Relaxed openings

1 Jun 2022 17:30

Early Openings are relaxed openings for a small number of people to visit part of the zoo while it is quiet and calm enough to be a comfortable experience for autistic and neurodivergent children and adults, as well as other people who can benefit from this relaxed environment.

Early Openings will start at 8.30am, and run until 10am when the zoo opens to the public, visitors will be welcome to stay for the rest of the day. Early Openings are included in the price of the tickets you will need to access the zoo, which can be booked on this website. A disability concession ticket entitles the holder to a free companion or carer place with each ticket.

In the summer months, we are running our Relaxed opening events in the evenings after the zoo closes. The Late Openings will start at 6.30pm and run until 8pm, with entry from 5.30pm. As with Early Openings, you will need tickets to access the zoo, and the tour is included in the price of the ticket.

To book onto the Early Opening event itself, please email communityengagement@zsl.org with:

  • The number of people attending,
  • Any access needs of attendees, 

If you would like to bring a large group to the zoo for this event, please email communityengagement@zsl.org to discuss a special date for your group which ensures capacity of these days is available to individual visitors.

2022 Dates: 

More dates to be announced for the summer months, please check back soon if these are of interest.

Early Openings

  • Wednesday 6th April, 
  • Saturday 14th May
  • Wednesday 26th October, 
  • Wednesday 23rd November

Late Openings

  • Wednesday 1st June
  • Wednesday 27th July
  • Wednesday 24th August
  • Saturday 11th September