CLOSED Looking Forward To Visiting Hamerton Zoo Park + Family Ticket #Giveaway

One minute the school holidays seem like ages away, then the next minute they are just around the corner aren’t they?  With them creeping up on me so fast, I’ve been looking for ideas for days out for the kids, that tick all our boxes.  Value for money is definitely top of our list, but also it’s about days out that they can manage.  If the attraction is too big, they get far too tired, especially if it’s hot, and then you hit that almighty meltdown.  There is pretty much nothing you can do when a child hits that stage and a lovely day out can be ruined in minutes.

baby zebra

We were recently introduced to Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire and I’ve booked a visit for the girls and I in August. We are really excited about going to meet the animals, especially as they have some really cute new arrivals at the park.

Hamerton Zoo Park looks ideal for younger children, as they have a lovely collection of animals as well as a railroad train, 2 outdoor play areas, a picnic area as well as a coffee and gift shop.  There’s also a stroll-a-safari area where children can take a closer look at the domestic animal collection, and even get a chance to feed some of them too.

Hamerton Park Zoo Map

The size of Hamerton Zoo Park really appeals to me as I’m hoping the girls will enjoy looking around without getting too tired.  They are little, but also getting too big to carry around for any period of time.  I always get filled with dread when my 5 year old says ‘can you pick me up, Mummy?’ as it’s just not easily done any more.  I’ll be reporting back from out day out at the zoo and let you know how we get along with that particular issue.

Bactrian Camel

All the practical things aside, what we’re really looking forward to about going to Hamerton Zoo Park is meeting the animals.  This year, they have welcomed 2 gorgeous Bactrian Camel calves to the zoo.  ‘Esme’ gave birth to a little white female, but unfortunately she didn’t produce any milk to feed her new calf.  The new arrival is being hand reared by the zoo keepers, but also needs some help from you guys to find a name along with the male brown calf that was born to ‘Vanetta’.  Why not pop down to the zoo and meet the new arrivals, then send your suggestions to Hamerton Zoo Park via post, Facebook or an email to  Wouldn’t it be great to think you had named a camel this summer?

Hamerton Zoo Park is also home to a lovely herd of Damara Zebras and very recently they welcomed a lovely new foul to the group.  I have to admit I love zebras, and I’m very excited to show the girls what a baby one looks like.  I hope she is’t camera shy, as I think she will also make for some lovely photographs to share with you in a review later in the summer.

giant anteater

The animals that the girls will be most curious about is the giant anteater, and I must admit, it’s been a long while since I’ve seen one myself so I’m really looking forward to taking a look at the ones at Hamerton Zoo Park.  Despite being a relatively small zoo, Hamerton Zoo Park is also home to Malaysian and White Bengal tigers, an impressive collection of small cats, primates, reptiles and birds.  There definitely sounds like there is plenty to see during out day out here.

Hamerton Zoo Park Discount Voucher & Family Ticket Giveaway

If you are planning on visiting Hamerton Zoo Park this summer, you can download a voucher here which entitles you to 10% of the ticket price, making your day out even better value for money.  If you are planning a visit, do make sure you grab this discount!

If you would like to visit the zoo for free, then I’m delighted to announce that I have a family ticket to giveaway to a lucky Zena’s Suitcase reader.  It is the perfect prize for a lovely family day out, as not only will you receive free entry for 2 children and 2 adults, but you will also receive a £25 voucher to use in the coffee shop.  I hope you will agree that this is a lovely prize for the school holidays, and you can enter for your chance to win via the rafflecopter below. Competition ends 1/8/17.  Other T & C’s apply.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Feeling lucky?  You can enter another giveaway here.

Useful Information About Hamerton Zoo Park

Address: Hamerton Zoo Park, Hamerton, Nr Sawtry, Cambs, PE28 5RE

Ticket Prices can be found here

Opening times

Summer 10am – 5.30pm

Winter 10am – 5pm

We have been provided with the Hamerton Zoo Park family ticket & cafe voucher in exchange for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are our own. 


Zena is a 40ish year old Mum with 3 kids and UK travel blogger who is keen to pursue her passion for exploring despite being a busy parent. She’s also partial to coffee and chocolate.


  1. Kayleigh Watkins
    July 18, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    I would love to win to take our three children while we are away on holidays, I just checked on maps and its a 1 hour and 20 minute drive from where we are staying and my children love visiting zoos when we are away xxx

    July 18, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    We love visiting new places and we have never been here. It is not too far away and looks perfect for a day trip with the kids in the summer holidays

  3. fiona waterworth
    July 18, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    Easy to answer, my kids love zoos or anywhere they can get close to animals, we have never visited this particular zoo but would love to

  4. Helen
    July 18, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    I’d love to win because since having our second daughter 5 weeks ago it would be lovely to have a family day out focused on my eldest daughter. She loves seeing the animals and Hamerton Zoo isn’t too far from us either 🙂

  5. Rebecca Nisbet
    July 18, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    I’d like to take the girls and my other half out for the day, they love the zoo and we haven’t been for ages.

  6. Jodie A Green
    July 18, 2017 / 11:13 pm

    this would be the perfect day out for us all, weve decided against a holiday this year and instead would like to have day trips and visits to various places instead

  7. Paula Turner
    July 19, 2017 / 6:17 am

    My Little boy would love to go, they have’nt been this Year 🙁

  8. Beatrice Bellin
    July 19, 2017 / 7:01 am

    I’d love to win it, I’ve only been to Hamerton Zoo once, many years ago, and it was a great day out, hopefully we’ll have the chance to go again this year if I win 🙂

  9. Daniel Rogers
    July 19, 2017 / 8:23 am

    Hamerton is fantastic. I visited with my family a lot as a child and would love to be able to repay the favour and take them! Blizzard the tiger was a personal favourite!

