General Information


Due to Covid-19 we have temporarily suspended our Educational Workshop Programme and are therefore unable to offer school & group visits to the Zoo & Castle that include a workshop. We hope to be able to re-introduce our workshop programme as soon as it safe to do so.


Please contact for information on self-guided visits.


The workshops detailed in the following pages are from our 2019/20 programme and are for reference only.  UPDATED 02/04/21.




Self-Guided Zoo & Castle Visit @ £7.00 per child

If you would prefer a self-guided visit; a full programme of visitor talks and presentations are available throughout the day for your groups to attend. Details of these can be found on our website. If you would like advice on itineraries or walks around the zoo please feel free to contact us before your visit.


Animal Encounters Roadshow

Do you want to experience some of the Zoo’s smaller animals in your own classroom? Would your children like to get up close and personal with a wiggly snake or cuddle up with some of the fluffiest animals in the world? Would they like to find out how slimy a GIANT snail is and how tickly a hissing cockroach is on your hand! If the answer is a big YES, then we can bring the Zoo to your school with our Animal Encounters Roadshow.

For prices, bookings or further information please contact our Outreach Co-ordinator on 01384 215306 or email your event details to


General Booking Information

All prices quoted are per student for a minimum group of 10 students & include admission to the Zoo and Castle for the entire day.

All sessions must be pre-booked and are subject to availability.

For bookings of 2 or more different sessions for the same group on the same day discounted prices are available.

One free teacher with every 7 paying students, additional adults at £7.50 per head. For ‘EYFS’ Workshops only the ratio is 1 free adult per 3 paying children, additional adults at £7.50 per head.

Any ‘No Shows’ or bookings cancelled less than 48 hours before arrival will be subject to a cancellation charge of £65 per session booked.

Zoo sessions can accommodate a class size of 30 students. Horrible History sessions can accommodate a class size of 40 students. Larger groups will be split into more than one session.

We have an undercover eating area seating 30 people. Availability is limited & must be pre-booked.

Risk assessments are available to teachers on request, once a booking has been confirmed.


For further information or to book a visit please call 01384 215313 or email