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Shriek Week

Shriek Week

‘Shriek Week’ returns to Colchester Zoo this October half term!

Join in with our fang-tastic themed activities taking place from the 23rd October – 31st October 2021!

Colchester Zoo is open until 5pm everyday throughout October half term with most of our additional ‘Shriek Week’ activities included in the cost of admission.

Our full timetable of events is available below!

Book E-tickets for October Half Term:

Our admission prices INCLUDE entry to Colchester Zoo from 9.30am until Zoo closure at 5pm.

If you would like to participate in The Trail of Terror evening experience please click here.


Our Shriek Week Timetable:

Find out more about each of our Shriek Week activities below!

  • Halloween Trail 
    Throughout the Zoo 
    Collect your trail on arrival (one per family group) and look out for the four activity boards to complete during your visit.
  • Spooktacular Face Painting – 11am-4pm
    Next to Heart of the Amazon (near our Sealion pool)

    Have your face painted like a scary witch, or maybe a creepy zombie! PLEASE NOTE a small charge applies.
  • Witches’ Craft Coven – 11am-4pm 
    Next to Heart of the Amazon (near our Sealion pool) 
    Join the good witches and wizards in the Craft Coven to create your own wands and potions. NB. Small charge applies.
  • Pumpkin Carving – 11am-4pm 
    Next to Heart of the Amazon (near our Sealion pool) 
    Select your own pumpkin and create a carved masterpiece in the pumpkin carving area! Either take your pumpkin home with you or donate it to the animals to enjoy as part of their enrichment. NB. Small charge applies.
  • Fiesta Footpath – 11am-4pm 
    All Saint’s Church 
    Enjoy a walk along our themed foot path and learn more about the Mexican Day of the Dead festival.
  • Fancy Dress Party – 1pm 
    Stage next to Penguini’s Restaurant 
    Show off your best Halloween outfit at our fang-tastic party! Please note, in poor weather, this event will move to the Kalahari Theatre.
  • Glow Show – 11am & 3pm 
    Kalahari Theatre
    Watch our glow in the dark show with music and dancing for all to enjoy!
  • Pirate Cove – 11am-3pm
    Opposite Meerkat Hangout 
    Take a pit stop and enjoy some fiendish fun and gruesome games!
  • Virtual Runaway Ghost Train Ride – 11am-4pm 
    Inside area of Elephant Kingdom 

    Spine tingling virtual journey with ghosts and ghouls!
  • Spooky Photo Point – 11am-4pm Picnic area by Penguini’s Restaurant
    Have your picture taken at our creepy photo point and purchase it as a fun souvenir!
    *Charge applies.

From: 23 October 2021 09:30 To : 31 October 2021 17:00
Location: Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road, Heckfordbridge, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL
Cost: £ 25.99

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