Kids go free as ZSL London Zoo marks Winnie-the-Pooh Day

ZSL London Zoo is celebrating their most famous resident on Saturday 18 January - by offering free entry to kids who bring-a-bear to the Zoo. 

Winnie the Bear statue at ZSL London Zoo

On Winnie-the-Pooh Day (Saturday 18 January), children who bring their own Winnie-the-Pooh toy can spend a day at the capital’s zoo for free^, exploring Winnie’s former home and visiting the bear's real life friends; philosophical donkeys, cheery pigs, wise owls – and a playful tigger! 

First published on 14 October 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh was named after a Canadian black bear called Winnie, who was much loved by author A. A Milne's son, Christopher Robin, who often visited ZSL London Zoo.

Winnie arrived at the Zoo on 9 December 1914, the mascot of a Canadian regiment, the Second Canadian Infantry Brigade, who were in training on Salisbury Plain - she had been purchased earlier that year for $20 by Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, from a hunter in White River, Ontario, who named her Winnie after his hometown of Winnipeg. 

Colebourn intended to eventually take Winnie back to Canada with him and would often visit her at the Zoo while on leave - but after seeing how loved she was by both visitors and staff, decided to leave her in the full time care of the zoo’s keepers once the war ended.  

Milne decided to name his fictional character, Pooh Bear, after Winnie, and the rest, as they say, is history.

During the day, fans of the childhood classic can visit the Winnie statue at the heart of the Zoo - giving her nose a traditional rub for good luck - before tucking into a honey sandwich at the Zoo’s Terrace Restaurant.

Visitors and their bears can also snap a selfie with their favourite Winnie-the-Pooh character and share it with @ZSLLondonZoo using the hashtag #WinnieThePoohDay.

Celebrate Winnie-the-Pooh Day at ZSL London Zoo

^Terms and conditions

  • Offer applies to a child presenting Winnie the Pooh related merchandise/memorabilia at the gate at time of ticket purchase. Each child redeeming the offer must present their own Winnie the Pooh related merchandise/memorabilia and be accompanied by a full-paying adult who is purchasing their ticket in the same transaction.
  • Offer is only valid for ticket purchases on the gate on Saturday 18 January 2020.
  • Offer not available online nor valid in conjunction with any other offers.
  • Child is a person aged from 3 year to 15 years (inclusive)*. A Disabled Child is a Child with accompanying supporting documents**. Children under the age of 3 may enter free of charge.

* and ** See our general terms and conditions for further details.