Region: East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Hamerton Nr Sawtry , , Cambridgeshire PE28 5RE

Contact: 018322 933 62

Website: http://www.hamertonzoopark.com

Description

Hamerton Zoo Park is set in open Cambridgeshire countryside and houses a collection of over 100 different animal species from Aardwolves to Zebras. We specialize in breeding some rare and unusual species. We have something to appeal to all age groups.

This is one of the “greenest” zoos in Europe, producing energy from renewable sources, having our own wind turbines, solar panels and biomass boiler.

We offer talks, and educational workshops to suit your needs.

Are you on twitter or facebook or any other social media?

https://www.facebook.com/hamertonzoopark

https://twitter.com/HamertonZoo

Why are you a great place for educational visits?

We are an ideal venue for a day visit. In addition to access to the animal collection we offer pre-booked groups the option of talks or workshop sessions in our “Explorer’s Cabin”. These sessions are linked to the new national curriculum, and include getting hands-on with specimens and live animals such as snakes, snails, pygmy hedgehogs and others.

Some suggested topics for Reception and KS1 &2 are below, but we can work with you to provide a session tailored to your group’s needs.

Variety of Life

A show-and-tell session using specimens and 2 or 3 different live animals, focussing on similarities and differences between animal groups.

Night and Day

Why some animals are nocturnal and particular adaptations to being active at night.

Fur, Feathers and Scales

Focussing on the three main animal groups in the Hamerton collection, mammals (including humans as mammals), birds and reptiles, using many skin and feather specimens and live animals from at least 2 of the 3 groups.

Animal Senses

How animals, including humans, use their senses.

Adaptation to Habitat

The variety of habitats and how animals are adapted to them.

Camouflage

How animals use colour and camouflage for survival.

For secondary schools, please contact us to discuss what topics you would like.

We can also offer talks on Renewable Energy Technologies, including a tour of our own wind and solar energy facilities.

What does a typical educational visit include?

A typical primary school visit will include some time to explore the zoo (with or without the available quiz sheets or picture trail), a workshop session in the Explorer’s Cabin, a picnic lunch in the undercover “jungle” picnic area, and some time to let off steam on our adventure playground!

What group sizes do you cater for?

Any group size, can be catered for. To qualify for a 20% discount on entry prices the minimum group size is 15. For workshop sessions we can accommodate up to 30, but will run multiple sessions for larger groups.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

We provide quiz sheets, picture trails and worksheets, for use in the zoo and back in the classroom. These are accessible for teachers to download from our website at any time. These are being added to and refined on an ongoing basis.

We also provide risk assessment guidance documents and a zoo map, also accessible to download from the website.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

Yes, we are happy for any visitors to take photos, video or audio recordings if they wish.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Risk assessments are provided, and are accessible from the “Education” section of our website. Pre-visit risk assessments can be made by arrangement.

Does your venue have an education officer?

Our Education Officer, Ben, can be contacted at education@hamertonzoopark.com

What is the cost of the visit?

For instance for each child or adult or group. Are there any group discounts? Does a supervising adult go free, for instance with every 10 children? If you have various costs then please give a few examples to give our users an idea of the cost involved.

              Normal     10% discount           20% discount

Adult 12yr+             £13.99     £12.59                    £11.19

Child 3-12yr             £8.99       £8.09                      £7.19

UNDER 3                 FREE

Senior                     £12.99     £11.69                    £10.39

Disabled/Carer        £12.99     £11.69                    £10.39

One free Adult place with every 8 paying Children (Pre-booking only)

20% Discount – must be paid 2 weeks prior to your arrival – proof of payment to be sent ot office.

10% Discount – for Groups of 15 plus, also if you book a week prior to your arrival.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

We do recommend wellies or stout footwear in wet weather, as some of our paths are grass. Just dress for the weather!

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

We have qualified first aiders on site, who can be called from the shop and café.

Please list facilities available.

•             Free car and coach park with unlimited access.

•             Free entry and hot drink for the coach driver.

•             Outdoor undercover picnic area.

•             Children’s’ play area to suit all ages.

•             Disabled access to all areas.

•             Coffee shop, gift shop, toilets and handwashing.

•             Stroll-a-safari area, to get close to some domestic animals.

What are your disabled facilities?

All areas are accessible, including shop, café and toilets. Most of the park has tarmac paths. In very wet weather wheelchair users may need some additional help on grass paths.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open every day except Christmas day & Boxing Day.

Summer Opening hours   10.00am – 5.30pm (last admission 5pm)

Winter Opening hours     10.00am -  4.00pm (last admission 3pm)

 


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Animal Welfare Bird of Prey Centre Farms Green Awareness Picnic Areas Safari Park Wildlife and Nature Zoos

Curriculum Topics Covered: Environmental Studies Geography Leisure & Tourism Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December


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