Chester Zoo has kickstarted this year’s summer holidays today by renaming St Peter’s Square Metrolink station as ‘St Cheetah’s Square’. Working with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), the conservation zoo has transformed one of Manchester’s biggest Metrolink stations to highlight the immersive experience visitors get from a day out at Chester Zoo.
Families and commuters will be treated to a slice of Chester Zoo magic, including face painting, giveaways and competitions to win free family tickets to the zoo, at a special launch day at the newly named ‘St Cheetah’s Square,’ which will also feature a special fully wrapped Chester Zoo tram. Chester Zoo has been open since 1931 and is home to over 27,000 animals, plus it’s only a hour’s drive away from the Manchester city centre.
Anna Barker, Senior Marketing Manager at Chester Zoo, said: “Chester Zoo is a special place for so many. It’s a place where visitors get close to wildlife, where family and friends connect, where lifelong memories are created and where a passion for nature is ignited.
“But the zoo is more than a great day out, we’re a world leading conservation zoo, and every single visitor is helping to fund our conservation work, here in the UK and all around the world. The teams across Love Sugar Science and TfGM have done an incredible job of bringing the wonder of the zoo to life in environments you don’t expect to meet it.”
Danny Vaughan, TfGM’s Head of Metrolink, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Chester Zoo and partners to deliver this impressive and immersive transformation of one of our busiest Metrolink stops, as well as a wrapped tram that has taken a walk on the wild side. There will be plenty of activities for children and their families to get their teeth into at St Cheetah’s Square, and I hope everyone who visits the stop on the day enjoys themselves.”
Chester Zoo is an hour’s drive away from the Manchester city centre and can also be accessed via public transport (train to Chester followed by a bus) taking around 1 hour and 40 minutes.