Head to the Roar and Explore evening at Chessington World of Adventures Resort on Saturday 25th June 2016 in support of the Chessington Conservation Fund (CCF) which was launched in 2011 with the aim of protecting nature’s future through conservation work and education within the local community and worldwide.

What is Roar and Explore?

After the theme park has closed its gates for the day, from 6pm until dusk the Resort will re-open for an evening of fun and activities. Visit the Zoo and Wanyama Village & Reserve seeing the animal residents like our giraffe and gorillas well in to the evening; watch exciting animal presentations and take part in an auction with some amazing prizes up for grabs like our incredible VIP animal feeding experiences.

Having been re-launched in 2015, the Roar and Explore evening is a family-fun event with plenty of exciting activities for all ages to enjoy. New for 2016 see one of our animatronic baby pandas roaming the Resort with his keeper; collect yourself a new popbadge launching exclusively for this event; purchase some delicious taster meals at the new Smokehouse BBQ restaurant; visit the re-vamped Trail of the Kings area and meet our new male Asiatic lion Kamal.

Tickets available now!

Pre-book your ticket to this special event now for just £7 each. Under 5’s go free and all ticket proceeds will go directly to the CCF, which aims to protect the future of wildlife locally and worldwide. Capacity is limited, so please pre-book tickets now to avoid disappointment

Other activities running for Roar and Explore include a Tombola stand with some great prizes up for grabs or go one step further and help us build some ‘Bug Hotels’ to encourage the wildlife here at Chessington.

Thanks to the support of our guests last year, the evening raised £11,160 meaning that the CCF has been able to work hard protecting animals and wildlife that we are so passionate

about in places like Ecuador and Zimbabwe. Look out for stands from partner charities like the Surrey Wildlife Trust raising awareness for our local wildlife as well as our own CCFstand highlighting the conservation work we’ve done with the likes of the Dambari Wildlife Trust supporting them in the protection of the endangered White Rhino.

With so many exciting activities available it’s set to be an evening to remember – and all for a good cause. We hope to see you there!

 Why not Go Ape as well!

While you’re getting in to the swing of things, why not unleash your inner Tarzan and try out our brand new Go Ape at Chessington World of Adventures Resort. Open now, the Tree Top Junior course allows adults as well as children (as young as 6 but who are atleast 1m tall) to swing through the trees. Mini Tarzans can spend a fun filled hour of canopy exploring, trail blazing and negotiating obstacles. To complete the course, participants finish with an awesome zip line finale and all will receive their very own personalised certificate.  It’s just as much fun for adults too so parents or supervising adults can join their Mini Tarzans for the fun filled hour in the trees, or supervise from the ground. 

What’s more in mid-July, 2016, the opening of the new Go Ape Tree Top Adventure – for adults and children over 10 - will see two fantastic courses available in one location meaning the whole family can Go Ape together!

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Notes to Editors

  • All the staff working at the event will be offering their time for free on the evening.
  • High Resolution images of Chessington World of Adventures Resort are available for the media to download free of charge from
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  • Stall holders confirmed at time of release
  • Owls And You
  • World Land Trust
  • Merrist Woods College
  • Surrey Ferret Rescue
  • Surrey Bat Group
  • Surbiton Wildlife Group
  • Kingston Biodiversity Group
  • Kingston Wildlife Crime Unit
  • Iona Stewart
  • Marine Conservation Society
  • Dormouse Group
  • A Call For Nature
  • Chessington Conservation Fund

Go Ape at Chessington

  • Tree Top Junior Course opened 28th May 2016
  • Tree Top Adventure Course opens July 2016
  • Go Ape Pricing

-       £25 for Baboons (10–15 years over 1.4m)

-       £18 mini Tarzans (children over 1 metre tall)

-       £33 for Gorillas (16 years +)

  • School Rates

-       Tree Top Junior (Primary Schools) £13 per pupil. Supervision ratio: one adult to eight over 6’s.

-       Tree Top Adventure (School or College – meeting the below Tree Top Adventure restrictions) will save 20%. This is for a group of 10 or more students Monday – Friday in term time only.

  • Tree Top Adventure restrictions:

-       Minimum Height – 1.4m (4ft7″) 

-       Maximum weight – 20.5 stones (130kg)

-       Minimum Age – 10yrs

  • Tree Top Junior restrictions:

-       Maximum weight – 20.5 stones (130kg)

-       Minimum Height – 1m (3ft3″)

 Opening times:

  • The full theme park will be open on selected days from Friday 18th March – Monday 31st October 2016, please check the website for availability. For more information on opening times and to book tickets please visit
  • Discover the perfect family get away at the Chessington Resort Hotels - Safari Hotel and Azteca Hotel - where you can enjoy themed rooms, an indoor swimming pool, spa and Savannah Splash pool and two fantastic themed restaurants. Or for the ultimate outdoor accommodation experience try our Explorer Glamping – brand new for 2016! For more information please visit
  • For 12 months unlimited access to Chessington and/or Merlin’s other UK attractions see our range of annual passes at Merlin Annual Pass
  • The Zoo at Chessington World of Adventures is a member of the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). BIAZA represents its member collections and promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums.
  • MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 111 attractions, 12 hotels/4 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 63 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and c26,000 employees (peak season). 
  • Among Merlin’s attractions are - SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, DreamWorks Tours SHREK’s Adventure, The London Eye, Dungeons, Gardaland, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Alton Towers Resort, Warwick Castle, THORPE PARK Resort, Blackpool Tower, Heide Park Resort, Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK.  All brands which are distinctive, challenging and innovative – and which have great potential for growth in the future. Visit for more information.

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