Based in Hampshire, between Southampton and Winchester, Marwell Zoo is an 140 acre park with the zoo, adventure playground and plenty of activities for children to do and learn about the animals. It’s just a short 25 minute drive away from Wallops Wood making it the perfect family day out.
There are hundreds of animals to see at Marwell, including very rare animals being conserved due to threat of extinction, along with other more familiar animals such as penguins, giraffes, meerkats, cheetahs, lemurs and sloths. Not forgetting birds, reptiles and many more from the very large to the very small!
Alongside the zoo, the Marwell Wildlife Charity is active in leading conservation programmes around the world to help safeguard threatened wildlife from extinction. You can find out more about the important work they do here.
For children, a lot of the fun lies in visiting the adventure playgrounds where they can swing like lemurs, climb like monkeys and slide like penguins! The other popular attraction this summer is Brickosaurs, an exhibition of dinosaurs made with over 2 million pieces of Lego, the largest being the 8-metre T-Rex! It’s been a hugely popular attraction for younger visitors and runs until 1 September.
Other things to do and explore at the zoo include the Tropical House, Lemur Loop, Trains, Gardens and Grounds, and the aviary and reptile houses. There’s definitely something for everyone, making it a great day out for all the family!