Week Understanding Creative Photography Course 25% 0ff

£310 (Members £248)
Black Friday Deal £232.50 (Members £186)
Commencing 30.11.21 (Every Tuesday at 7pm except 28th December completing 22nd February 2022)

We currently have some great last minute discounts for some of our events:

Macro Photography Session, Knowsley, 22.10.21

£89 (members £71.20)
Last minute pricing
£71.20 (members £56.96)

Bite Size Harvest Mouse Photography, Knowsley, 01.11.21

£49 (members £39.20)
Last minute pricing
£39.20 (members £31.36)

My New Best Friend is a Flashgun, Online, 28.10.21

£25 (members £20)
Last minute pricing
£20 (members £16)

We love frogs here at Wild Arena and are really pleased to add two more species to our small animal team, Cinnamon Tree Frog and Spiny Bottom Frog. These guys have been settling in over the last few weeks, but they’re now joining the rest of the team and this makes it the perfect time to launch a Bite Size Frog Photography session. 

A whole session devoted to just Frogs and how colourful, diverse and awesome they really are. For more information on our Bite Size Frog Sessions please click here

Summer Update

The safari park has seen some changes over the last year, the wolves have currently moved back up to the safari drive and are looking great in the long grass of the meadow. The youngsters are fully grown, so the pack looks great with Dad showing them how to be Wolves. Kuzma the male Tiger has returned to Banham Zoo where he has been joined by a new female Tiger and Miron has arrived here at Knowsley from Copenhagen Zoo. This very large male Tiger is settling in well and looks amazing in his new surroundings.

If you visited last year some of you may have noticed a change to the White Rhino, with Jazz and Bhinta moving on, to help the breeding programme. Keva and Byami have joined Winnie, Piglet and Meru, plus the males, Sharka and Pembay making up the very large crash.

Last year also saw the Chapmans Zebra depart and new Grevy Zebra arrive. The two stallions are still in a side paddock settling into Safari Park life, but we can’t wait for them to join the other animals on the Africa section of the drive.

The Bushdogs have seen a complete refurbishment of their exhibit and they are loving playing around in their new surroundings, which also gives us much better viewing opportunities.

Our safari park and macro studio 1-2-1 photograph events have been really popular over the last few months. We’ve also had lots of customers coming along with another member of their family, a friend or colleague as an additional attendee on these events. Normally these second (or even third) places are charged at £25, but for August and September we are doing them ABSOLUTELY FREE!

All you need to do is find a ‘photo buddy’ to come along, book an event & schedule a date during August or September and you can get an amazingly good value day of quality photography!

Thank you to everyone who entered our Easter Photography Competition, we were overwhelmed with the response and it was a very difficult decision to pick the winners.

After much deliberation we are please to announce the winners below. Due to the amount of great pictures received, we have added in a Highly Commended image for each category and each winner will receive a £20 Wild Arena voucher.

Category 1 – Nature in Bloom

Winner – Ruth Brotherton

Easter Photography Competition

Runner Up – Carole Kitson

Highly Commended – Clive Foreman

Category 2 – My Lockdown Companion

Winner – Mark Davies

Runner Up – Laura Boothroyd

Highly Commended – Judy Munford

Category 3 – Backyard Safari

Winner – Michael Porter

Runner Up – Clive Foreman

Highly Commended – Carol Kitson

Overall Winner – Micheal Porter

Once again thank you to everyone who took part, we really enjoyed looking through all your images and we hope you all really enjoyed taking them.

For the original list of prizes please click here