February Half Term Fun at Twycross Zoo

February brings half-term fun for the young ones and discounted Valentine’s Day tickets for lovers


Twycross Zoo is guaranteed to keep children busy during school half-term holidays and offer a unique access to animals and keepers as part of its popular Zoo Club. Children will have the opportunity to experience a variety of activities, from hands-on tasks, such as helping to clean animal enclosures, to discovery sessions at the zoo’s education centre. Zoo Club will run every day Mondays to Fridays from 13th to 17th and from 20th to 24th February.


Aimed at children between 8 – 14 years, Zoo Club at Twycross Zoo is a great opportunity to make new friends and find out more about animals, wildlife, nature and zoos. Each day from 9am to 4.30pm, children will go on an exciting journey, discovering the amazing and endangered animals at the zoo and taking part in a range of activities, including arts and crafts, enrichment making, or even giving health checks to some of the friendlier animals.


To delve even deeper into wildlife hot topics, such as global conservation of animal species, zoo ethics, and animal behaviour, children between 8 – 12 years can sign up for Conservation Club at Twycross Zoo. Starting on 4 March, this series of six Saturday morning events will provide children with an understanding of why animals are endangered and how we can help to protect them, with examples of the zoo’s own critically endangered orangutans, gorillas and Amur leopards.


Older visitors at Twycross Zoo will also get a special treat this Valentine’s Day as couples aged 16 and over can enjoy their day at the zoo for only £20 a couple. The zoo is a perfect setting for a date and for Valentine’s Day only, the daily keeper talks will include a look into the dating and mating escapades of the animals to give visitors plenty of conversation topics. Visitors can also book ahead to go on a date with the zoo’s giraffes, otters and meerkats to feed these fascinating animals. Couples can also enjoy feeding each other at the zoo’s Fish Bar with a special Fish & Fizz menu, or at the Himalaya Café which will offer delicious Afternoon Tea for Two.


Dr Charlotte Macdonald, Director of Life Sciences says, “Twycross Zoo is a great place for a fun day out and we always enjoy offering something special to our visitors, such as our Valentine’s Day celebrations. On a more serious note, education is very important for us and we are proud to have such a fantastic programme for children at Zoo Club. Our Discovery and Learning staff make each day very special and with the real, hands-on experience, each child is certain to leave with some unforgettable memories.”


Twycross Zoo is open to the public from 10am to 5pm. For more information about Zoo Club and other events, email bookings@twycrosszoo.org, call 0844 474 1777, or visit www.twycrosszoo.org.




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Notes to Editors:

  • Now celebrating over 50 years of business, Twycross Zoo is one of the UK’s major zoos and home to one of the largest primate collections in Europe.  The zoo cares for around 150 species of animals and is the only place in the UK to see all four types of Great Ape (Gorilla, Orang-utan, Chimpanzee and Bonobo) and a wide collection of gibbons.
  • Many species at Twycross Zoo are part of European Endangered Species Programmes that aim to secure the future of threatened wild species by building a safe captive population.
  • Twycross Zoo welcomes around 500,000 visitors a year to its 80-acre site in Leicestershire, funds and conducts scientific research, and has an award-winning education and outreach programme.
  • Twycross Zoo contributes to conservation in the wild through their Conservation Fund. The Fund was created in 2006 and has supported over 55 conservation and welfare projects from many different countries around the world, including Ape Action Africa, Lola Ya Bonobo and the Cao Vit Conservation Programme.
  • In 2015, the Zoo launched its 20-year, £55million Masterplan. Since then, new habitats Giraffe Savannah and Gibbon Forest have opened to the public. Additional renovations and new exhibits include Lorikeet Landing, a Lemur walk-through and the Butterfly House, all of which offer visitors an immersive experience with the animals.
  • Twycross Zoo’s Himalaya Centre offers a spacious 300 seat all-day restaurant with views overlooking a Himalayan landscape enclosure for snow leopards, corporate facilities, a gift shop and a soft play attraction.
  • For more information, visit: www.twycrosszoo.org
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Opening Times: 10am - 5pm