Colchester Zoo

With over 270 species set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, more than 50 daily displays, an undercover soft play area, four adventure play areas, The Lost Madagascar Express road train and so much more… your day out will be action packed. You can get closer to a whole range of animals during your visit, including the unique chance to help feed the elephants and giraffes yourself!

Every year Colchester Zoo offers a fun filled calendar of events including a host of summer late night openings, Shriek Week and the Magic of Christmas, just to name a few. In celebration of the opening of Colchester Zoo’s latest new enclosure ‘Bears of the Rising Sun’,  is Year of the Bear and the zoo will be hosting a number of special events.

Throughout the day there are presentations of sea lions and penguins and set times for visiting orangutans, timber wolfs, and other animals. Here you can feed the elephants and giraffes and see an actual animal training session if you like. At Colchester Zoo you get a choice of packages and activities, all of which provide you with a wonderful experience.

You may want to spend your day learning how some of the animals are cared for at Colchester Zoo. With the Scheme Package you get to do this with one of the keepers by your side. You will spend time with the animal of your choice and then have lunch and refreshments. With this package you also get souvenirs and a zoo pass for a percentage off when you upgrade the same day.

The Keeper Shadowing Package allows you 30 minutes with an animal of your choice. You get a lunch ticket, souvenirs, a discount for a guest, and the privilege of spending the whole day at Colchester Zoo. A Zoo Pass for a percentage off when you upgrade that day comes with this package too. Please note that for the Scheme Package and the Keeper Shadowing package, children under 18 must have a parent with them.

The VIP Package gives you or a group of up to five people the chance to touch the animals. With this package you learn about the animals and the zoo from a trained tour guide. Breakfast and a high-quality noon meal are included. Refreshments are later served in an Indaba Lodge designated for you. Souvenirs are included as well, and so is VIP parking.

The Perfect Partners Package is a great choice for anyone planning to propose marriage. The staff will assist you with putting together that special day at one of our awesome locations in the zoo. This package includes 30 close up minutes with an animal and a photograph of you and your sweetheart with it. You will also receive a free meal and refreshment, sparkling wine, flowers, souvenirs, and tickets for two days at Colchester Zoo. Please note that 7 day advance booking is required.

The Team Building Package is perfect for a group of people. An activity like Animal Training and Communications, Animal Detective Squad, or Enrichment Exercise is part of this package. Also included is full day admission, breakfast, a 2 course noon meal, refreshments, animal feeding, a photograph, a bag of historical items, and an award celebration.

The Kids’ Zoo Academy allows two hours of time with an animal and its caretakers. A child and in-charge adult may stay at the zoo the whole day. A certificate and souvenirs are included.

Children who have a birthday party at Colchester Zoo have their face painted. They interact with the animals and play in the soft indoor complex called the Jungle Tumble. They also travel the world on the Lost Madagascar Train.


Colchester Zoo

Maldon Rd, Stanway

Dedham, Colchester
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