Join us for our Christmas Markets on 5th and 6th December

The Isle of Wight Zoo

The news that none of us wanted to hear was announced on 31st October and as you will know we are to go into nationwide lockdown again.

The health of our sanctuary family, which includes our visitors is our main priority, and we know that with your support we can all get through this together

But for now, temporarily at least we will sadly be closing our doors to the public on Thursday 5th November and hope to reopen in line with Government guidelines on Thursday 3rd December.

If you would like to support The Wildheart Trust in other ways then read on for how you can help!.

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Christmas Markets - 5th & 6th December

Join us for a very special festive day out at our Christmas Markets on the 5th and 6th December. Get into the Christmas spirit with mulled wine, hot chocolate, seasonal fayre and Christmas carols. Plus, do not forget to visit Santa in his grotto - you will be prompted to book this after you add your ticket to the basket! Naturally, your visit will be framed with our beautiful animals… including some extra special winter arrivals! Tickets available here!

Christmas Weekends & Santas Grotto!

We are going all out (in a safe way!) for Christmas this year with all the festive delights you would wish for! In addition to our Christmas market weekend you can visit us any day (except Christmas and Boxing Day) with additional festive activities during the weekends of the 5,6,12,13,and 19,20, leading up to Christmas.

Sit and watch our big cats toying with their Christmas enrichment or drop by our café for some Christmas fayre. During our festive weekends you can enjoy a mulled wine as you walk around our beautiful outside venue whilst listening to local singers. We even have Mr and Mrs Clause in residence for 6 special dates, so be sure to add a Santa’s Grotto ticket to your online reservation!

Mr and Mrs Clause will be available on 5,6,12,13,and 19,20, of December! Click here to reserve your tickets and to book Santa!

BOOK Tickets Online NOW


You can still book tickets online for future visits to the sanctuary as we hope to reopen in line with Government guidelines on Thursday 3rd December. Naturally these dates are subject to change and if required we will in this instance be happy to amend any bookings made to a future date.

If you have any questions or queries please contact retail@isleofwightzoo.com

DONATE to our Crowdfunder


Our Wildheart family has just gotten a little bigger as we have welcomed a family of 3 Eurasian lynx, who were desperately in need of a place to call home.

Mum Daenerys, her 4 year old son Tyrion and daughter Nymeria are now settling into an area which was lying dormant in the sanctuary.

Although it's a suitably sized habitat for lynx it needs to undergo a significant amount of development to make it fit for this particular species into the future.

Having been plummeted into another Lockdown period with no funds coming through the door, we’re now inviting people who value our work to help us to transform the space and cover the costs associated with caring for the lynx.

It's always our privilege to be in a position to be able to respond to animals in need but we’re only able to do this, especially during these economically challenging times, thanks to the generous support we receive. 🙏🏻 Here is a link to our Crowdfunder:


along with the appeal video courtesy of Wildheart Trust trustee, Chris Packham.

We would be eternally grateful for any donations or shares on social media.

Thank you. 🧡

ADOPT one of our animals

If you have a particular soft spot for one of our animals, then you can make sure we give them some extra special attention by buying an annual adoption here. In return we will keep you updated on their progress and you’ll get a free day out to come and see them in person. If adoption is for you then click on the icon.

With Christmas fast looming and extra time for some to peruse the online gifting offers, why not take this opportunity to buy online now - and get in before the Christmas present purchasing rush!

BUY a Membership

Have you considered buying a membership? Our memberships are always popular and will enable you to visit the sanctuary as many times as you like, for a small one off price. The perfect gift for Christmas and available contact free - your membership can be dated for a start date of 1 January if you are buying for a gift - please leave a note in our comments box when ordering if you wish to do this.

For more information on memberships click the button to the right.


Stuck for ideas for Christmas? Why not peruse our online shop for inspiration. From branded Isle of Wight Zoo merchandise to bespoke Wildheart Jewellery - we will be uploading products to this site on a regular basis - so be sure to check in.

Please note that there will be up to a 2 week delay on shipments during lockdown as there will only be one post day a week - if you need your purchase urgently this will not be possible.


During the spring/autumn lockdown we were incredibly humbled by your food donations - and once again we are reaching out to our local communities to see if you can help us again. Our FOOD HUT is situated at the front of the sanctuary and is available for drop off 24/7 contact free.

Fruit and vegetable donations would be gratefully received and we can always use as much as possible of the following:

  • Sweet Potato - Celeriac - Beetroot - Corn on the cob - Parsnips - Blueberries - Pears - Grapes - Plums - Leafy greens such as Lettuce, Pak Choi, Chicory, Kale, Spring Greens - Peppers - Leeks - Spring Onions - Radishes - Sweetcorn (frozen is fine) - Eggs

We really appreciate you continued support and hope that everyone is able to stay safe during these extraordinary times.

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