Admission Prices Inc. Donation Exc. Donation
Adult £22.00 £20.00
Children (3-15 Years) £16.50 £15.00
Under 3's £1.10 £1.00
Concession (Senior 65+/Student) £19.25 £17.50
Registered Disabled    
Child / Adult / Carer £11.00 £10.00

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Christmas Experience At Africa alive

26th November - 24th December 2021

He’s making a list… and this year it’s not only about being naughty or nice – at Africa Alive we’re offering a fully immersive Christmas Grotto experience, while supporting Mother Earth and future conservation across the world.

In an exciting new partnership with the African conservation charity Tusk Trust, we are donating 100% of Christmas Experience ticket entry to the trust.

Tusk are an effective force in African wildlife conservation through their understanding that the interest of both people and wildlife are inextricably inter-twined.

Join the Christmas experience and discover fun ways to support animals and wildlife as you journey to meet Father Christmas.


What Can I Find In Room One?

Forage for twigs, fir cones and branches and help us to create sustainable enriching surprises for the animals.

Such creations aren’t just suitable for zoo animals, but also in our very own homes. Inviting local wildlife into our gardens not only provides the animals with a safe place to eat, sleep and explore.

If we take care of nature, it will offer us more than we can ever imagine. It just needs a bit more help these days. Let’s walk into the next room to find out how we can help!

Moving Into Mother Earth’s Forest Kitchen…

Black and White Ruffed Lemur Baby

Mother Earth wants to help Father Christmas save the planet, what can we do every day that WILL make a difference? Join Mother Earth in her forest kitchen – situated in the middle of a snowy forest – to learn how small changes can make a big difference to the lives of animals and humans.

The Big Event… Meet Father Christmas

Join Father Christmas for a very special surprise and become an animal ambassador, with a special animal friend who will help you and your family learn more about their species and what we as a modern zoo are doing to help protect them.

Male Giraffe Calf


Father Christmas and Mother Earth cannot wait to welcome you – but they are only here for a few weeks, so early booking to avoid disappointment is highly recommended.

Please note: Tickets are sold in groups of up to two or a family ticket for up to six – please select the most appropriate for your visit.


One two person ticket allows entry for up to two people into the Christmas Experience. A family ticket allows entry for up to six people into the Christmas Experience.

Each slot is exclusive to your booking.

A ticket for two is £25 and a family ticket (up to six people) is £45.

If you are not a Banham Zoo/Africa Alive member, zoo entry can be purchased as an add-on at checkout. This add-on is at an exclusive rate of £20 for two people and £60 for six people.

Yes – everyone partaking in the Christmas Experience requires a ticket.

Depending on the number of adults and the age of your children: Every group needs to be accompanied by an adult – therefore one adult and two children would require a family ticket.

Depending on the number of adults and the age of your children. If you have yourself, a child and a baby – this would be one pass, as babes in arms (2 years old and under) are free.

  1. If you have already purchased a ticket for the day you are planning to visit, please contact Guest Services at

Our members receive a number of benefits, including pre-sale access to grotto tickets and only pay for grotto access as entry to the zoo is included in your membership.

We’ll help you get in the Christmas spirit with our fully immersive Christmas Experience. Everyone will receive a gift at the end of the experience – adults too! 100% of your ticket cost will be donated to our new charity partner, Tusk Trust. 

If you require any additional information, please email Guest Services at

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