Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Born Free Events 2017

Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild

Running Wild

This true story is now an epic production on tour in the UK.  Complete with spectacular life-size puppets, it tells an emotional and moving story of love, loss and loyalty.

10th February through to 10th June at theatres across the UK

Read more about Running Wild and see the trailer video here

AfricArt Open House


Every weekend in May

Redhill Drive, Brighton

11 am – 5 pm

Wonderful art and sculptures will be on sale including ‘Silverback Gorilla’ an original painting by Craig Roberts.  Craig is donating 100% of the proceeds to Born Free’s work.

Private View

AfricArt will be celebrating Africa Day on Sunday 21st May when 10% of sale proceeds will also be donated to Born Free.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a free drink and observe workshops in Zimbabwean stone sculpting in the garden.

For further details and tickets please email

Yin Yoga

yin yoga

Yin Yoga (1 hour & 15 minutes ) with Mark Lee Davies

Sunday 21st May 2017 1.30pm

Class Description: 35 minutes of guided sun salutations and power yoga asanas, 30 minutes of yin yoga. 25 minute guided meditation and relaxation. This class is suitable for all/mixed ability.

@ Pure Mind Body Soul
79 - 81 High Street Godalming Surrey GU7 1AW

Please give donations on door for this class or donate now at:

Birmingham Wildlife Festival

An Evening with Virginia McKenna OBE, Hosted by Paul Jones

Paul Jones and Virginia McKenna

Monday 12th June, 7.30pm

7:30 pm

Cranleigh Arts Centre

The Trustees of Cranleigh Arts Centre (registered charity no. 284186) invite you to a fundraising event. Our Patron Paul Jones, will host an interview with Born Free's founder and trustee, Virginia McKenna.

Tickets are available here

Photo credit: A Gotts 

The Big Cat Nap 2017

3rd – 9th July

The Big Cat Nap highlights the plight of some of the world’s most beautiful and endangered animals through a range of sleep-themed activities. Why not organize a ‘wear pyjamas to work or school day’ and collect cash from those who take part? Or try a sponsored sleep-in? Male lions sleep for up to 23 hours a day, so you’ll be in good company!

If that sounds a bit too energetic, you could take a sleepy pet selfie (human involvement optional) and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #BigCatNap. Born Free will choose a winner which will be used to promote the following year’s event. 

This is Our World



Friday 4th August – Friday 25th August 2017 inclusive

Spectacular Charity Event 'This Is Our World'

Art World Conservation is hosting a spectacular 3 week charity event in August, at The Royal Horticultural Society Halls in London, to raise awareness about wildlife, conservation and climate change.  

Talks and lectures will be carried out to raise awareness of endangered fauna and flora, conservation and how we can all work together for a sustainable future. 

Amazing 3D Life sized paintings of elephants, giraffes, sharks, polar bears will be used as backdrops to help inspire people to learn more about the natural world.


Free entry


Friends of Wildlife

Sunday 17th September 2017

Walking for Rea and Girma

The walk this year will be started by Virginia McKenna and Will Travers.

These lovely lion cubs were confiscated from illegal wildlife traders who would have sold them as exotic pets.  With the cubs cowering in a concrete enclosure at a police station, the authorities in Ethiopia asked the Born Free Foundation to offer them a lifetime home.   After a successful rescue operation, which took the team several days, the cubs finally arrived at the Born Free Foundation Reserve at Ensessakotteh near Addis Ababa.  They have gained confidence and grown and construction has begun on their very own enclosure so that they can have the space to run and develop.   Please come and walk with us so that they can have a happy future.

Four mile cliff walk from the car park at the TOP of Pleinmont

Start - 2.30pm (Please check in by 2.20 p.m.)

Finish - 4.15pm (approx.)

Walk Leader:  David Hodgetts on behalf of Friends of Wildlife

Contact for more information

"Join The Herd" Woburn Fundraiser

Come and join the herd! Please come along to our fundraiser at Woburn Village Hall on Saturday, 23rd September 2017

Starts: 19:00

Tickets £20 (children are FREE)

The evening will include: music until late, entertainment, raffle with prizes, buffet

For tickets, please email Teresa Romano on:

100% of the proceeds will go to our work in elephant conservation 

Go Wild Golf Day

Gatton Manor

Wednesday 27th September 2017 At Gatton Manor Golf Club

The Born Free Foundation is holding our 5th ‘Go Wild Golf’ Day at Gatton Manor Golf Club. Set in 200 acres of tranquil, scenic Surrey countryside this woodland course has made imaginative use of streams, lakes, and tree-lined fairways. Come and join us on this superb 18 hole course. Golfers of all levels and experience are welcome.

£60 per person (golf & presentation lunch)
£25 lunch only (limited places)

Download a registration form

For more details and registration forms please contact:


Afternoon Tea - With a Difference

Harry the Piano

Sunday October 8th 2017

You are invited to an Afternoon Tea with a difference at The Pavilion, Branston Golf and Country Club near Burton on Trent.

Virginia McKenna will be our special guest. This black tie event will start at 5pm and you will be entertained by the sensational Harry the Piano.

Tickets are £25.

For tickets and more information, including details of hotels, please contact Val and Mike at


Remembering Rhinos book launch

30th October – 11th November

Remembering Rhinos Exhibition

Remembering Rhinos is the follow up to the enormously popular Remembering Elephants book and exhibition. Like its predecessor, it features images donated by many of the world’s top wildlife photographers, this time of rhinos. Books and prints will be on sale supporting our rhino-protection work.

Free entry. Open 10am-5pm each day.

La Galleria Pall Mall
5b Pall Mall
30 Royal Opera Arcade
London SW1Y 4UY

Tel 0207 930 8069

Remembering Rhinos Book Launch

1st November

Royal Geographical Society,

7:30 pm

Tickets available from

Remembering Rhinos Book is also available for pre-order

Find out more about the Remembering Rhinos events here

Born Free’s “Beyond the Bars” Dinner

Thursday, 30th November 2017

Lindley Hall, Royal Horticultural Halls
Elverton Street
London SW1

Join our inspirational founders, Virginia McKenna and Will Travers, together with their special guests and more of our wonderful supporters like you. The evening will be one to remember with fine wine, food, entertainment and numerous opportunities for you to support Born Free’s life-saving work.


Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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