Planning a big event? Imagine your nearest and dearest within the stunning surroundings of a Grade II listed building, eating delicious food and sipping fizz – all within the unique setting of the UK’s number one zoo!

Celebrate your evening event in a truly unique way!  We can create the perfect celebration for your birthday party, help you connect with your clients and colleagues in unique surroundings or you can even host your wedding reception, immersed in the sights and sounds of the amazing wildlife at the zoo!

Why book an evening event? Well, haven’t you always wondered what it’s like in the zoo after dark? This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

For decades, The Oakfield has been at the very heart of Chester Zoo. It’s where our story began. It was here that George Mottershead first began to build his zoo, and this wonderful family home soon doubled up as a tearoom and aquarium. Following a beautiful restoration, this manor house is full of activity once again. Now you can be apart of that story too.

Choose The Oakfield and you’ll have an evening you won’t soon forget. Where else can you celebrate in such close proximity to incredible plants and animals? The unique history of this contemporary British pub is reflected in the gorgeous interior decor. Decades of photos will give you a glimpse into Chester Zoo’s long history, while gorgeous wildlife sketches and textiles, and expansive windows, never let you forget what’s waiting just outside. It’s a place where you can truly sit back, relax and enjoy time with family, friends or colleagues.

Our delicious food uses the best of freshly prepared and locally sourced food, and we offer a wide array of hand-picked beers, wines and spirits. Vegan, vegetarian and children’s menus are available.

A chance to make a difference

At Chester Zoo, we’re helping to prevent extinction. Our planet’s rich biodiversity is under threat worldwide but we’re leading the way in making a change. Now is the time to act for wildlife. Book your evening event at The Oakfield and you can help us make a big difference.

 How? Everything that we do at the Zoo is in aid of preventing extinction, including our event hosting. Money raised at the zoo goes towards our conservation efforts at home and overseas, raising awareness, conducting research and introducing innovative new solutions. So when you sit down to your enjoy your delicious meal or party the night away on the dancefloor, you can do so knowing that wildlife will benefit from your booking.


An evening like no other, Book now

Thank you for your interest in arranging an event at Chester Zoo. The Oakfield is set in a stunning location at the heart of Chester Zoo, making this a truly unique contemporary venue to host your event, with pride and passion we serve freshly prepared locally sourced food and hand-picked beers, wines and spirits. The Oakfield has been lovingly restored creating a relaxed space that will be the perfect setting to enjoy the best food and drink we can provide, our new garden room offers incredible views of our award winning gardens.

Please do email your event requirements through to and a member of the events team will be in touch.


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