COLCHESTER Zoo will reopen to the public next Wednesday (Dec 2), it has been announced.

Following the Government announcement on the relaxation of lockdown restriction, zoo bosses say they will be reopening the gates next week.

Tickets will be available to book for between December 2 and 24 from Wednesday (Nov 25).

Some indoor areas may have to remain closed for the time being, depending on which tier Essex is put into.

A spokesman for the zoo said: "We are waiting advice as to which tier we will fall within for confirmation as to whether we can open our indoor areas.

"Please take this into consideration when choosing to book.

"We will update our website with further details as soon as possible.

"Please note ALL visitors are required to pre-book their visit for an allocated time of arrival, this includes Zoo Passholders and pre-paid/complimentary ticket holders."

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