Twycross gets green light to open and plans for Christmas!

Twycross Zoo has been given the green light to reopen for visitors from Wednesday and are focusing on an unforgettable festive experience .

The zoo’s Christmas Spectacular,is continuing to take place on selected dates from Saturday, December 5 to Thursday, December 24.

 The 100-acre, open air zoo will provide families with a much-needed outdoor space to relax, let off some steam and enjoy the fresh air after being in lockdown 2.0 throughout November.

Home to over 500 animals of 125 species, Twycross Zoo is the only place in the UK to see all four great apes – chimpanzees, gorillas, orang utans and bonobos.

To ensure Twycross Zoo visitors make the most of its Covid-19 secure day, the Midlands zoo has set out safety measures such as reopening with restricted visitor numbers of just 30% of its normal zoo capacity and carefully considering any increase of this, only allowing bookings to be made online in advance, enforcing the ‘Rule of 6’, restricting indoor eateries for takeaway options only, closing selected indoor animal house and indoor soft play until further notice, providing ample hand sanitising stations, and working with visitors to ensure social distancing is upheld.

Karen Clarke, Chief Operating Officer at Twycross Zoo said: “We’re thrilled to be reopening Twycross Zoo for visitors from Wednesday and we’re looking forward to hosting our Covid-19 secure Christmas event which is set to be a magical experience for all the family. 

“As we come out of lockdown 2.0, we would like to thank all of our communities and supporters during November, we appreciate every kind message, ticket booking, donation, animal adoption, membership and Black Friday purchase during this uncertain time.

“As a conservation charity, with a mission to preserve endangered species, every penny makes a difference and goes towards looking after our 500 animals. We can’t wait to open our gates again to our visitors.”

Adhering to the latest government guidance around Covid-19, Twycross Zoo’s Christmas Spectacular is set to be the most magical event of 2020!.

Families can meet Mrs Claus in her Gingerbread Kitchen where she’ll be serving take-away breakfast, lunch or Afternoon Tea.

Discover the Ice Queen who will be casting spells and singing songs in her ice castle, help Santa’s cheeky elves who are up to mischief in their new outdoor workshop and need help from little helpers to prepare Rudolf and the rest of the reindeers’ food ahead of their journey on Christmas Eve.

Last but by no means least, join Santa and Mrs Claus for story time, but be sure to wrap up warm as you never know when snow may fall!

Twycross Zoo relies heavily on its customers to support its award-conservation work, for further information about Christmas at Twycross Zoo, or to book tickets, please visit

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