Date and time

Adult only evenings: 23 & 30 June
Family evenings: 24 June & 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29 July

4pm - 9pm (Animal houses close at 8pm)


£16 per adult
£10 per child


Chester Zoo


Into the Night is back for 2023!

Join us for all-new adult only evenings and family nights


Experience the zoo as the sun goes down and enjoy exclusive after-hours access, thrilling live entertainment, special guest appearances and delicious food and drink!

Explore like NEVER before!



*New for 2023* – Adult only evenings
Discover our new and exclusive adult only evenings. Experience the zoo in a whole new light and enjoy a relaxed, child-free experience! Enjoy a cocktail, while listening to our special guest speakers and taking in the wonders of the zoo.


Family Evenings
Join us for a fun-filled evening for all the family and get full access to the zoo! Discover our animal’s evening routines as the sun sets, and enjoy spectacular entertainment and tasty food and drink.


This year our food and drink options are bigger and better, with all your zoo favourites plus an additional three kiosks! Enjoy delicious food and drink while taking in the sights of the zoo after hours.

We’ve got some amazing entertainers lined up to surprise and inspire you as you explore Into The Night. Spice up your life with the vibrant costumes and playful puppeteers of Global Grooves, discover the magical Annapurna Indian Dancers and their colourful traditional performances, marvel at the aerial escapades of the Tanzanian Acrobats, or watch in awe at the talented Butterfly & Zebra Stilt Puppeteers!


Adult tickets £16
Child tickets £10
Children aged 2 and under enter free of charge

Selected dates only:

Adult only evenings: 23 & 30 June

Family evenings: 24 June
1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29 July

4pm – 9pm (Animal houses close at 8pm)



I’m a member, do I get discounted tickets?

As this is a special event outside of our usual opening hours members and non-members pay the same price. Events like Into The Night help us to raise valuable funds to enable Chester Zoo to continue to invest in our mission and the zoo. We really appreciate your support.

What are the parking arrangements? 

There is ample FREE parking at the main entrance to the zoo.

What is the best way to get to Chester Zoo?

You can find all the directions and options to the zoo here.

Which parts of the zoo will be open?

ALL of it! Into The Night is the first time we’ve ever offered unlimited access to the zoo after hours. That means all your favourite parts of the zoo will be open, including animal habitats, indoor areas and restaurants.

All animal houses and our Lazy River Boat Trip will close at 7pm on September’s event evening.

What dates are available?

We will be running four Into The Night events this summer:

Friday 29 & Saturday 30 July – SOLD OUT
Friday 12 & Saturday 13 August – SOLD OUT
Friday 2 & Saturday 3 September

Tickets are limited, and this page will be updated if any of the dates sell out.

What are the opening and closing times for this event?

September Into The Night evenings will start at 4pm and finish at 8pm.

If you’re visiting the zoo during the day you’ll need to go back to the main entrance at 4pm to collect your wristband. Remember, you’ll need to bring your separate Into The Night booking with you to re-enter the zoo. Please ensure you have bought a separate zoo admission ticket, or you have a valid member’s card if you want to visit during the day – your Into The Night ticket will only grant access for the evening event.

Do I have to book a time slot?

Into The Night does not operate on a time slot basis. Your ticket will allow you entry into the event from 4pm onwards. Please note, final entry will be at 6:30pm for September’s event.

How can I book my ticket?

You can book your tickets for Into The Night online here.

How much are tickets?

Into The Night costs £15 for adults and £10 for children.

Children under the age of 2 years old and carers come free, but please remember to book them a ticket. If you’re visiting with a free carer please bring proof of entitlement with you when you visit. This can be a PIP Letter or Blue Badge. Thanks!

How will I receive tickets?

If you book online then you’ll receive an email from us with your booking confirmation attached. Bring this booking confirmation with you on the evening of your visit to get entry to the zoo for Into The Night.

Can I bring my own food?

We’ll have lots of delicious food and drink options available to buy on the night but you are more than welcome to bring your own if you would prefer to.

We just ask that you don’t bring any alcohol to the zoo with you.