What's On at Chester Zoo

There are always lots of exciting events at the zoo including the free daily animal talks that our experts do every day.

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Current and upcoming events

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Aug 2016


Meet the moths – Sun 21st

Join our team of amateur entomologists and discover ‘who was in the zoo’ last night.


Minibeast Adventures with Jess French – Wed 24th

Join us and TV presenter Jess French on August 24 at 11am on Fountains Lawn to find out how caterpillars change into fluttering butterflies, to explore the world of woodlice, count how many legs a millipede has and discover how spiders spin their silky webs!


Mums and Babies Coffee Morning – Mon 1st - Wed 31st

Whether you're a mum or a mum-to-be we host a coffee morning with a difference!

Join us for our swift masterclass – Tue 23rd

If you’d like to learn more about our British wildlife, why not sign-up to a free masterclass!


Celebrate World Tomistoma Day with us – Fri 5th

Join us on Friday 5 August to celebrate World Tomistoma Day!


Bees & butterflies activity – Sun 7th

Join our Zoo Ranger team as they go on the hunt for beautiful butterflies and buzzy bees. This is FREE activity aimed at 5-8 year olds.


Never Forget Art Exhibition – Mon 1st - Fri 12th

The lovely people at Funky Aardvark are running a ‘Never Forget’ Art Exhibition in memory of Bala and Hari Hi-Way.

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Celebrating World Elephant Day – Fri 12th

Join us on Friday 12 August to celebrate these amazing animals and their future conservation!

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Free Coding Workshop – Sat 13th

Join us for this drop in session for families to learn coding skills with Barclays Digital Eagles and discover how you can help hedgehogs and bees.


Give a bug a home – Sun 14th

Bugs need our help, and we need yours as we build bug houses for the little creatures.

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Pokemon Wednesday – Wed 31st

After the success of our first Pokémon event, which featured special guest appearances from Snorlax, Pikachu and Dragonair, we’re running another!

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Dino-Chester Trail & Competition – Mon 1st - Wed 31st

The dino-fun continues in Chester city centre! Discover dinosaur fossils & facts spread across shops throughout the city and win a family membership.

Enrichment Day – Wed 10th

Join our Keepers and Zoo Rangers for series of free talks to learn how we keep our animals fit and healthy (both physically and mentally) by providing them with enrichment.

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Celebrate International Orangutan Day with us – Fri 19th

Our Zoo Ranger team will be on hand in Manado Town District Office (towards the end of Islands), or to Realm of the Red Ape enclosure on Friday 19 August to celebrate International Orangutan Day!

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Dinosaurs! The Next Adventure – Mon 1st - Wed 31st

They're BIG, they’re FIERCE... and they’re BACK.

Celebrate UK wildlife on the Wild About Scotland bus – Tue 23rd - Wed 24th

As part of both EAZA's Let it Grow campaign and our very own Wildlife Connections campaign, we ‘ve invited the Education Team from Edinburgh Zoo to join us celebrating and searching for UK wildlife.

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PokeMonday – Mon 22nd

As if 20,000 amazing animals and 500 spectacular species aren’t enough, our visitors playing PokémonGo have also been getting very excited by the number of rare, virtual beasties that are hiding out here... not to mention the whopping 33 PokéStops and four PokéGyms that are on our grounds.