Birthday Parties

Go WILD with a birthday party at Colchester Zoo!

Check out our party experiences! 

Be a party animal at outstanding value for money! We offer a choice of four birthday packages designed to suit all ages.

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All parties include;

  • Complimentary entry for the whole day
  • 2 hour hosted party*
  • teddyLunch – ham, cheese or jam sandwich, a savoury snack, a piece of fruit, a sweet treat and a cold drink for each child
  • Presents for each child
  • Special gift for the Birthday child
  • Invitations
  • Two adults for 10 children are admitted free of charge, 20 or more receive 3 free adults
  • Additional persons attending the party but not participating in the activities qualify for group
    rate entry, these must be pre-booked when booking the party

*Please note that adult supervision is still required for parties.


The Teddy Bears Picnic, Birthday Party with Puddles and Nature Detective Squad packages are £225.00 for up to 10 children. Any additional children after this are charged £22.50 each.

The Jungle Tumble Play Party package is £337.50 for up to 15 children. Any additional children after this are charged £22.50 each

Passholders receive 10% discount off of booking of children attending the party. Both the adult host and the birthday child  must have valid passes at the time of booking and attending the birthday party to qualify for this reduced rate. 


Time slots

3 party slots are available each day for The Teddy Bears Picnic, Birthday Party with Puddles and Nature Detective Squad with the following times;

  • 10.00am – 12.00pm
  • 12.00pm – 2.00pm
  • 2.00pm – 4.00pm

1 slot per day is available for the Jungle Tumble Play Party with the following times according to season;

  • 21st Mar – 25th Mar - 4.00pm – 6.00pm
  • 26th Mar – 22nd Jul - 5.00pm – 7.00pm
  • 23rd July – 11th Sept 5.30pm – 7.30pm
  • 12th Sept – 2nd Oct - 5.00pm – 7.00pm
  • 3rd Oct – 31st Dec - 4.00pm – 6.00pm

(times valid for 2016 only)

Party Packages

Teddy bears Picnic –

Join your party host on a treasure hunt by the Sun bear enclosure and then, after learning all about these adorable animals, the party create their very own huggable bear friend! Plus a fun and interactive story time, a party picnic and a visit from the zoo mascot, Sonny Bear!

Birthday party with Puddles -

After kicking off with party games, including pass the egg and fishy facts, the party will meet the penguins themselves! The party will then enjoy a penguin themed craft activity where each child will decorate their own plate to take home! This will be followed by a picnic and a visit from zoo mascot, Puddles the Penguin!

Nature Detective Squad –

This party is perfect for those inquisitive young minds, as the party is challenged to solve a beastly crime. Enrolled into the Nature Detective Squad, and a CSI gift for every child, the party will be briefed on a crime, examine evidence, perform forensic tests and visit suspects, who are all animals! This hoot of a whodunit is unique and fun party package.

Jungle Tumble Play Party – Perfect after school party!

Fun, food and fantastic animals. They are all included in this brilliant party package that offers your children exclusive use of the Jungle Tumble indoor soft play complex.

With a picnic style meal, a visit from a zoo mascot, an amazing, hands on, close up animal experience, fun and games led by your party host with jugs of juice to keep the kids hydrated and a souvenir gift for every child, this party has everything!

To book

We cannot currently take online bookings for these new parties so for more information or to book please contact our Experiences Reception to find out more!

Telephone: 01206 331292 ext. 232 or 237

Email: experiences@colchesterzoo.org

Please read the terms and conditions before making your booking.

Download your birthday invitations here!


"I just wanted to say thankyou to all the staff at Colchester Zoo who made my sons' 7th birthday party a success yesterday afternoon. Through the booking process I spoke to lots of different staff, all were very helpful.

Our party hosts were great, particularly our lead host, all polite, very keen to help with 12 noisy boys, keeping them engaged, and helping to make the party as stress free as possible for us.

I would definately recommend your party services, but most of all I got to see my son happy, celebrating his birthday with friends, together with some animal experiences to remember, he loved the owls.

Thank you all."

Louise from Colchester, October 2016.



Opening times: 

9.30am – 5.00pm or dusk if earlier*

*Last admission 4.00pm

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