Events 2017
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Next illuminations: Halloween Evenings of Mini Horrors

October 25th to 31st




Daily until 24th October 2017 -

Many fun and eccentric characters, from our new 4D film, are hidden throughout the gardens. Use your own magical powers to find them on a fun and challenging character hunt.

NITTY GRTTY: Not available after dusk during evening opening - please allow plenty of time in daylight.  'The House of Magic' film in our 4D theatre is an optional extra experience but will help acquaint you with the characters.



halloweenwebEvenings October 25th to 31st 2017

10.30am to last entry 7.30pm

The Model Village takes on a spooky twist!

We are open all day from 10.30am. There are miniature Halloween scenes and displays around the gardens, but the main Halloween theme, and activities, start from dusk.

Full Details Here




December 16th 2017 to January 1st 2018  (except closed Dec 25th)

Open 10.30am to latest entry 4.00pm (See below for Santa dates/times)

 What's on Daily.......

Enjoy a visit to the Model Village with some miniature Christmas scenes

'Alpine' Skiing for young kids (skis sizes typically suitable for 3 to 9 yrs)

A Christmas character hunt - will you find the hidden mini Santas

'A Dream of Christmas' in our 4D Theatre

Christmas lights 3.00pm - 5.30pm

 What's on Special times - Dec 16th to 24th only.......

Meet Santa and receive a present from him - 12 noon to 4pm (additional charge) 

Meet roaming Panto characters - 12 noon to 4pm

Please arrive no later than 3.30pm if you wish to visit Santa & the Panto characters 


IMPORTANT NOTICE: From November to March, we will be carrying out extensive redevelopment of our large city scene, adding new models and displays, creating an exciting major new city display. This will mean we have to close part of the lower gardens during the winter and, whilst all of our usual Christmas activities will be running and mini-golf too, there will be no direct access to the zoo model display and the city scene will be in development.  So admission prices for our Christmas event will be reduced accordingly to...


Advance bookings are not taken - simply come along on the day suitable for you