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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Great day but as a Childminder cannot afford to come back again I’d love to ha…

Donna – 1 month ago

10/10. Fantastic the animals have such a lot of space, well done!

Tony – 2 months ago

Lovely afternoon

Clare – 2 months ago

Had a lovely time at Marwell all the animals look well looked after and happy Re…

Trusted customer – 2 months ago

Very spacious zoo, took 4 hours to walk around, it was nice to see they were exp…

Trusted customer – 2 months ago

Fantastic visit

Diane – 2 months ago

Perfect Family Adventure

Best family day out you could imagine. Great layout, fabulous staff, animals and…

Dan – 2 months ago

Seeing amazing animals were really fantastic and incredible.

Fatma – 2 months ago

It is always a fabulous day and different every time we go..☺️

Always recommend going to Marwell amazing day for the little ones.

Trusted customer – 2 months ago

Good fun for children especially the Penguins!

Lovely seeing the Giraffe close up in their “house’

Robert – 2 months ago

Great over 60s days out. Wheelchairs need brakes due to hills

great days out helpfull staff Wendy the litter picker was a real informer and we…

robert amy – 2 months ago

Another great day at Marwell. Walk around park then lunch in Cafe Graaz

Cold and sunny day. Saw the two tigers who were so close to the fence. Sloth in…

Wendy – 2 months ago

Lovely as always. They are constantly improving enclosures.

Barry – 2 months ago

Enjoyed a great time seeing the animals

Such an amazing zoological zoo where all the animals are well cared for. Making …

Suzanne – 2 months ago

First visit for my friend who was very impressed.

Excellent zoo with good enclosures and walkways.

Cliff – 2 months ago

Small but nice zoo

A nice range of animals. Nice grounds, very clean and tidy. Graze Cafe is nice a…

Trusted customer – 2 months ago

Great zoo the entire family love ot

Clare – 2 months ago

Well worth the money

A great day out seeing a wide variety of animals. The tigers put on a great disp…

David – 2 months ago