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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Aug 2018

Meet the Scientist – Wed 1st - Fri 31st

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 – Wed 1st - Fri 31st

Species conservation planning – Wed 1st - Thu 2nd

We are delighted to be working with the IUCN Conservation Planning Specialist Group (CPSG) to deliver this exciting training opportunity.

Sustainable Swap – Wed 1st - Tue 28th

Lots of species are losing their rainforest habitats to grow palm oil, which is used in 50% of our supermarket products. Come and take part in our zoo wide Sustainable Swap to find out what you can do to help orangutans!

Wild Worlds – Wed 1st - Fri 31st

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

Early bird walking tours – Thu 2nd - Fri 31st

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)

The Bug Club – Sat 4th - Sat 18th

Join the Zoo Rangers as we discover the exciting world of mini beasts – you’ll be surprised by the amazing bugs we find and easy ways in which we can help look after them!

World Tomistoma Day – Sun 5th

Celebrate World Tomistoma Day at Chester Zoo!

Brilliant Butterflies: Big Butterfly Count 2018 – Thu 9th

Come and celebrate the Big Butterfly Count 2018 with the Zoo Rangers! How many wild butterflies will you spot?

Special event

Summer Stampede 2018 – Sun 12th

On Sunday 12 August we’re holding our second sponsored walk around the zoo to raise money for our Never Forget campaign.

World Elephant Day – Sun 12th

Join us on Sunday 12 August to celebrate these incredible animals and their future conservation!

Bee masterclass – Sun 12th

If you’d like to find out more in-depth knowledge about our native wildlife, why not sign-up to a FREE bee masterclass!

International Orangutan Day – Sun 19th

It’s International Orangutan Day! Join our Zoo Rangers on 19 August at Manado Town, Islands to celebrate all things Orangutan and find out how you can help protect these amazing animals.

Summer Play – Mon 20th - Wed 22nd

Get involved in our Summer Play sessions at Chester Zoo!