Wiltshire’s Longleat Safari Park will host a year-long program of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of its safari park with events featuring animals, acrobats, dancers, musicians, gymnasts and more. Still one of the UK’s leading wildlife attractions, it was opened to the public in 1966 by the sixth Marquess of Bath. The first of its kind to be created outside of Africa, Longleat, which dates back to 1580, saw animals able to move freely across hundreds of acres of land and interact naturally with each other. The groundbreaking concept of a drive through a safari park proved a hugely popular draw for visitors and began a revolution in zoological collections that spread across the globe. Today the safari park is home to more than 1,250 animals as well
as animatronic dinosaurs and attractions that include everything from a stingray pool to a bat cave. The Gardens of Longleat, designed by Capability Brown, are also worth a look.