Events

Mucky May-hem Festival

Expect a riot of fun and laughter when Merrydown returns this May Half Term! Our three day festival of Mucky May-hem takes place on May 29th, 30th and 31st and is one of the showpieces of Hobbledown’s calendar. There will be fun-filled riotous games such as Slime Pass and Maze Runner, a daily Foam Party,…

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Meet the Meerkats

Make your trip to Hobbledown even more memorable with an up, close and personal encounter with our meerkats. Join our experienced zookeepers in the meerkats’ enclosure where you can learn all about these fantastic creatures and feed them tasty snacks! Cost: Just £20 per person! What you need to know: Duration of experience: 15 to…

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Bring your school to Hobbledown

Calling all teachers … Bring the classroom to Hobbledown and create a vibrant learning experience for your pupils. New for Autumn 2017 are our interactive Animal Educational Visits. Choose from our exciting Minibeasts session, or our Rainforest session, both of which link in with various Key Stage 1 and 2 National Curriculum topics and can be…

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Wildflowers 2017 in photos

Thanks to everyone that came and got their groove on at Wildflowers 2017. We had a blast! The festival has become a popular annual feature in Hobbledown’s events calendar and as well as the powdered paint throwing extravaganza, this year’s line-up included a bubbleologist, magician and fortune teller. Check out these photos from the event:

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Magnificent camels join our zoo

Just in time for Love Your Zoo Week, Hobbledown welcomes its first camels to the fold. The camels are a father and son pairing of Bactrian Camels named Genghis, aged 6, and Kados, 1. For company they will be housed with the nilgai in their large compound just past Hobbledown Village. Their most noticeable feature…

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Merrydown – it's back!

Merrydown is back this 2017 and promises to be bigger and muckier than ever! The 3 day festival of mucky may-hem takes place on May 30th, 31st and June 1st 2017 and is the showpiece of Hobbledown’s calendar. Attractions will include a Slip ‘n Slide ride, Quad Bungee, Glime Pass tournament, Maze Runner match, eating…

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Biodiversity boost for Hobbledown

More than 3,500 new plants are being planted at Hobbledown as part of an ambitious horticultural programme. Over the past three weeks our gardeners have been busy planting more than 2,000 metres of native hedgerow plants and Gorse to help improve biodiversity at Hobbledown and provide our animals with as natural a setting as possible…

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Gorilla Circus – booking now

Kick start 2016 summer as you mean to go on and join us when Gorilla Circus sets up home at Hobbledown for a week in July. Clear your diaries as you will not want to miss this outdoor flying trapeze school as it swings into town from Saturday July 23rd to Wednesday July 27th. Suitable for…

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Merrydown – in photos!

Merrydown, our festival of Mucky Mayhem, took place during May Half Term and lived up to its promise of being pure mucktastic fun. We had watermelons, foam and glime aplenty and more importantly lots of willing guests that threw themselves into the activities and games splendidly! Check out our photos from the event, or watch the video here:  

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Kidspace celebrates 10 years

After taking the industry to new heights, our sister company Kidspace Adventures has celebrated reaching its 10th anniversary. The company, which has two sites in Croydon and Romford, opened the Essex branch in December 2005 at a cost of £1.7m. It has since welcomed 2.5 million visitors through its doors and hosted 25,000 parties. Despite a recession…

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