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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

From the tallest to the smallest and the funniest to the most ferocious, Blackpool Zoo is giving visitors the chance to get up close and personal with its residents this Easter.  Hand feeding majestic giraffes, flying a beautiful barn owl and meet and greets with comical sea lions are all available to book from Saturday 5th to Tuesday 22nd April.

The zoo’s Children’s farm will also be a hive of exciting activities during the Easter break with animal handling, farm feeds, egg painting, badge making, colouring competitions and Pole to Pole campaign conservation talks all on offer.  There will also be a fabulous ‘Find the Flamingo trail’ and plenty of opportunities to get hands on with the creepiest of crawlies in the zoo’s neighbouring indoor Play Barn.

Fence feeding stunning tigers, tickling tapirs and coming face to face with cute little lemurs are available all year round and must be pre-booked in advance.

Jude Rothwell, PR and Marketing Co-ordinator at Blackpool Zoo, said: “Easter is a very special time here at Blackpool Zoo, with holiday makers from across the UK and beyond all coming to our fabulous resort for their first break of the year.  Each year we strive to offer more and more to make every visit to Blackpool Zoo new and exciting and our animal encounters have been growing in popularity since they were launched two years ago.  Our new Fly A Barn Owl experience is set to be very popular with people already enquiring about it.

“This season really is set to be our best yet with the completion of our state of the art Orang-utan house later in Spring and the hugely anticipated return of our Orang family.  We look forward to welcoming everyone to Blackpool Zoo this Easter.”

Times and prices

  • Giraffe feeds: Every day at 12.45pm and 2.30pm – tickets cost £10 from Amazonia Gift Shop
  • Fly a barn owl:  Every day after 1.30pm and 3.00pm bird displays – tickets cost £10 from Amazonia Gift Shop
  • Sea lion meet and greets: Every day after 12.00pm and 2.15pm displays and 4.00pm training session – tickets cost from £10 from Amazonia Gift shop
  • Playbarn creepy crawly sessions: Mondays and Fridays at 4pm – Free – no need to book
  • Children’s Farm activities: Everyday 11.00am – 12.30pm and 2.00pm – 4.00pm – Free – no need to book
  • Big cat experience including feeding, cleaning our enclosure and behind the scenes tour: Must be pre-booked – more information on the website – tickets cost £110 for one person
  • Meet the lemurs, tapirs or aardvarks –Must be pre-booked – more information on the website – tickets cost £60 for one person for 30 minute experience

Please note: Age restrictions apply to some experience – more details of these and other animal experiences, including sea lion training, bird training and keeper for the day can be found at

March Madness at Blackpool Zoo

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Blackpool Zoo is once again offering local supporters that live in Blackpool, Wyre and the Fylde half price admission for the entire month of March.  Locals living in postcodes FY1 to FY8, PR3 and PR4 can take advantage of the 50 per cent March Madness discount to spend time with their family whilst catching up with the families at Blackpool Zoo.

The Western Lowland gorilla group is thriving and with two youngsters running round there is always plenty to see. The family of sea lions are another firm favourite, and children love to watch the pups Niko and Rubi trying to get in on the act during displays!

Jude Rothwell, Marketing and PR Co-ordinator at Blackpool Zoo, said: “This is the sixth year running that we have offered a 50 per cent discount to local people and we are always delighted to see the number of people that come through the doors.  It is our way of saying thank you to Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde residents for their support throughout the year and it is brilliant to be able to give them the chance to visit their favourite zoo for a fraction of the price.”

Blackpool Zoo is planning another bumper year that will include the return of firm favourites, the orang-utans, and they are hopeful that lots of different animals will give birth throughout spring and summer.

Locals could even take advantage of the half price offer and put the saving towards a zoo membership.  Starting at just £34.50 for a child’s membership up to £175.50 for a family of five, it gives unlimited access to the zoo until the end of 2014, for the price of just three visits.  There has been a huge surge in interest in the package over the past 12 months and the zoo will be continuing its popular series of members-only events in 2014.

March Madness visitors need to provide valid identification as proof of address such as a driving licence or recent utility bill.

Up to six people per household can take advantage of the discount but it cannot be used in conjunction with family tickets or any other offers.

Zoo members can also bring their guests in at half price throughout March.

Discount applies to all full price individual tickets, not for family tickets.

March Madness 2014 prices:

Adult:    £8.00

Child:   £5.75

Senior Citizen:  £7.00



Friday, November 15th, 2013

Socks or chocolates?  Which will it be this year?  Boring, though.

Why not treat your loved one to a really unusual present in 2013?  They could meet and feed a tiger, be a Keeper for the Day, tickle a tapir and much more!

Christmas Gifts


Friday, November 15th, 2013

On Thursday, 7th November, Darren Webster, Blackpool Zoo’s Director, led members of his team on to the stage to accept the Visit Lancashire top accolade for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year.  Six other attractions throughout the county were shortlisted, but Zoo staff were absolutely delighted that the park was chosen as the winner.

Awards logo

Awards logo


The event was held in rather unusual, but very spectacular surroundings in the nave of Blackburn Cathedral.  Simon Calder, a leading travel writer, opened the proceedings after a superb dinner, with a very entertaining presentation about his own travels around Lancashire and other areas of the UK as well as overseas.


The ceremony was attended by almost 500 representatives of travel businesses in Lancashire and three other awards came to the resort.  Winners in most categories continue through to represent the county in the Visit England Awards in May.  Fingers crossed!

Blackpool Zoo’s Christmas Reindeer Experiences

Friday, November 8th, 2013

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