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How do you make a great adventure even better? Just add on an extra or two. Get up closer to our wonderful animals, go behind the scenes or discover what it’s like to be a zoo keeper.

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VIP experiences are designed to make even your wildest dreams come true. From Behind the Scenes Tours, Birthday Parties or Giraffe Feeding you can book your adventures directly online or treat your friends or family to a gift voucher for a wild adventure of their own!

To check availability please use the form below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

 

EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT FOR ANNUAL PASSHOLDERS AND HOTEL GUESTS

Annual Passholders receive 20% off all VIP Experiences and Hotel Guests receive 10% off. To redeem your exclusive discount please call 01372 731 673* and book your adventure! 

 

Experiences

Gruffalo with breakfast

NEW! Gruffalo Breakfasts

A great way to start your adventure by meeting the Gruffalo and friends!

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Enjoy a fantastic start to your day at one of our Gruffalo Breakfasts. Have your photo with The Gruffalo, get up close to one of our Zoo animals that feature in the book, and fill up on a hearty breakfast before being one of the first to ride The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure.

Price: £25 per adult (12+ years) and £20 per child (aged 12 months - 11 years)

  • If you are a Merlin Annual Passholder or Hotel guest, please call to redeem your discount via our direct booking line: 01372 731 673.
  • Our breakfast experience includes hot & cold buffet breakfast for all the family.
  • All usual height and ride restrictions apply to those riding The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure.
  • Adventurers of all ages can enjoy the atmosphere in our Smokehouse Restaurant.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a full paying adult.
  • The experience begins at 8:15am, you must arrive by this time at the latest to ensure you get the most out of your experience.
  • Theme Park entry is not included in the ticket price, please ensure you have a valid ticket upon entry to the experience.
  • The experience will run until 10am, when the park will be open for you to access from the Smokehouse Restaurant.
  • The Gruffalo River Ride Adventure and animal interactions are subject to availability.
  • Please be aware there may be a wait time when entering the queue line to getting on to the ride.
  • Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Due to the nature of our VIP Experiences, some of our animal encounters may not be suitable for those with mobility problems. Expectant mothers are not permitted on any of our experiences. If you believe this may affect you, please contact our VIP team before booking to discuss your individual needs.

 

African Animal Safari

NEW! Mini Meet & Greets

The perfect experience for little adventurers.

 

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Mini Meet & Greets provide a fantastic opportunity to meet some familiar faces from across the resort and kick start your wild adventure!

Price: £12 per young adventurer, with one free adult accompanying

  • The experience runs at 3pm Monday - Friday during school holidays and on selected weekends.
  • Children under 12 months are not permitted on the experience.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Only one free adult per child will be permitted to join the experience.
  • Maximum of 20 children per meet and greet.
  • Theme Park Entry is not included.
  • Tickets are non–refundable and transferable.
  • If you have a Merlin Annual Pass please call to redeem your discount via our direct bookings line on 01372 731 673. Phone lines are open 10am - 12 noon and 1pm -4pm every day.
  • Animals are subject to availability.

Due to the nature of our VIP Experiences, some of our animal encounters may not be suitable for those with mobility problems. Expectant mothers are not permitted on any of our experiences. If you believe this may affect you, please contact our VIP team before booking to discuss your individual needs.

 

African Animal Safari

New! African Animal Safari

Get up close and personal with some of our amazing African animals on our Wanyama Reserve!

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Jump on board our safari truck and get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience with our animals including the Ankole Cattle, Sitatunga, Oryx and Grevy’s Zebra. You’ll have the chance to take photographs and feed some of our animals on this wild safari adventure.

Price: £30 per Adventurer

  • Adventurers must be a minimum of 5yrs old
  • Adventurers aged under 12yrs must be accompanied by a paying adult 16yrs or over
  • The experience will last approximately 30 minutes
  • The experience is for a maximum of 8 people
  • Experiences run at 12:15pm
  • Theme Park and Zoo entry are not included in the experience
  • Tours may vary depending on animal availability
  • In adverse weather conditions the experience may have to be moved indoors.

Due to the nature of our VIP Experiences, some of our animal encounters may not be suitable for those with mobility problems. Expectant mothers are not permitted on any of our experiences. If you believe this may affect you, please contact our VIP team before booking to discuss your individual needs.

 

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GIRAFFE SAFARI

An unforgettable VIP experience that will take you behind the scenes of ZUFARI.

