Halloween at Bristol Zoo

Halloween at Bristol Zoo

On Sunday we were invited over to Bristol Zoo to see what activities they have in store for Halloween and half term. We are big fans of Bristol Zoo and have visited several times, but not for about 2 years so we couldn’t wait to go back and see the animals and have a fun day out.

As it’s half term in England this week and with Halloween coming up Bristol Zoo has come up with a cool Halloween trail and Halloween activities to celebrate.

When you enter you will be given an activity sheet and you can follow clues around the zoo to find missing letters which lead you to the activity centre where you can make your own Halloween mask, have your face painted and other themed activities. Most of these carry an extra charge though.

My children loved following the trail and guessing the answers to the questions.

There are also Halloween decorations dotted around, but don’t worry, they aren’t scary! There were cobwebs in the trees and painted masks around and we saw pumpkins in the restaurant!

Most of all though the kids loved seeing all the animals. They didn’t stop with their excited shouts all day as they saw a new and interesting animals. They learnt so much and had lots of fun too.


We took a picnic and ate that for lunch on the benches next to the monkeys and in the afternoon stopped for hot chocolate and a cake in the restaurant. The restaurant has been renovated since we last visited and is a big improvement. There are fun areas for the children to play and there is table service which is much easier when you have a family. It still gets quite busy at peak times though so be mindful what time you visit.

Bean was begging to have a go on ZooRopia, the big raised adventure course that goes above the Gorillas and she loved it. It cost £7.20 which was well worth it as she had lots of fun – although I don’t quite know where she gets her bravery from!

All in all, Bristol Zoo is a fantastic choice for a family day out this half term. You can very easily spend a whole day here and there is so much to do, especially with the added Halloween activities (more details about the activities are available on the website).

This half term children get in for just £5 with a paying adult if you book online so it’s a great time to visit and save some money on standard entrance prices.

We made a little video of our day out so have a watch to see all the fabulous animals that we saw!

Disclosure – we were given free entry to the zoo for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.



  1. October 23, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    We were in Bristol today – just for a flying visit though so no time to visit the zoo. Looks a fantastic day out – My girls would absolutely adore a go on ZooRopia (Which is a genius name!)

    • October 24, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      My daughter absolutely loved ZooRopia – and yes it’s a cool name isn’t it!

  2. October 24, 2017 / 8:23 am

    the quizzes look great – what a great day out for half term.

  3. October 24, 2017 / 8:36 am

    Oh this looks brilliant! I love the zoo! What a fab family day out. Thanks for the half term suggestion!

  4. October 24, 2017 / 10:29 am

    This looks great. Bristol isn’t that far away from me so looks like a good day out

  5. Jess
    October 24, 2017 / 3:54 pm

    I’ve never been to Bristol zoo but it looks great for kids! I love the way places like this make educating people on conservationism fun.

    • October 24, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      My children absolutely loved it! You’re right, it’s a fun educational trip

  6. October 24, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    I haven’t been to a zoo in absolutely ages, and Bristol zoo looks like a great one x

    • October 24, 2017 / 8:15 pm

      It’s fab there, you should make a visit if you are ever near.

  7. October 24, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    Oh how fab! We have never been to Bristol zoo, or Bristol in general, but it looks great!

    • October 24, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      It’s great, you should visit if you are ever this way.

  8. Joanna
    October 24, 2017 / 7:42 pm

    It looks like children are up for a treat this Halloween at Bristol Zoo. The quest through the zoo is a really nice idea! Also walking above the gorillas! 🙂

  9. October 24, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    What a fun sounding time to visit Bristol Zoo it looks like there have some awesome things going on for Halloween as well as getting to see all the animals.

  10. October 25, 2017 / 11:30 am

    That sounds like a fun place to visit especially the Zooropia. Looks like you had quite the fun and I am loving that Mexican styled skull heads.

    • October 28, 2017 / 11:42 am

      I love Mexican Halloween themes, they are so bright and colourful

  11. October 25, 2017 / 11:35 am

    Oh, I love the zoo so much! It looks like you guys had such a great time, my daughter would be all over ZooRopia too xx

    • October 28, 2017 / 11:41 am

      We had a great day, ZooRopia was definitely a highlight for her!

  12. October 25, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    What a combo – Halloween and Zoo – Yes please this is deffo one for me, looks like fun 🙂 x

  13. October 25, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    Bristol Zoo looks a fantastic place to go as a family, I love all the Halloween activities, with the added bonus of getting to see all the animals! Perfect Day out in my opinion x

  14. October 25, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    Sounds like you had a great day, and what a brave girl tackling the adventure course, braver than I’d ever be on it! I actually didn’t realise zoos did halloween themes, I’ll have to see what’s happening at my local one

    • October 28, 2017 / 11:40 am

      I know, she was so much braver than I would have been, she loved it!

  15. October 25, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    I have never thought of having Halloween at the ZOO before but what a fun way to get the kids involved in an environment that they will love!

  16. October 26, 2017 / 2:56 am

    I love Bristol zoo although it’s been a couple of years since I was last there. This looks like great fun and makes me think it’s definitely time for a revisit!

  17. Emily (@amummytoo)
    October 26, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    What a brilliant day out, and such a clever holiday to do something around – animals often feel a bit magical up close! Makes me want to say hello to a lemur now 🙂

    • October 28, 2017 / 11:37 am

      It was a lovely day and we got so close to the lemurs it was amazing!

  18. October 30, 2017 / 10:24 am

    Looks like such an amazing day out, its great they have a halloween theme too! It been a while since we went to a zoo

  19. October 30, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    Ah this looks like so much fun!!! I’ve never been to Bristol zoo even on a normal day!

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