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We're Good to Go

Posted on 06 Apr 2021

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back and have everything in place so you have the best day out.

We’ve been accredited with the ‘Good to Go’ stamp of approval, which means we are operating within government guidelines and public health guidance for managing coronavirus risk.

We’re carefully managing the number of people on site and have a booking system in place. We have hand washing stations and hand sanitiser points located around the grounds and near gateways. You'll also find one-way systems in place in some areas of the site. The toilets by the car park, gallery, Peng and canoe kiosk are all open and cleaned regularly. All the gates, hand rails, benches and signage are cleaned regularly throughout the day.

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Arriving

When you arrive our team of staff and volunteers are on hand to answer any questions you may have and to ensure you have a fantastic day out. To limit touch points and keep you safe we’re asking everyone to pay by card where possible.

Before you set off on your wetland adventure, why not take a picture of the site map to help you explore.

If you want to beat the queues why not arrive a little earlier in the day. Early risers will be rewarded with the glorious sounds of spring bird song and a chance to catch our wetland wildlife waking. We will be trialling timed tickets for the morning only to help spread out numbers and reduce queues. If you’d rather arrive later in the day, we are open until 5.30pm for you to have an early evening adventure.

Wheelchair hire will be available, however we are unable to offer scooter hire for the time being - we will re-introduce this as soon as we can.

When travelling through Slimbridge village please be mindful of our neighbours and reduce your speed to 20mph once you leave the A38.

Wildlife

*New update* More detailed and recent government guidance, issued this week, means that hides must remain closed until 17 May at the earliest (step 3 of the roadmap).

The Estuary Tower roof terrace will remain open with Guides in the Hide present (9.30am-4pm) and you can venture out to our Summer Walkway to the banks of the Severn Estuary. There will be a new viewing screen underneath the Estuary Tower along with a viewing screen on the South Finger Reedbed. A new short loop path around South Finger Reedbed will be introduced - similar to last year and the Safari trailer will be set up next to the Canoe Hut for viewing the Top New Piece. Read more about these new wildlife viewing spots here.

We are working to open up or make accessible outdoor areas rich in wildlife to let you have as many wildlife watching opportunities as possible. Spring is an amazing time to discover wetland wildlife whether it's looking out for new arrivals including swallows, house martins and summer warblers or listening out to the songs of chiffchaff and distinctive call of the cuckoo. Climb up the Estuary Tower and watch out for migrating birds passing through including grey plover and bar-tailed godwits.

Read more about our latest sightings and our seasonal wildlife highlights for hints and tips to really make the most of your time here.

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Plan your wetland adventure

Spring is a great time to visit and experience nature at its very best with 100 acres of wetland paradise to enjoy. There's so much to see and do at Slimbridge this season, highlights include: Taking in breath-taking scenes of the Severn from the Estuary Tower rooftop and exploring the serene Summer Walkway.

New: Unlock the secrets of Slimbridge with our new app - Wetland Heroes. Explore the full extent of the Slimbridge site, particularly lesser known areas through fact finding missions and fun challenges that can be played by the whole family. Whether you're a first time visitor or seasoned member, there is always something new to discover on each visit to Slimbridge.

Coming soon we are also working on bringing you up-close encounters to hand feed our feathered friends when it’s safe for them and you. In the mean-time, whilst grain isn’t available to buy, we promise our wardens are feeding the birds regularly, they’re not going hungry!

Eat, drink, shop

We have a selection of take away hot and cold snacks, drinks and ice creams available from our outdoor kiosks for you to enjoy on-the-go to fuel your wetland adventure. View the Welly Boot Land kiosk menu and the Riverlife kiosk menu. Our Kingfisher Kitchen restaurant will also be providing a takeaway service. View the Kingfisher Kitchen menu.

You’re more than welcome to bring your own food and drink and make use of our well-spaced picnic benches to enjoy your snacks in the great outdoors.

The gift shop is open offering a gorgeous selection of gifts, fun toys, informative books and good value bird food and feeding accessories.

To limit touch points and keep you safe we’re asking everyone to pay by card where possible and in line with government guidance are asking that face masks be worn in all indoor spaces.

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Explore and play

Canoe Safari

From May Half Term, grab a paddle and take to the water in our award winning canoe safari. Set off on your watery adventure searching for moorhens, mallards, fish, water voles and the illusive kingfisher. Open every day from 11am to 4pm, weather dependant, you do not need to book in advance and the minimum age is 3. There is an extra charge for this attraction, payable via a card machine at the Canoe Safari.

Play areas

From splashing about in Welly Boot Land to running wild in Riverlife, our play areas are a total rush for children aged 3 to 12. The play areas are cleaned and disinfected regularly so you can be sure of a safe experience, this does mean it is closed for a very short time period, but it’s worth the wait!

Book online today

To help keep everyone safe we’re carefully managing the number people who visit on any one day and are asking everyone to book in advance, so we can give you the best possible experience.

Book your visit