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Come face to face with our amazing giraffe during your off road Jeep guided tour.

Price: £40 per Adventurer

  • Adventurers must be a minimum of 5yrs old
  • Adventurers aged under 12yrs must be accompanied by a paying adult 16yrs or over
  • The experience will last approximately 30 minutes
  • The experience is for a maximum of 8 people
  • Experiences run at either 11:30am or 2:30pm
  • Theme Park and Zoo entry are not included in the experience
  • Tours may vary depending on animal availability and in adverse weather conditions may have to be moved indoors

Due to the nature of our VIP experiences, some of our animal encounters may not be suitable for those with mobility problems.  Expectant mothers are not permitted on any of our experiences.  If you believe this may affect you, please contact our VIP team before booking to discuss your individual needs.

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NEW! SEA LION TRAINER FOR A DAY

Ever fancied yourself as an animal trainer? Think you have the skills to connect with our favourite Zoo friends?

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Price: £175 per Adventurer

On arrival you’ll meet up with one of our professional Animal Trainers, who’ll be your guide and buddy as they go about their daily tasks. They will introduce you to your chosen animals and get you involved with hands-on tasks like animal care and welfare, food preparation and you’ll take part in their regular training sessions.

This is a 3 hour experience for one person

  • Minimum age: 16 years old
  • The experience begins at 9am and is available on Mondays, Wednesdays & Sundays only
  • Includes your own training whistle to take away with you
  • This Experience must be booked 7 days in advance
  • Animal experiences are subject to availability
  • Your experience includes the standard entry price for the day when applicable
  • Full terms and conditions will need to be signed prior to the beginning of the experience
  • All VIP Experiences are non-transferable and non-refundable, in the event that we have to cancel your experience we will of course compensate you accordingly

On the day:

  • Your guide will take you through all health and safety procedures before the beginning of your experience
  • Wellies are advisable but closed toe shoes/boots are essential
  • It can get quite cold out in the Bay so please wear the appropriate clothing for being outdoors for the entirety of your experience

Due to the nature of our VIP experiences, some of our animal encounters may not be suitable for those with mobility problems. Expectant mothers are not permitted on any of our experiences. If you believe this may affect you, please contact our VIP team before booking to discuss your individual needs.

 

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GIRAFFE FEEDING

A truly special start to your day at Chessington with the opportunity to meet and hand feed our stunning and majestic Giraffe!

FLASH SALE: 8:15am slots now only £15 per Adventurer!
To book please call 01372 731 673* or email VIPExperiences@chessington.co.uk

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From the Chessington Resort Hotel our guides will walk you and the group out to the Wanyama reserve where you will come face to face with our giraffe.

Price £20 per Adventurer

  • Adventurers must be over 5 years old
  • Adventurers aged 5 - 12yrs must be accompanied by a paying adult 16yrs or over
  • The experience will last approximately 20 minutes
  • The experience is for a maximum of 15 people
  • Theme Park and Zoo entry are not included in the experience
  • In adverse weather conditions the experience may have to be moved indoors

Due to the nature of our VIP Experiences, some of our animal encounters may not be suitable for those with mobility problems.  Expectant mothers are not permitted on any of our experiences.  If you believe this may affect you, please contact our VIP team before booking to discuss your individual needs.

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BEHIND THE SCENES ANIMAL TOUR

Go behind the scenes and brace yourself for an animal encounter like never before.

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Come face to face with tigers, meet our friendly sea lions, feed our capybaras and then take a trip on our giraffe safari to feed our graceful giraffe on this exclusive Behind the Scenes Tour!

Price: £125 per Adventurer

  • Each interactive tour is 2 hours long and for up to 4 people and includes park entry
  • Minimum adventurer age is 10 years old, and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult adventurer
  • Animal availability may vary and be subject to change
  • You’ll be guided through your adventure by a personal tour guide and join the specialist keepers for meeting and feeding the animals
  • Your guide and keepers will guide you through health and safety procedures, and help you feed the animals
  • Tours are available Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Due to the nature of our VIP Experiences, some of our animal encounters may not be suitable for those with mobility problems.  Expectant mothers are not permitted on any of our experiences.  If you believe this may affect you, please contact our VIP team before booking to discuss your individual needs.

Capybara

CAPYBARA

Our Capybara on the day experience allows up to 4 people to feed and spend time with our Capybara.

