Animal lovers can say 'I do' at Twycross Zoo

Animal lovers can say 'I do' at Twycross ZooAnimal magnetism of a different kind is coming to Twycross Zoo, as this popular tourist attraction has become a licensed wedding venue - the first zoo to do so in the Midlands.

Couples can tie the knot in a special room overlooking an enclosure of exotic waterbirds, now the zoo has been granted permission to become an approved premises for marriages and civil partnerships by Leicestershire County Council.

Situated in the zoo's award-winning Himalaya centre, Windows On The Wild is a contemporary, New England themed room for up to 100 guests, featuring panoramic views of the wading birds aviary.

The zoo also offers wedding reception facilities and is a popular choice for conferences and parties, so it has plenty of experience of catering for its human guests.

Byron Rhodes, Leicestershire County Council Lead Member for Regulatory Services, said: "Lovebirds looking for a unique venue for their special day can now consider Twycross Zoo as an option."

Rob Bracken, Commerical Director of Twycross Zoo said: “We’re all very excited at the prospect of holding ceremonies and welcoming our first bride & groom in Autumn The unique setting, and our dedicated team, will ensure couples and their guests go away with amazing memories that will last a lifetime."

"What’s more, all profits from weddings go directly towards Twycross Zoo’s animals and conservation projects so couples who hold their wedding here will be helping some fantastic causes.”

The County Council has licensed over 60 other venues in Leicestershire to hold civil ceremonies include prestigious buildings, hotels and restaurants. Businesses interested in applying for a civil ceremonies premises licence of their own should contact the council's Registration Service for details.