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Record-breaking Bank Holiday fun at The Living Rainforest

Visitors to The Living Rainforest at Hampstead Norreys near Newbury can banish Bank Holiday boredom by experiencing environmental ‘firsts’ over the long weekend.

The ecological visitor centre is presently celebrating the birth of the latest member of its family of Goeldi’s monkeys as well as the rare flowering of the Jade Vine leaf plant.

Bailey, the baby monkey, is the eighth in a line of consecutive males – a world record. The Jade Vine plant, which features 17 colourful flower ‘spikes’ at differing stages of development, has flowered for the first time in three years.

“It’s celebration time at The Living Rainforest,” said , director. “Bank Holidays are always great but this Bank Holiday, the last until August, promises to be extra special for visitors and staff.”

The attraction also offers visitors the chance to ‘meet the animals’ in an educational interactive session that brings them face-to-face with some of the planet’s most unusual creatures. In addition, children will also be able to enjoy the newly-opened outdoor play area.

The Living Rainforest is also running a ‘toucan sculpture’ art workshop which allows children of all ages to make sculptures of one of the rainforest’s most distinctive creatures.

Local photographer Lou Spence is also present, exhibiting a slide show on the theme of ‘man and nature’ as part of the ‘Open Studios’ season.

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