Annual Zoo Membership at Marwell

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Become a member of Marwell Wildlife and enjoy unlimited entry to the zoo plus a whole host of other benefits. 

Buy & Renew

Enjoy these benefits when you receive an annual zoo membership:

  • Unlimited Entry to Marwell Zoo 363 days a year! 140 acres to explore, five adventure playgrounds to discover, 363 chilled out (or action packed!) days to enjoy.
  • Entry to a wide range of other zoos: Bristol, Chester, Colchester, Edinburgh, Highland Wildlife Park, Paignton (including Living Coasts), Newquay, Twycross and Rotterdam.  *One entry per year subject to their terms and conditions and a valid membership card.
  • 10% discount off the published admission price for up to six Friends & Family.
  • Discounts in our shop and cafes.
  • Fast track entry: With an annual zoo membership you can avoid queues by using the Member's gate during busy times of the year. 
  • Wild Explorers Club: Annual zoo membership gives you access to the Wild Explorer club for junior members; including club meetings, a badge and lanyard pack full of information. 
  • More time in the park: Members entry is up to one hour before zoo closing.
  • We give our members exclusive early morning access on selected dates from 9am!

Annual Zoo Membership prices

Annual zoo membership offers fantastic value for all ages - and don't forget that children under three always enter Marwell for free.

Marwell Zoo - Annual Member Prices
Membership Type Price
Adult Membership
Aged 17 - 59 years
£62.00
Child Membership
Aged 3 - 16 years inclusive
£42.00
Infant
Aged 2 and under
Free
Concession
Senior 60+ or Student with valid Student Card.
£52.00
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Note: Disabled visitors will be offered a free carer with their membership by showing proof of a registered disability at the point of purchase

How to Join (or buy a Gift Membership)

Joining us as an annual member is simple. You can buy online (for you or as a gift) today, email us or call our team on 01962 777960.

If you have visited in the last two weeks and would like to upgrade day tickets to annual zoo membership, please contact the membership team.

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Membership Online

Buy or renew Membership online now and visit Marwell today (with your confirmation email).

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Questions?

Contact our team by Email or call 01962 777960.

Group Visits

Close by, lots of space

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

Wild Explorers

Become a “Wild Explorer Wild Explorers Club

Each junior member is invited to collect a welcome pack from the membership cabin, chock full of trails; animal facts; activities and games. Alongside this, there’s a flashy new “I’m a Wild Explorer” pin badge, celebrating their membership of the club. Continue junior membership and there will be a shiny new badge to add to their collection every year! 

Pick up your pack from the membership cabin now!

2020 Wild Explorer Club dates for the diary

Bookings open on the day of the previous session of your age group

  • Sunday 19 January - Zebra Scouts (4-8 years) – sessions at 10:30 and 13:30
  • Sunday 16 February - Rhino Rangers (9-12 years) - sessions at 10:30 and 2pm
  • Sunday 15 March - Zebra Scouts (4-8 years) - sessions at 10:15; 12:45 and 2.45pm
  • Sunday 26 April - Family day for all our Wild Explorers and their families
  • Sunday 17 May - Rhino Rangers (9-12 years) - sessions at 10:30 and 2.45pm
  • Sunday 21June - Zebra Scouts (4-8 years) - sessions at 10:30 and 2pm
  • Sunday 19 July - Rhino Rangers (9-12 years) - sessions at 10:30 and 2pm
  • Sunday 20 September - Family day for all our Wild Explorers and their families
  • Sunday 18 October - Zebra Scouts (4-8 years) - sessions at 10:30 and 2pm
  • Sunday 15 November - Rhino Rangers (9-12 years) - sessions at 10:30 and 13:30
  • Sunday 13 December – Festive fun for both our Zebra scouts and Rhino Rangers - Sessions at 10:30 and 2pm

Zebra Scout and Rhino Ranger Wild Explorer Club sessions are for children who want to have fun learning about the natural world! You will usually be based in the Science and Learning Centre but bring along your outdoor gear as most sessions include time outside in the zoo, or surrounding woodland.  Activities range from crafting, making animal habitats and playing animal games, to fundraising. Session topics vary but to give you some examples, in 2019 we looked at rainforests, native sand lizards, modern dinosaurs, insects, pond dipping, animal superpowers, local wildlife, and food! On Family Days you can even bring along the rest of the family too so everyone can get involved in the fun - watch this space for more information!

 

How to book

Bookings open on the day of the previous session of your age group. Bookings must be made by 10am on the Friday before each meeting, but these sessions are extremely popular, so book early to avoid disappointment. 

All you need to do is email membership@marwell.org.uk with your child’s name, age, annual zoo membership number and which session they would like to take part in. Let the team know if you are new to the club or if you have been before. Read all the information below and be sure to tell us of any special requirements.

These events are popular so we’d really appreciate it if you could let us know (in advance) via membership@marwell.org.uk if your child is unable to attend so that we can re-assign their space.  

Members Corner

Members Sunset Safari – 23rd May  

Enjoy a two hour, members only exclusive sunset safari and discover fascinating facts about some of the rarest animals on the planet, meet some of our more famous residents and find out more about life in the zoo. 

This safari is suitable for guests with mobility concerns.  Due to the nature of the evening, this safari is limited to a maximum of 35 guests . 

