Enjoy experiences to remember in the amazing outdoors as you explore, play, discover and get closer to some of nature’s most wonderful wetland wildlife.

Children (and grown-ups!) will love to hand feed our spectacular ducks, geese and swans, marvel over the colourful collection of Caribbean flamingos, and discover all sorts of amazing birds and wildlife.

There’s something for all the family, 363 days a year, including activities and events every weekend and during the school holidays. Your close up encounter with wildlife could include: grabbing a net and finding out what lies beneath the waters of our ponds, finding creepy crawlies at our mini beast hunts, and using telescopes and binoculars to discover more with our guides at family bird watching sessions.

For those in search of even more adventure, during the school summer holidays you can head off exploring in your own canoe on our watery safari (£5 per canoe) or hire a bike (£2 per bike) and explore the wetlands on wheels. Full hire information here.

Play areas

Children will love to swing and slide the hours away in our fabulous flamingo-themed outdoor play area, Flamingo Bay. Located close to the centre, it makes the most of fabulous views of our ducks and geese on the “top pond”. We’ve also got wild play in Explore, where adventurers can race over balance beams, wind through reeds, jump, climb and tiptoe past the Wetland Wizard’s hut, or make a hideout in the den building area – wellies are a must on wet days! And don’t forget to head out to our wetland nature reserve and take on the challenge of our Swan’s Nest Maze and have endless fun crawling through the winding tunnels of Water Vole City. There’s also an indoor soft play area for little ones to enjoy while grown-ups relax and enjoy the views.

Toddler group

Enjoy our pre-school toddler group every Monday during term-time, Monday Munchkins. Have a fun-packed hour with different themed activities every week including; pond dipping, feeding the birds, arts and crafts, stories, songs and games.