Skip to content

Christmas at Wicken Fen

A family on the Winter Woodland Walk at Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
A family on the Winter Woodland Walk at Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire | © National Trust Images/Justin Minns

There is plenty to see and do at Wicken Fen in the lead up to Christmas 2023. Father and Mother Christmas will be back in Fen Cottage, we have a new festive trail for you, as well as yuletide treats in the Docky Hut Café.

Meet Mother and Father Christmas

Enjoy a traditional festive treat with your little ones in Fen Cottage at Wicken Fen. Join the Elves to make a Christmas decoration and collect a take-home Christmas craft pack, then make your way to Fen Cottage to meet Father Christmas or Mother Christmas and receive a present. Booking is now open to come and see them.

Festive Winter Trail

Come along and explore the Woodland Walk, where you'll be able to experience the new Winter Trail and our take on the classic carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.

There will be no French hens or gold rings, but lots of the creatures that call Wicken Fen home. Can you spot all of the animals from each line of our carol? There will be plenty of games and activities to enjoy along the way.

  • Dates: the trail is open from 2 December.
  • Cost: the trail is free. Normal admission to Wicken Fen applies.
  • Booking: there's no need to book.

Winter warmers

Warm up after your fenland adventures by visiting the cosy Docky Hut Café where you can enjoy a festive hot drink and tasty yuletide treat.

Christmas shopping

If you're looking for that special Christmas present then pop into our Visitor Centre where you'll find a treasure trove of unique gifts, sustainable decorations and a range inspired by the wildlife found at the Fen. Every purchase helps us to continue looking after Wicken Fen.

Children touching the wooden hedgehogs on the Winter Woodland Walk, Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
Children on the Wicken Fen Woodland Walk, Cambridgeshire | © National Trust Images/Justin Minns
Visitors exploring the Christmas decorations inside the house at Killerton, Devon

Get into the festive spirit

From wreath-making workshops and carol concerts to winter illuminations, find Christmas days out near you.

You might also be interested in

Male reed bunting singing from a perch at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire

Wildlife at Wicken Fen 

Wicken Fen was the first nature reserve to be managed by the National Trust. Today it’s one of Europe's most important wetlands and home to over 9,000 species.

The sun rising behind a windmill stood in a green meadow

Explore the Nature Reserve at Wicken Fen 

Explore the diverse landscape at Wicken Fen, abundant with wildlife, flora and fauna. Discover the ancient Sedge Fen, grazing herds of Konik ponies and the iconic windpump.

A family takes part in an insect hunt in front of a windmill at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire

Family-friendly things to do at Wicken Fen 

If outdoor activities and learning about nature sound like a good day out for your family, Wicken Fen is the right place for you. Discover everything you need to plan your family day out, from events and activities for kids to hiring bikes.

The Docky Hut Cafe at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire

Eating and shopping at Wicken Fen 

Visit the Docky Hut Café and try our freshly baked sausage rolls and hot snacks or buy a gift in the shop as a souvenir of your visit.

Visitors cycling at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire

Outdoor activities at Wicken Fen 

Explore the fens on two wheels or on foot. Enjoy an easy family ride to see Konik ponies or discover the wildlife in the wider reserve.

Konik ponies grazing at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire

Our work at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve 

Learn about some of the work we carry out at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve throughout the year to conserve this important landscape for visitors, plants and animals alike.

Sunset over the windpump at Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

The history of Wicken Fen 

We’ve cared for Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve for over 125 years. Discover its history and how we continue to look after this very special place.

A ranger walking is dog on a lead at Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire

Visiting Wicken Fen with your dog 

Wicken Fen is a two pawprint rated place. To help us ensure our visitors, dogs and wildlife get along together, there are a few do’s and don’ts to take note of if you’re bringing your dog with you. Find out more here.