Marwell Sunset Party in the Park

We were invited to Marwell’s Sunset Party in the Park and on June 13th, which sees the park open to the public from 6.30pm – 9.30pm.

As it was a Friday night I didn’t mind changing the kids bedtime routine as seeing the animals at dusk is a real treat and they are so much more active than they are in the day.

We arrived as it opened and enjoyed a talk about the Penguins.  I never did find out why one was wearing his very own wetsuit though.


This year’s event also had a Dinosaur twist where we had out of hours access to the Rise of the Dinosaurs event which Isaac and Eliza adored.  We were on a mission to find animatronic dinosaurs that were scattered around the park.   They were very lifelike, with movement, eye blinks and even sounds.  Isaac got to work one for himself as there was a velociraptor on display that had workable controls.


There was a range of incredible performances and entertainment which included giant penguins and pigeons and a whole host of animal talks which ran at various times of the evening.  There was also an inflatables area where the kids could bounce off some energy, a BBQ area which pleased hubby who had come straight from work and even Juggling Inferno!



The animals were in a really playful mood this time of the day and we watched as a tiger gave an amazing demonstration of ball skills, the Lemur’s who swung on and off their ropes and were delighted by the snow leopard cubs who were in a very feisty mood.



Don’t worry if you missed it as there is another opportunity to go to the Sunset Party in the Park on 5th July, which sees even more amazing sights added to the bill including The Gorilla’s and their comic intrepid explorer friend.  See here to book tickets.

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23 thoughts on “Marwell Sunset Party in the Park

  1. There have been a few posts about Marwell linked up to #WHWH and it always looks like such an amazing place to visit. I’d love to take my two. Bud would love the dinosaurs. Thanks for linking up to #WHWH
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  2. This sounds like a prefect day out! We love visiting Marwell zoo – we have a love for the giraffe and the tigers!
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  3. Joanne says:

    Ralph wears a wet suit every summer. He has a skin condition and he loses his feathers really early and quickly so the wet suit keeps him warm and helps him swim.
    #penguinnerd #moolovespenguins
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  4. That looks like a brilliant experience – my two would have loved it!
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  5. It must have been amazing to see all those animals at dusk. That shark in the first pic looks particularly scary 😀
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  6. It looks amazing. The dinosaurs are so big but they actually look friendly 😉
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  7. Bek says:

    This looks fantastic! So much going on. My two would love this.
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  8. Louisa says:

    It looks amazing. The dinosaurs make a wonderful addition to the park. I’d love to visit.
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  9. Rachel says:

    What an amazing experience. Love the penguin in a wetsuit! I hear ao many good things about marwell but its so far from me 🙁

  10. This sounds amazing! We love dinosaurs 🙂
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  11. Sonya Cisco says:

    We are planning a visit this summer, the dinosaurs were the bit that totally sold us- I knew Syd would love the animals, but chuck in Dinos and he will be a very happy boy!
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  12. We were invited to this event, but I didn’t know how to work around Baby’s bed time. It looks like it was a great evening. Lovely to meet you and Sebastian at the weekend x
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  13. How wonderful to be able to visit after hours and see the animals activity and behaviour. It sounds like there was plenty for the children and adults alike with a great party atmosphere. Thanks for linking up and sharing your great photos with Country Kids.
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  14. This looks amazing!! Looks like my little boys perfect day out! He is animal and dinosaur mad im so gutted its a little far away for us to travel too 🙁

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  15. Natalie says:

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time – and that penguin in a wet suit is just TOO cute!
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  16. Michelle says:

    Marwell Zoo is a fab place isn’t it? We went there years ago and loved it! Glad hubs was appeased with a beer and burger! Loving the dinos too x
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  17. Foz says:

    That Penguin looks pretty cool in his wetsuit! Looks like a fantastic experience.
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  18. What a great idea! I love the penguin in the wet suit!!!
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  19. Looks AMAzING. This is somewhere we have never visited
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  20. Polly says:

    looks like a fabulous evening! what a great experience
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  21. Julie says:

    How lucky were you to be invited? Looks like it was a fab day 🙂

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  22. lisa prince says:

    wow what an experience to have, looks like a fantastic day x

  23. PinkOddy says:

    That looks and sounds amazing wish I had known about it. Obviously off to pin on my dinosaur board 🙂
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