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.

Current and upcoming events

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Sep 2018

Meet the Scientist – Sat 1st - Sat 29th

We have an amazing array of science and conservation experts discussing their specialist subjects this summer, all at The Botanist’s Lab. Ranging from palm oil Q&As, to magnificent meadows, the science of animal breeding and camera traps & biodiversity surveys, plus loads more! All part of Wild Worlds - a festival for everyone!


Dementia Friendly Coffee Mornings – Sat 1st - Sun 30th

Early bird walking tours – Sat 1st

You’ll have the zoo to yourself, and will be accompanied by one of our knowledgeable guides, who will point out the sights and sounds giving you an amazing opportunity to see how Chester has become the UK’s number one zoo. (selected dates apply)

Hornbills Photo Exhibit – Sat 1st - Sun 2nd

For over 10 years we’ve been partnering with HUTAN - Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Programme to protect the forests and wildlife of the Kinabatangan region of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

Wild Worlds – Sat 1st - Sun 30th

View all our amazing Wild Worlds spaces and exciting events this month!

Natural Beekeepers Meet – Tue 4th

The Bee Friendly Collective and Chester Zoo are excited to present and host the Natural Beekeepers Meet; a day filled with discussions and presentations, and the sharing of knowledge around Natural Beekeeping.


Little Monkey Mornings – Wed 12th - Sun 30th

Got a Little Monkey in the family? We’re hosting coffee mornings with a difference!

Mountain Chicken Frog Day – Thu 13th

It’s Mountain Chicken Frog Day! Join our Zoo Rangers to celebrate these amazing amphibians.

Special event

Wildlife Connections Festival 2018 – Fri 14th - Sat 15th

Roll up, roll up and join us for a jam-packed festival that's buzzing to the brim with exciting activities to celebrate the incredible wildlife found right on our doorstep!

International Red Panda Day – Sat 15th

Celebrate International Red Panda Day at Chester Zoo!

Junior Rangers Training Camp – Sun 16th - Sun 30th

We need Junior Members aged 8-11 to join us for five very special Sunday training camps in 2018!

World Rhino Day – Sat 22nd

It’s World Rhino Day! Join our Zoo Rangers on 22 September at the Tsavo Black Rhino habitat to celebrate all things rhino and their conservation.

Invasive Species Masterclass – Sun 23rd

Invasive non-native species are the second biggest threat to global biodiversity. To learn more about protecting our native British wildlife from destructive invasive non-native species, why not sign-up to a FREE masterclass!

World Cassowary Day – Mon 24th

It’s World Cassowary Day! Join our Zoo Rangers on 24 September at Manado Town, Islands 10.30am- 12pm to celebrate all things cassowary.