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Colchester Zoo


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Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.7
151 reviews


Excellent
 
74%

Very Good
 
23%

Average
 
3%

Poor
 
0%

Awful
 
0%

(September 2021 - Secondary School)




Very well organised, would go again (September 2021 - Secondary School)




an excellent experience - something for everyone to be engaged with (July 2021 - Primary School)




(July 2021 - Primary School)




(July 2021 - Primary School)




Very enjoyable. Welcoming staff and venue upon arrival. (July 2021 - Primary School)




(July 2021 - Primary School)




Excellent venue, great loos for little ones! Experience talk worthwhile (June 2021 - Primary School)




Animal needs talk was informative and engaging. (March 2020 - Primary School)




(March 2020 - Primary School)




We had a fantastic day at Colchester zoo. We completed a jungle storytelling workshop and were still able to see most of the animals. (March 2020 - Primary School)




(March 2020 - Secondary School)




Colchester Zoo was an excellent trip. The children thoroughly enjoyed their time there, despite very adverse weather conditions. All the staff were really lovely and helpful too. (March 2020 - Primary School)




(March 2020 - Primary School)




(March 2020 - Primary School)




Great visit as always (March 2020 - Primary School)




great trip as always (February 2020 - Primary School)




(February 2020 - Primary School)




We had a great day, the education session solidified the children's knowledge and they really enjoyed seeing all the different animals and feeding the elephants and giraffes. They were able to speculate as to how the animals are adapted for their environments, so this trip was a great way to round up our science learning on classification and hook into our learning into evolution. (February 2020 - Primary School)




(February 2020)




(February 2020 - Primary School)




(February 2020)




Lovely day and beautiful site. Easy to get around as areas are well sigh posted. Only reason for not giving five stars is some enclosures were empty and the children were disappointed however this didn't ruin the day and would definitely recommend especially the African area and the sea lion under water tunnel.. (February 2020 - Primary School)




A fantastic educational day which supported our Rainforest topic (February 2020 - Primary School)




(January 2020 - Primary School)




(December 2019 - Primary School)




It was a great day out. The journey there and back went smooth with us not spending too much of the day on the coach. The workshops provided children with opportunities to handle bones, skulls and animal skin and linked in well with our learning in class identifying animal types and diets. (December 2019 - Primary School)




(November 2019 - Primary School)




(November 2019 - Secondary School)




(November 2019 - Primary School)




A good trip - zoo could be better sign posted (November 2019 - Primary School)




Excellent class visit. All children were well behaved and enjoyed their visit to Colchester Zoo (October 2019 - Primary School)




(October 2019 - Primary School)




Colchester Zoo was a very good day out for our year 5 group studying rainforest animals and habitats. The layout of the zoo, broadly grouping animals of the same climate together made having a specific focus to the visit easy and meant we didn't have to travel the length and width of the zoo. There is ample picnic area space for lunch and the school admission price is incredibly competitive. I would certainly take a school group again. (October 2019 - Primary School)




Colchester Zoo was a very good day out for our year 5 group studying rainforest animals and habitats. The layout of the zoo, broadly grouping animals of the same climate together made having a specific focus to the visit easy and meant we didn't have to travel the length and width of the zoo. There is ample picnic area space for lunch and the school admission price is incredibly competitive. I would certainly take a school group again. (October 2019 - Primary School)




(October 2019 - Secondary School)




(October 2019 - Secondary School)




(October 2019 - Primary School)




(October 2019 - Primary School)




(October 2019 - Secondary School)




(September 2019 - Primary School)




friendly, welcoming and educational site (September 2019 - Secondary School)




Great and fits in with the curriculum so well (September 2019 - Primary School)




All staff on site were very helpful, there was a bit of confusion regarding checking in and payment etc due to a change of systems but they were very accommodating and made sure the children didn't miss their talk. Gift shop had a good range of lower price items and they were accommodating of 24 children visiting and organising themselves in the shop. The talk was very informative and linked well into our intended purpose; the speaker coped well with some tricky group. (August 2019 - Primary School)




Our visit was much less enjoyable compared with previous visits. It took over an hour from parking our coach to gaining access to the Zoo due to lack of organisation of zoo staff and no longer having a designated schools entrance. Workshop was good and age appropriate. I probably won't be returning next year. (August 2019 - Primary School)




(August 2019 - Secondary School)




The staff were very helpful, everything was easy to find and the activities were engaging. (July 2019 - Secondary School)




Students enjoyed the trip and were supportive of one another in groups. (July 2019 - Secondary School)




(July 2019 - Primary School)