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A perfect experience for the family on your adventure at Chessington.

Price: £20 per Adventurer

  • Minimum age 5 years old
  • 4 people per feed
  • Children have to be accompanied by a paying adult
  • Trousers must be worn
  • No open toed shoes are allowed

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VIP

 
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CHESSINGTON VIP EXPERIENCE

Make your visit to the Chessington Theme Park, Zoo and SEA LIFE centre even more special by booking a VIP Experience!

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Price: £350 per Adventurer

Why not let us create a memorable experience for you, if you are looking at exploring something a little extraordinary and don’t see it on our website why not give us a call! We are happy to create a unique experience just for you. Call 01372 731 673 to speak to your personal VIP experience team member.

The VIP experience is ideal for adventures who love all things Chessington! This package includes:

  • Theme park entry
  • Personal VIP host to escort you around the Park for the entire day
  • First ride of the day on your chosen ride
  • Unlimited VIP ride access
  • Unlimited food - eat as much as you like all day
  • Unlimited souvenir photography downloads
  • Giraffe feed*
  • Free parking
  • Goodie bag
  • Belongings storage

*Giraffe feed terms & conditions...

  • Adventurers must be over 5 years old
  • Adventurers aged 5- 12yrs must be accompanied by a paying adult 16yrs or over
  • The experience is for maximum of 15 people
  • Theme Park and Zoo entry are not included in the experience
  • In adverse weather conditions the experience may have to be moved indoors

Adoptions

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ADOPT AN ANIMAL - BUY A GIFT WITH A DIFFERENCE

Adopt an animal for yourself or as an exciting gift for friends and family and help make a real difference to the conservation work and breeding programs at Chessington Zoo.

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This memorable gift will include:

    • A certificate of adoption including a cute photo of your animal
    • A registration letter to confirm your 1 year adoption
    • A fun fact sheet all about your chosen animal
    • 10% contribution donated to the Chessington Conservation Fund
    • A Zoo Day voucher for two people to visit during a Chessington Zoo Day*
    • Your name proudly displayed outside the animal enclosure for the duration of your adoption
    • 30% off voucher for any Adult Keeper Experience, so you can come face to face with the Animals at Chessington World of Adventures Resort
    • £10 voucher to spend in Chessington World of Adventures Resort retail outlets

All for just £30, so now you just have to pick which of our animals you would like to adopt...

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Choose your animal

Adopting your chosen animal is easy...

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Buy online by choosing your animal below

Alternatively, you can purchase one of our animal adoptions on the day of your visit by popping into our VIP Hub, located in Mexicana on the Resort.

Adoptions are limited, buy now to avoid disappointment.

Zoo Keeper

Wild about animals? Want to know how to be a zoo keeper? If so, welcome to the ultimate animal experience at Chessington World of Adventures Resort – Be A Zoo Keeper for A Day.

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CHESSINGTON’S JUNIOR ZOO KEEPER EXPERIENCE (7 TO 16 YEARS)

Here’s a wonderful experience for younger adventurers that will give a first taste of the day-to-day work of our Zoo Keepers.

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You’ll get to work in the Children’s Zoo and Wanyama Village, meeting our Donkeys, Goats, Ferrets, Capybaras, Meerkats and many more animals.

£145 for one or £250 for two people.

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CARNIVORE KEEPER FOR THE DAY (16+ YEARS)

Be a Tiger and Lion Keeper For The Day

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Take a walk along Chessington’s Trail of the Kings, where you’ll get to work alongside our Carnivores including Sumatran Tigers and Asiatic Lions. An awesome and unique experience, which includes your theme park entry.

£175 per person.

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On The Day Experiences

At Chessington we have a range of additional meet and greet experiences, all of which are subject to availability on the day.

To book these experiences please speak to a member of staff on the day of your visit at our VIP Hub in Mexicana or call 01372 731673*

Owl Meet and Greet

NEW! OWL MEET & GREET

Come and meet our fantastic Owls in this exclusive VIP meet and greet experience.

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Spend time with our expert bird keeper who will educate you with amazing facts about this incredible bird of prey.

  • Minimum age 7 years old
  • 4 people per meet and greet
  • Children have to be accompanied by a paying adult
  • Experience takes place daily at 16:15.
Capybara

CAPYBARA

Our Capybara on the day experience allows up to 4 people to feed and spend time with our Capybara.

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A perfect experience for the family on your adventure at Chessington.

