London Wetland Centre

Meet the Otters, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London, SW13; daily 11am and 2pm; free with entrance £6.55---£13.10

Meet the WWT family of otters—their very own swimming superstars! Watch the otters playing, foraging, feeding, swimming and grooming. You’ll even be able to watch them sleeping in their specially designed holt, although this species of otter is more active during the day than some of the 13 other species found worldwide.

Asian short-clawed otters are the smallest otters in the world and live well together in family groups, unlike most other otters which tend to be solitary. They often play games which helps their young to develop hunting skills.

www.wwt.org.ukinfo.london@wwt.org.uk; 020 8409 4400

Christmas Weekends, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London, SW13; November 30th & December 1st and December 14th & 15th; 10am– 4pm; Free with paid admission.

Fun for the whole family, WWT’S hugely popular Christmas weekends will have a range of activities for everyone to enjoy. Hop aboard a husky sleigh ride, help the elves make special gifts for Christmas and go wild in our indoor and outdoor play areas. Set on an award-winning nature reserve, enjoy festive fun with a difference.

Adorable huskies will be here to meet you and give children a magical sleigh ride through beautiful wetland scenery. After your ride you can pet and have photos with these lovely dogs. Afterwards, stop into our craft workshop to help Santa’s elves. The team are running a little behind schedule this year and need some help making gifts and decorations. Join their workshop to make special Christmas crafts to take home.

A new addition to the festive weekends this year will be a face painting stand. Kids will love the chance to be transformed into a Christmas character or wetland creature. Choose from a range of designs to make your little one’s day extra special.

Need a time out from all the fast-paced festive fun? Sit back and relax in the H2O building where we’ll be screening clips and short films all day showcasing some of the great conservation work WWT is involved in. Be inspired by the efforts of our dedicated scientists working to save some of the world’s rarest species including the tiny Spoon-billed Sandpiper and the Madagascan Pochard.

Warm up in the café with a hot drink or meal, or maybe even a mince pie. Our friendly team will be serving festive treats all day.


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