Ideas for autumn half-term

Father & son sat at front of boat cruising along Wicken Lode

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 an Autumn Adventure, Nature Survival Skills to our scary Fenland Spooktacular.  Please book early as spaces are limited.

Children in halloween outfits

Wonderful wildlife

With over 9000 recorded species  you're bound to see some amazing wildlife. You can spy on wildlife from nine wildlife hides around the nature reserve.  

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

Group of wigeon taking flight

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 or two wheels

Enjoy a gentle family stroll around the all-weather boardwalk or grab the walking boots for a hike on the Adventurers' Trail,

Grab some wheels and explore the wider reserve, local villages, have an off-road blast, or cycle the Lodes Way down to Anglesey Abbey.

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

Cycle hire open daily, 10am -5pm (last hire 3pm).  Hire rates from £5 for two hours.

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

All aboard

Sit back and relax and watch the world float by as you explore our beautiful fenland waterways on our electric boat the 'Mayfly'.

See Wicken's amazing landscape & wildlife from the water
Visitors enjoying trip along Wicken Lode on the Mayfly

Trips depart up to 4 times a day during school holidays.Tickets £6 adults, £3.50 children or £17.50 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children).

Search for hidden treasure

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

You can download the co-ordinates to your phone or GPS from or borrow a receiver from our Cycle Hire building. 

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.

We've got a special 50 Things Trail to help get you started on your quest.

A night under the stars

Enjoy an overnight adventure with your family or friends with a stay at our secret wild campsite. 

Wicken Fen - Cooking at wild Campsite
Wicken Fen - Cooking at wild Campsite

The nights might be getting longer but the four open fronted shelters (each sleeping up to six adults or eight children) will keep you warm and dry. There's a fire pit and eco-loo too. Hire the whole site for just £45 per night. Click the link for more information & bookings.