Dinosaurs are coming to Whipsnade!

24 Jul - 5 Sep 2021

This summer, take your family on an adventure back in time to experience life-like, animatronic dinosaurs at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

A dinosaur-packed day out with the kids this summer holiday.

Can you feel that? Did the ground just shake? Why have the birds all gone silent? That’s right, be prepared, the dinosaurs are back! 

Whipsnade Zoo this summer will be hosting Zoorassic Park: an immersive exhibition of life-size animatronic dinosaurs sure to thrill any dino-mad kids (and grown-ups). Time travel back more than 66 million years and come face-to-face with your favourite dinosaurs.

Experience first-hand how these giant creatures moved and behaved as you track down several different species of dinosaur. You’ll learn why dinosaurs went extinct and how to save their modern-day equivalents from a similar fate. 

Enjoy summer holiday fun at Whipsnade Zoo for children of all ages, including our fossil dig pit and safari car track*. 

A great value day out for the summer holidays, entry to the Zoorassic Park experience is free with Zoo entry. There's no need to book an additional ticket for our dinosaur activities, but please make sure Zoo tickets are purchased in advance:

  • Get up close and personal with our life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs
  • Several different dinosaur species on display
  • Learn prehistoric facts
  • Dig to find dinosaur fossils
  • Hop onboard one of our safari cars*
  • It’s a roaring good day out!
  • Plus explore Whipsnade’s 600 acres and discover over 9,500 animals!

Under 3s and ZSL members, Patrons and Fellows go free.


Join a Snorassic Sleepover*

If seeing the dinosaurs during the day isn’t enough for the dino-lover in your family, why not book a Snorassic Sleepover? Pitch your tent opposite our new dinosaur exhibit at Whipsnade and experience the zoo after dark.

Exclusive access for ZSL Patrons, Fellows and Gold members

ZSL Gold Members, Patrons and Fellows will get special preview access to Zoorassic Park on 22 July (10am-3pm) and 23 July (10am-5pm) ahead of the general public by showing an eligible ZSL membership card. 

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Please note the Zoorassic Park exhibition closes at 5:30pm; last entry is at 5pm. 

*Additional charges may apply. Cars only accessible from within the dinosaur exhibit.

Whipsnade Zoo’s dinosaur exhibition is being produced by Dino Don, Inc.

Downloadable dinosaurs activity sheets!

Pick an activity to enjoy from one of our free downloadable resources below:


Dinosaur detectives (ages 4-7)

dinosaur detectives at home challenge

Take part in our at home challenges by using the scientific equipment you found in our dinosaur exhibit to study the natural world around you.


Research rangers (ages 8-12)

research rangers at home challenge

Take part in our at home challenges to continue developing your tracking, communication and monitoring skills. 


Become a zoologist (all)

 design your own zoo

Decide what enclosures and building appear when you have a go at designing your own zoo.


behaviour study

Take on the role of a real zoologist and collect real data about what animals at home are doing.


bug hunt
Now you have seen the big animals on your zoo visit, spend some time investigate what tiny animals are living all around us.