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Special events, inspired by nature

With a season of special events to suit all ages and abilities we’re sure you’ll feel alive at Chester Zoo this spring.

Everyone is welcome to join in and many of the events are FREE with your zoo admission ticket. There are some events that you’ll need book in advance - just follow the links for full details.

Behind the scenes tours

National and rare collections

National Plant Collection
Wednesday 12 April
Our expert gardeners take you on a 1 hour behind the scenes tour to show you how we cultivate and care for our plant collection.
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FREE - places are strictly limited, pre-booking is essential. Call now on 01244 650209 (9-5pm).

Guided tours

Early bird walking tours

Sundays - 12 / 19 / 26 February
Sundays - 5 / 12 / 19 / 26 March

An exclusive Sunday morning guided walk around the zoo before we open to the public. You'll have the zoo to yourself and will be guided by one of our Zoo rangers who’ll help you spot the local and exotic wildlife. The price includes a hot drink and pastry served in our coffee shop at the end of the walk.

£10 per person - places are strictly limited, book online now

Bee Garden Tour

Wednesday 19 April & Wednesday 3 May
Join our Botany and Horticulture team for a tour of our Bee Garden, discover which plants are beneficial for bees and some tips to encourage bees into your garden.
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FREE - places are strictly limited, pre-booking is essential. Call now on 01244 650209 (9-5pm).

Garden & Plants Tour

Saturday 22 April & Wednesday 26 April
Join our knowledgeable Botany and Horticulture team for a special guided tour of our gardens and plants.
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FREE - places are strictly limited, pre-booking is essential. Call now on 01244 650209 (9-5pm).

Trails & Displays

Glorious Gardens & Trees Trail

Glorious Gardens & Tree trail

It’s not just the animal species we look to protect, it’s their habitats too. We have a team of horticulturists and botanists whose passion and expertise is reflected in both our extensive collections and animal enclosures. Take a fresh look and uncover amazing species from common juniper reintroduced to the Great Orme, North Wales to our monkey puzzle trees found in South America.

Download the trail (pdf)

Workshops & Courses

Garden Photography Course

22 April, 10-4pm
Join Clive Nichols for a photography masterclass where you’ll given an illustrated talk about garden photography, followed by a practical workshop where you can take photos of your own in our award winning gardens.

Clive Nichols has established a reputation as one of the world's finest flower and garden photographers, having photographed many of the world’s best gardens. His passion for the subject comes across in every image that he makes.

Suitable for all abilities. The price of this course includes zoo admission and lunch. Please bring your own camera. 

£160 per person - Book online here

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