Making memories at Marwell

Families will be pleased to hear that Hampshire’s favourite zoo, Marwell is officially open!

I visited with my two year old nephew and was pleased to see that post COVID-19 a fun family day out was still to be had.

There are a few changes that can be seen to be the experience, starting with tickets which must be pre-booked in advance from Marwell’s website: https://www.marwell.org.uk/guest-guidance

It’s also worth being aware that Marwell will be strictly limiting numbers each day to ensure guests can keep a safe distance.

For the most up to date information on tickets, safety measures, and facilities, please see Marwell’s detailed FAQs: https://www.marwell.org.uk/guest-guidance

The zoo has received the ‘We’re Good To Go Industry Standard’ certification. Acquiring the Industry Standard mark means that this business has followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, has a Risk Assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

However, on my visit, I was pleased to see one that hasn’t changed, is that Marwell Zoo is still home to hundreds of endangered and exotic species in the same 140 acres of beautiful parkland.

There’s still lots of exhibits and sites for the whole family to enjoy and a variety of different species of animals to learn about.

What’s more, Marwell zoo is owned and operated by conservation charity Marwell Wildlife, so just by visiting you’ll be contributing to incredible conservation projects, both in Hampshire and across the world.

During our visit, I was pleased to find another adventure of the toy kind with the new supersized toy brick adventure.

Featuring up to 30 models of real-life creatures blown-up to eye-popping proportions, this unique lego adventure will remain at the park until November 2020. To make the most of your day, I recommend picking up a trail map or downloading their free app and following the trail to learn more about these often-misunderstood species.

To really heat things up, make sure you stop by the Tropical House. This innovative and sustainable exhibit shows off a stunning environment where summer is eternal, and free-flying birds soar above you. As you walk into this immersive display, take a look through lush foliage and get face-to-face with a Linne’s two-toed sloth!

Wallaby Walkthrough is new, improved, and now open! The exhibit boasts an idyllic dwell area and natural seating – the perfect spot to relax.

My nephew’s highlight of the day had to be the okapi playground- a great place safe space to let him let off some steam.

Marwell Zoo is open daily from 10am, 363 days a year. Closing times and admissions prices vary. Please check the Marwell website for the latest updates.

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