Members of the local U3A branch have drawn attention to a special Xmas offer for OAPs that might be of interest.
Somerset zoo farm to welcome OAPs for free to combat loneliness
People over 70 will be able to visit the attraction for free during December
A Somerset zoo-farm is offering free entry to OAPs during December – to help combat loneliness. Over 70s will be able to visit Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall from December 1-21 to help support older people who may feel lonely this time of year.
This will be the third year the zoo farm is offering the free entry offer. It is hoped the move will encourage visitors to reach out to older relatives, friends or neighbours and to bring them along to visit the zoo together.
The zoo’s initiative was inspired by the Age UK campaign to help make Christmas a little brighter for a lonely older person. According to the charity almost 1.5 million people feel lonelier at Christmas than at any other time of year.
Noah’s Ark managing director Larry Bush said: “We are committed to welcoming and including all members of our community here at Noah’s Ark and we are looking forward to seeing lots of guests at this special time of year. We are hoping that this offer encourages those who aren’t normally able to visit us to come and enjoy a warm festive welcome and spend time with friends and family.”
As a result of the huge increase in heating costs, the zoo has created a designated warm space for December in the Food Barn. This area will be kept warm for visitors with special winter warmer meals cooked by head chef Gary.
These winter warmers will include hot soups and classic favourites such as shepherd’s pie at discounted prices for pensioners.