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.

Enjoy a family walk

Enjoying a stroll on the Boardwalk Trail
Family walking on Boardwalk Trail
Enjoying a stroll on the Boardwalk Trail

For an easy walk why not try the all weather Boardwalk Trail around Sedge Fen, or the Monk's Lode and Wicken village Walk, where you can stop at the Maid's Head for a quick drink or a bite to eat. 

At just over a kilometre, the Boardwalk Trail is push & wheelchair friendly and there are two wildlife hides and plenty of seats if you need a rest on the way round.

For a longer walk there's the Adventurers' Trail, exploring new wet grassland areas on Baker's Fen and the Mere. A small section of this walk along Harrison's Drove is very muddy so wellies or boots with gaitors are recommended.     

The Octavia Hill Trail , explores Burwell Fen, which in winter is home to thousands of migrant wildfowl, and there's a good chance of seeing short-eared owls too.

Wonderful wildlife

Wicken Fen - Short Eared Owl
Wicken Fen - Short Eared Owl
Wicken Fen - Short Eared Owl

With over 9000 recorded species you're bound to see some amazing wildlife. Check out our guide to Winter Wildlife for some species to lookout for, including short eared owls, hen harriers and amazing starling murmurations.

Please record your sightings in the Sightings Book in the Visitor Centre before you go home.

Go for a ride

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 to 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. Anglesey Abbey is open daily 10am - 4.30pm (closed 24 - 26 December). Don't miss the amazing Winter Garden, or take a look in the House at their  'Winter 1964 - A gentleman's way of life' exhibition.

Cycle hire available upon request - please ask in the Visitor Centre.

Go geocaching

Searching for a geocache is great fun for all the family to enjoy. You can download the co-ordinates for the twelve geocaches we've hidden on the reserve from www.geocaching.com or borrow a pre-loaded receiver from our Visitor Centre.

If your a complete novice you might want to try our introductory trail. The trail is three miles long & there are three geocaches to find on the way. 

Shopping

Enjoy some retail therapy without the crowds. Our Shop is packed with great gift ideas from books, travel items, pictures, games, locally made pottery & jewellery, to little stocking fillers and tasty seasonal treets.

Why not give a present that will give a whole year of adventures. Gift membership to the National Trust starts from just £64, and it just takes a few moments to complete the paperwork. Please ask our Reception Assistants for details.

Shop open daily 10am -5pm.

Amazing sunsets

Wicken Fen - Sunset over Sedge Fen
Wicken Fen - Sunset and Bird Watchers at Sedge Fen
Wicken Fen - Sunset over Sedge Fen

Don't be in a hurry to rush home - as the sun sinks low over Sedge Fen you could be rewarded with the sight of hen harriers coming into roost, and one of our truly amazing fenland sunsets. You can even watch from the warmth of the Visitor Centre with a freshly brewed coffee & slice of cake from the Docky Hut Cafe - go on treat yourself its Christmas!.