Hoe Fen Wildlife Discovery Area

Historically a shelter belt, Hoe Fen Wildlife Discover Area is now a hub of activity. Home to wildlife such as birds, insects and butterflies, and fun-filled family adventure, there's something for everyone.

Woodland Play

Once you've completed your journey through the Woodland Path to Hoe Fen, adventure really does await! The Woodland Play area of Hoe Fen has all you need for a jam packed adventure fit for all the family. 

The Treehouse
A major highlight of our Wildlife Discovery Area is our enchanting two story treehouse. Climb through the canopy and into the fresh air for views that reach far and wide. What can you spot from the very top?

The Treehouse at Anglesey Abbey

Woodland Fort
From kings and queens of the castle in our fort, to wobbly walks on the wibbly-wobbly bridge, the Woodland Fort area has all you need for hours of fun! Located next to the Treehouse, lose yourself with an adventure followed by a picnic on our benches made for giants!

Wildlife Discovery
The insect hotel at Anglesey Abbey

Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, and lose yourself within our wildlife hub of Hoe Fen. Offering an extended woodland walk, a space to sit and watch the birds, and a platform to take in some calm whilst watching our pond, this side of Hoe Fen has plenty to offer for both families and wildlife-seekers. 

Den Building
Enjoy family fun with this age old activity. From hedgehog hotels, to dens fit for royalty, there's endless possibilities found in the Den Building Area. Remember though, Hoe Fen is a wildlife hub, so please only use materials that are on the woodland floor, and leave the living materials for the creatures and wildlife that call Hoe Fen 'home'. We'd love to see your photos too! Share them on our social media using the hashtag #AngleseyAbbey.

Wildlife Watch
Spy on nature in the Wildlife Watch Hut. Inside, there are plenty of boards to help you identify the woodland friend you've found. Or, why not see who is the latest guest to check in to our Insect Hotel, located near the Pond Viewing Platform, where you can see how many of our aquatic friends you can spot.
 

50 things to do before you're 11¾

Get stuck in with a 50 Things adventure at Anglesey Abbey! With a new and refreshed list for 2019, there's never been a better time to have some fun as family. We've put together a selection of our favourites below, all of which can be completed on your next visit! Make sure you pick up your inspiration guide and activity sheet from the Visitor Welcome Team!

Download your list here! (PDF / 0,6MB) download

Grab your wellies and join our welly walk

No.6 Go welly wandering

Make a mud pie

No.13 Make a mud creation

Croome make a face with sticks

No.12 Have fun with sticks!

A family walking during the winter time.

No.15 Go on a wintery adventure

Child enjoys bird watching

No.44 Watch a bird

Children playing in the leaves at Anglesey Abbey

No.50 Take a friend on a nature adventure

Family fun

Whatever the weather
Hoe Fen can be the most fun in both the sunshine, but also the rain! Pop your wellies on and grab your raincoat - you could even shelter from the rain in the Wildlife Watch Hut! 

Useful to know

There are portaloo toilets located by the treehouse, including accessible facilities. 

We welcome picnics in Hoe Fen, in fact, we actively encourage them! Feel free to use the benches dotted across the space, or even a picnic rug, but please remember to take your rubbish with you when you leave. 

It is approximately a 20 minute walk from the Visitor Centre - head down the Hoe Fen Woodland Path to spot some of the wildlife you might find when you get there!

Have fun, play safe!

This is an adventurous and unsupervised play area. Please keep an eye on your children and make yourself familiar with the area before they play.

Should you need to contact a member of the team in an emergency, there are signs in various locations in both sections of Hoe Fen with emergency contact numbers on.