Six ways to visit Marwell Zoo with membership this summer!

July 31, 2023

We’re looking forward to a fantastic summer filled to the rafters with amazing animals, fun family activities and creative craft sessions guaranteed to keep little ones entertained.

With so much taking place over the school holidays here’s never been a better time to invest in zoo membership.

Membership costs slightly more than two separate visits and can be used as many times as you like throughout the year excluding special event dates.

Here’s how to get six very different visits out of your membership over the summer break:

  1. Come and see Bluey and Bingo or Hey Duggee!

Come and catch a glimpse of Bluey and her little sister Bingo or Hey Duggee during one of our Family friendly Thursday Fun Days.

These special character days are free for members so you could even book to see Bluey and Bingo one week and Hey Duggee the next!

We do expect these days to be particularly busy so prebooking is essential – Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Tickets will need to be booked in advance for all guests including free tickets for children under three and free carer tickets.

  1. Meet our new arrivals

It’s been an incredibly busy time at the zoo and we’ve got lots of adorable new arrivals waiting to meet you!

See if you can find all our new babies including our Red river hog triplets, Przewalski’s horse foals, okapi calf, blesbok calf, starred agama hatchlings and mountain bongo calves.

Don’t forget to pay a special visit to Tashi the red panda who arrived at Marwell at the end of June! Plus, our impressive new raptor species – caracara.

Use our discounted senior tickets to bring the grandparents along and if you have students home for the break drag them along too – both student and senior tickets are just £15 when booked online.

  1. Pop along for a craft session

Pebble painting sessions are being held every Tuesday and Wednesday from 25 July through to 30 August on the driveway of Marwell Hall

Join our events team anytime between 11am and 3pm for a free creative session where you can let your artistic talents flow.

Children will need to be supervised by an adult for this activity but we’ll provide the pens paint and pebbles if you bring enthusiasm and imagination!

  1. Crack the code on our tree trail

Our treemendous tree trail is great for all ages with yews, pines, oaks and more to explore throughout the park.

Full of useful facts, historic connections and links to local landmarks such as Winchester Cathedral, this fun and informative trail explores nine different tree species.

Download the free Marwell Zoo app to crack the clues and collect all the code letters.  Once you have all nine, see if you can solve the anagram for the win!

  1. Explore with your senses

Use all of your senses to explore the world around you and take inspiration from our upcycled Thriving Through Nature building.

Our talented team has been busy creating a magnificent arid landscape full of sounds, sights, smells and textures that will transport guests to the Mediterranean.

In this space we’re encouraging guests to touch (and smell) the plants, run their hands through the water, feel the aged bark of the trees and listen to the sounds around them.

The original concept for this habitat was all around connecting people with nature and understanding the benefits this has for the planet, animals and ourselves.

Why not try using your senses all around the zoo?

Be sure to scan the QR code for more information and activities to help you continue connecting with nature beyond your zoo visit.

This building will be open to guests from Friday 28 July.

  1. Go on a playpark safari complete with waffles and ice cream!

With five adventure play areas to explore you can embark on your own playpark safari with something to suit all ages!

Have your picture taken in the mouth of a ferocious shark, climb astride a regal lion and climb like a monkey on our rope bridges and climbing frames.

We have an accessible slide at Okapi Playground plus, new for summer 2023 we’ve opened a brand new accessible toddlers’ play area with wheelchair accessible play panels and lots of social interactive opportunities.

Toddlers can trace a wallaby, doodle noodles, and engage in florist role play all whilst climbing, sliding and exploring this brightly coloured apparatus.

Whilst they play, why not enjoy a delicious ice cream?

Hot off the press! Opening Saturday 29 July, we’re transforming Bushtucker Bites into Safari Scoops, a scrumptious new ice cream parlour complete with waffles, sundaes and more! Keep an eye on our website for updates!

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