England, UK, Wanderlust

Family day out: Vlog – the London Wetlands Centre

Spring is just about springing, and I’m loving being able to get outdoors more without freezing – so it was the perfect timing for a friend of mine to have a spare ticket to the London Wetland Centre in Barnes thanks to a Living Social deal.

Minnie and I have been twice before – last January when she was newly walking then last summer for a very different family day out. This time, the weather might have been mixed but she was raring to explore and the otters were as cute as ever.


And this time, I’ve captured it on video for my second MummyTravels vlog – check out my YouTube channel for all the latest vlogs.

Need more tempting? It’s been voted the UK’s favourite nature reserve – and since it opened in 2000, the four former reservoirs which created the wetlands have been home to more than 200 species of birds, 300,000 plants, 27,000 trees, water voles, dragonflies, frogs, snakes, slow worms, bats, newts and butterflies.

The cafe also has very good cake…

Need to know
Entrance costs £12.35 for adults (including gift aid) while under fours go free. A family ticket (two adults, two children aged four to 16) costs £34.50, with a discount if you book online. Membership starts from £41 for one adult.

Free activities include the otter feeding at 11am and 2pm, guided tours lasting up to 90 minutes at 11.30 am and 2.30pm, and bird feeding at 3pm.

There are children’s activities including pond dipping and arts & crafts every weekend and during school holidays, including a new Giant Easter duck hunt.


Disclosure: I had a bit of unexpected help from Google images with most of this video. But never look a gift horse (gift otter?) in the mouth…

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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