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Wildlife & Nature Event, Fri 20 Oct 2017, £14.50

Gerry and Lee at Jersey Zoo in the 1980s

Gerry and Lee at Jersey Zoo in the 1980s

Gerry and Lee at Jersey Zoo in the 1980s


The Cut Box Office

0300 3033211


8 New Cut,
IP19 8BY


Meet Lee Durrell, eminent zoologist, author and conservationist, to hear her talk of adventures in the wild, Jersey Zoo and, of course, her late husband Gerald Durrell.

Gerald Durrell was a wildlife conservationist who became a household name through the hilarious tales told in My Family and Other Animals. The Durrells moved to Corfu to escape the grey skies of England, and their unconventional life on the Greek island in the 1930s are coloured by the menagerie of local creatures who took over their family home.

The real characters in Gerry’s early life read as if they were conjured up by Roald Dahl’s wildest imaginings, from his pompous older brother Larry to their taxi driver and mentor Spiros Americanos, Quasimodo the walking pigeon and Achilles the tortoise.

It was some beginning for the naturalist Gerry was to become, and the family’s menagerie foreshadowed the collection of animals he amassed as an adult, eventually founding the Jersey Zoological Park. His zoo became the platform of numerous conservation projects around the world, and many of his subsequent missions are chronicled in his numerous books.

Lee will be speaking at the Halesworth Arts Festival about Gerry’s extraordinary life, starting with his famous childhood and moving on to the incredible life he went on to have, dedicated to saving wildlife.

Join us for a unique opportunity to hear about the life of one of the world’s most celebrated conservationists from his wife and successor, Lee Durrell.

All profits from ticket sales will go towards wildlife conservation charity World Land Trust.

Credit cards accepted (with charge)On-site light refreshments

Children welcomeDisabled access

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Dates Times
Fri 20 Oct 2017 19:30


Book for 3 or more events at the Halesworth Arts Festival and get a 15% discount off the total ticket price.

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Map reference: TM 387777  Lat: 52.34536 Long: 1.50310

Walking :
The Cut is a two minute walk from the Halesworth train station and bus stops for Norwich, Southwold, Aldeburgh, Bungay and Beccles are located on Norwich Road/Saxon's Way.

By Road :
If coming by car please use the main town car park, which is a 3 minute walk away and is free after 6pm.

There is resident only parking in New Cut and Station Road.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Halesworth station


  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access