Summer of Colour at London Zoo

Brighten up your summer as you meet the colourful characters at ZSL London Zoo. There’ll be no filters needed here as you discover nature in all its full technicolour beauty.

Join us as we celebrate a kaleidoscopic world of amazing animal colour. From the emerald tree boa to scarlet ibis, golden lion tamarins to blue throated macaws – there’s never a dull moment here at ZSL London Zoo.

Along with all the brightest stars of the animal kingdom, we’ll be exploring how camouflage keeps others hidden, the role of colour in animal communication and how some animals see the world very differently to humans. You’ll even discover which animals have the surprising – and incredibly beautiful – ability to emit their own light!

So what are you waiting for?
Book your tickets to this summer’s most colourful day out!



Activities include:

  • Rob Biddulph live #DrawWithRob (23 July only) and drawing station with ‘how to’ guides and trail (all dates). See below for more information.
  • Themed talks from ZSL animal experts
  • Face painting*
  • Exploring colour in nature with loads of themed activities to keep the whole family happy all day!
    Camouflage: Will you manage to stay hidden and make it to your goal in this game of Hide & Seek meets What’s the time Mr Wolf?
    Camouflage: Hidden in plain sight camouflaged animal challenge. How many will you spot?
    Attraction & Defence: Deadly Attraction dress-up gameshow, daily on the main lawn at 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Would you choose spots or stripes; fur or feathers?
    Attraction & Defence: Colourful items and video clips from the natural world. Can you tell which animal is friendly and which might be deadly?
    Patterns: Guess who? Have a go at identifying some of nature’s beautiful patterns.
    Vision: Feel the heat. Try our special thermal imaging goggles to understand how animals use infrared thermal radiation.
    Vision: Enjoy a relaxing and immersive puppet story: Colours of the Deep. Daily at 11am**, 12pm, 2.30pm and 4.15pm in the Activity Den by Tiny Giants.
    Flower Power: Discover London Zoo’s new Secret Garden to learn about the role of colour in plants and pollination, get involved in wildflower seed planting to take home and little ones will love our lifecycles dress-up, from egg to butterfly.
    Monochrome: Make a clay model penguin or zebra while you learn how these animals stand out to blend in!
    Monochrome: Monkey Valley (from 15 August). The brand-new home for our troop of black and white colobus monkeys opens on 15 August. See them up close like never before with this amazing new walkthrough experience!

Please see What’s on Boards across the Zoo and on the lawn for the most up to date activity times. 

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Join bestselling and multi-award-winning children’s author and illustrator Rob Biddulph for a free, live #DrawWithRob session on 23 July. With books featured multiple times as the iconic CBeebies Bedtime Story and online draw-along sessions having become a lockdown sensation, Rob will be visiting the Zoo to lead visitors in a live session bringing animal characters to life, full of fun and colour.

Throughout the whole summer you’ll find a drawing station on the main lawn with Rob’s easy-to-follow ‘how to’ guides. You’ll be able to draw a perfect penguin, a multi-coloured macaw, a gentle giraffe and more! Plus, there’ll be fun puzzles and activities to find at several exhibits. 

There is no pre-booking for the live session – please register on the day upon arrival at the Zoo. Spaces are limited and on a first come, first served basis.




*Additional charge applies
** The 11am Colours of the Deep show is an accessible show, where we will dim the lights slowly, turn down the sound and limit the audience numbers.


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Accessibility Information for This Event

Draw with Rob Activities

  • Large print versions of the #DrawwithRob trail leaflets will be available. Please ask a member of staff on the main lawn if you require one of these. 
  • These activities are located across the site and can be accessed using a wheelchair or mobility aid. The main drawing hub is located on our main lawn, which is a flat grass surface. 
  • The live #DrawWithRob session will take place in our Huxley Lecture Theatre, which is accessible on ground level and has space for wheelchair users. Rob will be using a projector and flip charts during this session. 

Patterns Activities

  • The guess who? patterns activities use large printed images on freestanding boards.

Attraction and Defence Activities

  • This activity involves putting on several items of costume.
  • There will be some seating available to watch the gameshow.

Monochrome Activities

  • This activity is located on our main lawn, which is a flat grass surface that can be accessed using a wheelchair or mobility aid. 
  • The clay modelling takes place at benches and we have wheelchair adapted benches available.

Camouflage Activities

  • These activities are located on our main lawn, which is a flat grass surface that can be accessed using a wheelchair or mobility aid.
  • The Hide and Seek activity involves putting on items of costume and navigating between a course of objects. 
  • Hidden in Plain Sight uses large, printed images on freestanding boards.

Vision Activities

  • The Colours of the Deep puppet show takes place in the dark with blacklight. The 11am show is an accessible show, where we will dim the lights slowly, turn down the sound and limit the audience numbers.
  • Children are encouraged to sit on the floor, however seating will also be available.
  • This room is fully accessible using a wheelchair or mobility aid.  

Flower Power Activities

  • These activities are located in our Secret Garden which is on a flat grass surface and can be accessed using a wheelchair or mobility aid.

Visual Story

  • Visual story to help autistic and neurodivergent people feel prepared for their visit. 

Download Visual Story - Colours