CBEEBIES favourite Maddie Moate will star at a wildlife festival at Chester Zoo.

The free Wildlife Connections Festival is the zoo's annual celebration of British nature while also featuring live music and activities and will take place at the zoo's free-to-access Nature Reserve.

Taking place from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15, the festival will welcome BAFTA award-winning presenter Maddie who will bring her live performance to the zoo.

Through a show that’s packed with British wildlife stories, quizzes and fun tips, Maddie specialises in inspiring curiosity and wonder in younger audiences.

Wildlife Connections Project Officer at Chester Zoo, Iona Cowell said: “In the last 50 years the UK has lost more than half of its biodiversity. So we want to throw a spotlight on our British wildlife, celebrate our most wonderful creatures, and inspire families to take action - with two days live music and fun activities.

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“Head over to our Actions Arena to find out about the bizarre adaptations of some of our smallest creatures. Help us celebrate them by making your very own slithery-slug-slime.

"Or help out our feathery friends by creating your very own bird feeder; just hang it up in your garden when you get home.

“Then on Sunday afternoon, join us to meet the star of the show, Maddie Moate – and get inspired by the incredible animals all around us.

“Just turn up and join in the fun!”

Conservationists are inviting families to drop-in any time across the two-days of the festival to enjoy the wide range of entertainment.

Visitors will be able to make their own slug slime, become mammal detectives, or learn practical tips on how to attract birds into gardens.

The festival is part of the zoo’s ongoing Wildlife Connections conservation campaign, which aims to help the British public create more wildlife friendly spaces for threatened species.

For the full programme of events visit www.chesterzoo.org/wcfest