Steve Backshall brought his CBBC show Deadly 60 to Northampton’s market square on Sunday. For those of you who don’t know, Deadly 60 is a children’s TV program where wildlife presenter Steve Backshall tracks down 60 of the world’s deadliest animals.
Over 10,000 people visited throughout the day to watch the live stage shows with queues starting to build as early as 8am! The queues were worth it though as many of the kids (and adults) got to see reptiles, birds of prey, tarantulas and exotic bugs up close for the first time.
Northampton Reptile Centre wasn’t at the show but Sam and I went along to lend a hand to Sams Species Reptile Rescue who had taken along some of their residents for the kids to see. Whilst Steve was showing off the ‘non touch’ animals such as Reticulated Pythons, Snapping Turtles and Owls, we were having a great time letting people get close to and even stroke the various snakes and lizards that had come along.
As the queue to get into the Sams Species tent grew to an hour long we took some of the animals out into the crowd. Eve the Boa Constrictor, Alfie the Albino Burmese Python and Travis the Bosc Monitor were definitely the fan favourites out there and I’m sure many of you got a chance to meet them.
So, were you there? What did you think? Did your kids enjoy it? I had a great day and would like to thank CBBC, Steve Backshall and Sally Shapter (Sams Species) for bringing such an amazing event to our town!
I’ve posted some of the pictures from the day below, if you have some pictures of your own please feel free to share them with us on our Facebook Page.