Animal Parties officially launched back in 2000. However, its origins began a decade earlier when Nick presented his first animal encounter for a group of Cub Scouts. From this initial show, Nick began dreaming of growing his collection of animals and sustaining them through a viable business. He was also aware that he needed more than just animals to set himself apart from the rest.
Therefore, he took opportunities to work in television and tour with theatre productions, where he began learning the art of entertaining professionally. Throughout this period, between contracts, Nick continued to entertain at private parties with his increasing menagerie of animals. However in 2000, with his young family in mind, Nick decided he was ready to launch Animal Parties and to focus his experience into his venture. Based in Hertfordshire, Nick, Stu and the team maintains a wide collection of animals including birds, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians and mammals.
Nick has always performed. He has acted in the West End with National Youth Theatre, presented his own animal show on The Disney Channel, and has appeared in numerous stage shows/pantomimes alongside The Chuckle Brothers, Keith Harris (& Orville) and Dave Benson-Phillips. This has provided a solid traditional 'schooling' for his rare talent.
Throughout his childhood Nick had a fascination of animals, but he never dreamed that he would be able to combine performing and working with exotic species.
Nick has been presenting his animal shows for children and adults for over 25 years. He presents for the Natural History Museum's Dino Snores and at numerous National Geographic events. He has been the children's entertainer for private clients at Hamleys for the last 10 years, and has been presenting at Conkers every Easter and summer holiday since 2005.
It's fair to say that Nick's experience is unrivalled. He is considered one of the very best children's entertainers in London and the South East, with independent acknowledgement of this from:-
Stu's love of animals can be traced back to one of his first memories - cuddling a guinea pig at a farm as a 3 year old! Throughout his childhood Stu had a wide variety of animals including rodents, fish, frogs, and reptiles. He even hid pygmy mice from his parents. Behind the scenes Stuart lives with his wife Kayleigh and son Jacob where they share their home with many interesting and unusual pets, however, a recent addition has truly stolen all hearts. They have rescued a blind, abandoned, Romanian street dog called Ralph.
In 2007 Stu graduated from college with a diploma in Animal Management, and initially teamed up with Nick as an Assistant Animal Carer. Nick soon realised that Stu's fun and friendly nature would lend itself to presenting for children.
Stu spent 2 years as an apprentice to Nick. He learnt how to run a successful party whilst ensuring the animals and children's welfare were not compromised.
Stu's bubbly manner has brought him several television and radio appearances: Numerous appearances on Channel 4's 'Sunday Brunch', as an animal expert on a Herts FM programme, a special guest presenting our animals for the DVD called 'Duggie Dug Dug Goes Wild' and as an animal handler for 'Liza Tarbuck's Pet Nation' on Sky One.
Stu has recently embarked on a mission to get the public interested in one of his favourite animals, the Tenrec. This unusual Madagascan animal accompanies Stu and Nick on their presentations and Stu has written magazine articles, taken them on live tv and also presented a lecture at London's Natural History Museum on these amazing creatures.
Stu has a wealth of knowledge on animals - extinct and extant - and an encyclopedic memory when it comes to facts, make him a firm favourite with older children.
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