(July 2019 - Primary School)




(July 2019 - Primary School)




A very successful day. (July 2019 - Secondary School)




Easy to organise and identify focus of the day with KS1 children. Appropriate for our topics of Geography and Science - Animals including humans. (July 2019 - Primary School)




The zoo provided an educational session that met our learning objectives and was engaging and enjoyable for all our pupils. (July 2019 - Secondary School)




A good opportunity for the children to learn about animals from different parts of the world with some interaction with them. (July 2019 - Primary School)




Excellent process of booking and communication was first class. (June 2019 - Primary School)




(June 2019 - Primary School)




(June 2019 - Primary School)




(June 2019 - Primary School)




Great day out for our boarders of all ages. (June 2019 - Primary School & Secondary School)




(June 2019 - Primary School)




(June 2019 - Primary School)




A thoroughly enjoyable day with an informative and fun talk. (June 2019 - Primary School)




It was an amazing day. I would have given it 5 stars but the payment process at the ticket office was a bit of a pain resulting in us missing most of our workshop time. (June 2019 - Primary School)




Good educational talks around endangered species. (June 2019 - Secondary School)




While a good visit for older children, due to the set up of the enclosures it can be difficult for smaller people or those in wheel chairs to see the animals. This is because some of the enclosures have high fencing, bushes or other obstructions blocking the views. (June 2019 - Primary School)




(May 2019 - Primary School)




(May 2019 - Primary School)




(May 2019 - Primary School)




(May 2019)




Very informative workshop. (May 2019 - Primary School)




(May 2019 - Secondary School)




really relevant to learning about animals, feeding experiences make it memorable for the children (May 2019 - Primary School)




(April 2019 - Primary School)




The students really enjoyed their day at the Zoo and seemed to take a lot from the experience of seeing the animals as well as completing the work booklet that was provided for them. Students were given a talk at the end of the day about classification which was highly informative and close to the AQA GCSE Specification however owing to the lecture like style that this information was delivered in, students were not particularly engaged. (April 2019 - Secondary School)




There were many things to see and do. Our students were explore at their leisure in a secure environment. The talks were very informative but sometimes there was a large emphasis on donations. A good mix of facilities and provision of facilities for wet weather. (April 2019 - Secondary School)




A well organised business, who kept in regular contact. Safe and secure environment for a school trip with their own risk assessment and first aid points too. Really good activity for our Animal Kingdom topic- enthused the children and provided information for their rainforest books and poster completed after the trip;. (April 2019 - Primary School)




An fun and educational visit. The classroom experience was exciting and age appropriate. The children were able to be actively engaged in the activities. There is a lack of under-cover spaces for large groups to eat lunch should the weather be cold/wet. (April 2019 - Primary School)




The children really enjoyed it and the facilities were brilliant. (April 2019 - Primary School)




(March 2019 - Primary School)




(March 2019 - Primary School)




A fun day, very educational. (March 2019 - Primary School)




(March 2019 - Secondary School)




Children enjoyed looking at the animals. (March 2019 - Primary School)




We had a very unstructured day at the zoo and it was great! (February 2019 - Primary School)




The students enjoyed their time at the zoo especially feeding the elephants and playing in the parks. (February 2019 - Primary School)




(February 2019 - Secondary School)




Great once we got passed the reception and found our way to the information point.It would have been nice for someone to have met us at reception to take us through to the information room. Lunch was very rushed - half an hour to eat and clear up was rather quick for younger children. (February 2019 - Primary School)




Great trip, children loved the experience. (January 2019 - Primary School)




(January 2019 - Secondary School)




An excellent day out that all the children will remember for a long long time. (January 2019 - Primary School)




Its very big and it's a lot to do in a day. (December 2018 - Primary School)




(November 2018 - Primary School)




(November 2018 - Primary School)




(November 2018 - Primary School)




(November 2018 - Primary School)




(November 2018 - Primary School)




Really good day building relationships with year 7 and between the new Y7 students (October 2018 - Secondary School)




Very disappointed that my class had to have their session in a tent in 32 degree heat without an adequate cooling system felt there were not enough staff at the zoo to meet the enquiry demands of so many school trips on that day (October 2018 - Primary School)




(October 2018 - Primary School)




(September 2018 - Primary School)




(September 2018 - Secondary School)




(September 2018 - Primary School)




(September 2018 - Secondary School)




(September 2018 - Secondary School)




Excellent trip- very useful to the learning theories aspect of course (July 2018 - Secondary School)




(July 2018 - Secondary School)




(July 2018 - Secondary School)




(July 2018 - Secondary School)