Discounted tickets are £30.00 for adults/seniors and £15.00 children aged 3-16.  Please note safaris are suitable for children aged 5-16. 

This is a bookable event and you will be asked to provide a valid membership number at the booking stage. 

Book online using this dedicated members link.

Any enquiries relating to this exclusive member safari should be directed to the Events Team on 01962 770599.

Early member mornings! 

Ever wondered what the animals get up to before the zoo opens? We are giving our members exclusive early morning access from 9am! * 

2020 dates 

  • Saturday 14 March
  • Thursday 2 April
  • Sunday 26 April
  • Thursday 14 May
  • Saturday 13 June
  • Thursday 16 July
  • Thursday 10 September
  • Sunday 11 October

There is no need to book – just arrive as normal with your valid annual zoo membership card and see the animals begin their day at your leisure. Please note that between 9am and 10am the zoo is still waking up, so there may be several vehicles in the zoo and ‘mucking out’ still happening. 

*These early morning starts are only available to our annual members and accompanying children under 3. All paying guests will be able to join members in the park from 10.00am. The gift shop and café will be open from 9am. 

We may, depending on zoo operational matters, need to move the above dates. We will publish any date changes on the website and Facebook and will let all members know via e-newsletters where possible. If you are not receiving e-newsletters please get in contact with the membership team  or call 01962 777960.

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Terms and FAQs

Here we have answered the common questions about our Annual Zoo Membership - both before and after you've joined.

At what age does my child need a membership?

Children are allowed free entry into the zoo until they are three years old and as such they do not need a membership until this date.  We do not register or record their details until they reach the age of three.

Can friends and family members use my card to enter the zoo?

Unfortunately not. Memberships are sold on an individual basis and display your name and photograph. They are non-transferable and cannot be used by other individuals.

Can I purchase a membership as a gift?

Yes, a membership can be purchased on behalf of someone else. We will require the member’s full name, date of birth and a full address including postcode. This can be processed over the telephone on 01962 777960, in person at the Membership Cabin or online.

You will receive a gift pack with gift card for you to sign before gifting the membership. There will be letters for each member which they will need to bring with them on their first visit to the zoo. We will take their photo at the membership cabin and produce their membership card there and then.

Please note that the membership will start from the day of purchase, or agreed start date, not the date the photograph is taken.

 

Do I have to have my photograph on my membership card?

Yes, all members will have a photograph on their membership card. The photograph will be taken at the Membership Cabin on the member’s first visit and will avoid your card being used in error by another individual.

How long does the membership pack take to be delivered?

You should allow up to 2 weeks for your membership welcome pack to arrive in the post. You can start using your membership straight away if you purchase it online as you will be sent a temporary pass via email. You may prefer to take out membership on the day of your visit.

I have accessibility needs, do I get a discount on membership if I need a carer?

Members with accessibility needs who require a carer can have an un-named carer added to their membership card for free. This will mean that any adult accompanying the member will be allowed access to the Zoo free of charge as the member’s carer.

The confirmation required is sight of a letter from a GP confirming disability, a letter confirming receipt of DLA/PIP or the standard blue badge for vehicles which depicts the disabled person’s name and identification. You can still take out membership via the internet or over the telephone on 01962 777960 but the “with carer” element will not be added to the membership card until proof has been seen at the Membership Office. You are only required to provide this proof once a year upon taking out or renewing your membership.

I have purchased a membership online, what do I do next?

If you have joined online you will receive a confirmation email with a temporary pass included. This temporary pass can be used for your first visit to the zoo, where we will take your photo and produce your membership card at the membership cabin.

If I come into the zoo today, can I take out a membership when I arrive?

Yes. All you need to do is purchase a membership at admissions then pop in the Membership Cabin where we’ll take your photo, capture your details and process the membership there and then. You’ll be able to enter the zoo with your membership cards on the day of purchase.

My child has reached the age of three and I am part way through my membership, what should I do?

Children must be paid for once they reach the age of three regardless of whether it’s a day entry ticket or an annual membership. If you wish to join your child as a junior member when they turn three, they can be added on a pro rata basis at a pro rata price to bring their membership expiry date in line with your own.

What date does a membership start from?

Membership will start on the day of purchase. Please call us on 01962 777960 if you would like to specify a start date. Membership is valid for one year.

Wild Explorers' Club

Don't forget if you're a junior annual member to attend our FREE Wild Explorers' club in the Science & Learning centre in the zoo for fun, informative sessions around wildlife and conservation. The sessions book up very quickly so be sure to book well in advance!

What if I have already paid for day entry and decide to become a member?

Just pop in and see us on your way out with your admission receipt and we will deduct your admission (excluding donation) off the membership price on a like for like basis. This can be done within 14 days of your visit by either returning the receipt to the Membership Cabin in person or with an application form by post. The receipt must be produced at the point of membership purchase as it cannot be refunded once membership has been taken out.

What should I do if I lose my card?

Please ensure you bring with you proof of address such as a drivers licence. Don’t worry, it’s only £2.50 for a replacement. Please call the membership team in order to replace your membership card.

When will I know that my membership is due to expire?

About a month before your membership is due to expire we will post out a renewal notice with different payment options for you to choose from. If we have your correct email address, you may receive notification via email.