Saturday 17th June 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: Whipsnade Zoo

Special Children’s Day is a unique annual event at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo welcoming children with disabilities and their families and friends. With increased specialist facilities and number of staff, as well as special interactive events and discounted entry, Special Children’s Day is an exciting not to be missed.

Daytrippers is a proud Partner of Special Children’s Day and has been since 2008. We believe it is an exceptional event and have made annual donations contributing to the running costs of the events at London and Whipsnade Zoo. In 2017 and 2018 we are committing further funds to also cover the cost of additional mobility aids, BSL interpreters, additional ZSL staffing, sensory equipment, First Aid and personal care supplies.

Special Children’s Day tickets are SOLD OUT. 

Sensory Tours hosted by Daytrippers

This will be our first time hosting private sensory tours at Whipsnade Zoo. The tours aim to provide children with disabilities, especially those with visual impairments an inclusive opportunity to learn and explore at the zoo. The sensory and interactive experience includes touching small live animals such as Giant African Snails and animal skins, as well as preparing meals (enrichment) for animals such as Mongooses, Lemurs and Meerkats.

Sensory tours will take place in the Butterfly House at 11.15am (BSL interpreted) and 2pm. Each tour lasts for up to 45 minutes and up to 7 children and young people may participate.

If you have purchased Special Children’s Day tickets and would like to book a place onto a sensory tour please download and complete a booking form below and return it to Daytrippers by email at or by post to Daytrippers, 36 Great Pulteney Street, London W1F 9NS.

Other Highlights at Special Children’s Day
      • A Very Special Welcome: Pick up your Special Children’s Day planner. There are friendly animal-costumed characters to meet and our staff and volunteers will be at hand to assist you as your fun day gets underway!
      • Singing Hands: Meet Suzanne and Tracy in person as they introduce you to the amazing world of animals through Makaton themed signs, songs, rhymes, stories and games.
      • Wildlife Gardening: Plant a seed to take back with you and grow at home, or build a mini-beast hotel to attract wildlife into gardens.
      • Sensory Storytelling: Immersive and interactive stories about the natural world.
      • Hands on Habitats: Investigate the natural world with our hands-on activities.
      • LIVE! talks: Our amazing animal talks will be accompanied by British Sign Language interpreters throughout the day.
      • Art Activities: Get creative with our fun family art activities.
      • Hullabazoo indoor play.
      • Charity Hub: Charities will be on hand to offer guidance, advise and networking opportunities for families.
      • Chill Out Room: Somewhere to take a break from all the excitement!
      • Fantastic new Visitor Centre and shop!
      • Additional friendly staff and volunteers on hand to assist.
      • Additional facilities, including changing hoist.
      • First Aid post with fully qualified staff.
      • Free all day parking in the main ZSL car park (only a short walk from the main Zoo entrance).

Getting to the Zoo

Find out more about disabled access at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

2 Comments, RSS

  • Debbieanne Robinson

    says on:
    May 7, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Can you please send me more details on your special children days and sensory tour

    Kind regards

  • admin

    says on:
    May 8, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Hi Debbie. Thank you very much for getting in touch about our Special Children’s Day Sensory tours; the London Zoo events happened over this weekend (6th & 7th May) and were a great success, with all tours fully booked.

    Our next sensory tours will take place at Whipsnade Zoo’s Special Children’s Day on 17th June. There are still places left on these tours so if you would like to reserve one please visit the Whipsnade Zoo website to book a general admission ticket for the 17th June. Unfortunately when I last checked all SCD reduced tickets had sold out, though it may be worth contacting ZSL Whipsnade to enquire about any further reductions.

    Once you have purchased your Whipsnade Zoo ticket you should complete and submit the sensory tour booking form to us.

    Do please get in touch if you require any help with this.

    All the best,

    Team Daytrippers

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