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 year 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 777983, 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!

What's nearby?
Picnic areas
Ice creams
Baby changing

A perfect day out for the whole family

A perfect day out for the whole family. Felt safe and not to busy around the zoo…

Racheal – 2 days ago

Normally 5 stars but poor weather meant fewer animals to see

David – 2 days ago

Between the showers it was great.The Penguins performed well and got us off

Penguins performed well . Tiger prowled we’ll . Girafffes came in and out . Go…

Brian – 2 days ago

Watched the older lion eating. Saw one of the Binturongs up close by the glass…

Pamela – 2 days ago

Very friendly experience, all staff smiling, lots to do and see!

Great experience lots to do a lovely interesting place to visit.

Jayne – 2 days ago

Amazing zoo trip.

Safe were amazing. Very welcoming. And a great layout to the zoo.

Trusted customer – 2 days ago

We have an annual pass and come regular. We would like to see more exotic cats ,…

Trusted customer – 2 days ago

Great as always

As a family we enjoyed our visit. It felt safe with sensible restrictions in pl…

Trusted customer – 2 days ago

Great family fun day out

The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The animals looked happy with lots…

Jemma – 3 days ago

A greatfamily day out

Always a great time with a great selection of animals for the whole family to en…

Ali – 3 days ago

Marwell is truly Marwellous!

Every visit to Marwell is different, the animals and birds always intriguing and…

Shirley – 3 days ago


Trusted customer – 3 days ago

Brilliant wintery day at Marwell, twins enjoyed it and lots to do and see

Stu – 3 days ago

Excellent day out

Lovely enjoyable day out. Had a very nice meal at cafe graze. Everywhere was v…

Trusted customer – 3 days ago

Great day out!

Always a great day out. We notice something new each time we visit. Less busy in…

Michael – 3 days ago

Great day out for the family and well worth the effort to drive there

Well lasted or with plenty of places to stop to eat and chat the children loved …

Chris Meninno-Symons – 3 days ago

Lots of space and plenty to see. Very interesting. Friendly staff.

We had a lovely day. So much space. The animals are clearly kept in good conditi…

Kate – 3 days ago

Yes would recommend to anyone. Lovely family day out.

Vicky – 3 days ago