Love is in the air for Valentine’s Day at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Love is in the air at Bristol Zoo Gardens as Valentine’s Day approaches.

As part of the countdown the Zoo’s meerkats and agile gibbons were given special heart-shaped treats.

There were also tasty snacks inside Valentine’s pink coloured boxes for the colony of squirrel monkeys.

The Zoo’s squirrel monkeys have been enjoying an especially romantic time recently and have produced four babies all of whom are thriving.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is marking Valentine’s Day this year by screening two of the most romantic films ever made.

As the sun sets on February 14 the Zoo is showing Dirty Dancing and William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in its intimate 100-seat indoor cinema.

First at 6.50pm is the ever-popular romantic drama Dirty Dancing from 1987 starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

This film, which starts as a holiday romance and develops into so much more, has become one of the most enduring love stories of our times.

For those who want something more traditional there is Romeo and Juliet at 8.50pm with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in the title roles.

This version, from 1996, takes the classic story of the star-crossed lovers from Verona in the 1300s and sets it in the modern day.

Tickets for the films cost £15 and people who buy them can come into the Zoo throughout the day until it closes at 5pm then maybe get a bite to eat in Clifton before returning for the start of the picture.

The cinema tickets also include entry to the Zoo for a free return ticket on another day.

The Zoo also has a special offer for Valentine’s stays at The Lodge its luxury overnight accommodation.

As well as enjoying a night in the heart of the Zoo the offer also includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the 181-year-old attraction and a special valentine’s dinner cooked by a private chef.

There will also be fresh flowers in The Lodge on arrival, chocolates, a bottle of wine and delicately scented rose petals on the bed to add to the romance.

There is also a special Valentine’s offer at our overnight wildlife experience Camp Baboon at Bristol Zoo’s sister site, Wild Place Project.

Spend a night in a bespoke cabin in the heart of Wild Place Project, enjoy an exclusive tour of the park, gaze up and the stars and the following morning have breakfast with the giraffe.

There are places available on Friday February 16 and Saturday February 17.

Paul Pritchard, interim head of marketing at Bristol Zoo, said: “Valentine’s Day is a special date in the calendar and a visit to our cinema or an overnight stay at The Lodge or at Camp Baboon will really help to make it memorable.

“Thousands of people came along to our Sunday Cinema screenings at the Zoo just before Christmas and we are certain our Valentine’s Day Cinema will be really popular too. 

Tickets for Dirty Dancing or Romeo and Juliet can be purchases here.

To book The Lodge for Wednesday February 14 please click here.

Or to book Camp Baboon click here.


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