Why not branch out this year by gifting loved ones with the chance to hand feed a giraffe, get up close and personal to a zebra or hand feed sharks at Chessington World of Adventures Resort? With a variety of exciting and unique experiences available to buy on from just £15pp, the perfect gift for any animal lover is just a click away, all presented in a fitting gift box.


New for 2015 – Winter African Animal Tour

Brand new for 2015 is a remarkable experience that even Santa Claus would be envious of – an amazing Winter African Animal Tour. On this one-of-a-kind excursion through Wanyama Reserve, the lucky recipient will get to observe a selection of Chessington’s animals in their winter habitat, with a personal tour-guide taking them for a giraffe feed before joining a keeper for a behind-the-scenes visit with the resident white rhinos. Costs £50pp.


Penguin Feeding*

For an incredible gift for penguin lovers, book a truly special experience; hand feeding the Humboldt penguins in the brand new Penguin Bay! The recipient can get up close and personal with Chessington’s resident penguins and feed them by hand at the water's edge inside the enclosure with an experienced member of the zoo team. Costs £26pp.


Behind the Scenes Animal Tour

For animal enthusiasts, this is a gift that keeps on giving! One of the biggest adventures available at Chessington World of Adventures Resort is the Behind the Scenes Animal Tour; a guided expedition to meet some of the biggest personalities in the Zoo. The lucky recipient gets to go behind the scenes and feed the majestic Sumatran tigers, meet the playful sea lions, cuddle up to the capybara and attend snack time at the shark tank. Costs £125pp for a 2-hour experience.




Young Zoo Keeper for a Day

The Junior Zoo Keeper experience for those aged 7-16 years** is the perfect Christmas gift for budding animal enthusiasts! The four-hour experience runs from 10am until 2pm, allowing youngsters to get a real taste of the day-to-day work Chessington’s amazing Zoo Keepers do to care for the animals.  There’s also a good chance it includes some cuddles with some very lovable creatures! Costs £145pp.


Smaller gifts and stocking fillers are available, too!

The Chessington Shop online on is the perfect place to pick up further presents and fantastic stocking fillers, ranging from fun Chessington merchandise to fluffy animal toys. Animal Adoption packs are always popular, offering a unique gift for animal lovers whilst making a real difference to the conservation work and breeding programmes in the zoo. The Adoption packs include two Zoo Day tickets – all for just £30! 


For more information and full details of all the fantastic Xtra Adventure experiences available, check online at


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*Adventurers must be over 1.2m in height and children must be accompanied by a paying adult 16 years or over. The experience will last approximately 30 minutes and is for a maximum of 4 people. Theme Park and Zoo entry are not included in the experience.

**Junior Zoo Keeper for a Day is available for 7-16 year olds. Price - £145 for one or £250 for two people. These experiences are very popular and we recommend you book well in advance. Availability of all animals listed is subject to their health and other conditions and cannot be guaranteed. The maximum number of young adventurers for each experience is two. If only one young adventurer is booked he or she may be joined by another child.

For further information please call the Frank team on 020 7693 6999 or email


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Opening times:

  • The resort will be open for Zoo Days at Weekends in November from 10am to 3pm daily, with Winter’s Tail starting at Weekends from 23 November from 10am to 5pm, and every day (excl Christmas Day) from 17 December for Christmas.


  • Discover the perfect family getaway at the Chessington Safari Hotel and Chessington Azteca Hotel, where you can enjoy themed rooms, an indoor swimming pool, spa and Savannah Splash pool and two fantastic themed restaurants.


  • 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 109 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 26,000 employees (peak season). 


  • Among Merlin’s attractions are - SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, 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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