Wicken Fen Summer

A riot of colour breaks out across the Fen as wild flowers take centre stage. We've got lots of ideas for summer days in the great outdoors at Wicken Fen.

Take a wildflower wander

The lush fen foliage comes alive in June as wild fen flowers sprinkle a kaleidoscope of colours alongside the footpaths.  Look out for the rare marsh pea, purple & yellow loosestrife, marsh thistle, ragged robin and early & southern marsh orchids.

Rare Marsh Pea
Rare Marsh Pea
Rare Marsh Pea

A short stroll around the Boardwalk takes around 40 minutes, and you’ll find information boards along the way to show you the wildflower highlights.

To give you even greater access to this wildflower spectacle, the Summer NatureTrail around the edge of the Sedge Fen will be open from 1st June, which is a longer wander taking around 1 hour 30 minutes.  Having rested these paths over the winter and spring months the delicate peat soils and fen flora has had a chance to recover. 

Wicken Fen - View of Fen Cottage
Wicken Fen - View of Fen Cottage
Wicken Fen - View of Fen Cottage

The Fen Cottage is also open every day, and the cottage garden is feast of flowers over the coming months.  There’s a handy garden bench if you feel like spending longer in this tranquil spot.

Explore our new woodland family area

Take a short walk along the Boardwalk to the Woodland Walk, where you’ll find our ’50 things to do before you’re 113/4’ area.  It’s a great spot for exciting outdoor play, and is open every day.  Here’s just a few of the activities you can enjoy:

No. 12: Have fun with sticks – make a stick trail, balance a stick on your head or No. 4: build a den; the only limit is your imagination!

No. 25: Join nature’s band – create your own musical masterpieceusing our new musical instruments made from natural materials.

No. 31: Make friends with a bug – pick up a bug pot from our friendly Visitor Centre team and find one of the many tiny creatures that live at Wicken Fen.

Wicken Fen is the perfect place to get closer to nature
Children can get closer to nature at Wicken Fen
Wicken Fen is the perfect place to get closer to nature

Enjoy discovering the fen by boat or bike

Take a trip along the Wicken Lode by boat and enjoy the fen flora and summer wildlife from the comfort of the Mayfly.  Our friendly and knowledgeable boat drivers will tell you about the seasonal fen highlights and fen stories. 

Discover the wider reserve on two wheels; either bring your own bikes or hire some from our Cycle Centre.  There’s lots of routes to choose from, whether you want a leisurely ride or a cycling adventure.

Wicken Fen - family cycling
Wicken Fen - family cycling
Wicken Fen - family cycling