(July 2018 - Secondary School)




Very enjoyable trip gor staff and children. The educational session was at the right level for the children and linked to our animal topic more than our minibeast topic. (July 2018 - Primary School)




(July 2018 - Secondary School)




(July 2018 - Primary School)




Would like more interaction on the habitats talk. There was only some at the end of the talk, the children enjoyed this but would have liked longer. (July 2018 - Primary School)




(July 2018 - Primary School)




(July 2018 - Secondary School)




(July 2018 - Primary School)




The communication and organisation of the Zoo was brilliant. The workshop which was included with the price was informative and age appropriate. It was interactive and consolidated children's learning of animals. (June 2018 - Primary School)




Students gained an insight into the use of animal phycology and enjoyed the animal training. (June 2018 - Secondary School)




(June 2018 - Primary School)




(June 2018 - Secondary School)




(June 2018 - Primary School)




A lovely day out. (June 2018 - Primary School)




A fabulous day out with so many hands on experiences to enhance the children's learning. (June 2018)




(June 2018 - Secondary School)




An excellent resource on our doorstep. The zoo is a really good educational day out. The information on display about the animals is outstanding and the facilities are super. (June 2018 - Primary School)




(May 2018 - Secondary School)




(May 2018 - Primary School)




Very good, educational visit. Thoroughly enjoyed by the children and adults! (May 2018 - Primary School)




(May 2018 - Primary School)




(May 2018 - Primary School)




(May 2018 - Primary School)




(May 2018 - Primary School)




(May 2018 - Primary School)




(May 2018 - Primary School)




Excellent pre-visit information and resources on website. Visit straightforward, educational session provided by zoo education team well thought out and presented. Covered many issues and encompassed a number of subject areas. (May 2018 - Secondary School)




(April 2018 - Primary School)




(April 2018)




(April 2018 - Primary School)




(April 2018)




(March 2018 - Primary School)




(March 2018 - Primary School)




(March 2018 - Primary School)




(March 2018 - Primary School)




(March 2018 - Primary School)




Brilliant talk on adaption. Better than I had hoped. Children enjoyed it thoroughly and learned a lot. The only downside was small delay in storing and collecting packed lunches from storage. (February 2018 - Primary School)




(February 2018 - Primary School)




(February 2018 - Primary School)




The staff were helpful and the children enjoyed their endangered species talk. (February 2018 - Primary School)




Despite the weather this was a very successful trip. The staff were excellent and ensured the children were safe and warm in the wintery conditions. (January 2018 - Primary School)




(January 2018 - Primary School)




Description

No further information has been added by this provider.

Contact

Colchester Zoo
Maldon Road
Stanway
Essex
CO3 OSL

Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.7
151 reviews


Excellent
 
74%

Very Good
 
23%

Average
 
3%

Poor
 
0%

Awful
 
0%

September 2021 - Secondary School




September 2021 - Secondary School
Very well organised, would go again



July 2021 - Primary School
an excellent experience - something for everyone to be engaged with



July 2021 - Primary School




July 2021 - Primary School




July 2021 - Primary School
Very enjoyable. Welcoming staff and venue upon arrival.



July 2021 - Primary School




June 2021 - Primary School
Excellent venue, great loos for little ones! Experience talk worthwhile



March 2020 - Primary School
Animal needs talk was informative and engaging.



March 2020 - Primary School




March 2020 - Primary School
We had a fantastic day at Colchester zoo. We completed a jungle storytelling workshop and were still able to see most of the animals.



March 2020 - Secondary School




March 2020 - Primary School
Colchester Zoo was an excellent trip. The children thoroughly enjoyed their time there, despite very adverse weather conditions. All the staff were really lovely and helpful too.



March 2020 - Primary School




March 2020 - Primary School




March 2020 - Primary School
Great visit as always



February 2020 - Primary School
great trip as always



February 2020 - Primary School




February 2020 - Primary School
We had a great day, the education session solidified the children's knowledge and they really enjoyed seeing all the different animals and feeding the elephants and giraffes. They were able to speculate as to how the animals are adapted for their environments, so this trip was a great way to round up our science learning on classification and hook into our learning into evolution.



February 2020




February 2020 - Primary School




February 2020




February 2020 - Primary School
Lovely day and beautiful site. Easy to get around as areas are well sigh posted. Only reason for not giving five stars is some enclosures were empty and the children were disappointed however this didn't ruin the day and would definitely recommend especially the African area and the sea lion under water tunnel..



