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Heythrop Zoo is a private animal training centre not open to the general public. The only times HZG’s premises are viewed by large groups of people are within the context of private educational visits by schools and colleges. However, in September, HZG makes an exception and opens its gates to the general public for only four days. These events allow visitors access to areas only usually available to HZG’s clients in the media industry. HZG also stage various animal training demonstrations, talks and presentations. Parking is free and we have a pig roast and refreshment stand available as well.

Unfortunately we cannot allow dogs onto our premises due to our licensing – please do not bring them and leave them in your vehicle as the car park is a sun trap – if you bring your dog with the intention of leaving them in the car, you will be turned away.


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10am till 4.30pm










ADULTS (13 & over)…………………….£15

12 yrs & UNDER & O.A.P’s…………….£11

3 yrs & UNDER………………………………FREE

FAMILY (2 x adults & 2 x children)….£46*

*No other voucher permitted with this offer


Cash or cheque payment only. Cards are NOT accepted.
Tel: 01608 683420 or 07932 998217

If you haven’t had a reply back with the booking form within 2 working days of emailing h-z-g@hotmail.co.uk please call us as we may not have received your email – please also check your junk folder.

Please be aware that H.Z.G, with its different design and layout, is not like any other zoo. It is a private establishment, built for the media industry and is not normally open to the general public.
Tickets are available to buy from the 1st August 2019. All booking forms and payments received before this date will be held and issued on the 1st August 2019.


Final admissions into the zoo is 16:00.

Pre-Booking Tickets If you have received this before August, feel free to post your booking form, payment and stamped addressed envelope in advance. All tickets and cheques/postal orders won’t be processed until August):
I have attached a booking form (in PDF and word format) if you wish to pre-book. Please print off the form and complete ALL sections, including which day you wish to come, the quantity and type of tickets you require and your 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th (Sundays only) choice of the studio show you wish to view. Please note, the 4.00pm studio show is ONLY available on Sundays. Please post this form along with your payment and a stamped addressed envelope  to the address below.


Please ensure your stamped addressed envelope will cover the postage if you require a large amount of tickets – if you are not sure and want to put spare stamps in the envelope, I will return what I don’t need. We will then send you back your zoo entry tickets and your show tickets. Please ensure you bring these tickets with you on the day as the show tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. Without the show tickets, you will not be allowed entry into the studio show. If your 1st choice of show has been fully booked, I shall move onto your 2nd choice and so on.


We have very limited access for people with mobility difficulties and pushchairs around our premises.


We have been advised that we cannot allow wheelchair users or mobility scooters into the STUDIO SHOW due to health and safety, and fire regulations. Please understand that this is not a decision we have taken lightly and have sought expert advice regarding this matter.


Closing date for postal entries is 23rd August for 1st September Open Day, the 30th August for the 7th & 8th September Open Day and the 6th September for the 15th September Open Day. Booking forms received after this time may not receive tickets due to the time frame in sending them back. I will call you on the number you supply to discuss this, if this is the case.


If you are unable to print the form, please hand write the information required on a letter. If there are any problems I will call you on the number you supply.
CHECKLIST To purchase open day tickets;
1) A stamped self-addressed envelope with the appropriate cost of stamp as per the amount of tickets you are buying

2) Completed booking form

3) Cheque (with your details on the reverse) or postal order  payable to; HEYTHROP ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS LTD




The purpose of our open days was to show our local community what we do. We have been very lucky to have enjoyed the support of much of our local and surrounding neighbours, not to mention those who travel even further afield. Here are some of their reviews:



“A lovely experience for all ages. Well looked after healthy animals. Staff are all nice and friendly an show genuine love an care for the animals. I always recommend people to visit on the open day an will go myself every year 🙂  We are all very lucky to be invited to see what happens just up the road from us 🙂 thank you xx” – Lucia Davanzo, Cheltenham

We enjoyed your open day so much we come both weekends. its great to see how its all done behind the screens and to see how well your looking after them. it is nice to be able to get close to the animals and see how happy they are. The show was informative and amazing, you can feel the power from the Big Cats. Thank you for letting us come and visit. We will be back again.” – Claire Bond – Leafield

Absolutely amazing place! The staff are so friendly and the animals so well cared for! Can not recommend this place enough! Very educational on how the animals are trained for film work! Keep up the good work guys!” – Stacey Ealey

WOW what a fabulous day, I wish I could book now for next year! Magical experience, worth every penny. Staff are a credit, they were are all running around mucking in. They made my children feel very special.” – Jane Khan

Had a great day. The big cat shows were awesome and it was a privilege to see them lazing around in the sun afterwards (occasionally apparently posing for the cameras). Humorous (and educational for the kids) nature versus nurture show and other things going on that made it a lovely family day out. Also had a more friendly/relaxed feel than many other places.” – Nicky Tarry

“The open day today was excellent .the big cat show was amazing.a great day well recommend it and well worth the money .” – Sandra Collins 

Fantastic day out with my family. Animals looked well treated and the staff seemed to really care for them and worked extremely hard considering the place is not normally open to the public.” – Kaylie Thompson

Lovely day with the family, amazing to get up so close to these majestic animals which looked so relaxed and comfortable in their enclosures!” – Michael Bailey

The open day yesterday was great. Well worth the money 🙂 the big cat show was like nothing I’d ever seen, the while day was amazing” – Rosie Gallagher

Amazing place amazing animals and amazing staff!!!!” – Christina Cadwallader

Best day and so lovely to meet knowledgeable friendly people and amazing animals.” – Emma Powell

Absolutely brilliant – I have never been so close to ‘big’ cats – A*” – Kirsty Ann McKenna



“It was my first experience of your open day; such a happy and wholesome occasion and clearly valued by the local community… It was good to see children occupied and interested in everything there was to see and do…  However well-planned and organised the event might be, it would not be possible without the superb support of your staff, both permanent and casual, who merit special commendation. All the show presenters and animal handlers were intelligent, witty and appropriate in what they said, with engaging and vivacious personalities to put us at ease.”  – Nick Thompson, Surrey

“We had an amazing day on Sunday! The volunteers and staff were all very friendly and helpful and it was a very different experience compared to a normal zoo! The children loved getting up close and personal with the animals and the lion show was incredible!” – Laura Lamb, Witney

“Just wanted to say what a fantastic day we had on Sunday. Thank you to all the staff, volunteers and of course to the animals.” – Cindy Oliver, Oxfordshire

“We came along to the Open Day today and just wanted to say THANK YOU for offering such a fantastic opportunity to see your work and get close to some truly Amazing Animals!! I was a truly wonderful day and we all took away lots of special moments and happy memories of our day. Look forward to seeing you again next year we hope!” – Alison Haynes

“I would just like to say a big thank you for your opening your zoo up to the public every year, this was or 5th visit and we are absolutely hooked. We were extremely privileged to be at what was the first or second year that you opened to the public and visitors were considerably less in numbers. The animals and the staff are all consistently fantastic! I appreciate that this must be a mammoth task for you all but I hope that you do open your gates again to us next year.” – Wendy Lockley, Burton-on-Trent


If you wish to be updated on our annual open weekends please use the below email address. Please note that our open weekends are usually scheduled for the second or third week in September and box office does not open until the first week in August.


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