WIN a VIP tour around Dartmoor Zoo with Benjamin Mee!

We Bought a Zoo

We have an exciting competition for you donated by our principal sponsor Devon Contract Waste.

Buy your tickets to the Powderham Food Festival by clicking here and you will automatically be entered into a draw to win a VIP ‘We Bought a Zoo’ Tour for 4 people at Dartmoor Zoo.

In 2007, Director Benjamin Mee committed the story of Dartmoor Zoo to writing in the best-selling book, We Bought a Zoo. It has since sold all over the world in over 20 languages. In 2009, it caught the attention of Hollywood producers and in 2010, the movie of the same name starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson was released in the USA and later in the UK in March 2012. Now, you can hear this fascinating story as well as the highs and lows of keeping Dartmoor Zoo alive over the past 10 years first hand from Benjamin himself in a guided VIP tour of the zoo.

The winner will be chosen at random from our online ticket sales and notified after the festival.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The prize is awarded by Powderham Food Festival, courtesy of Devon Contract Waste, and will be fulfilled by Dartmoor Zoological Park, Sparkwell, Plymouth PL7 5DG.
  2. The prize is: a VIP ‘We Bought a Zoo’ Tour for four people. Visitors will enjoy a detailed tour of Dartmoor Zoo with experienced zoo keepers, lunch in the Jaguar Restaurant and exclusive meet-and-greet with Dartmoor Zoo founder and author of ‘We Bought A Zoo’, Benjamin Mee. The entire experience will run 11am – 3.30pm and includes:
    1. Accompanied by a senior keeper to meet and learn about the meerkats, coati, bear, wolves, lynx and otters.
    2. Accompanied by Benjamin Mee for a VIP meet the lions and tigers (approx. 75 mins).
    3. All day admission to Dartmoor Zoo to explore on your own (winter opening 10am – 4pm, summer opening 10am- 6pm. Please check for details).
  3. All participants must be aged 8 years or older and the group must include at least one adult aged 18 or over.
  4. The prize offered is as stated above and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prize is not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and Devon Contract Waste and Dartmoor Zoological Park reserves the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  5. The prize is valid only at Dartmoor Zoological Park on a date to be agreed between the winner and the Zoo before 30 September 2019. Prior booking is essential and can be arranged by calling 01752 837645 or emailing
  6. The prize winner and their party must present themselves at Dartmoor Zoological Park on the date and at the time agreed. Dartmoor Zoological Park accepts no responsibility for travel, accommodation or other arrangements and no alternative arrangements will be made for members of the party who fail to attend in line with the booking.
  7. A health and safety induction will be provided immediately prior to the experience. Failure to comply with the instructions of Keepers or Dartmoor Zoo staff will result in the experience being terminated and no compensation will be offered.
  8. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image and those of their guests by Powderham Food Festival, Devon Contract Waste, and Dartmoor Zoological Park in any publicity material now or in the future. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  9. Powderham Food Festival, Devon Contract Waste and Dartmoor Zoological Park reserve the right, at their sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage.