• The Great Day
    Out 2019

  • The Great Day Out 2019

    at Bristol Zoo

  • The Great Day Out 2019

    28 September

    1000 – 1630

Tickets have now all sold, so this website is for event information only.

A small number of surplus tickets are now available. We are offering these tickets out to colleagues on a ‘first requested, first offered’ basis.

For more information and to request tickets, please see here

GWR great days out make lasting memories for our customers, and these are made possible by the everyday hard work and dedication of our amazing GWR colleagues.

To say thank you we have again given colleagues, along with friends and family, the chance to experience their own very special ‘Great Day Out’.

The 2019 event has been designed to offer a wide range of great experiences, and the memories you take away following your attendance at the 2019 Great Day Out will hopefully be very special indeed.

There’ll be something for everyone, and as well as the live exciting attractions provided by the zoo, we will also be offering up the following amazing activities and facilities:

  • Entertainers (including face painters)
  • Retro Photo Booths (with plenty of fun props and dress up materials)
  • Sweet Cart
  • American ‘Cotton Candy’ and hot popcorn (both freshly made)
  • Giant Lawn Games
  • GWR deck chairs and bean bags – so you can relax in style
  • GWR branded gifts

These will be hosted in two exclusive GWR locations:

  • West Lawn – Main GWR Welcome & Activity Area
  • Garden Room (Clifton Pavilion) – GWR Guest Arrival & Activity Area

We are providing free travel on GWR trains (only) all day (for guests with an event ticket travelling with a GWR pass holder) and if required your entry ticket to the event will act as a valid return travel pass.

From Bristol Temple Meads Station, special Great Day Out (First Bus) shuttle buses will be in operation to take you to and from the Zoo. More information can be found on the ‘Getting There’ page.

Great Day Out guests will enter through the Garden Room in the Clifton Pavilion (to the right of the main zoo entrance).

You will be greeted on arrival and given a wrist band which will entitle you to a pre-paid lunch of your choice. Both cold and hot food options are available. For more information please see the ‘Food and Drink’ section on the What’s on’ page.

September weather is never predictable, so remember when you attend on the day, prepare for all eventualities – take your sunscreen, your umbrella, a warm jumper, and of course, your best smile! We are aiming to have a truly Great Day Out whatever the weather!

Main Event Tickets Sold Out
– see below for advice

If you have booked your tickets, please let us know your lunch preferences using this Food Preference Form.

Ticket demand this year has been utterly incredible, and event tickets sold out in record time. We appreciate that some colleagues may have been caught out by this unexpected speed and level of the interest, and we are very sorry if you missed out on securing tickets. A small number of surplus tickets are now available. We are offering these tickets out to colleagues on a ‘first requested, first offered’ basis.

For more information and to request tickets, please see here

Please Note: This form will remain open until Tuesday 24 September 23:30. It is unlikely that we will be able to meet all requests as surplus ticket numbers are expected to remain small.

See FAQs for more details.

Colleague Request – as so many colleagues want to attend this event, we would be very grateful if you could take the trouble to notify us in the event you cannot attend, and your tickets become available. This will help us to ensure that everyone that can go, gets to go. Just email us at Just email us at GWRYourBenefits@GWR.com

The Zoo is over 180 years old and contains a number of old buildings and structures – three of which are Grade II listed. However, most of the Zoo is accessible for wheelchair users and those with walking difficulties. There are six unisex accessible toilets located throughout our site. For visitors with disabilities, we have five parking bays near the Zoo entrance.

For further information on Bristol Zoo’s accessibility facilities please see here

For your diary



Bristol Zoo Gardens
Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA



Saturday 28 September 2019
1000 – 1630

We look forward to seeing you there