A Year at Marwell

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Marwell Zoo is a great day out

Head to the Hampshire countryside for a myriad of events for all the family. From kids to couples, animal lovers, intrepid explorers and budding photography enthusiasts, Marwell Zoo has a jam-packed events calendar with something for everyone to enjoy. 

Throughout the year, Marwell Zoo has a plethora of activities for everyone to get involved in. Whether you’re looking for the perfect summer attraction to visit during the school holidays, a fun-filled Easter day out for all the family or a Spooktacular Halloween event in Hampshire to give you a fright, take a look at our scheduled events for more information.

Make the most of the zoo, 363 days a year with our Annual membership Plus there are a host of other benefits to annual membership, including free entry to a wide range of other zoos* and Wild Explorers club.

From frosty Fridays to sunny Sundays, your whole year at Marwell is covered.

Book your tickets in advance and skip the queue. Don’t forget to download our free Marwell app, including the park map and a variety of amazing animal facts. You won’t miss anything during your visit! 

*Please see our annual membership page for details

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Group Visits

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Raining but this meant the animals were inside and we got a good view of them.Group Organiser, 19th August 2019

New Year

New Year

Burn off those Christmas mince pies by exploring our 140-acre park and get your new year off to a great start. Work towards your goal of 10,000 steps as you discover endangered and exotic animals whilst learning all about their habitats. With reduced ticket prices throughout the winter season, an incredible range of species, including our renowned snow leopards, Rothschild giraffes, Humboldt penguins, red panda and Amur tigers, Marwell Zoo is a great way to celebrate the New Year with the whole family.

Check out our winter prices!

Milla in the snow

Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day & February Half Term 

If you’re looking for a way to entertain the kiddies through February Half Term, Marwell is a great way for children to learn and interact with animals they wouldn’t find elsewhere; Including those animals we support with our incredible conservation work.

Wrap up warm and come to explore the Zoo during February. Valentine’s Day at Marwell is great for all of the love birds out there. Spend the day with your partner, walk hand in hand through our Lemur Loop, observe the animals and get cosy with a hot chocolate in one of our cafes.

Have a Valentine’s like no otter!




Easter days out

Easter isn’t just a time for bunnies. If you visit for an Easter day out you may find our Easter bunny hopping around, but there are plenty of other animals for you to see too.

Around the Easter holiday each year we have a wild egg trail to keep children occupied and to enable them to discover all areas of the zoo. During the season you’ll have the chance to see leaves getting greener, the weather getting warmer and the animals enjoying the glorious weather. 

Spring is also a time for new life. In recent years we have had three Amur tiger cubs born, as well as two Amur leopard cubs and a pygmy hippo calf. In 2017 we welcomed an African wild ass foal and an addax calf, so watch out for these adorable additions bounding around their paddocks.

Enjoy a spring walk and make the most of a quieter time at the zoo, pop in to see Mei Mei our resident red panda while you’re visiting.

Book tickets online to skip the queue!

Mei Mei the red panda


Summer Days Out


The warmer months are a vibrant time at Marwell, with the school holidays and (hopefully) sunshine, it’s a perfect time for a summer day out for families. We have a programme of daily animal talks and a mind-boggling variety of animals to see. There are plenty of opportunities for picnics, hot lunches and snacks, including ice cream, available from our cafe and seasonal catering outlets.

When planning summer days out, there is always something special going on around the zoo. Whatever the exciting event may be, it changes every year, it's bound to keep you busy and keep the kids entertained. So, keep an eye out for what’s coming up.

Book now and visit our animals in the sunshine!


Halloween events Hampshire & October Half Term

Come dressed in your scariest fancy dress and enjoy a Hampshire Halloween with us as we run spooky, Halloween-themed activities over October half term. In previous years there has been story telling with our scary witch in the haunted hall and broomstick ‘flying’ lessons with our resident wizard. Plus discover a number of reptiles in Cold Blooded Corner, including the venomous Gila monster and Dumeril's ground boa. While you’re here, see if you can spot some of the favourites, such as Amur leopards, Rothschild giraffes and Humboldt penguins on your day out.

Book your tickets and don’t miss out on Boo at the Zoo!



7 April 2020

Our annual Christmas at Marwell event is hugely popular with many of our guests and members. However, the planning of the event takes a full year, with all of our major contracts and orders normally being placed now.

Sadly, given our current closure and with our reduced staffing focussed on the welfare of our animals, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Christmas at Marwell event. We will still, of course, want to mark the festive season and our Events team will be working on a smaller scale alternative for this Christmas, once the zoo re-opens. Please keep an eye on this page and our social media channels for updates in the autumn.


Merry ChristMouse!

What better way to celebrate the festive period and the end of the year than at the zoo? Take a break from wrapping presents and treat your family and friends to a magical experience. Our Christmas event runs on various dates from mid-November through to Christmas Eve so there’s plenty of time to visit us. Enjoy festive refreshments (mulled wine for grownups and warm blackcurrant for little ones), plus take part in a Christmas arts and crafts before receiving a special gift from Father Christmas himself.

If you’re lucky, you may even see our animals celebrating the season in the snow. Enjoy a festive day out in the run up to Christmas and The New Year.

All Year Round

All Year Round 

Our Explorer trail is available throughout the year. A suggested £1 donation for the Explorer stamp book enables you to track your adventure as you visit some of your favourite animals; Including our white rhinos, Grevy's zebra and Scimitar-horned oryx at Wild Explorers. This is fab for kids all year round, especially as they get to learn about paw prints, animal markings, and of course, animal poo!

Don't forget to download our free app and use the map to see the whole park.

Make sure to say ‘hi’ to our friendly staff on your day out, we can’t wait to see you! 

Where next?

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