Families who enjoy a day of discovery will find hours of fun at Martin Mere. Fill your lungs with fresh air, stretch your legs and see what you can discover as you explore our safe haven of wide open spaces bursting with wetland nature.
Autumn is a fantastic time of year to visit the centre. Get your coats on and get outdoors in the fresh air to witness the spectacle of the autumn migration. In a feast for your senses, hear the familiar sound of thousands of pink-footed geese honking overhead as up to 30,000 geese will spend October at the centre using the mere as a safe haven to spend the night. Imagine seeing thousands of geese whiffling over the mere as they fall to the water with a scenic sunset background. The centre hosts late evenings every Wednesday and Saturday in October to come and witness the spectacle for yourself.
Get up close and personal with our feathery friends as they nibble grain straight from your hand. Grain can be purchased as you arrive from the Admissions. Our friendly nene geese, flamboyant greater flamingos, flock of ross’s geese and colourful mandarins being the favourites to feed.
Open at weekends and the schools holidays from 11am to 4pm, simply turn up, grab a paddle and take to the water in our award winning canoe safari. Glide along our self-guided safari and look for moorhens, mallards, insects and chaffinches – you could even see a kingfisher or watervole! £9 per canoe for up to 3 people to hire for one hour, minimum age 5. Must be someone over the age of 18 in each canoe.
Each weekend, enjoy our free pond dipping sessions and delve into our ponds and see what creatures you can find, from amazing newts to scary dragonfly nymphs – what will you catch and see up close?
Throughout October, are you brave enough to try our NEW interactive trail: What Lurks Beneath, to discover creatures lurking at Martin Mere Wetland Centre? Pick up a trail map at the information desk and take a peek into what lurks beneath. Use all your senses as you make your way around our wetlands on our trail in search of some very special wetland species- what surprises will you uncover? There are lots of exciting wetland challenges waiting for you and your family - Find them all and a sticker lurks for you at the information desk.
Enjoy a hot drink and a tasty snack before heading to our stepping stones or outdoor play area; from zip wire screams and scramble net laughs and treehouse trailblazing, our huge adventure playground is a total rush for ages 3 to 12.