Bring your family and friends to the 140 acre zoological park, home to hundreds of exotic and endangered species. Kids will have a wild day out!
Marwell Zoo, Colden Common, Winchester, Hants SO21 1JH
Animals, Gardens and Open Spaces, Indoor Activities, Outdoor Activities, Trips and Transport
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
Few great days out can rival a day at Marwell Zoo, not far from Winchester and on the fringe of the South Downs National Park. More than just a walk in the park, a visit to Marwell Zoo is the chance to get close to the wonders of the natural world – and play a big part in helping to save them. From ring-tailed coatis to poison arrow frogs, frilled lizards to Amur leopards, bat-eared foxes to meerkats and giraffes – the 140 acre zoological park is home to hundreds of exotic and endangered species in beautiful landscaped surroundings.
Experience the African wilderness first hand at Marwell’s biggest exhibit to date, Wild Explorers. Packed with activities, you can also observe white rhinos, scimitar-horned Oryx and Grevy’s zebra through ‘spy in the grass’ cameras! What’s more, it offers covered areas for exhibitions and education sessions, plus a themed play area for children to practice their ranger skills! If you develop a bond with one of Grevy’s zebra or white rhino then why not adopt one? You’ll be making a very welcome contribution to the care of the animals in the zoo. Just by visiting the zoo, you’ll be making a big contribution to this conservation charity’s projects to conserve species and habitats, both in Hampshire and around the world.
Remember to leave time to look out for some very playful primates at Marwell Zoos latest exhibit, which opens in July this year. Lemur Loop is a new walk-through exhibit for summer 2017. With a beautiful landscaped setting, both indoors and out, the new lemur exhibit is a wonderfully immersive experience.
Pick up your Explorers Trail from the Information Cabin and challenge your inner adventurer by collecting all eight stamps around the park. Don’t forget to enter into Marwell’s prize draw and pick up your Wild Explorer sticker from the gift shop! Marwell Zoo is about being as active or as relaxed as you want. There are three play areas where your children can run wild while you take a well-earned break.
Enjoy spectacular views while you eat and drink at Café Graze, or its attached picnic area. Hop onto the free road train to help you get around, look out for the daily talks and activities and enjoy family-friendly events throughout the year. Best of all, you can combine an unforgettable day out with a chance to learn all about the natural world and the challenges it faces.
My children and I visited Santa at Marwell on Saturday, if you want a fun-filled Christmas day out, then I would highly recommend it. Everything was magical, from the décor to seeing the kids’ names on the ‘nice list’, making the experience all the more special. The children (aged 7 & 5) were enchanted throughout; enjoying biscuits and squash with the Elves was a particular highpoint, along with story-time from Mrs Clause, decorating Christmas plates and, of course, meeting Santa himself. The opportunity to walk around the zoo to see all the animals was an added bonus. As suspected for this time of year, it didn’t feel too busy around the zoo, meaning that at no point did we feel rushed. The perfect start to our Christmas 2017.
4:58 PM December 4, 2017