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Christmas Penguin Experience

We’re now open for bookings! Spaces going fast!

If you are interested in making a booking or checking availability please contact the Education Department via email education@colchesterzoo.org or phone at 01206 332511 or 01206 332512. This educational experience is very popular and spaces book up quickly.

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Take part in a wonderful Christmas educational experience at Colchester Zoo! Your class will be greeted by a festive elf who helps you learn all about penguins. You’ll then get the chance to observe a real penguin up close to test what you’ve learned. Father Christmas will then join you to see how much you know about one of his favourite winter animals! As you leave, Father Christmas will give each pupil a lovely gift to remember your experience.

Suitable for Reception, KS1, and lower KS2 classes with accompanying adults.

Christmas Penguin Experience Cost:

Ticket Type Cost
Primary Pupil £10.00
*Primary Disabled Pupil £8.50
**Primary Zoo Pass Holder £3.00
Additional Adults £10.99
*Adult Carers £5.49

Schools are offered free adult places at a ratio of 1 free adult per 6 paying pupils. Any adults above this free ratio are charged at the additional adult rate.

* Disabled pupil rates apply to all students with physical or emotional disabilities, are the subjects of SEND statements or EHCPs, or can provide other evidence of specific needs. You may be asked for proof at entrance.  A letter on school letterhead is acceptable proof. Carer places are offered at a 1:1 ratio for each disabled pupil. If your pupil requires a higher carer ratio, please contact us.

** Zoo Passes (Gold Cards or Platinum Cards) must be shown on the day of your visit. If passes are not shown, pupils will be charged the full price of £10.00.

Christmas Penguin Experience includes:

  • Entry to Colchester Zoo
  • Meet a live penguin
  • Father Christmas
  • Gift for each child
  • Free adult places*
  • Indoor lunch space**

Each Christmas Penguin experience is for a maximum of 30 pupils, and their free adult supervisors (5 adults per 30 pupils). If you are bringing a large group, we can run multiple sessions to accommodate you.

*Free adult places are offered at a 1 to 6 ratio per paying pupil. Additional adults beyond your free adult ratio will be admitted to the zoo with your group at our standard charge of £10.99 per adult (or £5.49 per Carer accompanying disabled Pupils). Please note, due to limited capacity only those adults admitted free for supervision purposes (or accompanying carers) will be allowed to accompany the class for the Christmas Penguin Experience. We will accommodate extra adults where possible but this is at the discretion of the staff member at the time of the event.

**Each participating class will receive an assigned time slot within an indoor eating area. Please note that outside of these timeslots, these lunch spaces may not be available.

To book a Christmas Penguin Experience please contact our education department directly to discuss availability by phone at 01206 332511 or 01206 332512 or email education@colchesterzoo.org.

Experience available from Monday 12th Nov until Friday 14th Dec 2018, weekdays only. Please note, the Christmas Penguin Experience must be booked at least two weeks in advance.


8th September - 28th September: 
9.30am - 6.00pm

29th September
9.30am - 9.30pm

30th September
9.30am - 6.00pm

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