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Unique children’s events at the London Wetland Centre: Night Safari and Bat Walks

Bat at London Wetland Centre

Looking for unusual things to do in London with the kids? The WWT London Wetland Centre is the perfect spot for a day out if you’re looking for something a little different than the usual tourist attractions, and there are plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied.

Here are a couple of really cool looking family events at the London Wetland Centre this August and September:

Night Safaris – Thursdays 18 and 25 August

A rare opportunity to see London Wetland Centre at dusk

During the day visitors to WWT London Wetland Centre are used to seeing the reserve alive with birds, dragonflies, frogs and butterflies. But when the people go home the animals don’t leave too. Learn how to make a fire and enjoy an evening of storytelling around the flames. Then visit the Pond Zone for twilight pond dipping, using nets and an underwater camera, to see what mini-beasts are lurking beneath the surface at dusk. Then swap pond life for aerial acrobatics with a bat walk. Seven species of bat are found at London Wetland Centre: with our bat detectors you can hear these amazing flying mammals ‘chattering’.

Timings differ with dates. Spaces are limited to 15 children per event (each accompanied by one adult) and the event is suitable for children aged 7 or over. The cost is £20.00 per child and the accompanying adult is free. Booking is essential and the price includes admission to the Centre after 6.00pm. Call 020 8409 4400 for details.

Big bat walks – Thursdays 1, 8, 15, 22 September

London Wetland Centre is one of the best places to watch bats in London as we have about seven species that live or hunt on site.

Our bat walks give you the chance not only to see these amazing flying mammals and their astonishing aerial acrobatics but you can learn more about them with a talk by one of our bat experts in our theatre before heading out to the reserve.  We supply bat detectors to help you identify the species that are swooping around and to listen to them ‘chattering’ as they hunt for food.

The walk also includes a visit to the Berkeley Bat House which was inspired by Turner prize winning artist, Jeremy Deller.

Times vary with sunset. Adults and children over 8 years. Children should be accompanied by an adult. £10, price includes admission into the centre. To book your place, call 020 8409 4400.

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Written by Janis P.

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