Our flamingos will be out between 10.30am and 3pm throughout the winter. During adverse weather, we may need to pop them away - please call the centre after 9.30am to check they are out before your visit.


What's on

Elf Academy

Date: Sat 7 December - Sun 22 December (Saturday and Sunday only)

Christmas is coming and to help spread the festive cheer, our popular Elf Academy is once again opening its doors to young recruits.

Enrol on one of our special workshops and learn everything you need to know to gain your all-important Elf Diploma, including special ‘elf & safety guidelines, the spirit of kindness, gift wrapping for beginners and essential craft skills.

Our Head Elf and her assistants will guide elves-to-be in the art of creating your own personalised wooden name toggles, wooden animal pen holders and magic reindeer food to sprinkle outside your home on Christmas Eve!

Training will continue as you wrap and label your donated gift (a toy or book that we ask all Elf Academy recruits to bring in with them on the day, and we then donate these gifts to a local charity). Finish the day with a special graduation ceremony where elf recruits will receive their elf diploma! Then enjoy a well-earned hot drink and tasty homemade treat in our cafe!

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22 December

Times: 10-11.30am and 1-2.30pm

Cost: £10 per child and £3.50 per adult (includes a hot drink and festive treat, plus take-home crafts for the newly trained elf.)

Suitable for: This event is not suitable for under-4s. We would ask that only elf recruits (aged 4+) and their grown-ups attend this event.


Terms & Conditions

Admission to WWT Washington Wetland Centre is not included in the Elf Academy price. The ticket covers this activity only. Unless you are a WWT member and qualify for free entry, general admission tickets are also required if you wish to visit our site outside of the event times and must be purchased separately. (Book online here and save 10% off the general admission cost.).

All tickets are non-refundable and can only be redeemed on the date and event specified in your booking.

Session times are strict due to the small number of spaces available, so please arrive at the Discovery Centre 10 minutes before your session start time, where our elf team will greet you. Unfortunately, if you miss your slot we will be unable to offer an alternative time or date if the event is fully booked.

For any event enquiries, please email info.washington@wwt.org.uk or call 0191 416 5454.