Adventure Playgrounds

Your children will love a trip to Marwell Zoo!

With a range of enclosures to visit, allowing your little ones to get up-close-and-personal with some of the world’s most endangered and exotic animals, they’re sure to learn something new.

Your day out with the kids in Hampshire can be an educational experience, they’ll discover something new, but there’s so much more fun to be had at Marwell.

Children from ages 0-14* will love letting off some energy as they hop, skip and jump at the adventure playgrounds. Offering respite for children and adults alike, with refreshments situated close by for well-deserving parents, picnic benches and ice cream stands are never too far away, allowing you to all have a well-deserved break from your busy day out.

*Find out which one is right for your child in the list below


Strategically placed (for coffee)

After a morning exploring the enclosures, grumbling tummies may well be in the need for some snacks. Fortunately, we have lots of tasty options for you to enjoy, so pop into a café, lay out a blanket or perch at a picnic bench to dive into your dinner. After refuelling, kids will love that an adventure playground is never too far away. Under 12’s can sway in the breeze at our Life among the Trees park and your youngsters will love waddling like penguins at Penguin Cove, ideal for those under 6. Our Okapi playground is equipped with climbing nets, net tunnels, a basket swing and slides, the bespoke playground was designed to be inclusive and also features a wheelchair accessible roundabout and an accessible slide, so all children can safely play. Ideal for children aged 6 – 14.


Swing, climb, run, slide…

Children can swing like lemurs, climb like monkeys, run like cheetahs and slide like penguins at one of our 5 adventure playgrounds. Although parents must play a supervisory role, there is plenty for them to do too.

Our adventure playgrounds are perfect for your little monkeys, they’re also sensibly placed around the zoo. With refreshments nearby, during busier times of the year it is always possible to grab a cup of tea or coffee.


Suggested ages for play

There are five adventure playgrounds situated across Marwell Zoo. Find out which one is right for your child below:

Playgrounds Age group
Fur, Feather & Scales 4-10 years old
Fur, Feathers & Scales (for the little ones) 2-6 years old
Life Among the Trees 6-14 years old
Penguin Cove 0-6 years old
Okapi 6-14 years old
Wild Explorers 6-12 years old


Just in case…

Accidents do happen; however, we always have qualified first aiders on site. For first aid or emergency assistance please call 01962 770583, use one of our free emergency telephones at the playground or speak to a member of staff. Our mobile first aiders have a defibrillator (AED) and there’s also one in our gift shop, where we have a first aid room too.

P.S. Watch out for the slides in the playgrounds and the loveable bronze hippo statue which can get hot when it’s sunny!

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A day at the Zoo Mum and adult daughter

Lots to see and informative visit. Staff helpful and friendly. Animals very well…

Trusted customer – 1 week ago

day out with grandson

Easy to book on line cost reflects current day prices due to feeding costs. etc …

Andrew – 2 weeks ago

Great day out.

Friendly staff. Good car parking and facilities. Great animal viewing experienc…

Alan – 3 weeks ago

Lovely day

We took our 5 children aged between 7 and 15. We arrived at 10.30 quick and easy…

Nicola – 3 weeks ago

Big cat love

I got there for about 2pm on a weekday. There must have been a handful of people…

Trusted customer – 3 weeks ago

Brilliant day out

Only issue was the rain there were a few animals I know my little girl didn’t …

Trusted customer – 3 weeks ago


Loved the experience and so did the kids. Was a really lovely day out

Tracey – 3 weeks ago

Day trip

It was every bit as good as I had hoped

Tim – 3 weeks ago

Wonderful day out

Was very lucky with the weather which always helps. Took my daughter and grandda…

Kate – 3 weeks ago


Marwell felt invigorated at this visit and we were able to see more animals than…

Lynne – 3 weeks ago

Neil – 3 weeks ago

Great day out with grandchildren

Great day out for our Grandson, did not see it all. We will be back as Grandson …

Nigel – 3 weeks ago

lovely day out ,friendly staff

Trusted customer – 3 weeks ago

Great day out

A great day out for all ages. Reasonable price for a family. Our family ranged f…

Deborah – 3 weeks ago

Pleasant day out

Robert – 3 weeks ago

Excellent family day out

Excellent zoo, very clean and well maintained. Well laid out. Kids loved all t…

Jill – 3 weeks ago

Jung – 3 weeks ago

A good experience. Kids were very happy with the day out.

My idea of a very good day out. Good variety of animals. Indoor/covered areas. T…

Laura – 3 weeks ago