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29 May - 6 June
Free with Zoo entry

Sorry, our Whipsnade's 90th birthday event and tours have now passed.

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Whipsnade Zoo is turning 90 years old. We're marking our big birthday with special activities, that can be enjoyed by families, across our 600-acre site. 

Throughout May half term (29 May – 6 June 2021), we'll be running lots of exciting activities. Join us for a birthday treasure hunt - any child that finds a treasure token hidden somewhere in the Zoo will win a prize! (Prizes can be claimed at the Event Hub - the River Room, near the outdoor picnic area and Butterfly House). Families can also follow the birthday trail around the Zoo and collect a free sticker when they have completed it (stickers must be collected before 5.30pm when the Event Hub closes).   

Back in our Event Hub, visitors can create birthday-themed crafts including origami elephants to celebrate one of Whipsnade’s most iconic animals, as well as take a look at how the Zoo’s keeper uniforms have changed over the decades. 

Even the animals will be getting in on the fun, with keepers giving some of the Zoo’s 3,500 animals special 90th birthday treats. 

All activities are included in Zoo entry and will run throughout the day from 29 May - 6 June 2021.

We'll also be running a special tour to celebrate, which is free but must be booked in advance.

'What makes a Whipsnade?' family-friendly tours (open to all)
  • 10:30am & 2.45pm from 29 May - 3 June 2021 
  • 10:30am, 2pm & 3:30pm from 4 - 6 June 2021

What makes Whipsnade Zoo so special? Visitors looking to learn more about the Zoo’s fascinating history as a centre for conservation, as well as a glimpse into the quirky Whipsnade of yesteryear, can sign up for our family-friendly tours, running throughout half-term. Tours last approximately 30 minutes and advance booking is required. When you've booked your ticket, please meet for your tour outside the Visitor Centre and arrive in good time. Thank you.

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