Half term family fun at Wicken Fen

Two girls with their wild art clay character

There's so much to see and do at Wicken Fen at half term. Here's a few ideas to help you plan your day out.


We've got some great events planned for the kids during the school holidays -  from Wild Art to Go Wild: Winter Outdoor Survival.  Please book early as spaces are limited.

New for this half term - try out our Wicken Stick Adventure Trail!

Come into the Visitor Centre and select your stick companion, and then head out onto the boardwalk for a lap of sticktastic exploration. Watch out for the special signs on our ¾ mile lap, to help you stretch your imagination and discover how a simple stick can be the perfect key to outdoor exploration! Suitable for the whole family to enjoy together, with fun outdoor challenges, ideas, and stick possibilities, from maths, to magic and making things. When you’re done bring your new stick friend back to the Visitor Centre, add to our Stick Hall of Fame, and find out what other Wicken sticks have been getting up to.

Wonderful wildlife

With over 9000 recorded species  you're bound to see some amazing wildlife. You can spy on wildlife from seven wildlife hides around the nature reserve, and our new viewing platform which is a short walk from the Visitor Centre.  

Our Baker's Fen Hide overlooking the wet grasslands of Baker's Fen is a great place to spy on migrant wildfowl who spend the winter at Wicken Fen.

Don't be in a hurry to rush home - as dusk falls look out for hen harriers floating on the breeze looking for a safe place to roost on Sedge Fen.

Hen harriers - a familiar sight at Wicken Fen in winter
Hen harrier in flight
Hen harriers - a familiar sight at Wicken Fen in winter

Please ask in the Visitor Centre if you need help to identify a bird or animal that you've seen, and share your sightings by recording them in the Sightings Book. 

Explore on two legs......

Enjoy a gentle family stroll around the all-weather boardwalk, explore our Woodland Walk, complete with den building area, or head out for a longer walk on the Adventurers' Trail.

... or two wheels

Grab some wheels and explore the wider reserve, local villages, have an off-road blast, or cycle the Lodes Way down to Anglesey Abbey. Bring you own wheels or hire one of our bikes (please ask in the Visitor Centre if you would like to hire a bike).

Enjoy a two wheeled adventure
Close-up pic taken from handle bars whilst cycling along Monks Lode
Enjoy a two wheeled adventure

A series of walks and rides can be downloaded from our walking and cycling pages, or collect a trail guide from the Visitor Centre.

Search for hidden treasure

Can you find the secret geocaches we've hidden around the reserve?

You can download the co-ordinates to your phone or GPS from www.geocaching.com or borrow a receiver from the Visitor Centre. 

50 Things to do before your 113/4s

Collect your 50 Things scrapbook from the Visitor Centre, it's packed with 50 fun adventures to complete before your 113/4s - Don't worry you can be older & even adults like taking part.