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Exploring done, your next stop has to be our picturesque Waterside café for a delicious bite to eat and wonderful views, followed by a spot of retail therapy in our treat-filled shop. Best of all, every penny you spend supports conservation.

Waterside Cafe

Lake-filled views and delicious food.

Our big-windowed café comes with a scenic outlook over a vast collection of birds including graceful Eurasian cranes and charming barnacle geese. There’s space for everyone – friends, families, groups – with freshly-cooked food to tickle all taste buds and ingredients grown in our very own allotment. Grab a snack with a hot drink, or sit-down to an indulgent meal while enjoying views to dine for. Open from 10am.

WWT Gift Shop

Something for everyone.

Bursting with gorgeous gifts, toys and souvenirs, as well as the latest wildlife books, garden must-haves, traditional sweets and bird care essentials; there’s something for everyone. Open daily from 9:30am, with an expert team on hand to answer any wildlife questions you may have. Hire your binoculars here for just £5 (with a £20 returnable deposit).

Outdoor Space

Lunch alongside nature.

We have a host of outdoor picnic areas alongside our domestic ducks, reedbed area (with fantastic panorama of Penshaw Monument) and working wetland garden, to name a few so you can enjoy a takeaway drink and snack from our Waterside Café, or bring along your own picnic to enjoy in the great outdoors.

In Focus

For wildlife-watching equipment

We have a wide range of Opticron telescopes and binoculars in stock and our friendly specialists can help you decide what’s right for you. Plus, we get monthly visits from the bird optics experts, In Focus, who can offer honest, friendly advice to take your wildlife-watching to the next level.