A Year at Marwell

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Marwell Zoo is a great day out

For families, couples, animal lovers, photographers and everyone in between.

We have events running around the year, primarily around school holidays and summer, including Valentine's day, Easter and Halloween. Take a peek at what you can expect this year during your visits to Marwell...

Annual membership allows you to visit the zoo as often as you like, 363 days a year, so you won’t miss out on any of our amazing upcoming events. 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

Giraffes eating

Photo © Karen Marquick 

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Thank you so much for a fantastic day. Outstanding in every way possible.Davy, 22nd August 2017

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. You could end up doing anything between 3,000 and 6,500 steps! 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.

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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 loved ones, 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!

Otters kissing

Photo © Hannah Pearce

Easter

Easter Holidays

Easter isn’t just a time for bunnies. If you visit during the Easter weekend 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.

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Mei Mei the red panda

Photo © Mark Hunt

Summer

Summer Holidays

Summer is a vibrant time at Marwell, with the school holidays and (hopefully) sunshine, it’s a perfect time to visit us. 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.

During the summer period, 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 Sun conures in the sunshine!

Sun conure

Photo © Martin

Halloween

Halloween & October Half Term

Come dressed in your scariest fancy dress and enjoy Halloween with us as we run spooky 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!

Great grey owl

Photo © Martin

Christmas

Christmas

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 craft 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

Information on how to book for 2018 will be released at the end of the summer. 

Meerkat in the snow

Photo © Amy Wilton

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!

Truck at Wild Explorers

Photo © JJCookphotography

There are five play grounds and plenty of parkland around the zoo for children to run wild. At the end (or beginning) of your day you will come across our gift shop. With a wide variety of gifts, you’ll find tempting treats to suit all ages and souvenirs to remember your day. Best of all, in parting with your pennies you’re making a very welcome contribution to the care of our animals in the zoo and our conservation programmes around the world.

For tired little legs we do have a free road train that journeys around the zoo all day. With stops along the way, you can decide where you hop off to explore. From Spring until October (during weekends and school holidays) you can make the most of our rail train, for a small cost of £2.50, as it loops through our animal paddocks. 

For an immersive experience explore our Tropical House Spanning two levels with fantastic vantage points, guests can experience face-to-face encounters with a diversity of wildlife and exotic plants in a tropical climate, while learning about the flow of energy through life. 

If you want to get even closer to our animals, check out our Lemur Loop. An open walk through with multiple species of lemur to discover, including ring-tailed lemur, crowned lemur and black and white ruffed lemur

Or have a look at our keeper experiences, perfect as a gift or just to treat yourself. For those who would rather not be a 'keeper for the day' but fancy improving their animal snapshots, we also offer photography experiences.

Ring Tailed Lemur cuddles

Photo © Mark Fryer

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! 

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