For families

Family days out

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50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

We've come up with an exciting list of 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ - parents can join in too.

Collect your 50 things scrapbook from the Visitor Centre or sign up online at our 50 Things website.

Some of our 50 Things to do here

  • Camp out in the wild (no.3)
  • Go on a really long bike road (no.11)
  • Go star gazing (no.27)
  • Hunt for bugs (no.31)
  • Discover what's in a pond (no.35)
  • Go bird watching (no.44)
  • Cook on a campfire (no.47)
  • Find a geocache (no.49)

All the essentials

  • Baby changing facilities in all toilets
  • Cafe serving children's meals, high chairs available
  • Push / wheelchair friendly Boardwalk Trail with easy access to wildlife hides
  • Willow tunnel play area next to cafe
  • Child bikes, tags, trailers, trikes, adult bikes with child seats for hire
  • Activities table in main Visitor Centre
  • Free seasonal trails/ brass rubbing trail
  • Picnic tables in carpark and near Visitor Centre


We use fresh home grown ingredients in the cafe

The cafe serves a range of homemade soups, sandwiches, jacket potatoes and cakes using locally sourced ingredients, including produce grown in our own Fen Cottage garden.

Open daily 10:00am - 5:00pm


Visitors eating at a canpsite picnic table at Brownsea Island, Dorset

Enjoy a picnic at one of the tables we provide in the car-park or near our Visitor Centre.

Note: unfortunately, we cannot allow fires or BBQ's.


Please keep dogs on a lead on Sedge Fen and under close control in all other areas of the reserve.

Dogs are welcome in the Visitor Centre.

There are waterbowls by the Visitor Centre and Cafe.