Slimbridge Wetland Centre Review and 6 Top Tips!
Hey there and welcome. How are the summer holidays going for you? We are only a couple of weeks in and it’s been OK. We have a couple of holidays planned and will make the most of what we have on our doorstep. One place we really enjoy is Slimbridge Wetland Centre. We’ve been a couple of times before and it’s great for a family day out. When we were invited to go along this summer, we were really excited! You can read our other review for tips on what to pack here: Visiting Slimbridge Wetland Centre With Toddlers – 5 Essentials to Pack!
Slimbridge is located in Gloucestershire, not far from the M5, just of the A38. It takes around 50 minutes from Weston-super-Mare.
Even if you’re not really a “bird” person, Slimbridge is definitely worth a visit as there is loads to do for all ages. You have plenty of birds, ducks and flamingos to spot, as well as amphibians and otters. And it’s all set in acres of unspoiled wetland area. We find it really relaxing to amble around the site, taking in the nature and animal sounds.
Global Adventurers – Let the Kids Explore!
This year Slimbridge have loads on to keep the kids entertained. They can become a Global Adventurer for the day, exploring each area of the site and completing challenges.
This activity is on from now until Sept 1st. Even the big kids can take part!
Before you get going, you’ll want to head to Base Camp to grab your passport. Follow the handy signs in the welly boots.
As you make your way around the various areas at Slimbridge, be sure to collect your passport stamps as you go. We then had to crack a code inside the passport. I don’t actually think B is stamping his passport here! He’s mucking about with the stamper. Pretty standard.
You’ll also visit the brand new Arctic Adventure exhibit. B really loved this and was fascinated with the pretend food. It’s all stuck down to the sides and shelving. He literally went along trying to pick everything up.
Outside of the food and crockery, you get a real glimpse into what is involved with conservation in the Arctic Russian Tundra.
Here B is taking a closer look at…poo! Yep, what six year old boy could resist!
6 Top Tips for a Great Day Out
We’ve been to Slimbridge a few times now and I thought I’d also include a handy “top tips” list for you.
- Plan to spend the day. There is loads to do and see for both kids and adults.
- There’s loads of free parking, with toilets and baby changing in the car park too. This is really handy when travelling with kids as we always get somewhere and the first thing we need to do is change a nappy or head for a wee. Tips on travelling with a potty training child can be found here!
- After you’ve entered, buy a bag of grain at the start. They cost £1.50.
- Welly Boot Land is a fun splash park style playground. Take spare clothes for the kids if you plan to visit. They are guaranteed to get wet! There’s another huge play area at the top of end of the park opposite the canoe safari. This is great fun too and B loves spending ages exploring!
- Attend one of the many talks. Have a look at the times and locations of the talks on throughout the day. The otter talk is really interesting and you get to see them properly then too.
- Plan what you’ll do for food – pack a picnic or buy while you’re there. There’s a cafe, a restaurant and various kiosks onsite. Even the kiosks took card which was useful.
The Canoe Safari
The canoe safari is definitely worth considering. Yes it is an additional £7 but you get an hour on the water and there is around a kilometer of water to explore. You can fit three in the canoes. This year Jon took B and I stayed with Lew and the pram. We headed off for a walk out to the hides which we hadn’t ventured to in the past.
Have you been to Slimbridge? If not, it’s worth heading there for the day. There’s plenty to keep everyone, young and old, entertained. The wildlife and scenery is beautiful and the amount of fun for kids is fab. Be sure to pin this post for later and share it on social if you and your friends are stuck for ideas this summer: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.
Disclaimer: We were invited to Slimbridge for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.