Are you ready to enjoy exclusive, after-hours access to the UK's largest and most visited zoo? Have you ever thought about what a zoo is like after hours?
You and just 11 others will get the chance to get up close and personal with some of the world's most majestic animals. Zookeepers and curators will be on hand to answer all your questions. Our 'Night at the Zoo' experience day is the perfect gift for aspiring zookeepers and families alike.
Enjoy champagne, talks by curators, private tours of the zoo, exclusive after-hours scatter feeds and, to round the evening off, enjoy a delicious four-course dinner in the company of the zoo's curators in the newly refurbished manor house, The Oakfield.
The Zoo Experience Details
Where – Chester Zoo, Cheshire
Group Size – Group size of 12 (24 people at dinner)
The Zoo Experience Schedule
4.45 pm – Greet the events team at the main entrance
5.00 pm – Complimentary glass of champagne in our Cheetah yurt
5.30 pm – Introduction by curator
5.45 pm – Private tour of Chester Zoo grounds
6.30 pm – 7.15 pm – Personalised talk with zookeeper with an exclusive scatter feed (species TBC)
7.30 pm – Four-course dinner
9.30 pm – Q&A with after-dinner drinks with curator or science director
10.30 pm – Event conclusion – (guests welcome to stay, with the bar open until midnight)
Parking in our priority parking zone from 4.30 pm until 10.30 pm
The Zoo Experience Menu
Pressed terrine of guinea fowl & lobster, shellfish aioli, pumpernickel
Fish Course: Hand dived scallop, berbere spiced chicken wing, glazed carrot & lemongrass
Main Course: Cheshire beef wellington, oxtail pie, celeriac puree, truffle chips, redcurrant jus
Dessert: Chocolate cremeux, honeycomb, granola & griottine cherries
Coffee & petit fours
Opened in 1931, Chester Zoo is the UK's largest and busiest zoo. Attracting nearly two million visitors in 2018, Chester Zoo is the most popular wildlife-based attraction in Britain. It is widely regarded as the best zoo in the UK and was named the third best zoo in the world by TripAdvisor in 2017. It is home to 21,000 animals from 500 different species, many of which are some of the most exotic and endangered in the world.
The Oakfield Restaurant is the go-to restaurant in Chester. Located at heart of Chester Zoo, it prides itself on serving sumptuous, locally sourced cuisine. It offers a fantastic array of local beers, wines, and spirits while providing its diners with stunning views of Chester Zoo's iconic gardens.
A zoo experience day is the perfect day out for animal lovers and families alike. Enjoy unprecedented access to Chester zoo, a behind the scenes view of life at the zoo and learn more about the day-to-day lives of your favourite animals. A night at Chester Zoo is your opportunity to experience the zoo like never before.
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