Wicken Fen Easter holidays 2017

Wicken Fen - family pond dipping

There's lots to see and do at Wicken Fen this Easter. Here's a few ideas for a great family day out.

Cadbury Egg Hunt

The Cadbury Bunny has visited Wicken Fen to deliver delicious chocolate treats.Discover and solve the clues hidden on the Boardwalk Trail to earn your delicious Cadbury chocolate treat.

The Easter Trail runs daily from Good Friday -  Bank Holiday Monday, 10am - 4pm. Trails cost £2.50 per child (normal admission fees apply).

Events

We've got some great events planned for the kids during the school holidays -  from pond dipping and minibeast hunts, den building, traditional mud oven cooking to natural crafts.  Please see our What's On page for more details - advanced booking essential for all events.


Wonderful wildlife

With over 9000 recorded species  you're bound to see some amazing wildlife. At this time of year many of our summer migrants are beginning to return after spending the cold winter months in Southern Europe and Africa. Hopefully you may hear and see a cuckoo, swallows, a drumming snipe, or a bittern booming deep in the reedbeds.

You can spy on wildlife from nine wildlife hides around the nature reserve, including the famous Tower Hide. 

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

Take a hike

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

The Boardwalk Trail around Sedge Fen is push & wheelchair friendly - both wildlife hides on the route have wheelchair access.

Maps & trail guides are available from the Visitor Centre or you can download routes from our website.


Two or three wheel adventures

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

We've a range of mountain bikes, tags, trailers, trikes and even a tandem for hire.

Our Cycle hire is open daily, 10am -5pm (last hire 3pm). Hire rates from £5.25 (child) £8.50 (adults) for two hours.

All aboard

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

50 minutes trips depart up to 4 times a day. Tickets £6 adults, £3.50 children or £17.50 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children). You can pre-book your seats by calling the Visitor Centre on 01353 720274.

A night under the stars

Get together with your family and friends for a night under the stars at our wild campsite at a secret location on the nature reserve, The campsite has four open fronted weather proof shelters, each sleeping up to 6 adults or 8 children, a fire pit and eco-toilet. 

The campsite costs £45 per night (for the whole site) and there's still some availability for Easter. Please click here  for further information and bookings.

PS - Don't forget the marsh mallows for toasting over the campfire.

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 www.geocaching.com or borrow a receiver from our Cycle Hire building. 


Step back in time

Mind your head as you step into historic Fen Cottage to discover how people used to live and thrive on the Fen.

Dating from the early 18th Century, the cottage is one of the last surviving buildings from the tiny hamlet known as 'The Lode' whose residents earned their living from traditional fenland trades and crafts, harvesting sedge, peat digging, wildfowling, fishing.