Sunday 22nd of October: Our first visit to Slimbridge WWT
Our daughter Scarlett is part of the local Brownies group in Thornbury (the market town where we live) and 10 days ago she went to Slimbridge Wet Centre with a meet up with other local groups in South Gloucestershire. When we went to collect her, we decided to get the membership of WWT, and we are very pleased with it. For a family of 2 adults and up to 6 children (we have 4 children) you get unlimited access to Slimbridge Wetland Centre and to the other 9 WWT Centres in the UK, plus some discounts for friends and family and a magazine every three months. All of this for £84, or £7 a month by Direct Debit. Slimbridge is approximately 20-25 minutes from our house so it's really handy, and yesterday was our first family day out at Slimbridge.
What does it looks like?
The first thing you need to know is that this place is huge. It has a main building where you can find the reception, a little soft play area, cinema, functions room, shop, and a lovely cafe/restaurant. Then you have the very large outdoor park, where you can find ponds, rivers, gardens, children activity games, promenade, and birds...a lot of birds! Slimbridge is located by the estuary of the river Severn and the scenery is stunning.
A great place for the kids and grown ups
Our kids (and us) had an amazing time! There are so many things to do, and obviously watching and interacting with birds is an important part of the park. We loved the Flamingos, ducks, Hawaiian geese, and Otters! It is fascinating and also very relaxing watching all the birds in this park. The kids were really excited, they had great time watching and feeding the birds, playing in the numerous puddles, parks, wooden teepee, and there is even a Canoe Safari (we were too late for that unfortunately). Here are some pictures of our day out!
One of the great things of Slimbridge Wetland Centre is that they organise a lot of activities throughout the year. And just before Halloween they organised a Pumpkin Carving activity. For a small extra fee £3.50 per child (pumpkin included) they had 1 1/2 hours of fun carving a pumpkin with the help of a super friendly member of staff. And one of the advantages of being a member of WWT is that you can come back anytime you want, especially during half term holidays when a lot of extra activities take place.
So, we had a wonderful time at Slimbridge Wetland Centre. I highly recommend you to visit it or to get the family membership. For £7 a month it is incredible value, and I forgot to mention they have a lovely cafe/restaurant with delicious Victoria Sponge and Cappuccinos. Inside the building there is a small soft play which is perfect for the little one of the family (she is 2), and there is a cinema but we missed the documentory! For more information about Slimbridge and the other 9 Wetlands Centres in the UK visit their website here.
Highly Recommended for Families!