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Chester Zoo are giving away 42,000 free tickets to school children.

School children looking at animals at Chester Zoo
3 Feb 2020

Chester Zoo have announced that they will giving away 42,000 free tickets to enable school children to visit. 

The ticket giveaway, which launched on Monday 3rd February, will allow 42,000 youngsters to visit the zoo as part of an organised educational trip.

The initiative is to inspire conservationists of the future with Zoo educators are particularly keen for the tickets to reach children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Pupils from nursery, primary and secondary schools, spanning early years and foundation groups all the way up to year 13, are invited to take advantage of free places. The visits will take place weekday between 1 November 2020 and 28 February 2021 during Cheshire West and Chester term time.

Home educators are also eligible to apply as a group through a Home Educators’ Network.

Chester Zoo have advised that priority will be given to schools that have not benefited from the scheme in the past two years. A maximum daily capacity of bookings will be in place to avoid overcrowding and ensure every child, and visitor, is able to enjoy a world class day out.

The scheme is part of the conservation and education charity’s ongoing efforts to prevent extinction – by inspiring a new wave of conservationists and harnessing the passion of young people to protect the future of the planet and its wildlife.

The zoo has, for some time, been calling for educational reform and pushing for conservation action to be embedded into the curriculum of all schools in the UK, having already seen it work successfully in the north west of England.

It has also been shown that scientific studies, carried out by leading academics, have shown that people have a significantly better understanding of biodiversity and conservation after a visit to the zoo.

Along with the free tickets to visit the Zoo every school will also receive a free resource pack to make the most of their visit. 

Schools and educators wishing to apply must do so via a new application form available on Chester Zoo’s website and returned to by 29th February 2020 with all schools being notified by the end of March 2020. Terms and condtions apply. 

We understand that applications will be reviewed and places offered on a first come first served basis. We do not hold a waiting list.

For more information on how to apply for Chester Zoo’s free tickets for school children visit their website here. 


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