Overview & description

Winter at Flamingo Land

Whilst our theme park attractions will be closed from 30th October 2017 until mid March 2018, our award-winning zoo will be open to visitors every day*.

We will also be bringing you some great ideas during the festive season, including the return of Story Time with Santa – details below.


Flamingo Land Zoo will be open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, allowing you to enjoy over 140 species of reptiles, mammals, fish, amphibians and birds. This extends to Peter Rabbit and Lily Bobtail’s playgrounds, Children's Planet, Reptile River, Muddy Duck Farm, Treetop Walkway and The Aquarium.

Our lemur and lorikeet aviary walkthroughs will be open from midday until 2:00pm. These provide truly unrestricted views and the opportunity for up-close encounters. You can visit the Wallaby Walkway between 10am and 4pm.

Access to the sea lion area will be available from 12:30pm until 2:00pm each day.

There will be Keeper Talks too, plus Meet a Creature sessions in the Education Centre at 3:15pm.

Weekends & School Holidays

On Saturday, Sunday and throughout the school holidays we will be adding further attractions and events to our weekday offer. These include a Sea Lion Show at 2:00pm and a Bird Show at 12:00pm.

Our Peter Rabbit™ and Lily Bobtail characters will also be out and about, with two meet and greet sessions available each day at 12.00pm and 2.00pm. So, don’t forget to join them at the Peter Rabbit™ Adventure playground.

A small selection of rides for younger children will be available too, including the Muddy Duck Tractors, Jungle Carousel, Mischief Mansion and Wacky Races. We’re sure this will provide another great way to keep them entertained.

Story Time with Santa

For fifteen days during November and December, Santa and his elves will be turning The Exploratorium into a spectacular Grotto, complete with their very own reindeer. At 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, all the good boys and girls will have the chance to enjoy a traditional storytelling session.

Santa and his elves will be delighted to meet each child, providing the opportunity for a photograph with Santa and they will also be handing out a special age and gender appropriate gift.

Story Time with Santa is available for £10 per child, in addition to Winter at Flamingo Land general admission. A parent or guardian will be welcome to accompany each child during Story Time with Santa at no additional charge.

Each Story Time with Santa session provides around forty-five minutes of entertainment, including meeting Santa.

Wonderful Winter Breaks

If you’re dreaming of a unique short break this winter, then look no further than Flamingo Land. Here you’ll discover a range of luxurious accommodation that’s ideally located for experiencing Winter at Flamingo Land.

You can also enjoy the Splash Zone, our extensive leisure complex complete with its fabulous pool and gym, plus entertainment in Zoo Bar on Friday and Saturday evenings, starting with a children’s show at 6:00pm.

And what’s more, our delightful parkland location provides easy access to spectacular Yorkshire countryside and for those who like to indulge in a little retail therapy, the delights of historic York are ideal for Christmas shopping!

To find out more, simply visit our Wonderful Winter Breaks page or call 0800 40 888 40 today.

Look, Listen & Learn

Animal lovers of all ages will be able to enjoy Keeper Talks and a Meet a Creature session each day, all included as part of general admission. Simply wait by the meeting point sign located at each of the relevant enclosures, or make your way to our Education Centre at 3.15pm for Meet a Creature.

Animal Experiences

At Flamingo Land we’re always looking for new ways to help you get even more out of your day. With our Animal Encounters, you can enjoy a 20 to 30-minute session that will provide first-hand experience of giraffes, lemurs, meerkats, penguins or sea lions from just £20. To book, simply visit our website in advance, call 0800 40 888 40 or visit the Zoo Shop upon arrival.

It is advised to pre-book your Animal Encounter and is subject to availability. Age restrictions apply, with a minimum age of 8 years. 8 to 12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.
As there is limited capacity for lunch and afternoon tea at the Mansion House & Tea Rooms, pre-booking by calling 0800 40 888 40 is recommended.

Muddy Duck Café will be providing a mouth-watering range of freshly filled baguettes, sandwiches, sweet and savoury pastries, muffins and cakes, complemented by Costa coffee, speciality teas, rich hot chocolate, mulled wine and chilled juices.

For those visitors who enjoy a little retail therapy, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to indulge. Peter Rabbit™ Gifts and our Zoo Shop will be packed with a great range of Christmas stocking fillers and mementoes of your day.

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Type Price
Adults and Children Four years old and over £7.50-£10.50
Children three years old and under. Proof of age may be required Free
Senior Citizens - Zoo only £7.50-£8.00
Disabled Guests / Carers (each) £7.50-£8.00
Story Time with Santa (Per Child) - Includes gift. Access to The Exploratorium is free for an accompanying parent or guardian £10.00