Steve Backshall at Longleat this Easter

Steve Backshall with a bald eagle

Steve Backshall with a bald eagle

Longleat Safari & Adventure Park is turning Deadly this Easter and there’s only one person to call – Steve Backshall, star of CBBC’s wildly successful Deadly TV series who will present a programme of live shows at Longleat on Sunday 31st March and Monday 1st April.

This special event marks the launch of the new Deadly Adventure at Longleat, a four year partnership with BBC Worldwide to transform areas of the park in the style of the BBC’s hugely popular Deadly branded programmes which include Deadly 60; Deadly Top 10s; Deadly 360; Deadly Art and most recently Deadly Mission Madagascar as seen on CBBC.

Longleat are thrilled to welcome Steve Backshall at Easter to introduce some of Longleat’s Deadliest residents. He will be joined by several birds of prey that have being honing their skills as part of Longleat’s Hunters of the Sky displays.

Steve Backshall said: “Inspiring children to get out there, explore, see, do and find out something new is what Deadly is all about. I hope families will have fun taking part in the first Deadly Adventure at Longleat and be inspired to learn more about the amazing creatures they encounter here.”

Places for the event are free and available to visitors when they purchase a Longleat Day ticket or to holders of an Annual Pass. Tickets to the live shows will be allocated on a first come first served basis via a special ticket hotline: 01985845544. The shows will also be relayed onto a giant screen within the park giving everyone the chance to see Steve Backshall at Longleat.

Longleat’s Steve Mytton, PR & Media Manager, said: “We’re delighted Steve has agreed to come down and present a series of live animal encounters to help launch the new features.

“He’s extremely popular with our visitors and we have been amazed at the levels of interest news of the live shows has generated already,” he added.

The first experience visitors will have of Longleat’s Deadly transformation is the Deadly Safari, opening Easter 2013, for which Steve Backshall has voiced a brand new guide. Encountering some of Longleat’s deadliest creatures, visitors will learn about the critical predator vs prey relationships that exist in the wild; discover amazing facts about the animals that reside at Longleat and be regaled with fascinating stories from Steve’s on screen adventures.

Also arriving at Longleat in 2013 is the Deadly Challenge, which will see aspiring adventurers pitch their skills against some of the world’s most lethal creatures in a series of physical challenges

Steve Backshall will be live at Longleat on Sunday, 31st March and Monday, 1st April. Entry to the shows is free with a Longleat Day Ticket or Annual Pass but visitors must have already bought these before phoning the ticket hotline. To reserve your place call the ticket hotline on 01985 845544. Lines are open 8am – 6pm daily.