2017 - A Year of Celebration

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2017 is set to be our most exciting year yet as we mark 45 years of really wild days out with 12 months of super celebrations, which will include the launch of our biggest ever investment – Project Elephant!

There's going to be plenty to celebrate this year - including the 100th birthday of our oldest resident, our 45th anniversary in July and welcoming our 15 millionth visitor.

However, the opening in summer of our most ambitious and biggest ever-single investment, a brand new elephant house, looks set to eclipse them all.

The building, which is one of the UK’s largest indoor elephant facilities, is well under way and work has now begun on the three-acre outdoor area, which will include a huge pool as well as grassed and sandy paddocks.

What's happening?

We'll be posting details of our celebrations here and on our Facebook page throughout the year, so make sure you keep checking back for more information. We're still finalising the details, but you can expect the celebrations to include:

  • The 100th birthday of our oldest resident Darwin the tortoise
  • Celebrating 10 years under the ownership of Parques Reunidos
  • Raising a glass to 10 years of the Pride of Blackpool
  • Marking 45 years since we first opened our doors, in July 1972
  • Welcoming our 15 millionth visitor
  • Recognising the support of local visitors

And of course, in the Summer we'll be opening our biggest and most ambitious project to date, Project Elephant, which is especially poignant as elephants were the first animals to arrive at Blackpool Zoo a whole year before we opened to the public.

Celebrate with us!

We’d like to share other people’s significant dates this year too, so please let us know if you’re celebrating anything at all, big or small - If it matters to you, it matters to us... and you never know, we might be able to help you celebrate in style!

You can let us know about your celebrations here.

Don't forget - our Birthday Parties and Animal Experiences can be a great way to celebrate a special occasion for the young and young at heart. 

Here’s to an amazing 2017!

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The health of our zoo family, which includes our visitors, staff and animals, is our top priority. In light of the most recent advice from Public Health England and the government, we have closed Blackpool Zoo at until further notice.

Please be assured that our dedicated keeper team will continue to provide the best care for our animals during the closure.

If you’ve booked tickets for any day during this closure, you can exchange them for any other date in 2020 or we can provide a refund. Please send your booking details to tickets@blackpoolzoo.org.uk.

We’ll keep you informed through our website and social media channels. We apologise for any disappointment and thank you for your patience.

We really look forward to welcoming you back to Blackpool Zoo when we re-open.

Stay safe everyone.