  • Minimum age 5 years old
  • 4 people per feed
  • Children have to be accompanied by a paying adult
  • Trousers must be worn
  • No open toed shoes are allowed

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Meerkats

MEERKATS

Come meet and take part in our Meerkat scatter feed.

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  • Minimum age 7 years old
  • 2 people per feed
  • Children have to be accompanied by a paying adult
  • Trousers must be worn
  • Wellingtons boots must be worn - Limited boots will be available on a first come first serve basis

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Penguins

PENGUINS

At Chessington we offer the truly special experience of hand feeding our Penguins!

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Assisted by our experienced Zoo team you will enter the penguin enclosure and feed them at the water’s edge.

  • Minimum Height 1.2m
  • 2 people per feed
  • Children have to be accompanied by a paying adult
  • Trousers must be worn
  • No open toed shoes are allowed

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Sea lions

SEA LIONS

Under the supervision of the Sea Lion team you will be able to get to know one of our Sea Lions.

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  • Minimum age 10
  • 4 people per experience
  • Children have to be accompanied by a paying adult

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Birthdays

Birthday Parties at Chessington Resort

REALLY WILD BIRTHDAY PACKAGE

Our birthday party packages are designed for Adventures aged 5 to 12 years old, visiting with a minimum of 15 friends and a maximum of 25.

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A Really Wild Birthday Party includes:

  • 4 Mini Meet and Greets with a selection of our Zoo animals.
  • Exclusive use of our party room for 2 hours between 11am to 1pm. 
  • A Birthday lunch for Young Adventurers to sink their teeth into. 
  • A VIP party host. 
  • Entry to the Resort.
  • PLUS, a Birthday pop badge for the Chief Explorer! 

Peak dates and prices:

Weekends and school holidays from 11am until 1pm, 18th March 2017 - 31st October 2017. £25 per child with a free adult ticket for every 5 children. Additional adults are £20. Theme Park entry is included in this price.

Off Peak dates and prices:

Weekends and school holidays from 11am until 1pm, 31st October 2016 – 12th March 2017. £18 per child with a free adult ticket for every 5 children. Additional adults are £10. Zoo entry is included in the price.

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Extras

It’s your party, so make it unique with a few little extras that make a big, big difference:

  • Birthday Cake - you are more than welcome to bring your own cake, or make life simple and let us provide one for you for £22 extra.
  • Party Bags – take home a little of the Chessington magic - Add from £4 each.
  • Are you celebrating by staying at one of our Resort Hotels? If so, why not add on our Birthday Package for a surprise treat upon arrival. For more information, please call 01372 734 620 to speak to a member of the Resort Sales team.

How to Book

Reserving a Really Wild Birthday Party could not be easier; book in 3 simple steps...

  1. Check availability. If the date you wish to book is available, simply proceed through the booking system and pay a deposit to secure your party.
  2. Once you have paid your deposit your personal party coordinator will call you to confirm your party numbers. They will also be able advise you about special extras to make your party even more memorable.
  3. Wait for the special day and start your Wild Adventure!

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Really Wild Birthday Parties – here’s the quite big small print:

  • Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Bookings must be made at least a one month prior to event.
  • Really Wild Parties are suitable for Adventurers aged 5 to 12 years.
  • Parties require a minimum of 15 children and a maximum of 25.
  • One free adult with every 5 children. Additional adult tickets can be brought for £20 for peak dates and £10 for off peak dates. Maximum of 10 adults per party.
  • Animal Meet and Greets are subject to availability.
  • Parties run for 2 hours between 11am and 1pm. 
  • If you a Merlin Annual Passholder you will receive 20% off your final balance.
  • To talk to a member of the VIP Team please call 01372 731 673.
  • Sorry, food brought from outside cannot be consumed in the party room, except for a birthday cake, if you’d rather bring your own.
  • The lead name on the booking is required to supervise Young Adventurers at all times. 
 

Booking and advice

Booking a VIP experience is simple - all our experiences can be booked directly online using the links above. You can also purchase gift vouchers for use in the next 12 months - ideal gifts for animal lovers!

Please book at least seven days before your visit date so we can make sure everything is ready. If you would like further assistance please get in touch using the form below or call 01372 731 673* to speak to our VIP team.

*Phone line is open 10am – 12 noon and 1pm - 4pm every day of the week.

   


Adult adventurers:

Young adventurers (Over 1 metre under 12 years):