Colchester Zoo, is one of Essex’s biggest tourist attractions. Last year, 1,051,685 headed through their doors to view wild tigers, fluffy penguins and cheeky monkeys. However, entry isn’t cheap. During the main season, an adult visitor can expect to pay £22.99, while a child ticket will set you back £15.99. Therefore, here’s how you can save tens of pounds on your next visit to Colchester Zoo.
By simply buying your tickets online the day before your visit, you can save a small fortune. For example, a visit on 1st September 2018 would cost £77.96 for a family of two adults and two children. But if you bought e-tickets, the total cost would be just £57.96. The only downside to purchasing e-tickets is that they’re non-refundable, so only buy if you’re definitely going to go.
Sign up to a Gold Pass
As regular visitors to Colchester Zoo, both my other half and I have a Gold Pass. For just £65.99 each we can visit as many times as we like for a year. Little E is free until she’s three years old, so we utilize the zoo for their soft play and outdoor play facilities, too. Other benefits include getting between 10 and 20% off in their foods outlets and gift shop. What’s more, two guests qualify for a 25% discount off their ticket when they accompany you.
Take a picnic
Food at the zoo isn’t particularly cheap, even with the Gold Pass discount. Although, some of the outlets offer better value money for others. We’ve eaten at the Southern Chicken outlet several times and price wise, it’s on par with McDonalds. However, some of the other outlets are more costly. There are plenty of both indoor and outdoor seating areas to enjoy a picnic in, so it’s worth taking your own food and drinks.
Look out for special deals
Typically, the day after we bought our Gold passes, then went on sale with 20% off. Colchester Zoo’s Facebook page details their latest offers. While, the ticket section of their website shows special discounts appropriate to your selected day of visit. For example, they’re offering a Zooper Combi ticket deal on E-tickets during the summer holiday and a Back to School offer from the end of August.
Colchester Zoo offers fun for all the family, although it can be an expensive day out. Therefore, be sure to save yourself a significant sum by buying your tickets online before you visit and looking out for special deals. It’s also wise to take your own picnic and, if you’re a regular visitor, opt for a zoo pass.