February 2020 - Primary School
A fantastic educational day which supported our Rainforest topic



January 2020 - Primary School




December 2019 - Primary School




December 2019 - Primary School
It was a great day out. The journey there and back went smooth with us not spending too much of the day on the coach. The workshops provided children with opportunities to handle bones, skulls and animal skin and linked in well with our learning in class identifying animal types and diets.



November 2019 - Primary School




November 2019 - Secondary School




November 2019 - Primary School




November 2019 - Primary School
A good trip - zoo could be better sign posted



October 2019 - Primary School
Excellent class visit. All children were well behaved and enjoyed their visit to Colchester Zoo



October 2019 - Primary School




October 2019 - Primary School
Colchester Zoo was a very good day out for our year 5 group studying rainforest animals and habitats. The layout of the zoo, broadly grouping animals of the same climate together made having a specific focus to the visit easy and meant we didn't have to travel the length and width of the zoo. There is ample picnic area space for lunch and the school admission price is incredibly competitive. I would certainly take a school group again.



October 2019 - Primary School
Colchester Zoo was a very good day out for our year 5 group studying rainforest animals and habitats. The layout of the zoo, broadly grouping animals of the same climate together made having a specific focus to the visit easy and meant we didn't have to travel the length and width of the zoo. There is ample picnic area space for lunch and the school admission price is incredibly competitive. I would certainly take a school group again.



October 2019 - Secondary School




October 2019 - Secondary School




October 2019 - Primary School




October 2019 - Primary School




October 2019 - Secondary School




September 2019 - Primary School




September 2019 - Secondary School
friendly, welcoming and educational site



September 2019 - Primary School
Great and fits in with the curriculum so well



August 2019 - Primary School
All staff on site were very helpful, there was a bit of confusion regarding checking in and payment etc due to a change of systems but they were very accommodating and made sure the children didn't miss their talk. Gift shop had a good range of lower price items and they were accommodating of 24 children visiting and organising themselves in the shop. The talk was very informative and linked well into our intended purpose; the speaker coped well with some tricky group.



August 2019 - Primary School
Our visit was much less enjoyable compared with previous visits. It took over an hour from parking our coach to gaining access to the Zoo due to lack of organisation of zoo staff and no longer having a designated schools entrance. Workshop was good and age appropriate. I probably won't be returning next year.



August 2019 - Secondary School




July 2019 - Secondary School
The staff were very helpful, everything was easy to find and the activities were engaging.



July 2019 - Secondary School
Students enjoyed the trip and were supportive of one another in groups.



July 2019 - Primary School




July 2019 - Primary School




July 2019 - Primary School




July 2019 - Secondary School
A very successful day.



July 2019 - Primary School
Easy to organise and identify focus of the day with KS1 children. Appropriate for our topics of Geography and Science - Animals including humans.



July 2019 - Secondary School
The zoo provided an educational session that met our learning objectives and was engaging and enjoyable for all our pupils.



July 2019 - Primary School
A good opportunity for the children to learn about animals from different parts of the world with some interaction with them.



June 2019 - Primary School
Excellent process of booking and communication was first class.



June 2019 - Primary School




June 2019 - Primary School




June 2019 - Primary School




June 2019 - Primary School & Secondary School
Great day out for our boarders of all ages.



June 2019 - Primary School




June 2019 - Primary School




June 2019 - Primary School
A thoroughly enjoyable day with an informative and fun talk.



June 2019 - Primary School
It was an amazing day. I would have given it 5 stars but the payment process at the ticket office was a bit of a pain resulting in us missing most of our workshop time.



June 2019 - Secondary School
Good educational talks around endangered species.



June 2019 - Primary School
While a good visit for older children, due to the set up of the enclosures it can be difficult for smaller people or those in wheel chairs to see the animals. This is because some of the enclosures have high fencing, bushes or other obstructions blocking the views.



May 2019 - Primary School




May 2019 - Primary School




May 2019 - Primary School




May 2019




May 2019 - Primary School
Very informative workshop.



May 2019 - Secondary School




May 2019 - Primary School
really relevant to learning about animals, feeding experiences make it memorable for the children



April 2019 - Primary School




April 2019 - Secondary School
The students really enjoyed their day at the Zoo and seemed to take a lot from the experience of seeing the animals as well as completing the work booklet that was provided for them. Students were given a talk at the end of the day about classification which was highly informative and close to the AQA GCSE Specification however owing to the lecture like style that this information was delivered in, students were not particularly engaged.



April 2019 - Secondary School
There were many things to see and do. Our students were explore at their leisure in a secure environment. The talks were very informative but sometimes there was a large emphasis on donations. A good mix of facilities and provision of facilities for wet weather.



