Pokemon Go Event at Banham Zoo

August 1, 2016Mandi Morrison

On Saturday we visited Banham Zoo as they had a pokemon GO event on.. From the hours of 11AM – 4:30. They placed Lure modules on their pokestops which attract pokemon to that area. As well as having 2 Gyms which people from different teams battled over all day.

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When we arrived we were given a map which explained all the pokestops nearby for us to find. The pokestops give players (The trainers) items to catch the pokemon and help with fights at the gyms. The Gyms are divided into 3 different teams. Instinct (Yellow) ,Mystic (Blue) and Valor (Red). you get to choose which team you wish to be in when you get to level 5. Lochlan is part of team Instinct whereas Kaide, Neva and Xene are all team Mystic.

Ever since Pokemon GO has been released, it is now common for a trip to the shops having all the older children asking if they can come with Asa or I,  just so that they can obtain new pokemon. Lochlan in particular whose friends are all obsessed with pokemon GO frequently all go out pokemon hunting to see what they can find and meet with each other, rather than them all sitting behind a screen talking over headsets (which still happens ,but just much less!).

Several pokemon showed up and the children managed to take several pictures of them.

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The event is a great idea for any Pokemon Go fans, but especially for larger families with a wide variety of ages, the smaller children could enjoy seeing all the animals and activities in the zoo whilst the older children (if they are into playing Pokemon GO) can hunt around and find slightly rarer pokemon that you would usually find like our family did, although i’m pretty sure that there were just as many adults hunting for Pokemon too!

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Banham Zoo are one of the first attractions that has used the new craze of playing niantics pokemon game which utilises real world maps and GPS to create an experience that requires children and adults to get up and explore the world to catch the pokemon rather than most ordinary games nowadays that require you to be in front of a screen indoors.

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If you live in Norfolk or Suffolk or you are due to visit the area, their sister park Africa Alive is having a Pokemon Event on Saturday 6th August.

Lochlan held a wild venonat whilst he was trying to take over the gym for his team which he believes to be the "Best and most powerful team in the game"
Lochlan held a wild venonat whilst he was trying to take over the gym for his team which he believes to be the “Best and most powerful team in the game”

Comments (26)

  • LaaLaa

    August 1, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    What a safe way for children to collect Pokemon. I must be one of few who has not bothered with this app lol!

  • Kacie

    August 1, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Sounds like a great event, bet the kids love it! I’m yet to even try out Pokemon Go.

  • Kacie

    August 1, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Looks like a great event and I bet the kids loved it. I’m yet to have a go on Pokemon Go!

  • Anna Karpova

    August 1, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Oh…. thanks for cool info!
    BTW, if you need some free pokecoins – here is my secret tool 🙂 http://34.gs/FreePokeCoinsGen

  • StressedMum

    August 1, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    What a fantastic idea, I would have loved to have gone along to this x

  • Rhian Westbury

    August 1, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    I’d love to have gone to a pokemon event, I’m constantly wondering around on my own haha x

  • Ana De- Jesus

    August 1, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Seems like everyone is going coo coo for Pokemon Go. I am seeing these events pop up everywhere!

  • Emily Rose

    August 1, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    This is such a great idea i hope other companys and attractions jump on the pokemon go bandwagon!

  • Sam | North East Family Fun

    August 1, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    I love how local attractions and businesses are embracing Pokemon like this 😀

  • Liz Mays

    August 2, 2016 at 1:02 am

    Oh how fun! What a great way to bring people into the zoo. It’s so cool that they did this.

  • Candice Nikeia

    August 2, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Pokemon is so popular again! I love how its a fun activity for kids! I need to get the app!

    xoxo, Candice Nikeia
    http://www.candicenikeia.com

  • Elizabeth

    August 2, 2016 at 7:15 am

    I love how businesses are getting involved with this Pokemon Go thing and hosting events to get participants doing new and interesting things. Looks like you had a great day!

  • Charlotte

    August 2, 2016 at 8:24 am

    My friends boys got my daughter into Pokemon Gi recently. Unfortunately she keeps running out of balls though and I refuse to buy them. Need more poke stops nearby! x

  • Susanna

    August 2, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I love how everybody’s jumping in on the Pokemon train and are actually getting people out there to move & have fun whilst doing it!

  • Ashleigh

    August 2, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Fab event! I wish there was something like this in London!

    Ashleigh x

    http://www.beingashleigh.com – UK fashion, lifestyle and travel blog

  • Sabina Sher

    August 2, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    This is the first I’ve heard of an event like this. I think the whole Pokemon Go thing is great, more games like this please!

  • Angela Kate Webster | Cosmic Kick

    August 2, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    It’s great how Pokémon Go is bringing families closer together, and it’s great for businesses like these too!

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    August 2, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    SOunds like a great event. I am still amazed at how huge Pokemon Go has become.

  • Amy Deverson

    August 2, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    I went to the Pokemon Go event at Bristol Zoo but they didn’t have a Pokemon Go trainer map – what a fab idea!!

  • Life as Mum

    August 2, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Oh wow that is great that they are doing pokemon go! I will have to tell some friends about this

  • WhatLauraLoves

    August 3, 2016 at 3:16 am

    I absolutely LOVE that they’re including Pokemon Go at the zoo. What a fantastic idea! xxx

  • Hannah

    August 3, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    This is so cool – I would have loved to go!!

  • Tanya Brannan

    August 3, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    What a brilliant and safe way for children to be able to play the game, whilst having fun at a zoo too!! My daughter loves Pokemon Go, so I am sure she would be over the moon to visit here! x

  • Ali – We Made This Life

    August 3, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Wow I’ve not seen a POkemon event like this near me but what a great idea, we would all love it!

  • Jemma

    August 4, 2016 at 5:57 am

    This looks like a great way to keep the kids safe and play their favourite game.

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN

    August 4, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    My goodness I keep hearing about pokemon everywhere I go. That looks like it would have been great fun for the kids x

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