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The park is open every day from 10am until 5pm.  Last admission is 4.15pm

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What's on today

Join our expert animal keepers for daily talks & feedings around the zoo

Animal Talks & Feeding programme


Our scaly, furry and feathered friends are looking forward to welcome visitors to a little bit of scary fun this Halloween – Sat 18th Oct – Sun 2nd November.

It’s free entry for children in Fancy dress or if they bring a pumpkin.

Join scary Steph & Immortal Amanda every day to learn the latest monsterous dance moves, pick the winner of the costume contests, before setting off on the fancy dress parade to trick and treat the keepers, if you can find them!

Families can earn their  halloween keeper credentials by feeding the ghosts of Madagascar, stroking the snakes, coming face to face –  or hand to feeler – with our creepy but amazing critters – spiders, coackroaches, giant snails, or walking in with the vultures ..eeek.

Check out our Halloween talk times..

The “Great Maki Hall” has been transformed into a ghoulish eating establishment complete with a  spooktacular menu .. savour shrunken heads, freaky chilli dogs, nearly headless potatoes skins, clawfish bun, … me I may just stick with the fire cracking finger licking chicken.

Try your hand at Pumpkin Bowling, as well as some traditional activities including pumpkin carving.  Open 10-5pm.

  • All witches, wizards, ghosts and ghouls, all spiders, bats and creatures of the dark are invited to fly, crawl and join the fancy dress parade through the park where you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat our Keepers.
  • Costume contests
  • best pumpkin – prizes: The chance to win a junior keeper for the day
  • The tone of this event is, well, “Not-so-Scary”, and is appropriate for children of all ages.
  • The Great Pumpkin Hunt: Find pumpkins hidden around the park then pop your completed trail into the cafe to claim your prize (50p charge).

*Children must be accompanied by a full paying adult, no other offers can be used in conjunction.

Talks & Animal Feeding times

Any one who has adopted an animal keep an eye out, dropping through your letterbox any day now will be an invitation and ticket to our first annual adopter’s event.

To be held on World Giraffe Day:  Saturday 21st June 2014 10am to 5pm.

This is your chance to come and meet the animal carer who looks after the animal you have adopted to find out more about their day, who eats what, and anything you may want to know as well as getting involved in some animal activities – hand feeding lemurs, penguins, giraffes….


PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME FOR THE DAY :    please check back nearer the day for final times

Big Cats-Group 1 (Tigers & Tayra) – 11am meet at the tiger house

Big Cats group 2 (Wolves, Jaguars, Lions & Snow Leopards) 11:45am meet at the new Jaguar house

Birds (spoonbills, Emus, Flamingos, peacocks & Penguins) 11.30am meet in the aviary

Kangaroos- (Kangaroos, Babirusa, Snakes, Bats) 1.30pm meet in tropical house by the bats

Lemurs (Lemurs, Squirrell Monkeys) 1:45pm meet in Madagascar area after Lemur feeding

Bears ( Bears, Capuchins, Tapirs, Giant Otters & Capybara) 1:45pm meet on Bear walkway

Primates Group1 (Fennec Fox, Hippos, Tortoise, Spider Monkeys, Howler Monkeys, Tamarins, Gibbons) 2pm at the Hippo House

Primates Group 2 (Two toed sloth) 2.30pm meet in Primate house

Giraffes (Giraffes, Rhino’s, Baboons) 11: 45am meet at Giraffe Walkway for Rhinos and Baboons, Giraffes in house all day for 1 on 1 feeding and talk.

If you struggle to find where you are due to meet your keeper please do not hesitate to ask any member of staff.

These sessions are by invitation only, available to those who have adopted an animal here at the park.

June 21st is also World Giraffe Day there will be a host of giraffe related activities come and join us, we look forward to meeting you all.

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Hand Feed Big Cat

Join one of our passionate expert keepers for a Big Cat Experience, get upclose and hand feed some of our amazing big cats

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Family experiences

Love monkeys? Penguins? Giraffes or want to tickle a tapir…
Animal experience days make the perfect VIP day at South Lakes Safari Zoo

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Keeper for a day

Be a keeper for the day at South Lakes Safari Zoo, work with big cats, giraffes, penguins.. whichever’s your favourite. Junior and adult places available.

The Magic of Christmas


The Magic of Christmas takes place every Saturday and Sunday in December then every day until 24th during December school holidays.


Bookings now being taken: Santa’s Steam Express, Breakfast with Santa, Dinner with Santa or Party nights with Santa

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“Get your scare on” this October Half Term at South Lakes, as the park goes pumpkin and Halloween mad.

Children in fancy dress or accompanied by a pumpkin get into the park FREE as there’s a celebration theme at South Lakes as we join some of our spooky friends to celebrate the up and coming wedding of Dracula and his bride – check out the restaurant for a glimpse of just some of the midnight guests.

Activities in 2014 – Lots of not too scary fun!

Fancy Dress Parade 3pm: (time to be confirmed) Every day join the fancy dress parade where you can trick and treat the keepers.

The Great Pumpkin Hunt: Find pumpkins hidden around the park, pop your completed trail into the cafe to claim your prize (50p charge in aid of our conservation charity)

New enjoy a Spooky Skate as the park’s ice rink is open every day.

Pumpkin Carving: horrible… terrifying… carve your own scary face.

Best Pumpkin Competition – judged on the picnic area at the end of the parade.

Fancy Dress Competition – judged on the picnic area at the end of the parade.

Plus all the favourites throughout the day It’s not just children but the animals turn to have fun and get in on the Halloween action with some treats of their own – pumpkins! Various animals throughout the park will take part in the pumpkin enrichment including:

Join our not so creepy truly amazing critters October half term – come along watch our keepers shower the Giant land snails, give the Tarantula their lunch, clean out the hissing cockroaches and meet up close the Emperor Scorpions, African Millipedes & Cane Toads.I am text block. Click edit button to change this text.

  • Santa’s Steam Express to the North Pole
  • Dinner with Santa
  • Santa’s Party nights
  • Breakfast with Santa
  • Letter from Santa
  • Visit Santa’s grotto & the nativity

More Christmas activity info HERE

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Maki Restaurant

From chicken curry cooked in a banana leaf to a chunk of chocolate cake where else can you enjoy a meal whilst watching giraffes and rhinos wander.

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Wild Things Gift Shop

Pocket money toys, to gifts made in our conservation projects supporting animals in the wild.

Adopt an animal, book a keeper for a day, book an animal experience….

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