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Book A Group Session

Group educational sessions are designed for Guides, Scouts, and other similar groups. If you are a school, visit our school sessions page (click here).

Click on a session for more details including how each session meets requirements to help participants earn badges. All sessions are 90 minutes long and can be booked for a maximum of 30 children at a time at a cost of £1.50 per person.

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Please contact our Guest Service department on 01206 331292 to book a session! 

Our sessions are limited in availability so please book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.


 Looking After Animals (Ages 5-10)

Get up close with some of our exotic pet animals.  Children will learn how to meet the needs of these animals and how to look after them. Then get the chance to make your very own enrichment toys for the zoo animals to play with!

For Rainbows, Brownies, Beavers, and Cubs

This session meets requirements to help participants earn the following badges:

                Rainbows: Roundabout Global Adventure

                Brownies: Friends of the Animals, Science Investigator

                Beavers: Animal Friend

                Cubs: Animal Carer


 Seasonal Nature (Ages 5- 10)

Discover how animals are adapted to hot and cold climates and how animals change throughout the seasons. Investigate the importance of camouflage and how it helps animals survive.  Then take part in a nature exploration activity such as making bird feeders, pond dipping, creating a wormery, or identifying wild birds (the specific activity is seasonally dependant).

For Rainbows, Brownies, Beavers, and Cubs.

                This session meets requirements to help participants earn the following badges:

                Rainbows: Roundabout Seasons, Roundabout Global Adventure.

                Brownies: Science Investigator, Wildlife Explorer

                Beaver: Explore


 Saving Endangered Animals (Ages 7-14)

Discover what endangered means, and why animals are endangered. Get hands-on with confiscated furs, ivory, and reptile skins to see up close the threats these animals face. Then learn about what the zoo is doing to save endangered animals, and what you can do to help save them!

For Brownies, Guides, Cubs, and Scouts

This session meets requirements to help participants earn the following badges:

                Brownies: Friend of the Animals, Environment

                Guides: Animal Active

                Cubs: Global Conservation

                Scouts: Global Conservation, Naturalist


 Wildlife Forensics (Age 10+)

Explore the issues of illegal wildlife crime, and learn about the problems of hunting, poaching, pet trade, medicinal trade and bushmeat.  Examine seized artefacts (furs, feathers, etc.) and learn how organisations are helping stop these crimes.  While fingerprint analysis may seem familiar, participants also get the chance to try more unique science including feather analysis and skull identification. Participants leave with new science skills, and an appreciation of the threat caused by wildlife crime.

For Guides, Seniors, Scouts, and Explorers.

This session meets requirements to help participants earn the following badges:

                Guides: Science

                Scouts: Global Conservation, Naturalist

                Explorers: Naturalist, Science and Technology

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OPENING TIMES

Opening times: 

9.30am – 5.00pm or dusk if earlier*

*Last admission 4.00pm

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