Risk Assessment Guidance

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The safety of all our visitors is our primary concern, and we know how important Health & Safety is when planning a group visit. We hope that you have an enjoyable and educational visit.

Blackpool Zoo has been open to the public since 1972 and currently has around 500,000 visitors a year. Like other zoos and wildlife parks we must be compliant with the Zoo Licensing Act. We are subject to official inspections by enforcement officers who assess our animals’ welfare and the safety of visitors and staff.

Due to the amount of individual risk assessments that cover the zoo’s operation it is not possible to send them out on an individual basis. Below you will find risk assessment guidance and we would strongly recommend that all group leaders make a preliminary visit to Blackpool Zoo to carry out their own risk assessment before bringing a group.

Supervision - All children need to be supervised at all times during your visit (within sight of an adult leader).

First Aid - Visiting schools and groups are responsible for the first aid needs of their group. Should a serious incident occur we do have duty first aiders to assist, a dedicated first aid room in reception and first aid boxes around the zoo. Should you require any assistance during your visit, please speak to any member of staff.

Risk Assessments - We have developed detailed risk assessment guidelines to help you prepare for your visit. 

Health, Safety & Security Statement - Can be found here.

Pre-Visit tickets - We also offer two pre-visit tickets to each school that makes a booking (staff ID from your school is required). This will allow you to visit the zoo prior to your trip to plan your day in detail. To arrange these pre-visit tickets please contact Vicki via email (zoo.school@blackpoolzoo.org.uk) or call 01253 830805. 


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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.