Start Date24th Oct 2020 End Date1st Nov 2020

‘Shriek Week’ returns to Colchester Zoo this October half term!

Join in with our fang-tastic themed activities taking place from the 24th October – 1st November 2020 including the chance to see our Dinosaur friends!

Please be aware that this year will be a little different as we have worked to create a safe and fun set of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Colchester Zoo is open until 5pm everyday throughout October half term with most of our additional ‘Shriek Week’ activities included in the cost of admission.

Pirate Chester’s Trail
Enjoy Pirate Chester’s treasure trail and solve the clues to find the hidden treasure! All participating children will be entered into a prize draw to win an Animal Experience!

Pick up a trail sheet at the Admissions building and complete as you explore along the Social Distance Route.

Pirate Chester’s Cove – 11am – 4pm
Take a pit stop at Chester’s Cove along the Social Distance Route and take part in some fun and gruesome games this Halloween!

Dinosaurs – Intervals between 11am – 3pm
This year enjoy the chance to see our Dinosaur friends, Blu, Spino, Trixy & Baby T at different intervals throughout the day between 11am – 3pm.

Please note, although there will be photo opportunities this is not a close contact activity and we kindly ask you to follow the instructions by staff on the day to ensure everyone can enjoy this exciting event safely.

In poor weather conditions we cannot guarantee Dinosaurs will be seen.

Pumpkin Carving – 10.30am – 4pm

Journey through the Pumpkin Patch by All Saints Church, pick-your-own pumpkin and create a carved masterpiece in the pumpkin carving area! Either take your pumpkin home with you or donate it to the animals to enjoy as part of their enrichment. (small charge applies)

Unfortunately, we are not running the pumpkin carving competition as in previous years however any pumpkins that are carved at the zoo and donated for enrichment will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a Keeper Shadowing Experience!

Witches Coven – 10am – 4pm
Create your own spells and wands with the good witches & wizards at Colchester Zoo. (small charge applies)


Unfortunately our ever-popular ‘Fright Nights’ will not be taking place this year due to COVID-19, however we plan to introduce a new experience that we can provide with safety measures in place to offer screams and scares in the evening. More information on this NEW event can be found here.

All event details, dates and times are subject to change without prior notification.

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