Family Weekends @ Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (28 August to 13 November)

August 28, 2011toNovember 13, 2011


If you love nature and wildlife, then get yourself down to one of the local WWT centres near you. They’ve got a whole bunch of cool events to do and things to see.

You can go wildife spotting on a wetland walk or sarfari, or take part in all the various fun events they have for families.

And the chances are you’ll get nose-to-beak with some of the world’s rarest birds, as well as mammals and reptiles too!

Here’s some of our personal highlights below.

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Bug buddies


28th August

Help find the different species of creepy crawlies found at WWT Welney.

Activities for all ages, including:

1pm – Moth magic
Help the warden identify the moths caught in the moth traps overnight.

1.45pm – Pondemonium
Pond-dipping session.

2.15pm – Minibeast mayhem
Search the grasses for the creepy crawlies lurking there.

3-4pm – Facepainting in the Pond room
Creepy crawly arts and crafts all afternoon in the Pond room.

High Tide Watch and BBQ

29th August

The best time to get a closer look at the birds is when the high tide pushes them closer to the hides, and what better way to enjoy this spectacle or birds than feasting on delicious BBQ food with your family.

This event takes place on August bank holiday Monday.

Meet the Mammals


27th August

Meet the Mammals up close and personal. A chance to come face to face with Harvest mice, water shrews and voles. Watch the Otters being fed and search the dusk water line for our beaver.

Listen out for night time animals whilst enjoying hot chocolate and cookies around the camp fire.


17-18th September 

This is a two day festival with something to please the whole family. Ride a mini-stream train, learn about the water mills, or relax by the water and watch the model boats.

Beware though – street performing pirates will be roaming the site and have commandeered the vessels of the Wetland Boat Safaris too!

Animal Magic Weekend

WWT-pond-dipping24-25th September
Martin Mere

In Lancashire, Martin Mere is home to a variety of birds, otters and beavers, will also be holding a special Animal Magic weekend.

Visitors of all ages can experience encounters with meerkats, reccoons, reptiles, birds of prey and Shetland ponies, and for the younger adventurers pond dipping, den building and face painting will also be on offer.

Autumn Fair

25th September

Join us for an autumn fayre at WWT Welney with plenty of art & craft exhibitions, stalls and demonstrations.

Fun for all the family at this internationally important wetland reserve.



28th – 29th October

Meet the Batty Biologist, Professors Bones and other spooky characters working in the wetlands to show you the scary side of nature.

Beware … pirates have commandeered all vessels of the boat safari! Join the fun with face painting, Halloween crafts and pond dipping for creepy critters!

Festival of Swans

12-13th November

A feast of art and family fun to celebrate the return on 9,000 migratory Whooper and Bewick’s swans to the internationally importance Ouse washes wetlands site.

Many of the swans will be flying in from as far away as Iceland, so give them a warm welcome back to Blighty.


About Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust LogoThe WWT is a leading UK conservation organisation saving wetlands for wildlife and people across the world.

It has nine specialist wetland visitor centres across the UK for you to visit, including Arundel, Caerlaverock, Castle Espie, London, Martin Mere, Llanelli, Slimbridge, Washington and Welney.

To find out more about visiting WWT and any of the activities above please visit