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Outdoor Water Play at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Enjoying a sunny dayThings to do at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

I took Harry here on a very sunny day, which was fantastic as I didn’t realise there was a really fun water play section.  Initially I thought Harry would enjoy feeding all the ducks and enjoy a nice walk.  A lesson learnt as I hadn’t packed any swim nappies, costume or towel for Harry but it was such a lovely day I just let him enjoy himself.

At WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre you can buy bags of food to feed the birds.  Harry really enjoyed this and spent a long time trying to feed as many ducks as possible.  It is worth packing some reins as in some areas of the park the water is very deep and, if like me, you have a curious toddler who likes to run towards danger, it is best to keep reins with you when you enter some sections.

On a Sunny Day

The WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre is a fun day out on a sunny day.  The majority of the centre is outdoors but they do have a large indoor centre that focuses on general knowledge and exploring nature.  There is a very tiny soft play area with a ball pit and small slide.  At the water play section they put yellow inflatable pillows in the streams and there are plently of water sprays and cascading water for little ones to play with.

WWT SlimbridgeIt is important to pack towels and change of clothes as the car park is quite a distance.

Eating and Changing Facilities

The main restaurant is based underneath the reception area, it is large and has plently of room.  Highchairs and a microwave is available.  Changing facilities are also across from the restaurant with a baby changing room.


The main parking area does get busy on a sunny day and is located on a gravel piece of land.  There are toilet facilities at the car park which is handy if you have travelled a long way

Location and Opening Times

Slimbridge Gloucestershire GL2 7BT

T: 01453 891900 F: 01453 890827

WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre is open 7 days a week, 364 days a year. The centre is only closed to the public on 25 December.

Winter (November to March) 9.30am to 5.00pm (last admission 4pm); Christmas Eve 9.30am to 3pm (last admission 2.30pm)

Summer (April to October) 9.30am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm).  Visitors are not permitted to be in the grounds after closing time at 5.30pm.  As there is a lot to see and do it is recommended you arrive sufficiently early so your visit isn’t rushed.

Click here for a map to WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre






  • Ewa T.

    Great idea to put all these places together with some very practical advice for mums. I have been living in the area for quite a while now but haven’t realised that some of these places exist. Thank you, Lisa. :)

    • Lisa

      Hi Ewa,

      Thank you so much for your positive comment. I am really pleased my blog has been useful especially if you experience some fun days out as a result :)
      This time of year is a little restrictive as the weather is particularly bad but it’s great to find new things to do. Thank you again for your comment. Lisa

  • HGH Products

    I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back down the road. Many thanks

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