Open for (monkey) business – 29th June!

19 June 2020

We’re SO pleased to announce that, as of the 29th June, our gates will be opening once again. The new-look Blair Drummond will be a little different, but we’ve all been working hard to ensure visitors can continue to enjoy the park in safety.

As well as a new one-way system, we’ve created downloadable keeper talks, so you can enjoy your safari with a virtual guide. You’ll also be able to book takeaway meals, enjoy BBQs and use all our outdoor food kiosks.

We’ll be limiting visitor numbers and now require everyone to book ahead to visit on a specific day and at a specific time. We would ask everyone to respect government guidelines when planning your visit but are looking forward to welcoming our local visitors. No ticket purchases or changes will be permitted at the gate, so please make sure you book the date and time slot that’s right for you. We’ll be taking bookings from the 23rd June – just visit our website to use our new super-simple booking system.

Or why not enjoy the benefits of membership?

The 29th and 30th June will be reserved especially for those with seasonal membership. Sign up today and you’ll have the first chance to catch up with all our animals (including Hope and Faith, our two lion cubs) and see our amazing new dinosaur exhibit.

Members will also be permitted to enter the park earlier in the morning at 9.30 and we’ll be running two member’s evenings on the 18th and 25th July when you’ll be able to invite another family to join you for free. You’ll enjoy exclusive access to the park plus discounted food and drink.

As ever, thank you for your ongoing support. Now more than ever, we really appreciate our local community and all the kindness and generosity you’ve shown. The keepers and staff are all looking forward to welcoming you back – it’s been too long! 

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General FAQ's

When is the Safari Park reopening?

The reopening date for the Safari Park is Monday 29th June and tickets will go on sale 23rd June.

How do I book tickets to visit the Safari Park?

Ticket numbers will be limited each day and need to be booked in advance which can be done here. Please ensure you book the right day as we cannot offer any refunds or make any changes to tickets.

I am a member – can I visit anytime, as normal?

Due to the current situation, we require all our customers to book their visit to the Safari Park to ensure that we can control the numbers of visitors and maintain appropriate social distancing.

Members need to book their visit in advance using our online ticketing system. Please only book if you are sure you will be coming as unfortunately “no-shows” will be denying other people the chance visit that day.

I have pre-purchased tickets / passes, how do I use these?

If you have tickets or passes that have already been paid for, we would ask that you book in online for the day you are looking to arrive. This is free of charge but allows us to limit numbers daily for everyone's safety. You would then use your tickets/passes on arrival as normal.

How do I buy tickets using my gift card?

We would ask that you book in online for the day you are looking to arrive. This is free of charge but allows us to limit numbers daily for everyone's safety. You can then use your gift card on arrival at the ticket booth.

What are your opening times?

Standard Ticket Holders

The park opens at 10am, 7 days a week. Last entry to the Safari Park is at 4.30pm and last entry to the reserves at 5.30pm.

Members

The park opens to members at 9.30am, 7 days a week. Last entry to the Safari Park is at 4.30pm and last entry to the reserves at 5.30pm.

Is the park a safe place to visit with my family?

Blair Drummond Safari Park is an open-air visitor attraction situated in 160 acres of parkland and is a safe family destination with space to allow for social distancing.

To ensure that the Safari Park is a safe place we have implemented a number of changes which are as follows:

  • Numbers of visitors will be restricted each day to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable day.
  • All tickets must be pre-booked for specific days as we will no longer be selling tickets at the gate.
  • We have installed 60 sanitiser points around the park and these along with the existing handwashing facilities, will ensure there are plenty of opportunities to keep hands clean.
  • Our kiosk and restaurant will offer takeaway food only.
  • When they are allowed to open our gift shops will have limits on the number of customers who can enter at any one time.
  • Paths around the various animal enclosures will have a one-way system which we ask you to follow.
  • Our team of friendly cleaners have put together an enhanced cleaning program for all areas of the Safari Park.

Will toilet facilities be open?

All the toilet facilities will be open with a one-in-one-out system in place. We will be managing these areas and so there may be a short delay whilst you wait to use the loos.

Do we have to wear masks to the Safari Park?

In line with current government guidelines there is no requirement to wear a mask to the Safari Park.

Can I meet with family and friends at the Safari Park?

For your own safety we recommend that you visit with members from your own household. For the latest advice, please see the Scottish government website.

Do you accept cash?

All our tills are set up to take contactless payments and we would prefer this method of payment wherever possible. We can also accept cash if necessary.

Will there be animal talks?

Our animal talks will not be taking place, instead they have been pre-recorded and are available for download on our website.

Are groups and school visits allowed?

At the present time we are not taking any school or group bookings.

Can I bring my dog?

We love dogs but unfortunately, they need to be left in our kennels (free of charge) for the duration of your visit.

Will the safari bus be working?

Due to the current circumstances the safari bus will not be running.

Will the sealion show be running?

The sealion shows will not be running. However, the sealions will be in their outdoor pool and our keepers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

How do I book or re-book my animal experience vouchers or Keeper for a Day experience?

Once we know when we are re-starting our animal experiences and Keeper for a Day we will publish this on our news page and will be in touch with anyone who has previously booked.

Do you have baby changing?

Yes, we have excellent baby changing facilities onsite.

Do you have car parking?

Yes, we have ample free car parking.

Members FAQ's

Can I visit the Safari Park whenever I like, as normal?

Due to the current situation, we require all our customers to book to visit the Safari Park to ensure that we can control the numbers of visitors and maintain appropriate social distancing.

Members need to book their visit in advance, which can be done here. Please only book if you are sure you will be coming, as “no-shows” will be denying other people the chance to visit that day.

What are your Members opening times?

The park opens to members at 9.30am 7 days a week. Last entry to the Safari Park is at 4.30pm and last entry to the reserves at 5.30pm.

Will my membership be extended whilst you are closed?

All memberships will be extended for the length of time we have been closed. More information will be sent out when we reopen.

Food FAQ's

Can I buy food onsite?

Yes. We will have meals available as well as drinks, ice creams & cakes. However, in accordance with Government Guidelines our food outlets will be open for takeaway service only.

Are the BBQs available?

Yes the BBQs will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Can I bring a picnic?

Yes, there is plenty of space to bring a picnic.

I have a question. How can I get in touch?

The best way is via email at enquires@blairdrummond.com. We will usually get back to you within one working day.

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