An Important Message...
EDIT 26 November 2020
In accordance with Government Guidelines, Hamerton Zoo Park will re-open on 2nd December 2020 - as all of our immediate catchment counties are formally now in 'tier 2', although more distant regions like Leicestershire and Lincolnshire are under higher restrictions.
Entry will be restricted to groups of 6 only and all indoor areas must only be used by one family group at a time.
We politely ask that face-coverings are worn at all times at the Park, both indoors and outdoors.
As is normal at this time of year, our play-areas remain closed and our walk-through aviary is also not open due to Government restrictions.
Please note that following Government instructions, and along with all other zoos in England, we must close for the second time in 2020. This closure will be from 5th November to 2nd December inclusive. Blanket legislation does not take into account regional variation, and we thank all of our visitors over the past few months for their support and consideration. As a result our area remains in the lowest 'tier' for Covid cases.
Being responsible and capping and controlling our visitor numbers has cost us many, many thousands of pounds in lost gate and shop revenue. Our running costs continue at the rate of around £4000 per day, and so we have re-opened our Crowdfunding page
and hope that people will be even more generous the second time around.
We plan to re-open on 3rd December, and because of the number of requests will be running our popular Santa's Grotto again - strictly by pre-purchased ticket only.
Tickets will be available from next week and details will be published on social media.
We would like to remind everyone of the value of our season tickets.
More have been purchased this summer than ever before, and at simply three times the entry fee for a whole year, make excellent presents. If bought during lock-down they will start on our re-opening and give a full year from that date, giving unlimited visits to take advantage of all our recent expansion and some big new projects due to be completed for next season - AND giving some immunity from the tax rises the Government is imposing on our entry fees from April 2021.
UPDATE - 12 November 2020
It is with regret that we have abandoned our plans to run our Santa's Grotto this year.
Due to lack of clarity from Government, and the expectation that (despite our area's lowest 'tier' of ranking) that the lockdown is likely to last beyond December 2nd, we are not confident that we will be allowed to run this and if we are, the experience will not live up to expectations and the highest of standards set by our first trialed season, last year.
Major developments already in-hand, will ensure that the 2021 season will be the most exciting so far...!
A nice autumn and the lockdown means we have been able to get on with site work. When we re-open on 3rd December, visitors will notice several areas of building. Drains are being installed in the centre of the park and up at the bears; two new aviaries are being added to the centre block, and work will then start on replacing the two large Brush Turkey enclosures.
Work is continuing on one of the large projects already in-hand and the second will start in the early new year, with completion deadlines of summer and autumn 2021.
Several animal moves are planned, and we expect to receive several new species of birds over the winter and into next spring.