Zoobilee at Whipsnade Zoo

28 May - 5 Jun 2022

Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style this May half term with a visit to Zoobilee at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. There’s something for everyone with matriarch animal talks, lawn games and a royal photo exhibition.

From 28 May to 5 June, we’re putting the flags out at Whipsnade Zoo in celebration of our royal patron, HM The Queen! Join in with our wild teddy bears’ picnic, try your hand at a traditional fête game or treat yourself and your family to a pre-bookable afternoon tea box*.

Many of our Zoobilee activities are free with your entry ticket or membership card.

  • Teddy bears’ picnic. Bring along your teddy at 1.15pm each day for sing-along songs and storytelling.
  • Traditional fête and lawn games. Have a go at our coconut shy or try your luck with hook a duck! Then head over to the lawns to join in with noughts and crosses or 4 in a row.
  • Native species zone. Test your bug hunting skills before getting stuck in with our eco-friendly crafts, such as building bug hotels.
  • Tuck into delicious British food options*. Pre-book an afternoon tea picnic box (see below), treat yourself to an ice cream and enjoy classic British pie and mash. Don’t forget to decorate your own cupcake in true Platinum Jubilee style!
  • Get the royal treatment*. Have your face painted, take a whirl on our classic carousel or take a ride in our safari cars.
  • Plus see the Zoo’s 10,000 amazing animals!


Under 3s and ZSL members go free. Members, Patrons and Fellows do not need to book tickets in advance. 

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*additional charges apply. 

You can view a visual story for this event here.

Afternoon Tea Picnic Box

Make your Zoobilee experience more special by purchasing an Afternoon Tea Picnic Box or Kids' Picnic Bag to enjoy on our main lawn.


Afternoon picnic box, with cakes, scones, sausage rolls and scotch eggs.


Priced at £33.50 for two people, with both a vegetarian and meat option, this box has a selection of savory and sweet items, along with two soft drinks for you to enjoy.

Each box contains the following:

  • 2 ham hock and cheddar quiches or 2 cheese and chive quiches for vegetarians
  • 2 traditional scotch eggs or 2 vegetarian scotch eggs
  • 1 traditional sausage roll or 1 summer vegetable roll
  • 1 sausage roll with cheese and pickle or 1 summer vegetable roll
  • 2 buttermilk scones served with strawberry jam and Rodda's clotted cream
  • 2 carrot cakes
  • 1 blueberry and lemon curd cake
  • 1 lemon drizzle loaf cake
  • 2 teapigs tea bags (hot water and milk provided upon collection)
  • 2 soft drinks (selected upon collection)


Pre-order a Kids' Picnic Bag for collection from our Hullabazoo Cafe. Choices are made on collection.

  • Ham or cheese sandwich
  • Orange or apple juice
  • Pom-Bears crisps
  • Jelly squeeze pouch
  • Raisins and sultanas


Book Your Picnic Now

Zoo entry tickets are not included and must be purchased online separately prior to your visit. Members, Patrons and Fellows do not need to book entry tickets.

Picnics must be booked 48 hours before your visit.

On the day of your visit you will need to collect your picnic from our Hullabazoo Indoor Play cafe, between 11am and 2pm. You will need to show your ticket to collect your purchase and select your soft drinks. 

ZSL Gold members, Patrons and Fellows receive a 10% discount. Please select the Gold member ticket price and have your membership card ready to show on collection.

Allergen information:

Afternoon Tea for Two Box: Gluten (Wheat, Barley), Egg, Milk, Soya and Sulphites. 

Afternoon Tea for Two Box - Vegetarian : Gluten (Wheat, Oat), Egg, Milk, Soya and Sulphites. 

For more detailed allergen information please click here.

Any questions? Please email david.foskett@compass-group.co.uk


Gold members, Fellows and Patrons go Platinum for the Zoobilee!

Calling all Gold members, Fellows and Patrons! This May half term we are upgrading you, for free, to ‘Platinum’ membership as part of our Zoobilee celebrations. You’ll get a special Zoobilee platinum pin badge* when entering the Zoo – make sure you wear it, and be in with a chance to win a special surprise for you and your family on the day! Get your little ones excited for a Minibeast Walk, where primary school aged children can dress up as millipedes and experience a bug’s eye view of the world, daily at 4pm at the Base Camp. We look forward to celebrating in style with our Platinum members!

Not a Gold member yet? Find out more.

*One per group while stock lasts. Alternatively, your Gold membership, Fellowship or Patronage cards will give you access to the exclusive benefits too!