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Find details about this popular festive session below:


Risk Assessments

All Christmas Penguin Educational Sessions will follow current Covid-secure guidelines including, but not limited to: increased cleaning, distancing where possible, and staff wearing face coverings as applicable.

Please see our detailed school trip risk assessment page for a full detailed school trip Covid-19 risk assessment, as well as our general school trip risk assessments and session risk assessments.


Booking Details

The sessions are available Mon-Fri from the 15th Nov 2021 to the 17th Dec 2021.

Availability for Christmas Penguin Sessions as of 27 Oct 2021
Calendar is not live and does not reflect bookings received and not yet processed

Fill in the form below with your preferred visit dates, or contact the education department directly if you wish to check availability on a specific date before making your booking. Reach us at 01206 332511, 01206 332512 or 01206 331292 or email education@colchesterzoo.org


Session Details

Take part in a wonderful Christmas educational experience at Colchester Zoo! Your class will be greeted by a festive elf who helps you learn all about penguins. You’ll then get the chance to observe a real penguin up close to test what you’ve learned. Father Christmas will then join you to see how much you know about one of his favourite winter animals! As you leave, Father Christmas has a lovely gift for each pupil.

Suitable for Reception, KS1, and lower KS2 classes with accompanying adults.

The session covers a wide range of learning about penguins as well as the National Curriculum links as outlined in the below PLOs.

After your Christmas Penguin session, you can also complete a follow up activity with your class where they can write letters to Father Christmas and receive a custom, personalised reply. Download the worksheets for this here, or check your confirmation email attachments.

The Christmas Penguin Experience includes:

  • Entry to Colchester Zoo
  • Meet a live penguin
  • Father Christmas
  • Gift for each child
  • Free adult places*
  • Indoor lunch space**

**Each participating class will receive an assigned time slot within an indoor eating area. Please note that outside of these timeslots, these lunch spaces may not be available.


Christmas Penguin Experience Cost:

Ticket TypeCost
Primary Pupil£10.00
*Primary Disabled Pupil£10.00
**Primary Zoo Pass Holder£3.00
Additional Adults£10.99
*Adult CarersFree

Schools are offered free adult places at a ratio of 1 free adult per 6 paying pupils. Any adults above this free ratio are charged at the additional adult rate. Please note that any pupils who qualify for carer places (as detailed below) are provided free adult carer at a 1:1 ratio and therefore these pupils will not count towards your free adult ratio.

* Adult carers are admitted free of charge at a 1:1 ratio for any pupils with physical or emotional disabilities, are the subjects of SEND statements or EHCPs, or can provide other evidence of specific needs. Please note that you must declare the need for these carers on the day of your visit based on the pupils who attend on the day. Carer places are offered at a 1:1 ratio for each disabled pupil. If your pupil requires a higher carer ratio, please contact us.

** Zoo Passes (Gold Cards) must be shown on the day of your visit. If passes are not shown, pupils will be charged the full price of £10.00.


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