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Last update: January 2024

Located in Atherstone, Warwickshire, Twycross Zoo is a dynamic alternative to a traditional wedding venue. The family-favourite setting features an array of conference spaces, beautiful locations, and incredible backdrops sure to enrich those wedding photos. You are welcome to celebrate your day, toasting your nuptials beneath swinging gibbons or sharing a meal as snow leopards lounge below.

Facilities and Capacity

The Windows on the Wild Room is Twycross Zoo's signature versatile venue. Fully licensed for civil ceremonies of up to 90 guests, the space has a private entrance and can be easily transformed to host the wedding breakfast. Following this, you can host your evening reception in the Himalaya building, which accommodates between 80 and 150 guests. Here you will find a private bar and plenty of space to dance the night away. In between each thrilling milestone stage, guests are free to explore the zoo's many enclosures, with over 400 animals of 80 species just waiting to be discovered—including the super rare Amur Leopard. For an added thrill, you can also opt to host your drinks reception in the Gibbon Forest.

Services Offered

With Twycross Zoo being at the heart of conservation, you will be pleased to know that the majority of profits from your wedding day will be invested right back into the zoo to ensure its longevity. For true nature lovers, the team are happy to organise an animal encounter as a unique guest experience. You can pick from penguins, giraffes, meerkats, or otters, a welcome treat during specific seasons. To top it all off, the in-house culinary team led by James Newton can offer an enticing array of exquisite dishes made using sustainable ingredients.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Unusual weddings
Landmark
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Hairdresser
Beautician

Other features:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Kirsty Sent on 26/09/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing

We had the most magical time. They were with us from start to finish helping to plan with catch up meetings and a menu tasting and the ceremony set up.
On the actual date we were there for the whole day from ceremony to reception and the staff were so attentive and flexible to our needs. They even helped phone round every taxi firm in the area to find us transportation when we realised our lift had needed to leave early and we hadn't arranged anything else.
I fully recommend Twycross to anyone looking at a zoo wedding, and if you can I would suggest booking an animal feed. We fed the otters and they are so adorable up close!!
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Rosanna Sent on 23/06/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Created our perfect day

We got married on the 19th May 2018 and truly had the best day of our lives. We were at the zoo from ceremony to evening reception.
We chose the zoo as it was one of the first places we went on a date together, we both love going to the zoo and we wanted something truly memorable and special for our wedding...and we definitely made the right decision!
The team did absolutely everything they could to make the day go smoothly and according to plan. We didn't have to worry about a single thing throughout the whole day. Guests had an amazing time and were so complementary about the day. Wonderful memories were made for all involved and we're so happy with how it turned out. Massive thank you to everyone who helped us plan and execute our perfect day - Jade, Katie, Elliot, James and everyone else involved, either beforehand or on the day....we can't thank you enough!
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Deanna Sent on 27/02/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Great, quirky wedding venue!

We got married at Twycross Zoo on 18/02/17 and the day was amazing. We chose Twycross as it was somewhere a bit different from the traditional venues and was fun. It definitely exceeded both ours and our guests' expectations.

We got married in the Windows on the Wild room, which has its own private entrance and is separate from the main zoo area. This room has lovely views across a pond area, which makes the room nice and light.

Following the ceremony, we then had our drinks reception and photos in the Gibbon Forest which guests loved, before we ventured further into the zoo with our photographer (using the zoo buggy we hired- definitely recommended!) to get some couple shots.

Following the photos (/time for guests to explore the zoo), we then returned to the Windows on the Wild room which had been set up with all our decorations and looked great. The wedding breakfast itself was delicious and seemed to go down well with all the guests. Being a coeliac this was an aspect of the wedding I was worried about, but I needn't have been as the chef was able to accomodate any dietary requirements (to which there were a few in our party)- including making a special gluten free cheesecake just for me!

For the evening reception, we then moved into the Himalaya room (overlooking the snow leopards). This included a DJ who had been booked by Twycross as part of our package, and the use of the soft play facility (an extra cost, but definitely worth it if you have lots of children attending!)

A big thank you to Elliot, Kellie, Jane & the team at Twycross for making our wedding day so special. All the staff were attentive and ensured the day went smoothly.
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Jess Sent on 12/12/2012
5 out of 5 rating

Our day was perfect.....