April 2019 - Primary School
A well organised business, who kept in regular contact. Safe and secure environment for a school trip with their own risk assessment and first aid points too. Really good activity for our Animal Kingdom topic- enthused the children and provided information for their rainforest books and poster completed after the trip;.



April 2019 - Primary School
An fun and educational visit. The classroom experience was exciting and age appropriate. The children were able to be actively engaged in the activities. There is a lack of under-cover spaces for large groups to eat lunch should the weather be cold/wet.



April 2019 - Primary School
The children really enjoyed it and the facilities were brilliant.



March 2019 - Primary School




March 2019 - Primary School




March 2019 - Primary School
A fun day, very educational.



March 2019 - Secondary School




March 2019 - Primary School
Children enjoyed looking at the animals.



February 2019 - Primary School
We had a very unstructured day at the zoo and it was great!



February 2019 - Primary School
The students enjoyed their time at the zoo especially feeding the elephants and playing in the parks.



February 2019 - Secondary School




February 2019 - Primary School
Great once we got passed the reception and found our way to the information point.It would have been nice for someone to have met us at reception to take us through to the information room. Lunch was very rushed - half an hour to eat and clear up was rather quick for younger children.



January 2019 - Primary School
Great trip, children loved the experience.



January 2019 - Secondary School




January 2019 - Primary School
An excellent day out that all the children will remember for a long long time.



December 2018 - Primary School
Its very big and it's a lot to do in a day.



November 2018 - Primary School




November 2018 - Primary School




November 2018 - Primary School




November 2018 - Primary School




November 2018 - Primary School




October 2018 - Secondary School
Really good day building relationships with year 7 and between the new Y7 students



October 2018 - Primary School
Very disappointed that my class had to have their session in a tent in 32 degree heat without an adequate cooling system felt there were not enough staff at the zoo to meet the enquiry demands of so many school trips on that day



October 2018 - Primary School




September 2018 - Primary School




September 2018 - Secondary School




September 2018 - Primary School




September 2018 - Secondary School




September 2018 - Secondary School




July 2018 - Secondary School
Excellent trip- very useful to the learning theories aspect of course



July 2018 - Secondary School




July 2018 - Secondary School




July 2018 - Secondary School




July 2018 - Secondary School




July 2018 - Primary School
Very enjoyable trip gor staff and children. The educational session was at the right level for the children and linked to our animal topic more than our minibeast topic.



July 2018 - Secondary School




July 2018 - Primary School




July 2018 - Primary School
Would like more interaction on the habitats talk. There was only some at the end of the talk, the children enjoyed this but would have liked longer.



July 2018 - Primary School




July 2018 - Secondary School




July 2018 - Primary School




June 2018 - Primary School
The communication and organisation of the Zoo was brilliant. The workshop which was included with the price was informative and age appropriate. It was interactive and consolidated children's learning of animals.



June 2018 - Secondary School
Students gained an insight into the use of animal phycology and enjoyed the animal training.



June 2018 - Primary School




June 2018 - Secondary School




June 2018 - Primary School




June 2018 - Primary School
A lovely day out.



June 2018
A fabulous day out with so many hands on experiences to enhance the children's learning.



June 2018 - Secondary School




June 2018 - Primary School
An excellent resource on our doorstep. The zoo is a really good educational day out. The information on display about the animals is outstanding and the facilities are super.



May 2018 - Secondary School




May 2018 - Primary School




May 2018 - Primary School
Very good, educational visit. Thoroughly enjoyed by the children and adults!



May 2018 - Primary School




May 2018 - Primary School




May 2018 - Primary School




May 2018 - Primary School




May 2018 - Primary School




May 2018 - Primary School




May 2018 - Secondary School
Excellent pre-visit information and resources on website. Visit straightforward, educational session provided by zoo education team well thought out and presented. Covered many issues and encompassed a number of subject areas.



April 2018 - Primary School




April 2018




April 2018 - Primary School




April 2018




March 2018 - Primary School




March 2018 - Primary School




March 2018 - Primary School




March 2018 - Primary School




March 2018 - Primary School




February 2018 - Primary School
Brilliant talk on adaption. Better than I had hoped. Children enjoyed it thoroughly and learned a lot. The only downside was small delay in storing and collecting packed lunches from storage.



February 2018 - Primary School




February 2018 - Primary School




February 2018 - Primary School
The staff were helpful and the children enjoyed their endangered species talk.



January 2018 - Primary School
Despite the weather this was a very successful trip. The staff were excellent and ensured the children were safe and warm in the wintery conditions.



January 2018 - Primary School