The Magic of Christmas has arrived at Marwell Zoo

Elves Outside Marwell Hall (3)

Marwell Zoo is one of our favourite days out locally and we have enjoyed visits to the opening of their new Tropical House this year, as well as Isaac’s Zookeeper for a day birthday treat, so we were very excited to be invited along to their Christmas at Marwell event.

Set inside the zoo’s Grade 1 listed manor house, the Christmas at Marwell event sees you being treated to a visit to an enchanting Neverland-inspired world as well as being able to explore the zoo as part of your ticket on the day.

Marwell Hall

We were welcomed inside Marwell Hall by head elf, Jingle and his wife Belle who greeted the children by name as we headed inside.

Neverland

The room felt like you were walking into Neverland and the children were offered a scrummy biscuit and a glass of squash, whilst the adults were treated to a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.

Mince Pies

Isaac, Eliza and Sebastian loved the fact there was a large TV screen on the wall with a naughty list on it, featuring some of their favourite villain characters on it.

Naughty Lists

A simple touch of the screen then revealed another list – the good list and the kids were relieved to see their names on it!!!

Nice list

It was soon time to continue our journey and we were led down a festive corridor to find Mother Christmas.

Neverland

We found her in Pirate Cove and the children settled onto special cushions for an enchanting sensory reading of a tale inspired by Peter Pan.

Mother Christmas

With singing, dancing, puppets, fairy dust and audience participation, the kids were entranced by the story.

Pirate

We then ‘walked the plank’ into the mischievous elves workshop, where Eliza, Isaac and Sebby got to create their very own Christmas present bag to take home.

Painting a bag

With fabric pens and stickers to use, the kids got on with creating their perfect designs, with some taking more care than others.

Bags

We got around half an hour to complete our bags and for those that finished earlier, they were invited to write a letter to Father Christmas with their present wishlist and post it in the letterbox.

Letter to Santa

It was then time to go and meet the big man himself.

Sebby and Santa

Father Christmas greeted the kids by their name and sat them down next to him for a chat. He even asked if they were nice to each other and Isaac admitted that he wasn’t always, which made us all chuckle and resulted in Santa praising him for being honest.

Isaac and Santa

They all got an age related present each to take away, before posing for a professional photo by elf Flash and heading outside. Photo’s cost £7 each, or you can buy three for £15 which come in a presentation frame as well as a digital copy.

Father Christmas Marwell

The experience lasts around 60-80 minutes and is running until Friday 21st December 2018. Prices are: Babies (0 -12 months) – £7.50, toddlers (12- 36 months) – £15.50, children (3- 16 years) – £28.50, Adults (16+) – £25.50.

Wallaby

Guests who book onto daytime Christmas sessions (up to and including 3.30pm) will be able to explore the zoo as part of their ticket on the day. For guests who book onto evening Christmas sessions from 4pm, entry to the zoo is not included but they will receive a return ticket from the elves on arrival at the Hall to return to visit again by 17th March 2019.

Rica - Sloth

From endangered Amur tigers to majestic giraffes, Marwell is an 140-acre zoo which is home to an incredible range of exotic and endangered species.

Snow Leopard

The kids love seeing the animals, but also enjoy racing around the wide pathways, and testing their climbing skills in their numerous adventurous play areas.

Giraffe

If you are after a fun-filled day out on the run up to Christmas, then I can highly recommend Christmas at Marwell. The kids loved their presents, Eliza got a magic set, Isaac got a games set and Sebby a playdoh set and of course we enjoyed seeing the animals too.

Running

What is your favourite Christmas day out?

20 thoughts on “The Magic of Christmas has arrived at Marwell Zoo

  1. Nadia says:

    This looks like a magical place and a grrat experience for Christmas. My boy would love it.

  2. Danielle says:

    This place looks like so much fun! I will have to check it out if I am in the area!

  3. Rachel Stone says:

    I love that they have the naughty and nice list with their names on – so cool and magical. Looks like a great festive event. Great pics too.

  4. These are all great Christmas day out ideas. My tweens and I would personally love the Marwell Zoo. Happy Holidays everyone!
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  5. what a great way to spend Christmas! looks like everyone had a great time

  6. What a fabulous trip to Marwell Zoo, your kids looked liked they had so much fun and are now ready for Christmas

  7. Mike says:

    That is SUPER reasonably priced. After that bag, the gift, and all the fun activities I was thinking it was gonna be kinda expensive. Super nice that the zoo puts on such a lovely day for families!
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  8. The magic of Christmas has definitely arrived. Love all your photos here. My kids would love to experience this.
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  9. Melanie says:

    Aw what a lovely Christmas outing out. I love the naughty and nice lists xx

  10. This is a great idea- love how you get to visit Santa, do some activities and also visit the zoo. The building sounds amazing

  11. Chad says:

    omg this is so awesome! Love the idea of a fake naughty list, so so cool! The pics are amazing. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  12. We love Marwell Zoo! I hadn’t thought about going there for Christmas, it looks great fun.

  13. Oh wow this sounds like an amazing Christmas experience, my kids would love it! I love that its more than just visiting santa, with the story and crafting too! The names on the good list are the perfect touch too!
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  14. Emily Leary says:

    Marwell Zoo looks like so much fun! I love your pics – Isaac, Eliza and Sebastian are adorable. It’s a shame that we live quite a long way from the Zoo, it looks great. My children would love to see all the animals and my two little nephews would love all the Christmas activities, especially meeting Father Christmas!

  15. Alexandra says:

    What a fun time this must have been! This looks like something the whole family could enjoy 🙂

  16. I was meant to go to Marwell Zoo in a few weeks time but I don’t think I’m going to have time, this looks like so much fun x

  17. Oh wow, sounds like you had an amazing time. The snap with Father Christmas is great 🙂
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  18. Rachel Stone says:

    Aww, this looks like so much fun! I love all the festive colours and activities. All kids should get a chance to go and see Santa, shouldn’t they!

  19. Marwell is great at any time of the year, so even better when the festivities hit, what great fun. Mich x
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  20. Emma says:

    Ooooh, this looks amazing!! I think Charlie would love it!

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