Start Date15th Oct 2021 End Date16th Oct 2021

The Trail of Terror at Colchester Zoo

Location: Colchester Zoo (location only, the Zoo will be closed during event)
Dates:
15th October
16th October
22nd October – SOLD OUT
23rd October – SOLD OUT
27th October – SOLD OUT
29th October – SOLD OUT
30th October – SOLD OUT

Times: Timed entry slots from 6.30pm
Duration: Between 1hr – 1hr 30mins
Age range: 12yrs + at parental discretion. Under 5s will not be admitted to the Zoo grounds. Under 16s must be accompanied by a guardian 16yrs or over.
Ticket information: £20 per person, tickets are now available to book. See below.

Safety measures may be put in place for this event nearer the time following any changes to Government Guidelines.

Although this event is hosted by us here at Colchester Zoo & the trail is within the park, the zoo itself will remain closed and the event does not include animal viewing.


Expect the unexpected…

The Trail of Terror is a pre-bookable event with a maximum capacity each evening. Arrivals will be staggered along the trail offering you screams of laughter as you won’t know what is lurking around the corner on The Trail of Terror!

Colchester Zoo will close at 5.00pm to day visitors as usual, before opening at 6.30pm on selected evenings, leaving the zoo behind as The Trail of Terror comes to life!

The Trail of Terror begins as soon as you step foot in the door, from rustling bushes, to masked monsters and screaming scarers, they could get you anytime and anywhere…

We do have a limited number of Safe Zones during the trail which are located alongside food outlets offering hot food, snacks and drinks that you can enjoy without fear of being scared!

We will also have food and music for you to enjoy at the end of the trail PLUS a themed photo point so you can purchase a souvenir of your evening.

Due to the nature of this event, we do not recommend this for anyone under the age of 12yrs however this is at guardians’ discretion. We will not admit anyone under the age of 5yrs. Please also be aware that due to the unpredictable nature of the trail, this event may not be suitable for some people with sensory or other specific needs.

Please be aware that tickets are non-refundable, do bear this in mind when deciding if this event is suitable for everyone in your group.


What you need to know:

The Trail of Terror event must be pre-booked online in advance.
Unfortunately, it is not viable for us to offer a discount to Passholders for this event.

Price:
All tickets are available at £20.00 per person.

Personal assistants will be admitted free of charge to accompany a guest with a disability, verification may be requested on arrival.

The Trail of Terror does not admit entry to Colchester Zoo during usual opening hours.

Please also be aware that due to the unpredictable nature of the trail, this event may not be suitable for some people with sensory or other specific needs.

Please be aware that tickets are non-refundable, do bear this in mind when deciding if this event is suitable for everyone in your group.

BOOK NOW
There are 7 dates available to take part the 15th,16th, 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 29th & 30th October 2021.

The Trail of Terror is available to book in slots from 6.30pm. Choose your date and 15 minute arrival time slot when booking, closing times may vary.

The trail can take 1 hour to 1 ½ hours to complete depending on whether you choose to take a break from the scares at a Safe Zone. It is one way and so you are unable to turn back once you have begun the trail.

Your entry admits you to participate in The Trail of Terror route once within the evening. You are not able to re-walk the route once you have completed the trail.
We will have a small number of catering outlets open offering some hot food, snacks and drinks throughout the evening so you can take a break, catch your breath and enjoy some fang-tastic food!
Our popular day time Shriek Week events will be running throughout October half term with safety measures in place.
Find out more here.

Please be aware that all activities, terms & conditions, dates, times and prices are subject to change.


FAQ’s

We are not able to admit anyone under the age 5yrs to this event.

We do not recommend this event for anyone under the age of 12yrs however this is at guardians’ discretion. This is due to the fact that except for a few limited ‘Safe Zones‘, our scarers will be on the hunt to frighten visitors throughout the rest of the trail and there is no easy way out as you cannot turn back on our one way route.

Please be aware that tickets are non-refundable therefore please bear this in mind when deciding if this event is suitable for everyone in your group.
As with previous years we will also be offering a more family friendly day time selection of activities via our Shriek Week event. Shriek Week is included in the cost of general zoo admission with some secondary activities available at a small additional cost.
We will have evening entry time slots every 15 minutes from 6.30pm with the last entry time subject to demand. This allows for a smooth flow of people throughout The Trail of Terror. This is to help avoid overcrowding and queueing for long periods of time.

As you enter certain areas of the trail our marshals may ask you to wait for a short time to allow for previous groups to move on and keep a steady flow throughout the trail.
As Colchester Zoo will be closing & reopening outside of normal operating hours for this special event, all visitors to The Trail of Terror will be charged the same admission price per person.

Unfortunately, it is not viable for us to offer a discount to Passholders for this event due to the the general operation of the event.

Passholder discounts will still be available in open food outlets.
Colchester Zoo will close at 5.00pm. From 6.30pm The Trail of Terror will open and the zoo as you know it will remain closed therefore it will not be possible to see any of the animals.

The Trail of Terror consists of a marked route which you will be asked to follow.

If you would like to see the animals at Colchester Zoo, The Trail of Terror is not the event for you, instead we recommend joining us during the day.
The trail has been designed to be accessible for wheelchairs however there are some areas that may present difficulty because of uneven ground or after wet weather when the surface may become muddy or slippery. Parts of the trail do also use bark chipping as a base and this may prove difficult for some, not all, wheelchairs.
We do not recommend this event for assistant dogs however this is at the owners’ discretion. This is due to special effects, sudden noises and scares that will occur throughout the trail.

If you decide to enter with an assistant dog, please contact us in advance to make our team aware of the time you will be visiting.

Please be aware that tickets are non-refundable, do keep this in mind when deciding if this event is suitable for your assistant dog.
Safety measures may be put in place for this event should Government Guidelines require, please keep checking back and we will update you on any measures we put in place which may affect your visit.

We hope that our staggered arrival times will aid in social distancing and also ask that those visiting do their bit by keeping their distance from other groups where possible. Wearing a face covering is advised to help keep yourself and others safe however this is not a requirement at this time.

Expect the unexpected!

Please read our full Trail of Terror Terms & Conditions here.

Tickets are non-refundable, do bear this in mind when deciding if this event is suitable for everyone in your group.

Please be aware that all of the above activities, terms & conditions, dates, times and prices are subject to change.

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