Hiya Katie,

Sorry it's been a while, it's been hard going straight back to work and we have been unwell.

We just wanted to say a massive thank you to you, Alma and all the staff. Our day was perfect we couldn't have asked for anymore. Everyone has commented on how lovely the whole day was, and how amazing the food and service was.

We would love to arrange to come and see you all in the new year to thank you.

Hope you are all well.

Jess and Dave xx
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Alison Sent on 16/11/2012
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you!

We didn't see you to say goodbye so we want to say a massive thank you for all your help and the help of everyone on the day. We had such a fantastic day as did all our guests. Everyone said how brilliant all the staff were and that nobody would have changed a thing. You even made it sunny! We really couldn't have had a better day, you made everything run so smoothly.
The girl we did the bookings at champneys through (Mickala) said that they are thinking of having their christmas party with you, I think you should ask for a swap and get a spa weekend!
Thanks again,
Matt and Alison Quemby
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Ross Sent on 15/09/2012
5 out of 5 rating

The day has been etched into our guests memories

Stuart and I had our civil ceremony at Twycross in August. I have worked in the wedding industry for several years and this made us VERY picky and demanding of our venue (it took over a year to find one I liked). I cant find the words to express how happy we were with the service that we received and the quality of the venue, food and, most importantly for us, the staff. From the first contact with Katie Pell, right to the wedding itself, we couldn't have been treated any better. The whole day has been etched into our guests memories and memory cards, and for that we can only say thank you.
We chose one of the wedding packages on offer and after seeing the prices most venues charge, this is not only fantastic value, but what other venue do you know that has Snow Leopards dancing the night away with you!
If you are thinking about having your wedding or civil ceremony at Twycross, please go and visit and have a chat with Katie and I am sure you will book there and then.
If you are still not certain feel free to email me through facebook and I will gladly expand on our experience and you can see any of our photos.
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Andrew Sent on 30/08/2012
5 out of 5 rating

Best wedding they’ve ever been to!

"Thank you to everyone at Twycross Zoo for an amazing day, everyone has said it was the best wedding they’ve ever been to. Everyone was brilliant and so friendly, from the bar staff and the zoo keepers, to the golf buggy driver and everyone in between. And a giant thank you to Katie Pell who whilst coming in late in the process of planning our wedding was a brilliant wedding organiser and pulled everything together.

The weather held up and the venue was brilliant, having the snow leopards out all night during the reception was amazing and kept the kids entertained all night, as well as providing a bit of hunting practice for the snow leopards.

A wonderful day that we will remember forever, and be reminded of everytime we come back to the zoo."
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Chris Sent on 17/08/2012
5 out of 5 rating

The whole day was just beautiful!

"What a amazing wedding we had on Saturday August the 4th the whole day was just amazing. The staff looked after us so well and the zoo time was fantastic . The meal and later the Buffet we had was lovely and exceeded our expectations. The whole day was just beautiful I know you made Stuart and Ross's wedding day so special. All our friends and family who came have spoke so very highly of the whole day and the experiences we all had. Once again, thank you all so very much."
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Julie Sent on 17/08/2012
5 out of 5 rating

A venue like no other!

''A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO KATIE, ALMA AND THE TEAM AT TWYCROSS FOR WONDERFUL CARE AND OUTSTANDING SERVICE GIVEN AT OUR SONS CIVIL CEREMONY. YOU ALL MADE THE DAY SO SPECIAL. HELPING WITH EVERY LITTLE DETAIL FROM DEALING WITH PROTECTION FROM THE GREAT BRITISH WEATHER TO EVERY GUESTS INDIVIDUAL NEEDS, A VENUE LIKE NO OTHER, ONCE AGAIN MANY THANKS FROM JULIE AND JOHN.XXX PS SEE YOU ALL AGAIN SOON'' Julie Maidment
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Philippa Sent on 17/08/2012
5 out of 5 rating

Fun, versatile and modern wedding venue!

"We chose Twycross Zoo since it was a venue with a difference, there is obvious entertainment for guests of all ages – the snow leopards at Himalaya particularly provided entertainment in the evening. The Zoo did not present with a plan for us to follow but told us about the facilities available for us to use in the way we wanted to so we could create the day we wanted and not one which fitted protocol as many wedding venues require.

