School Bookings

Based on current government guidance (click here for DfE guidance on Educational Visits), we are accepting school bookings from our anticipated opening date of 12th April*. However, please be aware restrictions will be in place at this time.

To the best of our understanding (subject to change*) from 12th April* the following restrictions may be in place:

  • Indoor areas will be closed (including but not limited to animal houses such as the Giraffe House, Worlds Apart Walkthrough, Sea Lion tunnel, Orangutan House, etc.)
  • Education sessions will still be available in our indoor classroom space (see education session pages for details of covid secure measures)
  • Giftshop (as non-essential retail) will be open
  • Food Outlets will be limited and take-away only
  • Extremely limited picnic areas and all outside even in bad weather
  • Limited numbers of visitors, and specific arrival times

If you are concerned about how these potential restrictions may impact your school trip, we recommend booking after 17th May* when restrictions are anticipated to be eased.

*All anticipated dates, and restrictions are based on the governments unlocking plan, and following government restrictions. These are subject to change and are entirely outside of our control.

We apologise in advance if there is a delay in processing your booking while our education staff are currently working limited hours.

Payment is not required at the time of booking your school visit, nor in advance of your visit.
Payment options for schools are on the day or via invoice after your visit.
In the event you need to cancel your school visit or change the date of your visit there is no charge or fee for this.
After making your booking, if you need to make any modifications, please contact the education department directly at 01206 332511, 01206 332512 or 01206 331292 or

All school visits to Colchester Zoo must be pre-booked a minimum of five days in advance in order to qualify for our discounted school rates.

To make a booking for a school, fill in the form below. The information you enter will be completely secure and confidential. For more details of how we store and use data, please see our Privacy Policy, and the Policy for our booking form.

To fill in this form you will require the following information:

  • School contact details
  • Proposed visit date
  • Estimated numbers of pupils and adults (final numbers will be confirmed on the day)
  • Which educational sessions you would like and potential times for these session

After you have filled in the form, within five working days, you will be emailed a detailed document confirming your trip (if you have not received it within that time, please contact our education department). This document will contain a cost breakdown based on your estimated numbers. For price details, please see our School Admission Prices page.

Please note, your visit (including sessions and times of sessions) is not confirmed until you received this document. Our sessions are limited in availability and very popular. Please book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

School session availability as of 1 Apr 2021
Calendar is not live and does not include any bookings received and not yet processed.

If you have any questions about making a booking,
or wish to check availability for sessions availability on a specific date, please contact our education department directly at 01206 332511, 01206 332512 or 01206 331292 or

If you are visiting on multiple days, please complete a separate booking form for each date that you are visiting.

Are you a SEND school who visits Colchester Zoo frequently?

 If so, contact us to discuss our prepaid school tickets for SEND registered special school groups. Contact the education department directly via phone at 01206 332511 or 01206 332512 or email ( to find out more or book your tickets.

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