Whether you want to feed a giraffe, climb like a monkey or speed down a go-kart track faster than a cheetah, you’ll find all the fun and entertainment in Chessington.
Entertainment in Chessington
Home to over 1,000 animals across 60 species, Chessington Zoo is one of the biggest and best zoos in the UK. Part of the same entertainment complex as Chessington World of Adventures, and just a few hundred metres from our Chessington hotel, the zoo has a series of enclosures and areas where you can see exotic animals including Sumatran tigers, Asiatic lions and a family of Persian leopards, as well as penguins, piranhas and sea lions in their Sea Life Centre. There are a range of daily shows including feeding sessions, book readings, animal presentations and tours. Make sure you book ahead to get the cheapest early bird tickets. And, if it rains during your visit, you can even claim a free return visit.
Also part of the Chessington World of Adventure alongside the Zoo, Go Ape is a tree-climbing, zip-lining, rope-swinging extravaganza that’s fun for all the family. The 30th Go Ape set up in the UK, Chessington has two main areas – the Tree Top Junior for children above 1m tall and the Tree Top Adventure for those aged 10 or more and above 140cm tall. Each session lasts from one to three hours, with the Tree Top Adventure taking in 835m of climbs, bridges and zip lines with the highest platform 10m high. Go Ape is open year round, but does close during much of December – check ahead to confirm if you’re there in winter.
Daytona Sandown Park
Embrace your inner Lewis Hamilton at the Daytona Sandown Park, a 900m adrenaline-fuelled go-kart track with eight challenging corners and several straights, perfect for overtaking in go-karts capable of speeds up to 70mph. Alternatively, try your hand at the 450m Indy track, perfect for smaller races and junior groups. The floodlit track is open from 9am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and until 6pm on Sundays and you can either book your session including practise laps, qualification and Grand Prix style racing in advance or just turn up for their arrive and drive sessions. Located in the same grounds as Sandown Racecourse, Daytona Park is just a few miles from our Chessington hotel.