After the recent announcement regarding photography studio’s and then the change to allow the reopening of Zoo’s and Safari Parks, we can now welcome you back.

We have made significant changes to the way we work and to our studio, for a full breakdown of this please follow the link here for our Guest roadmap.

We will only currently be running one to one events which you can find by clicking here and more will be added in the next few days. As the majority of our workshops involve vehicles these are still currently on hold but we will keep you updated.

Just like many other businesses, We have obviously had a quiet 8 weeks or so following the ‘lock down’ guidance of the UK government. Fortunately the overall situation seems be be steadily improving and yesterday the government suggested, all being well, photography studios together with all retail stores and other ancillary activities should be able to re-open on June 15th. Needless to say there will still be restrictions and social distancing guidelines in place to make this safe, but, for us, it is welcome news of the prospect of starting to see customers again.

Whilst the situation continues to be dynamic, our intention is to re-open on a limited basis on June 15th, assuming this fully complies with the government advice at that time. Initially the plan is to open with 1-2-1’s and new events, but essentially only having a group size of just 1 customer at a time (or up to 2 guests, providing they are members of the same household). It is also fair to say this will depend on Knowsley Safari Park (within which we are based) also being re-opened for business.

It is also very important to note that we are working on a whole range of measures to ensure this can happen with our customers safety being paramount. Our studio, meeting room, vehicles and bathroom facilities have all been adapted to allow for social distancing and high levels of virus protection. Initially this will be made easier by limiting our activities to only 1 guide and 1 customer for each event.

It is our plan to keep everyone updated via e-mail, social media and the website with more details as this date approaches but fingers crossed we will get the green light to take bookings from June 15th. Watch this space!

Following the Government’s further extension to the lockdown we are now postponing events scheduled for June 2020.  We are very much hoping that the 4th July will see a restart but we will obviously keep a close eye on developments as they happen, and respond accordingly.

All Wild Arena Events – Updated (13.05.20)

In light of the Governments requirement for continued social distancing we have now postponed all events at all venues until the end of June.  We are aware that this may cause disappointment and complications and we therefore have scheduled further alternative dates in July and August to provide customers with alternatives, for events at Knowsley Safari Park and Wild Arena.  Unfortunately Woburn Safari Park are currently not open and so we are not going to be able to get any additional dates agreed until they do reopen, we have however, requested extra dates for July and August to provide customers with alternatives.  

Wild Arena & Covid 19 – 24th March 2020

Following the Government statement yesterday (23rd March 2020) and the constantly evolving advice we are receiving, we have now modified our business operation plans for the next 6 weeks (17/03/20 – 30/04/20).

Events at Wild Arena and Knowsley Safari Park. – Updated (24.03.20)

In light of the Governments requirement for complete social isolation for the next 3 weeks we have now also postponed all events held at both Wild Arena and Knowsley Safari Park until 30/04/20.  We are aware that this may cause disappointment and complications and we will as soon as we are able schedule further alternative dates in May, June, July and September to provide customers with alternatives.

All customers affected by these changes will be contacted directly as quickly as possible.

Events at Woburn Safari Park.

Following conversations with our colleagues at Woburn and in light of Woburn’s relative proximity to London, we have decided to postpone all dates that have been scheduled during the above period. We are aware that this may cause disappointment and complications and we are in the process of scheduling an unprecedented number of alternative weekend dates in May, June and September to provide customers with alternatives.

All customers affected by these changes will be contacted directly as quickly as possible.

Events at other locations. – Updated (24.03.20)

As per the Government instructions for complete social isolation we will now be postponing all other events until 30/04/20.

All customers affected by these changes will be contracted directly as quickly as possible for alternative dates to be arranged.

In summary if you have not been contacted directly to advise of your event needing to be postponed it should still be running. Again, any customers who have concerns about this can contact us to discuss these arrangements.

We will obviously continue to monitor the latest Government health advice and may update these arrangements in the coming weeks as necessary.

Ongoing precautions at Wild Arena.

Our guides:

We will of course be monitoring our guides for any signs of the virus and removing and isolating them and other guides they have had contact with, should the need arise. We do run tours but currently none of our guides have been out of the country in the last 4 weeks.

Vehicle Based Workshops:

Tissues will be available for all customers.  Each vehicle will have a lidded rubbish bin within it for the disposal of used tissues, which will be emptied between each event.  Each vehicle will also have a supply of hand sanitiser fluid for customers to use as appropriate.  Each vehicle will also have a supply of disinfectant wipes (biodegradable where possible) for customers to use if they wish. Please also wear appropriate outdoor/warm clothing as the vehicle windows will be open for as much of the time as possible.

We will disinfect all regularly used surfaces between events.

Studio Based Workshops:

Tissues will be available for all customers.  The studio is equipped with a lidded rubbish bin for the disposal of used tissues, which will be emptied between each event.  There will also be a supply of hand sanitiser fluid available in the studio for customers to use as appropriate.  There are also hand washing facilities available in the W.C.

We will disinfect all regularly used surfaces between each use of the studio.

Wild Arena & Covid 19 – 17th March 2020

Following the Government statement yesterday (16th March 2020) and the constantly evolving advice we are receiving, we have now modified our business operation plans for the next 6 weeks (17/03/20 – 30/04/20).

Events at Wild Arena and Knowsley Safari Park.

Events at either Knowsley Safari Park or located with us at our base at Park Farm, will still run in this period. However, customers who have concerns about this can contact us to discuss potentially postponing their booking. We believe the combination of very small groups, largely working outside and the provision of other precautionary measures (as listed below) should make these activities low risk.