  10. Diana Maxwell
    July 19, 2017 / 9:07 am

    Nice and close to where my grandchildren live

  11. Sharon Worsley
    July 19, 2017 / 9:47 am

    it’s a local park we have never been too and looks like loads of fun!

  12. Phillipa Hunt
    July 19, 2017 / 10:46 am

    Me and my family love Hamerton zoo, we would love a family day out and to bring the grandparents too. And to go on the train ride – my daughter loves it!

  13. July 19, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    We live very close to this zoo and have never been – I think it’s about time!

  14. Suzanne Jackson
    July 19, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    Great giveaway, thank-you. Would love to treat my family to a day out.

  15. Emma Nixon
    July 19, 2017 / 6:23 pm

    Its local. Great little zoo. Perfect for a day out

  16. Claire glace
    July 19, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    I visit my grandaughter and neice about three times a year, and it would be lovely to take them out for a memorable day trip, many thanks

  17. Eliza Rychlowska
    July 19, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    We’ve actually been planning to go to the zoo in August so this would be perfect!

  18. Tasha
    July 20, 2017 / 12:07 pm

    I love a family day out at the zoo and have yet to visit hamerton zoo park plus it’s not that far away from me

  19. Stevie
    July 20, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    I’m taking my nieces to the boating lake. Promise not to leave them there.

  20. A Edwards
    July 21, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    My 7 year old girl is obsessed with cheetahs so we will definitely have to visit Hamerton on 9th August when they are having their special ‘Cheetah Day’!

  21. Rich Tyler
    July 22, 2017 / 12:11 am

    This would be an amazing family day out for my 2 boys 🙂

  22. Rachel Craig
    July 22, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    A visit to the zoo can be a great day out for family, etc.

  23. claire woods
    July 22, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    We’ve never been to this zoo but we love animals and this would make a great day out.

  24. katrina walsh
    July 24, 2017 / 8:27 am

    Love this place and its just round the corner from me! Visited a couple of years ago and loved the fact so many of the animals had big free enclosures

  25. Stevie
    July 25, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    It looks like a great day out for the family.

  26. Liam Bishop
    July 27, 2017 / 10:58 am

    My son is obsessed with animals, would be a lovely treat for him! He’d be in his element.

  27. Sadiyya Maryam
    July 28, 2017 / 7:47 am

    I have heard lots of great things about this zoo and would be lovely to take my daughter and her best friend during the holidays as they absolutely love animals and to reward them for a great year at school.

  28. Keri Jones
    July 28, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    I would love to win this prize because this is right near where my brother lives and I know he would love to take (me &) my son to the zoo 😀 x

  29. Kim Neville
    July 30, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    Would like to visit this zoo with my family as we enjoy seeing different animals and being outdoors

  30. olivia Kirby
    July 31, 2017 / 10:36 am

    It’s not far from us and we haven’t been to a zoo for quite some time so this would be fabulous.

  31. carol boffey
    July 31, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    lovely prize thank you

  32. Nancy Bradford
    July 31, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    This isn’t too far from us and I would love to take my daughter to see the animals x

  33. Deborah Bird
    July 31, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    I would love to win this because we love animals, and I have never heard of hamerton zoo park before, I would love to go!

  34. Spencer Wright
    August 1, 2017 / 7:04 am

    I went on my own a few years back to do a photography course. I got some great shots of tigers, cheetahs, corsac foxes & the aardwolf. I’d love to go back with the kids!

  35. Jackie Talbot
    August 1, 2017 / 8:01 am

    I would love to take my grandson Ollie to see the white tiger

  36. Jackie Talbot
    August 1, 2017 / 8:02 am

    I would love to take my grandson Ollie

  37. Jacqueline Roberts
    August 1, 2017 / 8:52 am

    Great zoo right on my doorstep my kids would love to go back for a visit

  38. Amy Mcintosh
    August 1, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Great prize, my and my son love visiting here 🙂

  39. Cliff Lee
    August 1, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    Zoo’s are both educational and entertaining, so a worthwhile day out!

  40. jordan
    August 1, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Love the Zoo!

  41. lynn neal
    August 1, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    I would love to take my grandchildren here for the day!

  42. Rachael Sexey
    August 1, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    I would love to win this as we have visited many zoos and I have never heard of this one and we would love to visit and make more memories 🕶

  43. Janet Johnston
    August 1, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    Close enough for a day trip and would be an ideal outing to take our granddaughter for a special treat to get to know the animals.

  44. Emma Ellams
    August 1, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    I would love to win as it is really local to me but I’ve never been. I would love to take my godchildren, they would absolutely love this.

  45. Melanie stanbridge
    August 1, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Visited this zoo with the school I work for and I would love to return with my family and show them the lovely animals, thank you

  46. Kate Davies
    August 1, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    I’d love to win as my 5 year old son has never been to a zoo and hamerton looks lovely with a great selection of animals.

  47. Chloe Bailey
    August 1, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    I would love to win because… I wentwith my dad when I was a teenager and now I would love my partner and our children to see how fantastic it is! It would be lovely to go when he’s on a day off from work and our little ones are off! X

  48. Petra
    August 1, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    Amazing prize! I would love to take my mother in law visiting us from Australia.

    August 1, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    My daughter just loves animals and would find this to be a great day out.

  50. Shannon Williams
    August 6, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    Can’t wait too go here my son would like that

  51. Michelle L
    August 17, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    What super animals, this looks like a fun trip.

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