What's on @ London Wetland Centre

The London Wetland Centre is a wildlife reserve visitor attraction just 25 minutes from central London. Acclaimed as the best urban site in Europe to watch wildlife, it supports a wealth of wetland biodiversity, in particular wild birds which arrive in their thousands from around the globe.

It is a haven for people, whether relaxing watching the wildlife from one of our special viewing hides, enjoying a walk around the reserve or having a meal in our Water’s Edge Restaurant.

There is a varied programme of events at the centre for all visitors, including free guided walks and tours. Members of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) have the added benefit of free entry to all nine Wetland Centres in the UK and discounts to most events – in addition to making a positive contribution to WWT’s wetland conservation work.

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Regular events

Every day: 11am & 2pm
Free Guided Tours
Discover how we created the centre and see its inhabitants. Walks last around 1.5 hrs.

Every day: 12pm & 3.30pm
Feed the birds
Join our warden as they go about their daily bird feeds in World Wetlands. Walks last about 1 hr.

Every weekend and school holidays
Pond Dipping, Arts & Crafts and a Wildlife Activity
With our education team.

Children’s birthday parties
Hold an event of your own. Phone 020 8409 4400 for more details.

Tuesdays & Thursdays during term time
Wetland Workouts
Fitness in the fresh air. Qualified fitness and yoga instructor. Sessions incorporate yoga, walking and toning exercises.
9.30 am/ 10.30am times vary depending on activity.
£5pp (£3pp M) PIA.




Thur 26 May
Big Batty Walks
Experience the beauty of the reserve at dusk and find out more about the many different bats that come and feed on the reserve. The evening consists of a talk by one of our bat experts before heading out to the wild reserve, complete with bat detector, to see which species are swooping around. Times vary with sunset. Min age 8 years.
£8pp BC 4503 (£5pp M BC 4504) BE.

Thur 5 May – Thur 15 September
Thursday Late night opening (last admission 8pm)
Beautiful sunsets, melodic bird song and the sound of a summer breeze rustling through the reeds – what better way to spend your Thursday evenings? Half price admission from 6pm. Café open until 9pm. Members & up to two guests free. Grounds closing time varies according to sunset.

Thur 5 May – Thur 15 September
Sizzling Summer Barbeque
Sumptuous barbeque food cooked before your eyes, with entertainment to enjoy it by every Thursday evening from 6-9pm, £10.95.

Fri 27 May
Tropical Summer: South America
A magical evening to remember. Tantalise your taste buds in beautiful surroundings with food and entertainment themed to a different country each month (see above). Come and celebrate the cultural diversity of the London Wetland Centre, home to birds from around the world. PIA.
7-9.30pm, £19.95 BC 2507 (£17.95 M BC 2508) BE.

Spring Bank Holiday (weekend of 28 May)
Wetland Worlds, Wetland Secrets
Spring bank holiday launch weekend of our redesigned interactive discovery centre with a range of exciting water-based activities for children.

Sat 28 May – Sun 5 June
Half term: Wildlife Week
Find out how to attract wildlife to your garden and take part in a variety of arts & crafts activities.


Sat 11, 18, 25 June
Junior wildlife club
See May for details.

Sat 11 June – Sun 4 September
Summer Festival: Let Your Senses Go Wild
A summer of activities for all ages themed around the senses. Experience the magic of the dawn chorus, get up closer still to birds, and learn about how animals use sense.

Thur16 June
Antarctica at a Time of Global Warming
Dr Alan Rodger, Head of Sciences Programmes, British Antarctic Survey.
An insight into how Antarctica affects our everyday lives and what it is like to live and work on the continent that contains 70% of the world's fresh water.
7.30–8.30 pm, £6.50 BC 2031 (£3.50 M BC 2032). PIA. BE.

Sun 19 June
Special Father’s Day Lunch
Surprise your father by remembering Father’s Day and treat him to a memorable three course lunch. Book before the end of April and receive a complementary bottle of wine for your table. £16.95pp £9.95pc BC 2509 (£14.95/£7.95pc M BC 2510). PIA. BE.

Fri 24 June
Tropical summer: South East Asia
See May for details.

Sun 26 June
Introduction to Bird Illustration
Learn the basics of bird illustration in this workshop open to people of all levels of ability. Artist Brin Edwards will give an overview of the development of bird illustration, followed by two field sketching sessions of 2.5 hours each. Min age 16 years. Max12 in a group. 10am- 4.30pm £35pp BC 2025 (M £28pp BC 2026) BE.


Thur 7 July, Wed 13 July & Fri 15 July
Introduction to Insects
See May for details. Please note 15 July is an afternoon session, 1.30-3.30pm

Mon 4 July – Mon 29 August
Watch the Birdie
Learn how to get stunning wildlife shots with a telescope and digital camera in our daily ‘digiscoping’ workshops sponsored by Nikon and Mitsubishi. 9.30-11am, BC 2033. Max fifteen people per course. Small charge for prints of photos. Min 11 years. IA. BE.

Sat 9 & 16 July
Junior Birdwatching Workshop
An ideal introduction for children wanting to learn about birds, led by one of our education team.
Suitable for children aged 6 and above. Max 10 in a group.
10.30am – 12pm, £5 BC 4506 (£3 M BC 4507). PIA. BE.

Thur 21, 28 July
Big Batty Walks
See May for details.

Fri 29 July
Tropical summer: Australia
See May for details.


Thur 4, 11, 18, 25 & Sat 6, 13 August
Big Batty Walks
See May for details.

Fri 5 August
Introduction to Insects
See May for details. 1.30-3.30pm

Wed 3, 10 & 17 August
Summer Sleepovers – Awaken Your Senses
An amazing night in the wild, exploring bats and bugs in a safe environment and under the supervision of our qualified and trained education team. 6pm–9am. Ages 8-14 years. £45pc BC 4505. BE

Sun 7 August
Wildlife Walk for Members
A wander through our summer meadows.
1pm. 1.5hrs. BE

Friday 26 August
Tropical summer: Hawaii
See May for details.


Sat 3 September
Watch the Birdie – Competition Day
A chance to win a Nikon Coolpix digital camera in our photography competition of ‘digiscope’ photographs. CFI.

Sun 11 & 25 September
Introduction to Birdwatching
See April for details.

Thur 1, 8, 15 September
Big Batty Walks
See May for details.

Friday 23 September
Tropical Summer: Africa
See May for details.

BE = Booking essential
M = WWT member
IA = Included with admission
CFI = Contact us for further information
BC = Booking code pp= per person pc= per child
PIA = Price includes admission

May 23, 2005