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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.
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.
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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!!
Created our perfect day
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!
Great, quirky wedding venue!
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.
Our day was perfect.....
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
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!
Matt and Alison Quemby
The day has been etched into our guests memories
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.
Best wedding they’ve ever been to!
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."
The whole day was just beautiful!
A venue like no other!
Fun, versatile and modern wedding venue!
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)
Our special day that bit more special...
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
BIG BIG thank you
Exhibitor at Twycross Zoo Wedding Show
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!
The day was fantastic!
Laura & Ian
Thank you for a wonderful 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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