The ultimate challenge will be straight out of television’s ‘I’m a Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here’ with visitors putting their hands into three boxes to find coins hidden beneath the insects lurking inside.
For those who are too squeamish to touch – the wide range of reptile and insect species from spiders to snakes will be safely behind glass screens to see from a distance and there are a host of more cuddly residents to meet from rabbits to mice.
The Halloween theme continues with the chance to find out about the natural habitat of bats and, with thoughts turning to Bonfire Night, learn more about the dangers facing hedgehogs at this time of year – particularly those who nestle in wood piles ready for hibernation.
Activities will include reptile handling sessions, feeding the meerkats, porcupine and goats, meeting some of the latest arrivals at Broomfield Hall including the wallabies, face painting, craft activities
Broomfield Hall’s plant centre will be open selling pumpkins alongside seasonal plants and there will be stalls from local charities including RSPB, Cats Protection and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Derby College Animal Care lecturer Jonathan Taylor explained: “The Animal Care students work with a wide range of insects, reptiles, animals and birds as part of their study programmes and the family open day is a great opportunity to meet some of them.
“The creepy crawly experience will get everyone in the Halloween mood but there are lots of far more cuddly animals to meet and learn more about so everyone is welcome – from the adventurous to the more squeamish!”
Entrance is £3 for adults and £1 for children (cash only) and, for more information visit www.derby-college.ac.uk or http://www.derby-college.ac.uk/animal-unit