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

London Motor Show VIP Night

London Motor show logo

London, 4th May 2017

The London Motor Show is supporting Born Free through ticket sales for a Private Drinks Reception, to be held on Thursday 4th May.

The exclusive event takes place from 7 pm - 10 pm at Battersea Evolution, in the presence of HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, Tiff Needell and many motor industry names and celebrities.

Guests will enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, a private viewing of the latest top cars and performance vehicles, a live band and DJ plus pay bars and international food stations. They will also get the chance to take part in a charity raffle, in aid of Born Free, with a range of top prizes up for grabs!

Enter special discount code BORNFREE when purchasing tickets online to receive a discounted rate of £25 per ticket (normally £30). The show’s organisers will also generously donate £5 to the Born Free Foundation for every ticket sold using the BORNFREE promo code.

Tickets available here

Just Walk

Just Walk is Across the Divide’s own charity challenge which allows individuals to raise money for the charity of their choice.

Just Walk starts and finishes from the dramatic backdrop of Goodwood Racecourse, in Chichester, West Sussex. All of the routes are circular, and take on the rolling hills and landscape of the West Sussex Countryside including sections of the South Downs National Trail on most routes.

Taking place on: 13th May 2017

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

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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