Gandalf's Quest

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Christmas at Blackpool Zoo will be a celebration of penguins – or one penguin in particular!

Gandalf was born last year and hand reared, mainly by Lynsey, and has since become as besotted with her as she is with him. Now he’s growing up, she thinks it’s time for him to find a new BFF. In his quest to find his friend, Gandalf has been learning about some of the other animals and birds in the Zoo and wants to share his new-found knowledge with you.

So, if you’re visiting on the 13th or 14th December, you can sign up (for a small donation to a penguin conservation charity) to Gandalf’s Frosty Friends Tour. The tour will take in five species which have adapted to colder climates in their natural habitats and will end at the reindeer enclosure, where you will have a chance to feed Santa's sleigh team!

The tour is only available to book on the day and the first one will commence from the Lake View Café at 11.00 am.

Follow Gandalf’s Quest on our Facebook page and try to solve the clues to guess who he’s meeting next! We'll also be running competitions, where you can win the chance to come and meet Gandalf himself or win a family membership for 2015!


Facebook Competition Details
Have you got a soft toy best friend? Share a photo and your soft toy’s story with us and you could win a family ticket to the zoo and an exclusive chance to meet Gandalf himself. Your soft toy story could be anything - how you met, an adventure you've been on together... anything! 

Competition Terms and Conditions
Photos and soft toy stories can be shared with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email (
Deadline for entries is December 4th at 12 noon.
Staff from the zoo will choose the top three entries. These three will be posted to our Facebook page for a public vote between December 5th and December 8th.
The winner will be the story which gets the most likes on Facebook during the public vote.
The prize on offer is a family ticket (max 2 adults and 2 children) and a chance to meet Gandalf in person. This prize MUST be redeemed no later than December 18th 2014.
The prize cannot be claimed by anyone under the age of 16 without supervision from a parent or guardian. Parents or guardians may enter a story on behalf of anyone under the age of 13. 
By entering you agree that you are willing to have your photograph taken during the experience, and that this photograph may be shared online by Blackpool Zoo as part of the Gandalf’s Quest campaign.