There’s plenty to see and do at Colchester Zoo, so make sure you make the most of your day!
What's On Now
What's On Next
- 11:00 - Red Pandas
- 11:15 - Koi
- 11:30 - Penguin (Inca Trail)
- 11:30 - Lions
- 11:30 - Kingdom of the Wild
- 11:45 - Swims, stings or slithers
- 12:00 - Animals of the rainforest
- 12:00 - Sealions
- 12:15 - Orangutan
- 12:15 - Public Giraffe Feed
- 12:30 - Wolves
- 12:30 - Public Elephant Feed
- 12:45 - Komodo Dragons
- 13:00 - Amur Tigers
- 13:00 - Chimpanzees
- 13:00 - Mandrills
- 14:00 - Sealions
- 14:15 - Public Giraffe Feed
- 14:30 - Familiar Friends
- 14:30 - Smooth-coated Otters
- 14:30 - Public Elephant Feed
- 14:45 - Giant Tortoise
- 14:45 - Orangutan
- 15:00 - Vulture Valley
- 15:00 - Spotted Hyenas
- 15:15 - Meerkat
- 15:30 - Penguins (Inca Trail)
- 15:30 - Cheetah
- 15:30 - Amur Leopard
- 15:45 - Public Elephant Feed
- 15:45 - Chimpanzee
- 16:00 - Sealions
- 16:00 - Public Giraffe Feed
- 16:15 - Elephants
Skip the queues and book E-tickets on your mobile!
These will be valid for today only and as they are booked on the day no discount is available on our gate price. All E-tickets are non refundable. Further T&Cs apply.
Please note that our gift shop will be closing at 5pm today.
We do apologise for any inconvenience caused and we thank you for your understanding.
Supervision of Children:
Unfortunately we are unable to allow admittance to children under the age of 16yrs without a full paying adult or adult passholder. Children under the age of 16yrs must be supervised by a responsible adult over the age of 16yrs at all times whilst inside the park. Unsupervised children will not be granted admission.
School Visit Numbers:
Please be aware we have a high level of school groups visiting us this today.
Some catering and retail outlets will close at least one hour prior to the zoo grounds as well as some interactive areas and the Kingdom of the Wild building. Please click here for catering open hours or visit our Dining page.
Jungle Tumble promptly closes 30 minutes prior to zoo grounds, last entry to the soft play facilities are 45 minutes prior to zoo closing time.
Some of the larger animal buildings close 30 minutes prior to the zoo grounds with last admission to these areas up to 30 minutes before this time.
Please note that the zoo car parks close a maximum of 30 minutes after the zoo closes.
Explore our Resturants:
Safari Snack Shop
The Safari Snack Shop is situated at the Elephant Bush Walk and serves ice cream, Mr Whippy and hot and cold drinks.
Only open weekends and ...
The Horse Box
The Horse Box is situated near the Sensation Station and serves delicious Carte d’Or ice cream.
Why not stop by and see what flavour is yo...
Slush Station gives you the option to make your own slush from the many flavours on offer.
Only open weekends and school holidays.
Spirit is located inside the Kingdom of the Wild. This outlet offers hot and cold drinks as well as ice creams.
Spirit also has an indoor pi...
Naughty and Nice
Located by Dragons of Komodo, Naughty and Nice offers delicious snacks and sandwiches for you to indulge in during your visit. Children’s lunch b...
Tiger Taiga Chip Shop
Located next to Tiger Taiga, our chip shop offers tasty chips with your choice of dip, plus delicious chicken bites. Our chips are palm oil free ma...
Located next to Tiger Taiga, this outlet offers freshly made sandwiches, hot pastries, children’s lunch bags and ice creams.
Hot and cold ...
The Veg Box
The Veg Box is located outside Penguinis...
Ice Cream Parlour
The Ice Cream Parlour is located next to The Southern Kitchen restaurant and offers 18 different flavours of Carte d’Or ice cream. Mr Whippy is a...
Located on the corner of Elephant Kingdo...
Enjoy a tasty hot dog and relax at The Sausage Hut by Otter Creek. Our sausages are locally sourced and served in a soft brioche bun.
Situated at the side of the lake, next to the smooth-coated otter enclosure, the Wrap Bar offers freshly made wraps with various fillings and plent...
Playa Patagonia Coffee Shop
Playa Patagonia Ice Cream is situated next to our 24m tunnel that takes you under the water at the Playa Patagonia Sealion enclosure, through to Or...
The Southern Kitchen
Situated next to Chimpanzee Lookout, thi...
The Patisserie offers fantastic table service in a relaxing environment. With a selection of light lunches, such as freshly-made sandwiches and sal...
Located next to the meerkat enclosure, t...
Penguini’s Pizza & Pasta Restaurant
Penguini’s self-service restaurant off...