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Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre (Washington)
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Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre (Washington)
Advantages: Interesting day out
Disadvantages: Not great if you don't like birds
I hadn't been here for a while and when we had our grandson one Saturday we decided to take him and Little Miss for a visit.
The place is situated just off a main road and is well sign posted so its easy to find. Once in the attraction, there is a large parking area and parking was easy for us as it was a particularly drizzly afternoon and so there were very few visitors.
To reach the main area, visitors have to walk down quite a bumpy and muddy path so its quite tricky with a pushchair. The visitor main entrance is nce and bright and once we had paid, we were sold some bird seed at £1 a bag and off we went.
Its grown a lot since I was last here but I remembered the start of the attraction with the Close Encounters. This has several different species of ducks and swans all of which seem particularly tame and will peck seed out of visitors' hands. The whole place has lots of wide open grassy spaces which is perfect for getting some fresh air and a good run around.
Another one of the attractions are the pink flamingos although on the day we visited they did look a bit sad as it was so damp. Better to look at were the statues of the flamingos close to the children's play area.
As we walked round there were several enclosed areas with different birds inside the areas and large informative signs telling us about the birds- where they were from, the name etc and also some personal history about the individual birds. Little Miss was saddened by the duck who had lost his mate and was pining!
There are plenty of different birds to look at and everything is well maintained. As well as the birds there is an otter enclosure with a viewing area where visitors can watch their antics. Included in the admission price are talks about the otters and otter feeding time although we didn't hang around for this as it was decidedly wet!
We walked along the riverside walk and had a look in the hides, to do a spot of bird watching. Whilst in one of these, we met up with a very keen bird watcher who gave us lots of information and who had taken all of the photos in the entrance.
One of the areas is set up like a Wild Western setting with a wooden cabin and walkboards leading towards the water. There is also a wild area where visitors can have a look into small ponds although the day we went this area was especially wet and muddy so we didn't linger too long.
At the end of our 2 hour walk where we saw lots of sculptures which are part of the sculpture trail, we came to the Splashzone Play Area. This has plenty of natural looking apparatus and features which help children learn about water including the Archimedes Screw. The children thoroughly enjoyed playing in this area and I was left thinking that more play areas should be like this, well designed with plenty to do.
After the play area there was the obligatory shop visit although we didn't (for once) buy anything. It seems to go heavy on the bird and duck theme so nothing caught Little Miss's eye apart from a vastly over priced bird feeder which I refused. There is a large and interesting education centre with tables and chairs and some rather interesting egg exhibits. Another area in this visitors area is the restaurant which serves a selection of snacks and drinks and where in the summer, visitors can dine outside.
Address: Pattinson, Washington Tyne and Wear NE38 8LE
Telephone: 0191 416 5454
E mail: email@example.com
The attraction is open 7 days a week, and is closed only on 25 December. It opens daily at 9.30am and closes at 4.30pm in the winter and 5.30pm in summer with last admission being an hour before closing.
Concession: £5.91 (over 65 years, full-time students, unemployed)
Child: £3.86 (4 -16 years)
Family: £20.91 (2 adults & 2 children)
For anyone interested in birds or for people with children wanting a pleasant and fun outdoor morning or afternoon out, I would recommend this place. There is plenty to do and to look at, and even though it was drizzly when we went, being well wrapped up and prepared for the bad weather, we had a fun day.
In some ways it was better going when the weather wasn't great as we almost had the place to ourselves. The one problem is the lack of toilets when on walkabouts so make sure you go at the start of the walk if you have young children.
There are lots of organised events which seem to be well run and organised.
Worth a visit if you are in the area.
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