Colchester Zoo, Colchester
Take a walk on the wild side and meet some of the county's most exotic residents at Colchester Zoo
Spanning 60 acres of parkland and home to more than 220 different species, Colchester is home to one of the biggest zoos in the country and serves up some unique animal encounters for days out.
Little ones will love walking the underwater tunnels that criss-cross beneath tumbling sea lions, and helping the keepers to hand feed elephants and giraffes.
Meanwhile, those who missed out on a safari this year are in for a treat: the zoo’s family of lions, cheetahs, zebra and white rhinos can transport you to Colchester’s version of the African plains for a fraction of the price. Just don’t take the laughing hyenas to heart…