Events at Woburn Safari Park.

Following conversations with our colleagues at Woburn and in light of Woburn’s relative proximity to London, we have decided to postpone all dates that have been scheduled during the above period. We are aware that this may cause disappointment and complications and we are in the process of scheduling an unprecedented number of alternative weekend dates in May, June and September to provide customers with alternatives.

All customers affected by these changes will be contacted directly as quickly as possible.

Events at other locations.

The majority of other scheduled events are with small groups and are working outside, so we believe we can still facilitate these events responsibly using the precautionary measures listed below. However, any customers that are booked on events that might be effected, will be contacted directly by us in the coming days.

In summary if you have not been contacted directly to advise of your event needing to be postponed it should still be running. Again, any customers who have concerns about this can contact us to discuss these arrangements.

We will obviously continue to monitor the latest Government health advice and may update these arrangements in the coming weeks as necessary.

Ongoing precautions at Wild Arena.

Our guides:

We will of course be monitoring our guides for any signs of the virus and removing and isolating them and other guides they have had contact with, should the need arise. We do run tours but currently none of our guides have been out of the country in the last 3 weeks.

Vehicle Based Workshops:

Tissues will be available for all customers.  Each vehicle will have a lidded rubbish bin within it for the disposal of used tissues, which will be emptied between each event.  Each vehicle will also have a supply of hand sanitiser fluid for customers to use as appropriate.  Each vehicle will also have a supply of disinfectant wipes (biodegradable where possible) for customers to use if they wish. Please also wear clothing as the vehicle windows will be open for as much as possible.

We will disinfect all regularly used surfaces between events.

Studio Based Workshops:

Tissues will be available for all customers.  The studio is equipped with a lidded rubbish bin for the disposal of used tissues, which will be emptied between each event.  There will also be a supply of hand sanitiser fluid available in the studio for customers to use as appropriate.  There are also hand washing facilities available in the W.C.

We will disinfect all regularly used surfaces between each use of the studio.

We realise many of you may be worried and concerned about the Covid19 virus and how this affects any events you may be attending. We are of course monitoring the situation and will keep you updated if any of the information from the government regarding what we can or should do, changes.
Below we have pulled together some information from Public Health England, for you along with our plans of how to minimise any risks, but please do be reassured our events are very small, with our largest group numbers being 10 and the majority or our events being held outside of city centres in isolated areas.
What we at Wild Arena are doing
There is currently no advice requiring the cancellation of group events, and as our group events are exceptionally small, our terms and conditions currently remain unchanged.  Obviously, we will keep you up to date with the current advice from Public Health England and the Government and advise all customers if any action is required.  In the meantime, we are putting some measures in place to reduce the risks of any virus being spread between customers. So unless you here from us the event will go ahead as planned.
 
Our guides
We will of course be monitoring our guides for any signs of the virus and removing and isolating them and other guides they have had contact with, should the need arise. We do run tours but currently none of our guides have been out of the country in the last 3 weeks.
 
Vehicle Based Workshops:
Tissues will be available for all customers.  Each vehicle will have a lidded rubbish bin within it for the disposal of used tissues, which will be emptied between each event.  Each vehicle will also have a supply of hand sanitiser fluid for customers to use as appropriate.  Each vehicle will also have a supply of disinfectant wipes (biodegradable where possible) for customers to use if they wish.
 
We will disinfect all regularly used surfaces between events.
 
Studio Based Workshops:
Tissues will be available for all customers.  The studio is equipped with a lidded rubbish bin for the disposal of used tissues, which will be emptied between each event.  There will also be a supply of hand sanitiser fluid available in the studio for customers to use as appropriate.  There are also hand washing facilities available in the W.C.
 
We will disinfect all regularly used surfaces between each use of the studio. 
 
Information about the virus
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.
 
The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 to 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected.
 
Signs and symptoms of COVID-19
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
·     – cough
·     – difficulty in breathing
·     – fever
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
 
How COVID-19 is spread
From what we know about other coronaviruses, spread of COVID-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres or less) with an infected person. 
 
It is likely that the risk increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person.
 
Respiratory secretions produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes containing the virus are most likely to be the main means of transmission.
 
There are 2 main routes by which people can spread COVID-19:
·     – infection can be spread to people who are nearby (within 2 metres) or possibly could be inhaled into the lungs.
·     – it is also possible that someone may become infected by touching a surface, object or the hand of an infected person that has been contaminated with respiratory secretions and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes (such as touching doorknob or shaking hands then touching own face)
There is currently little evidence that people who are without symptoms are infectious to others.
 
Preventing spread of infection
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
 
Public Health England (PHE) recommends that the following general cold and flu precautions are taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:
·     – cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
·     – put used tissues in the bin straight away
·     – wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. See hand washing guidance
·     – try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
·     – clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
·     – do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.
 
Further information is available on the PHE blog and NHS.UK.
 
Face masks for the general public are not recommended to protect from infection, as there is no evidence of benefit from their use outside healthcare environments.
 
People who have returned from Hubei Province, including Wuhan, in the last 14 days should self-isolate whether they have symptoms or not. This includes avoiding attending an education setting or work until 14 days after they leave Hubei Province.
 
People who have returned from Hubei Province, including Wuhan, in the last 14 days should avoid attending work. They should call NHS 111 for advice and self-isolate
 
Advice is in place for what to do if you have returned in the last 14 days from specified countries or areas which is being updated on an ongoing basis.
 
We do hope this information helps but should you wish to speak with us about any concerns you have then please do call the office.