Christmas at Wicken Fen

Close up picture of Konik ponies in a heavy frost

We're open every day (except Christmas Day) over Christmas and New Year, so wrap up warm and enjoy the wild beauty of Wicken Fen. Here's a few ideas to help plan your day out.

 

Family Fun

Join Peter Rabbit™ and friends to solve puzzles, get closer to nature and have your very own winter adventure. 

Wicken Fen Twelve Trees of Christmas

NEW for this festive season

Father Christmas can't visit the fen this year, but the Wicken elves have created a fantastic festive experience that is sure to bring some Christmas cheer to all.  Book your entry for Sedge Fen and enjoy this experience in our Woodland Walk area. Take a leisurely stroll through the woodland and discover twelve trees, each decorated using natural materials. The Twelve Trees of Christmas opens on Tuesday 1 December and closes on Sunday 3 January.  

Making decorations for the Twelve Trees of Christmas with natural materials from Wicken Fen
Woodwork in the woodland area at Wicken Fen
Making decorations for the Twelve Trees of Christmas with natural materials from Wicken Fen

If this inspires you to make something to decorate your home using natural materials, you can pick up one of our wreath making kits from the Visitor Centre (available while stocks last). The kit includes: willow ring, instructions, pine cones, alder cones, ash seeds and string, just add some greenery from your garden. Suggested donation £5.

Christmas at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve
Christmas wreath hung on a fence at Wicken Fen with windpump in the background
Christmas at Wicken Fen Nature Reserve
Wonderful Wildlife
Wicken Fen - Short Eared Owl
Wicken Fen - Short Eared Owl
Wicken Fen - Short Eared Owl

Baker's and Burwell Fens are the best places to head for to spot winter wildlife.  You'll find both these areas on our property map, or ask our friendly Visitor Centre team for more information. Check out our guide to Winter Wildlife for some species to look out for, including short-eared owls, hen harriers and amazing starling murmurations.

Christmas Cycling
Visitors cycling at Wicken Fen
Two cyclists at Wicken Fen
Visitors cycling at Wicken Fen

If you've got a new bike for Christmas, why not go for a ride to explore the wider nature reserve? Take a gentle ride towards Baker's and Burwell Fens look for Wicken's famous herds of konik ponies and highland cattle, or for a longer ride you can take the Lodes Way down to Anglesey Abbey; a distance of eight miles each way.

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