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Longleat offers bubble wrapped cars

Longleat offers bubble-wrapped vehicles Credit: Longleat Safari Park

Longleat is to offer visitors to the safari park the option of having their cars bubble-wrapped to protect them from their infamous troop of car-mad monkeys.

The Wiltshire attraction will be offering the special service to motorists before they enter the monkey ‘Drive-Thru’.

It will be available as an additional charged option with drivers pulling in to a designated wrap zone where staff will be on hand to carefully cover their vehicles with protective plastic.

On exiting the Safari Park it will be removed and recycled.

Longleat offers bubble-wrapped vehicles Credit: Longleat Safari Park

The vast majority of our visitors love the experience of driving through our monkey enclosure, and getting the opportunity to enjoy their antics at extremely close quarters.

However some drivers are put off by the prospect of having their car covered in the highly-curious and, occasionally, slightly destructive simians.

The bubble wrap will provide them with extra security and the confidence to brave the drive-thru safe in the knowledge their prized vehicle will remain untouched.

– Paolo Flirs, Longleat’s customer services assistant
Longleat offers bubble-wrapped vehicles Credit: Longleat Safari Park

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Lanterns of Longleat are up for auction

19 of Longleat's animal-themed lanterns are going up for auction Credit: ITV News

Giant Chinese lanterns that lit up Longleat this winter are to be auctioned for charity.

150,000 people came to see the illuminated designs at the Wiltshire estate. Some will be kept for next Christmas but 19 animal-themed creations will be sold to raise money for Tusk, the Duke of Cambridge's African wildlife conservation charity.

The online sale runs until 11 February. You can find out more here.

Longleat: train won't run until 'thorough investigation' is carried out

Train derails at Longleat

Longleat Safari Park has released a statement following the derailment of their minature train.

This is the second time the train has come off the rails in three months. The train will not run while a thorough investigation is carried out.

At approximately 11.30hrs Sunday, while a train on the miniature railway was reversing back towards the station, the rear bogie of the last carriage became detached from the track. The train was travelling at a very low speed. The carriage remained upright.

All the passengers on board the train were safely taken off and were escorted away by Longleat staff. There were no injuries to passengers or staff. As a precaution, the train will not be running while a thorough investigation is carried out, although Longleat are confident there are no technical issues with the train or the track.

The train was operating during a private event and Longleat have been in full communication with the event organisers.

– Longleat

Train derails at Longleat for second time in three months

Miniature train derails at Longleat Credit: SWNS

A miniature train at Longleat safari park in Wiltshire has partially derailed for the second time in three months as it carried children to Santa's grotto.

The accident happened at around 11.30 yesterday morning, while the train was reversing back towards the station. Managers at Longleat say all passengers were led to safety and no one was hurt.

In August five people were injured when two carriages of the same train - then called the Jungle Express - derailed. After that incident, a spokesperson from the park promised a 'thorough investigation into what caused the incident'.

Passengers walked back to the station following the incident Credit: SWNS
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