Start Date2nd Nov 2019 End Date2nd Nov 2019

Stay after dark for this year’s Fright Night events! 

Join us on the 26th, 28th, 30th, 31st October & 2nd November ONLY as Colchester Zoo remains open until 9.30pm!

As the daylight fades and the darkness sets in you’ll be able to enjoy some frightfully good attractions and activities which are sure to scare and delight! Our team are ready…are you!?

Colchester Zoo is open from 9:30am on Fright Night event days so why not also join us throughout the day and enjoy our Shriek Week activities.

Check out our Fright Night trailer for a sneak peak of our wristband required attractions:

Prices for October Half Term:

Find out prices for visiting on a Fright Night below or our Shriek Week prices for those who do not wish to take part in our additional wristband required attractions.

  • Fright Nights: 26th, 28th, 30th, 31st October & 2nd November 2019

    All COMBI TICKETS listed below INCLUDE admission to Colchester Zoo from 9.30am and also INCLUDE entry to wristband required attractions after 5pm on the selected Fright Night.

    COMBI tickets are available ONLINE ONLY. 

    You can also purchase a Fright Night Wristband for those visiting with Zoo Passes and those using vouchers towards admission that would like to participate in the wristband required attractions.

    A Fright Night Wristband will NOT allow you entry to the zoo. You will need to purchase a Zoo admission ticket to gain entry into the zoo.

    Ticket TypeOn the day priceOnline in advance price
    Adult Combi Unavailable on the day £25.89
    Child Combi*
    (3-15 yrs)
    Unavailable on the day £19.94
    Senior Combi
    Unavailable on the day £24.19
    Under 3 Not permitted on wristband required attractions Not permitted on wristband required attractions
    Fright Night Wristband (A Zoo Pass or admission ticket is also required to enter the zoo) £5.50£5.50

    *Please be aware that Fright Night wristband required attractions are not recommended for under 11s however this is at guardians discretion.

    If you would like to attend Fright Night without access to the wristband attractions please purchase a standard day ticket.


  • Shriek Week: 26th October 2019 - 3rd November 2019

    The prices listed below INCLUDE entry to Colchester Zoo from 9.30am until zoo close but DO NOT INCLUDE entry to the wristband required attractions after 5pm on the 26th, 28th, 30th, 31st October or 2nd November 2019 for Fright Nights.

    If you are visiting to participate in Fright Night and the wristband required attractions please check the Fright Night price table.

    Ticket TypeOn the day priceOnline in advance price
    (3-15 yrs)
    Under 3 FREEFREE


Our Fright Night Timetable:

The attractions listed below are included in admission and DO NOT require a Fright Night wristband for entry.

In Kalahari Theatre
Due to popular demand our UV Glow Show is back with new characters!
Shows commence at 5.00pm / 5.45pm / 6.30pm / 7.15pm / 8.00pm / 8.45pm
In Elephant Kingdom
Set sail with Captain Black Beard on his swash-buckling quest!
Next to Penguini’s Restaurant
Join the good witches and wizards in the Craft Coven to create your own potions, spells and other witchy crafts. NB. Small charge applies.
Opposite Sweet Shop
Venture into the pirate’s hangout for fun and frights!
Opposite Lion Rock
Journey through Chester’s maze and find all 9 letters to rearrange and make a word.

Our Wristband Required Attractions Timetable:

The attractions listed below DO REQUIRE a valid Fright Night wristband for entry in addition to an admission ticket or pass to enter the zoo.

The attractions below are not suitable for under 11s but this is at parental/guardian’s discretion. Under 3s and pushchairs are not permitted access to wristband required attractions.

Next to the Discovery Centre
Are you brave enough to tour the dark corridors of the old cinema and catch a scary movie…
All Saints Church (access through Orangutan Forest)
A spine-chilling twist on some familiar tunes that are sure to give you a fright!
Lost Madagascar Express Train Station
Watch horror come to life as we take a ride through classic fairy tales!
Elephant Bushwalk
Discover some strange goings on as you are taken on a journey through the research facility.

Our Late Night Animal Encounters:

Check our late night evening encounters!
Animal viewing except for those timetabled below cannot be guaranteed after dark.

See our evening tiger enounter at our Tiger Taiga enclosure with a Halloween twist!
Join the team at the Edge of Africa for this Halloween themed encounter!
Our late night sealion encounter allows you to see them taking an evening swim at our Playa Patagonia.
Please be aware that all of the above activities and encounters and their times are subject to change. 

Additional Information:

Our catering outlets will also remain open into the evening so you can enjoy dinner at Colchester Zoo or perhaps a warming hot chocolate or tasty trick or treat!

We have introduced a Virtual Queuing Programme which is designed to allow our guests with disability to enjoy our events without waiting in line if the guest is not able to do so as a result of their specific needs. Virtual Queue is only available for events listed on the Virtual Queue Sheet, and is not available for Glow Show, meet and greet priority, gift shop check-out, restaurant or any other queues. For more information on the Virtual Queue Programme please click here.

Don’t forget to bring a torch if you are visiting Colchester Zoo after dark!

Important Information:

All event dates, times and activities are subject to change.

Access to the park during Fright Nights is included in your day admission however some attractions require a valid Fright Night Wristband for access which can be purchased for an additional £5.50 fee per person.

Please be aware that areas of the zoo will be closed throughout our Fright Nights and that animal viewing cannot be guaranteed after dark.

For our full list of FAQs for our Halloween events, please click here.

Please read our full Halloween terms & conditions and rules of entry.

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