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Colchester Zoo logoColchester Zoo up to 10% off onlineAdvance booking gets 5% off-peak discount, 10% peak discount

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If you buy tickets online at Colchester Zoo at least a day in advance, you can get up to 10% off. During the zoo's off-peak season you'll get 5% off when you book online, and during its peak season you'll get 10% off. Peak season includes most school holidays - see 'more info' below for dates.

An online adult ticket is £19.79 during peak season (£21.99 at the gate), and an online child ticket is £13.49 (£14.99 at the gate).

During off-peak season an online adult ticket is £19.94 (£20.99 at the gate), and an online child ticket is £13.76 (£14.49 at the gate).

More info

Off-peak season: 23 February - 27 March 2015, 13 April - 22 May 2015, 1 June - 22 July 2015

Peak season: 28 March - 12 April, 23 May - 31 May 2015, 23 July - 13 September 2015

Tesco Clubcard logoColchester Zoo - swap Tesco Clubcard points*Convert your Tesco Clubcard points into Colchester Zoo rewards

£7.50 = 1 ticket

Every £7.50 of Tesco clubcard points is worth one day entry ticket for Colchester Zoo.

To get the offer, register or log-in with Tesco*, then visit the Colchester Zoo clubcard reward page* and enter the quantity of tokens you require (children under three go free). At the checkout you will need to enter the codes on your clubcard vouchers.

More info

Tokens are valid six months from issue and will be delivered by post. Excludes e-tickets, season tickets, Gold or Platinum passes, special events/shows, other promotions. discounts or offers, group bookings and annual memberships.

Expired Deals

Merlin logo2for1 to 13 attractions with £3-£4ish kids magFree child ticket with full-paying adult. Incl Sea Life & Legoland


If you purchase a promotional pre-school, pre-teen or teen magazine, including CBeebies, Girl Talk, Match of the Day and Top of the Pops (see ‘more info’ below for all titles included), you can get a ‘Kids go free’ voucher for one of 13 UK theme parks and attractions, valid with a full-priced adult gate ticket.

The magazines are £3-£4ish at major supermarkets and independent retailers and the last promotional magazine will be published on Wed 26 Aug and will be on sale until the first week in September.

Each magazine will include one voucher that can be exchanged for entry on the day to one attraction, including Sea Life, Legoland, Thorpe Park and Ripley’s Believe it or Not (see ‘more info’ for full list of attractions). Check the pre-school schedule and pre-teen and teen schedule to see which vouchers will be in each promotional magazine. The voucher will be advertised on the front of each promotional magazine (see front cover of promotional Match of the Day magazine below).

The end dates will be printed on each voucher and will vary depending on the attraction and magazine. If there are dates excluded, these will also be stated in the terms and conditions on the voucher.

Check online prices first

Since this ‘free’ child ticket is only valid with an adult gate ticket (usually up to £50), it's always worth checking online before you use it. Online tickets can be much cheaper than on the gate, plus there are sometimes online offers.

Kellogg's is currently running a 2for1 promotion on selected cereal boxes and snacks, including Rice Krispies, Frosties, Crunchy Nut and Squares (£2ish-£3ish at most supermarkets until 30 Jun 2016), offering a 'Grown-Ups Go Free' voucher for 28 UK Merlin theme parks and attractions with the purchase of a child's ticket.

We found at some attractions this voucher isn't worth it compared to normal online advance prices, eg, a standard adult off-peak Thorpe Park ticket is £49.99 on the gate and £24.99 in advance online, so using the voucher will cost the same as booking online for two adults (child tickets are not available online). If you then factor in the price of the magazine, you're actually making a £3-£4ish loss with the voucher.

However, there are other attractions where you can save quite a bit, eg, an adult and child ticket for Legoland Windsor Resort would cost £70.65 online (£36.90 adult ticket plus £33.75 child ticket) compared to £53ish using the voucher at the gate (£49.20 adult ticket plus £3-£4ish magazine).  

More info

All attractions included:

Sea Life, Legoland Windsor Resort, Legoland Discovery Centre, Thorpe Park, The Dungeons, Chessington World of Adventures, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Colchester Zoo, Warwick Castle, Horrible Histories, MCFC, Chelsea Football Club and Newcastle United.

Pre-school magazines included:

BBC Toybox, Bob the Builder, CBeebies Magazine, CBeebies Art, CBeebies Special, In the Night Garden, Mike the Knight, Mister Maker, Octonauts, Peter Rabbit, BBC Something Special, BBC Swashbuckle and The Furchester Hotel.

Pre-teen and teen magazines included:

Dreamworks, Girl Talk, Girl Talk Art, Horrible Histories, Lego Friends, Lego Chima, Lego Ninjago, Match of the Day, Mega, Skylanders and Top of the Pops.


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