UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to the appalling weather in the weeks leading up to Open Day, we were forced to cancel this years event. We hope to be back with an even bigger and better event in 2017!
The Wildlife Aid Foundation is pleased to announce that our annual Open Day will be held this year on Sunday 19th June.
Open Day is our biggest fundraising event of the year, and helps us to meet the ever-increasing costs of keeping the centre running. It also gives us the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to everyone that has been supported us over the past year, and hopefully meet some new supporters who will help us with our valuable work.
The day also provides a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the work of one of the UK’s leading wildlife hospitals, and to meet some of our volunteers and talk to them about their experiences of looking after sick and injured wildlife.
Admission to Open Day is £10 per car up to 4 people (£2.50 per extra person) or £2.50 per person on foot. We have unlimited parking in the field on Springfield Drive next to the hospital, kindly donated for the day by KBR Leatherhead. Foot passengers are just a short walk from Leatherhead Town centre & British Rail station.
We would respectfully request that visitors do not park in the crematorium; as it is Father’s Day there will be many people visiting their loved ones who have passed away and spending quiet time, so parking will be required for their cars.
The day runs from 10 am until 5pm with the last admission to the car park at 4pm
Tickets for Hospital Tours are available to buy on the day on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours start at 10.10am and at then at 10 minute intervals throughout the day, with the last tour at 3.50pm. See section ‘Booking Tickets’ below for more details.
Fun & Games
Our founder, Simon Cowell, very kindly gives us his garden for the day, so that we can offer a fun and entertaining day for all the family…. With stalls and activities for young and old alike, you can enjoy a tombola, arts & crafts, photography and much more. There are plenty of activities for the children, from a drawing competition to a memory games, and plenty more besides, your youngsters will not know where to start… and some of the parents might like to join in as well!
Eating & Drinking
There’s lots to eat and drink too, with our food stalls and bar, tea and coffee, ice creams and stalls selling cakes, biscuits, jams and preserves…you won’t go hungry!
Buying tickets on the day: tickets for morning tours (10.10am – 12.50pm) will be on sale from 10am. Tickets for afternoon tours (1.30pm – 3.30pm) will be on sale from 12.30pm. There will be a queuing only system after 3.30pm for anyone unable to get into a scheduled tour. We hope this makes it as fair as possible for everyone, given the limited space for showing people around.
Tickets are just £2.50 each and under 5’s go in for free.
Helping us get ready
In preparation for Open Day we are looking for donations for some of the various stalls and activities:• Prizes for the Tombola: bottles of wine, unwanted gifts, anything new that will make a good prize please
• Good quality Bric-A-Brac • Good quality books
• People to make cakes • Home-made crafts
• People to donate plants – either home grown or maybe chat up your local garden centre?!!
• Kids toys & games – new only please If you can help with anything on the list then please drop your donations into the centre anytime between 9am and 6pm, 7 days a week. Thank you!!
Spread the word!
A poster is attached to download, so please do display it in local schools, libraries, workplaces and let everyone know!
If the weather dictates that we need to move or cancel Open Day then we will give as much notice as possible. Please do keep checking this website for updates as we get nearer to the event.