Kids have a wild time at Candie’s Animal Magic

News | Published:

CANDIE MUSEUM is offering a roaring day out for young people this February half term.

Animal Magic runs daily between 10am and 4pm until Sunday.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year images are on display alongside the animal magic event, which is showcasing Life on Earth.

Access and learning manager Jo Dowding said: ‘Borrowing from London’s Natural History Museum, this exhibition includes some of the best wildlife photography in the world.’

Guernsey is the only Channel Island to display the exhibition.

‘There’s a real mix – some are funny, others are serious or thought provoking,’ she said.

‘Some were taken by children under 10 or aged 11 to 14.’

Animal Magic has been a popular exhibition for years.

‘We feel passionate about inviting children to museums and galleries so they can be ambassadors for the arts in future,’ Ms Dowding said.


For the first time, prizes are available for visitors dressed as an animal.

Animal-themed classic animations are shown daily at 10.30am and 2pm in the recently-refurbished theatre.

Visitors can make animal masks, do animal-themed quizzes and a wildlife trail activity.

‘Trails draw attention to different animals and we have toys of animals in the exhibition that children can take while exploring.’


Inspired by Bletchley Park, code-breaking activities are available in the discovery room with an enigma machine made by Marcel Le Normand for Candie Museum.

Jenny Jane James, 6, said: ‘It’s really good down here.

‘I used trail sheets to find where animals come from, saw what it was like in the past and got to be a spy after reading the instructions.’

Finley Sargent, also 6, said: ‘I was doing some codes and looked at all the animals.

‘Penguins are my favourite, I didn’t know about them until coming here.

‘I like going to museums, they’re interesting and fun.’

n Admission is free with a Discovery Pass, or £6.50 for adults, £2 for children and students, and free for children under 7. Call 726518 or pop in to view listings.

Emily Hubert

By Emily Hubert
News reporter


Top Stories


More from the Guernsey Press

UK & International News