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Summer Lates

Explore Bristol Zoo Project like never before and discover what the animals get up to in the evening.

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12 July, 26 July & 9 August.


Friday 12 July, 6-9pm

Enjoy exclusive evening access to the zoo with members of the Bristol Symphony Orchestra performing chamber music across the site.

Hear the world premiere of a specially created piece to celebrate our bird species by Bristol-based composer Maretha van der Walt, performed by a chamber ensemble amongst the aviaries in the Walled Garden.

Enjoy extracts from Prokofiev’s beloved Peter and the Wolf, with its musical depictions of wolves, birds, cats and more, performed on the Bear Wood walkway, with views across ancient woodland and the opportunity to catch sight of bears, lynxes and wolves.  

Specially created animal talks will precede each performance, creating a deep connection between the music you hear and animals that surround you.

Soak up the atmosphere whilst you enjoy a refreshing drink at the bar, accompanied by a string quartet, or a delicious stone-baked pizza at Base Camp Pizzeria, accompanied by a live harpist.

Bristol Zoo Project welcomes everyone, however, the programming for this evening is most suitable for over 16s.


Friday 26 July, 6-9pm

To celebrate the launch of our brand new adventure playground, Explorers Basecamp, we are opening the zoo after hours for an exclusive evening of play.

Discover the new three-storey play tower, designed for all ages, needs and abilities, with hammocks and rope jungles, racing zip wires, trampolines, swings and slides!

Get playful with a range of fun family-friendly activities, including Spinning Kia’s ‘Carnival Skills’ – with stilt walking, hula hooping, juggling and poi. Become a walking work of art and make a brilliantly wacky scrap hat with Children’s Scrapstore and transform into your favourite animal with our free face painting. Get hands on while making forest school creations from clay and materials found in nature at Forest Camp.

Experience a celebration of puppetry, humour and unforgettable characters that invites everyone to join the conversation about animal conservation, created by Scarlet Oak Theatre. Learn more about how animals learn through play during our informative animal talks - Meerkat Mischief in the Walled Garden and Wild Woodland in Bear Wood.


Friday 9 August, 6-9pm

Join us for an exclusive evening of performance entertainment at the zoo after hours.

With an exciting array of performances, including live acrobatics, magic, stilt artists, aerial silk performers, a Chinese Pole performance - a breathtaking display of strength, agility and grace - plus two fascinating talks delivered by animal experts, it will be a night you don’t want to miss!

Explore Bristol Zoo Project like never before and discover what the animals get up to in the evening, while learning all about animal antics in our fascinating talks. Delve into the world of natural performance and behaviour - Dazzling Displays at the Giraffe House and Animal Antics at the Lemur Walkthrough.

Indulge in some delicious stone baked pizza at Base Camp Pizzeria, or enjoy a freshly poured drink at our on-site bar.

Bristol Zoo Project welcomes everyone, however, the programming for this evening is most suitable for over 16s.

Don't miss...

Bear Wood

Step back in time to a woodland where brown bears, wolverines, lynxes and wolves still roam. Explore a winding treetop walkway and learn about these amazing animals.

Red panda

Red pandas are crepuscular, which means they're most active at dawn and dusk – so you'll have a great chance of seeing our new resident, Nilo, up close at Summer Lates!

Delicious food and drink

Grab a refreshing drink from the bar, or a freshly-baked sourdough pizza from Base Camp Pizzeria to enjoy as you immerse yourself in the entertainment on offer.

Lemur Walkthrough

Watch ring-tailed, ruffed and mongoose lemurs leap, run and play all around you in our immersive habitat.

When we say you can get up close to animals, we mean it!

Summer Lates FAQs

Can I buy a ticket on the door?

Tickets for this event must be pre-purchased and will not be available on site. Tickets are limited in availability to ensure that our visitors have the best possible experience. We expect to sell out and so encourage you to book now.

Will all areas of the zoo be open?

Yes, all of Bristol Zoo Project will be open with added bonus of incredible themed entertainment and activities!

What are the start and finish times?

Each Summer Late will begin at 6pm, the site will be cleared at 9pm.

When can I enter Bear Wood?

Last entry to Bear Wood will be at 8.30pm, to allow visitors enough time to enjoy this incredible walk through ancient woodland.

What if I am late?

Don't worry, we will be admitting to the Summer Lates from 6pm and through the event, so you won't miss out.

What if I am early?

We will be opening our doors at 6pm, but if you do arrive early feel free to park up and form an orderly queue at our ticket office.

Will there be adult only events?

Bristol Zoo Project welcomes everyone, however, the programming for the Listen and Perform Summer Lates is most suitable for over 16s.

Can I bring my own food and drink?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own food and drink to the Summer Late events. Please use the bins and recycling facilities provided or take rubbish home with you.

If I spend the day at the zoo, do I need to leave and come back again?

Yes you will need to leave the site, the Summer Lates are a completely separate event, and ticket, to our standard day admission. We will be clearing the site by 5pm on the day of each event in order to prepare. All of the zoo site will be open for our Summer Lates, so you won't miss out!

How do I get there?

You can find out about the best ways to travel to us here.

Where do I park?

Please use the main Bristol Zoo Project visitor car park.

Can I leave my car overnight?

You cannot leave your car in the car park overnight. Security guards will be locking the gates to the car park after the event has ended and visitors have left the site.

Do members get a discount?

Yes, we're delighted to offer members a 10% discount to these events. Simply choose the relevant members ticket for the event of your choice and input your membership number when prompted.

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