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Don't miss out on the fun this winter!

Bristol Zoo Gardens is putting on a real show this winter and has a range of events and activities for the whole family to get involved in! Read on to see what they have planned and make sure you don’t miss out…


October 10 – The Bristol Dinosaur – Bristol Zoo Gardens

Join Professor Mike Benton’s lecture exploring the history of Bristol’s own dinosaur, whose bones were found in quarries around the Downs in 1834

October 13-14 – Okapi Weekend – Wild Place Project

A special weekend to raise awareness about the threat to the survival of okapis takes place at Wild Place Project

October 21 – Feathered Friends Family Fun – Bristol Zoo Gardens

Hop along to the Downs for some birdy fun with the local RSPB and Avon Gorge and Downs education teams

October 21-29 – Halloween Half Term – Bristol Zoo Gardens

Join in the haunted trails, spooky storytelling, magical mask-making and the daily Halloween Parade during the ‘Day of the Dead’-inspired half term.

October 21-29 – Halloween Spooktacular – Wild Place Project

Meet the Witch of Wild Place Project and explore her home, with bewitching storytelling, spooky activities and magical animals

October 26 – Awesome Owls – Bristol Zoo Gardens

Discover the wonderful world of wild owls with Ian McGuire. Meet a real owl and create your own awesome owl from autumnal materials

October 27-28 – Fright Night – Bristol Zoo Gardens

Fright Night is back by popular demand for an evening of spine-tingling horror. With horror films and scare tours in the zoo – will you survive?


November 1 – Flight of the Swans – Bristol Zoo Gardens

Julia Newth will take you on a migratory journey from Europe to Russia exploring conservation of Bewick’s swan

November 14 – Myths, Moths and Butterflies – Bristol Zoo Gardens

Join Matt Brierley to learn the difference between butterflies and moths, which butterfly hisses and what happens if you lick a toxic caterpillar

November 26 – Autumn Bird Identification Walk – Bristol Zoo Gardens

Spend a morning on the Downs with Ed Drewitt, learning to identify resident and migrant birds; perfect for keen birders

November 28 – Living With Spiders – Bristol Zoo Gardens

Learn to get over your phobia by getting up close with spiders – you will join a small and personal group with a relaxed atmosphere


December 2-23 – Santa’s Grotto – Bristol Zoo Gardens

Explore the magical grotto and spend some quality time with Santa whilst enjoying the festive lights and amazing animals of Bristol Zoo Gardens

December 11-13 – Christmas Star Party on the Downs – Bristol Zoo Gardens

Wrap up warm for a seasonal night of stargazing; learn how to spot the main winter constellations and enjoy stories and songs with astronomy experts

December 16 – Creating Christmas Wreaths – Bristol Zoo Gardens

Get into the Christmas spirit with this workshop; learn to make fresh, fragrant Christmas wreaths to take home for your front door



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