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31 Jan 2018

Make a Splash at Dusty’s Puddle Jumping Championships

February Half Term 2018, Sat 10 – Sun 18 February

This February half term, children of all ages are being encouraged to grab their wellies, get outside and join in our puddle jumping championships being held every day from 10th – 18th February at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

This year WWT’s new children’s character, Dusty Duck is joining in the fun again and helping kids create the biggest, craziest splash possible. Dusty was exclusively designed by the world-famous Aardman studios to help celebrate WWT’s 70th anniversary by getting children closer to nature.

Children taking part will compete against each other to see who can produce the biggest splash from their puddle jump – as measured by special splash-o-meters. They will also be judged on their enthusiasm and jumping style. Daily winners will be announced throughout the half term and some lucky ‘super-splashers’ will receive a fantastic prize from Dusty Duck himself!

Every contestant will receive a ‘splashtastic’ sticker to acknowledge their puddle jumping skills.

As well as the main puddle jumping competition arena, we are setting up practice zones around our stunning grounds to help entrants perfect their splashing techniques. In previous years these areas have been a hive of splashing activity.

Chris Foster from WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre said:

“We know that children love nothing more than to splash about in puddles, so we thought we’d give them the chance to channel their inner splasher through our annual puddle jumping competition.

We’ve really perfected the championships this year, with brilliant competition areas, practice puddle zones and great prizes, and of course regular appearances from Dusty Duck himself.

It’s all a lot of fun and we know that children who love puddles often grow up to be adults that love the outdoors. So through these championships we’re gently nurturing a love that may help protect wetlands and the wildlife that depend on them for years to come.”

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