Experience the spooky side of WWT this October half term

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust LogoFamilies beware!  There are fantastic spooky days out this coming October half term at WWT’s nine wetland centres across the UK.

From pumpkin carving to creepy crafts, there’s something to keep everyone entertained – young or old.

Enjoy the scary side of nature at WWT Arundel with Professor Bones and Batty Biologist, and pond dip for creepy critters.

There’s bats and spiders at WWT London Wetland Centre and why not take part in Halloween-inspired arts and crafts at WWT Castle Espie or try pumpkin carving at WWT Martin Mere.

halloween WWTWWT Arundel

The scary side of nature: Friday 28 & Saturday 29

  • 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! Free with admission, children must be accompanied by an adult at all activities.
  • Character activities are all held inside the visitor centre.

WWT Caerlaverock

Witness the barnacle goose wildlife spectacular. Most famous of all Caerlaverock’s wild visitors are the vast flocks of barnacle geese that return each October from the High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard to stay until April on the Solway’s saltflats and merses. Since the 1940’s, this population has recovered from fewer than 500 birds to more than 25,000. Also keep your eyes peeled for the return of the wild whooper swans.

WWT Castle Espie

The Witch’s Broom Cupboard: Friday 28 to Monday 31

  • Crafts and activities – 2-4pm drop-in workshops. Extra charges apply. More information from 30 September 2011.

WWT Llanelli

Spooky nature night: Sunday October 30, 3.30pm – 6pm

  • Explore the spooky side of wetland wildlife on our special one night only Halloween-themed spooky nature night! While we wait for night to fall, have your face painted as a scary spider or bat, and make your way around our activity stations of Halloween crafts and games.
  • Children will make their very own Halloween lantern to light the journey as we head outside with our bat detectors!
  • We will also keep our eyes open for freaky fungi and ghostly barn owls on the way, and try to tempt the pond creatures of the deep to the surface with our torches… Finish off the evening with hot chocolate and Halloween treats inside, as we announce the winner of our free raffle and prize for best costume!
  • Cost: £8 per child. One adult free per child. Additional adults £4. Please contact [email protected] or call us on 01554 741087 to book your place.

WWT London

SpidersBats and spiders weekend Saturday 22 – Sunday 23

  • With Halloween coming up it seems an appropriate time to look at some wildlife that many people find scary!
  • Bats and spiders don’t deserve their fearsome reputation, and when you meet them close up and learn more about these fascinating animals you’ll see a totally different side to them.
  • There will also be a spider talk and walk on which you’ll get to see some common British species and learn how to identify them.

Halloween Half Term Family Fun: Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 October

  • Throughout the entire half term join in our family activities such as story telling, Wolf Tales Halloween puppet shows, nature crafts and pond dipping.
  • Most of these activities are free with paid admission to the Centre.

Halloween Party Friday: 28 October

  • Or, for a really scary treat, why not come along to our Halloween Party?
  • Join in our ‘Yuk!’ interactive show, come on a bat walk, try fire lighting and listen to some spooky stories. the evening starts at 4.30pm.
  • £10 per child (accompanied by an adult) and booking is essential.

WWT Martin Mere

October Half Term: Saturday 22 – Sunday 30

  • Daily talks and feeds, canoe safari, pumpkin carving, Roundhouse Village visit. Daily talks and feeds.

Otter feeds – Free

  • Come and see our family of Asian Short-clawed otters as they are fed at 11.30am and 2.30pm. The feed also includes a talk by a volunteer.

Learn about the beavers – Free 11am – 11.30pm and 2pm – 2.30pm

  • Learn how the beaver are natural wetland creators as well as seeing and touching beaver fur and skulls.

Guided tour – Free At 1pm

  • Meet at the Peter Scott bust to go on a guided tour of the waterfowl gardens and learn about all of the birds at the centre swan spectacular

Watch swan feeds

  • 3pm from the Swan Lake Hide
  • 3.30pm from Raines Observatory. Includes a talk with a warden.

Canoe safari

  • Get a close encounter with nature on our the brand new attraction. The safari will be open every day until 31 October.
  • You can take to the water in a canoe to meander around a new wetland we have created. You can get close to nature and have lots of fun. The boats are a maximum of 3 people and children under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult.
  • The cost is £5 per boat

Pumpkin carving

  • Come and carve your pumpkin using our carving tools and scary designs 11am – 4pm in the dome £
  • 3 each or two for £5

Visit the Roundhouse Village: 24 – 30 October

  • Visit Mere Tun, the Roundhouse Village between 12 noon and 3pm to learn all about how we have built the village, do crafts and find out about the way people lived on the banks of the Mere.

WWT Slimbridge

GeeseWork with a Warden – Nene Darvics (Identification Rings): Saturday 22 Oct

  • Play a part in conservation by helping to identify and ring the nene goslings of 2011, and prepare nesting wigwams for the breeding season.
  • This one-off event takes participants behind the scenes at WWT Slimbridge, where in the hands of the Duckery Warden they will be able to experience and admire the birds in the hand. Teamwork is vital, and a love of Hawaiian geese essential! Ask all those questions you have always pondered over from the other side of the fence…
  • Time: 10.30 – 4.30pm Minimum age 15 years
  • Cost: £60 which includes refreshments and lunch. To book onto this event please contact our Bookings Coordinator on 01453 891223 or email [email protected]

Feed the Birds Family Morning: Wednesday 26 October

  • Learn about the different birds you can attract into your own garden using specialised bird feeders. Enjoy a walk around our grounds to see our own feeders in use before making your own bird feeder to take home with you in our Discovery centre. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Time: 9.30am
  • Cost: £12 per adult and £6 per child

Children’s introduction to bird watching: Thursday 27 October

  • Trying to look out for and identify a wide variety of birds can be quite a challenge. Join our warden who will help you find the best starting point and share some expert tips on how to learn and develop your bird watching skills and knowledge.
  • This event is ideal for real beginners or those interested in starting this hobby. Minimum age 7 years old.
  • Time: 9.30am
  • Cost: £12 per person

WWT Washington

Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 October

  • See nocturnal nature at its worst during one of our Nature Fright Night events! Create your own lantern before taking a night-time stroll around our wonderful wetlands, hunting for bats in the creepy Hollowood and listening to exciting stories by lamplight in Hunter’s Creek cabin.
  • Mix your very own spell potion and enjoy a spooky cookie and delicious hot chocolate.
  • Events run from 5-7pm
  • Cost £8 per person. All children must be accompanied by an adult and please bring an empty jam jar to create your lantern. Please note that this event is unsuitable for small toddlers and outdoor clothing and footwear are recommended. Booking is essential, please call 0191 419 5933 or email [email protected] to book.

Spooktastic crafts in the Discovery centre

  • Saturday 22-Sunday 30 October
  • From 1-3pm
  • Help celebrate The Big Draw 2011 by creating works of art to be put on public display

WWT Welney

WelneyHalf term activities: Sat 22 – Sun 30 October

  • Family activities including spooky arts and crafts in the pond room, migration trail out on the reserve and daily wild swans feeds with an expert commentary by a Welney warden.
  • Swan feeds are at 3.30pm each day.
  • Normal opening hours, normal admission applies.
  • For more information contact the centre on 01353 860711 or email [email protected]