Staff at Twycross were professional, friendly, helpful and well presented they also all appeared to share in the excitement of our day. Particular thanks must be paid to Alma, Charlotte and Katie ready to help with anything required and subtly ensuring that everything went as planned on the day, the even smallest of things were made perfect.

Twycross Zoo provided a DJ for us and we were able to submit requests in advance which led to us having a DJ knowledgeable of our preferences and we had a fantastic evening dancing the night away on the dance floor.

To conclude: Twycross is a fun, versatile and modern wedding venue with excellent staff, fresh and tasty food and plenty of room to dance the night away. The perfect memories of our wedding day will stay with us and our guests forever. " Philippa (Bride)
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Clare Sent on 10/07/2012
5 out of 5 rating

Our special day that bit more special...

Dear all at Twycross Zoo,

Just a quick note to thank you all for helping to make our wedding day so wonderful! From Katie and Neil helping with all the planning to Alma and the table teams
making sure the event itself went without a hitch. Everyone has commented on how well the day went, how nice the food was and how lovely the venue was. The kids loved the zoo and as one of the girls said at the next wedding they went too "Where are the animals?". Thank you all for all your help to make our special day that bit more special.


All the best,
Clare and Matt Dowson
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Charlotte Sent on 25/04/2012
5 out of 5 rating

BIG BIG thank you

I would just like to say a BIG BIG thank you to Neil, Alma, Katie and the rest of the staff at the zoo for our wonderful wedding. We had a fantastic day. The comments that we recieved about the zoo, staff and service were all impecable and we both have agree. You couldnt have made our day any better.. you all made it perfection. I really cannot thank you enough. Love Your Bride and Groom for the day(24th March 2012), Charlotte Ayesha Bradbury and Malcolm Bradbury xx
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Lee Sent on 31/01/2012
5 out of 5 rating

Exhibitor at Twycross Zoo Wedding Show

Upon walking into the main restaurant at Twycross zoo you could not help but be impressed with the design layout and quality of the build, fixtures and fittings, with huge glass windows placing you in the centre of the zoo's enclosure with various animals in what can only be described as touching distance.
The Wedding show was busy with a good number of wedding couples interested in looking at the various wedding suppliers. I was extremely pleased that I attended their wedding show and looking forward to their next one in October.
As for Twycross Zoo being suitable for a wedding venue, well this is my take on it: different, yes! Unusual, yes! Now, as a contemporary wedding photographer I search for fantastic lighting and areas of creative interest to place my wedding couples in, in a natural stylised way, and this venue is bursting with the right ingredients. One of the main wedding rooms I visited really excited my interest because of the huge glass windows stretching all the way down one side, it would create some beautiful wedding ceremony pictures. The room is uniquely designed and would make for some really fresh and modern wedding images. I would love to make use of the main hall with all its design features, but most of all I would be excited to see this place come alive in the evening with its ambient lighting!
All in all I would love to recommend Twycross Zoo, not only to wedding couples but also to visitors as a whole, This Zoo has moved on, it’s not the musty, old fashioned place I expected. It’s modern, fresh and could not get any more contemporary if it tried. Check it out for yourselves!
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Laura Sent on 28/09/2011
5 out of 5 rating

The day was fantastic!

The day was fantastic for us both and one we will never forget. The team there were so accomodating to our needs on the day and coped so well with all the delays, you wouldn't have believed we turned up 45 mins late in the first place! The food and service throughout was exceptional throughout and please pass on our thanks again to Alma. Our only regret was not getting more of the buffet food - the evening flew by!

Thank you,

Laura & Ian
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Leeanne Sent on 28/09/2011
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you for a wonderful day

Thank you for a wonderful day. Everything went perfectly as we planned, thank you so much for the hard work. Everyone was extremely helpful and eager to assist in every way. No grumpy faces to be seen. Everyone was very professional and knew what needed to be done. We felt like VIPs for the day.

I loved how well the trip on the land train went down and how much people looked forward to looking round. The drinks by the elephants were brilliant and kept everyone entertained.

The reception food was very good and way above many guests expectations. The service again here was exceptional and the fillings perfect.

The face painting went down extremely well with young and old and has been a favourite anecdote for many of the guests. The disco was good, I was pleased with the dj, he played exactly what we wanted.

The only negative was we did not get to see the snow leopards. But if they could be conditioned to like drum and bass we would very close to perfection!

Thank you all

Leeanne and Jim
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