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Bristol Zoo Gardens marks closing chapter with a BIG Summer Send Off Bristol Zoo Gardens is inviting you to celebrate its 185-year history, before it closes to the public, on 3 September 2022.
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A series of thrilling must-see events, activities and attractions will take place from May to September, marking this closing chapter and honouring the long, rich and varied history of our iconic visitor attraction.


Celebrating Bristol Zoo Gardens’ history

Starting in May, the first in a series of events entitled ‘The Zoo and You’ will kick-start the festivities. The series will begin with a ‘Memory Show  and Tell’ event on Saturday 28 and 29 May, followed by a ‘Poetry and Story Competition’, and a live art exhibition later in the spring.

Anyone can get involved in these one-off events to reminisce, and share their favourite memories and stories that span generations. 

Join in with others sharing nostalgic photos and much-loved memories of Bristol Zoo Gardens on socials using the hashtag #TheZooAndYou and tag us @bristolzoo on Instagram and @BristolZooGardens on Facebook.


The BIG Summer Send Off 

Over 90 million visitors have experienced the magic of this iconic site and been introduced to the many, much-loved animals, and we want to ensure we give our famous Zoo the send-off it deserves and share that celebration with visitors from Bristol and beyond. 

From July 21, the Zoo will mark its last summer season with the ‘BIG Summer Send Off’, a collection of amazing and jaw-dropping interactive activities and attractions – designed by award-winning Bristol-based theatrical events company, Bakehouse Factory– which will leave our visitors in awe.

The centrepiece of the celebrations will be a huge moving art installation that will stand tall on the main lawn. With details still to be announced, this specially commissioned sculpture will mark a pivotal moment in time and captivate visitors of all ages.

The BIG Summer Send Off will also feature a collaborative timeline exhibit in Bristol Zoo Gardens’ historic top terrace walkway. The exhibit will evolve over the summer, as visitors add their own memories, thoughts and wishes to the colourful installation. 


Looking to the future of the new Bristol Zoo

As well as looking back on so many special moments and memories, our summer events will look to the future of the new Bristol Zoo, which we will create at our Wild Place site.

Families will have the chance to escape the everyday in a fun theatrical experience especially written for Bristol Zoo Gardens’ final summer. The shared experience will take families on an adventure as they explore and learn about animals, and the positive action we can all take to protect the future of the planet.


Tickets for the BIG Summer Send Off are now available to purchase on our website.


Bristol Zoo Gardens will be open to the public for the last time on 3 September 2022, before the new Bristol Zoo opens at Wild Place Project in 2024. Throughout that period, Wild Place Project will continue to welcome visitors as usual.

To find out more about Bristol Zoological Society’s future plans visit https://future.bristolzoo.org.uk

For the latest news and updates follow us @bristolzoo on Instagram, @BristolZooGdns on Twitter, or @BristolZooGardens on Facebook.

Now’s your last chance to visit before the Zoo’s last day 03.09.22

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Now’s your last chance to visit before the Zoo’s last day 03.09.22