England, UK, Wanderlust

Otters in the sunshine: the London Wetlands Centre, Barnes

What a difference six months makes. When Minnie and I first visited the London Wetlands Centre in Barnes, she was still newly walking and it was a brisk (OK, freezing) January day.


Back again for a return visit, thanks to a bargain Living Social voucher, the sun was shining, Minnie spent most of the time running around (equalling one exhausted toddler and the world’s easiest bedtime tonight) and we saw everything in a different light – literally.

That’s not to say it wasn’t great on a grey winter’s day, but with the flowers in bloom and ice cream to fuel us, rather than hot chocolate, it was fabulous.

The first time around, Minnie didn’t even know what an otter was (understandably, it’s not the obvious first one along with cow and puppy…).


This time, she not only knew what was in store, but was able to get excited about the prospect of seeing them again.


Cute, no?

Enormous leaves!

But then it was time to make tracks…


Need to know
Tickets to the London Wetlands Centre cost £12.35, or £6.90 for children aged four to 16. There are also family tickets for £34.50 and under-fours go free.

Open daily from 9.30am to 6pm in summer (to Saturday October 25, 2014), with last admission at 5pm.


Images copyright MummyTravels