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Primary Times Star Award Winner for third Year Running!

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We are honoured to be presented with the Star Award for Best Family Attraction in Essex for the 3rd year running!

A huge thank you to all of those who voted. We are always developing Colchester Zoo with both our animals and visitors needs in mind; with the aim of conserving endangered species. 

Each and every visit made to Colchester Zoo not only supports the ongoing developments and animals in situ but also assists the zoos charity, Action for the Wild, help conservation projects worldwide.  Without your visits this vital work would not be possible so thank you very much indeed.

primary times awards small 2All winners of Primary Times in Essex Star Awards 2016 were released on the 1st February 2016.  The awards champion the best places and best businesses within Essex for families with young children. 

Primary Times in Essex is a free ‘What’s on and Where to Go’ guide specifically for the families of children aged 4-11. It is published 7 times a year (prior to every school holiday and half term). It has a circulation of 90,000 copies distributed to primary, infant, junior and preparatory schools in Essex. It is also available at libraries and tourist information centres in Essex and is available online at www.primarytimes.net/essex as well as via a free Primary Times app.

For the full list of winners click here.


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