Banham Zoo in Norfolk has over 2000 animals set in 50 acres of parkland. The zoo is a great family day out and there is so much to see you may need to make a couple of trips to enjoy it all.
When you arrive you are given a map of Banham Zoo so you can easily find your way around. This also includes a list of all the animal shows and feeding times, so you can plan your day accordingly.
There are many different shows and displays at Banham Zoo for you to watch. The Bird of prey show is highly recommended, come face to face with owls and falcons as they fly at low levels just above the audience’s heads.
Take a trip to Barn Farm where you can meet the domestic animals such as pigs, goats and llama’s. You can enjoy getting up close to these animals by petting and feeding them and then wander into the rat room where you can see how many rats you can spot running around.
If you enjoy the thrill of heights then near the Giraffe enclosure you will find the Skytrek with high wires to balance on, tricky crossings and daring rope bridges it is a thrilling experience, as you finish off zooming your way down the zip wire to the end. Be aware the cost of using Skytrek is not included in your admission price though.
Pre Booked experiences
If you’re looking to give that extra special present there are zoo experience days you can buy. The Big Cat Experience is a one hour tour where you get to go behind the scenes and see all the facilities the keepers use. Get even closer to the cats as you’re given the chance to feed some of them during your experience and learn more about their habitats and how they are becoming endangered.
Bird of Prey Experience
The Birds of Prey Experience gives you a chance to meet all of the birds of prey at Banham Zoo, and see what a typical day is like for a keeper.
Get up close to the birds as you also get the chance to handle and fly some of the birds, like the hawks and owls and have the chance to meet the majestic vultures.
Heavy Horse Experience
Horse enthusiasts will love this experience as you learn about the different types of breeds of heavy horses and how to care for them.
Help get one of the horses ready as you harness them up to take you in a trip in one of the waggons, carts or exercise vehicles.
Eating at Banham Zoo
There are two main restaurants at the zoo.
The Parrot Pavilion serves both hot and cold food, with healthy options such as jacket potatoes and salads. There is also a southern fried chicken outlet there and both areas do cater for children.
The Trading post offers coffee and cakes along with sandwiches and baguettes for you to enjoy.