Our Day Out at the Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Gloucestershire
Recently, we decided to piggyback on the day out of Mr J's sister and their family, and visited the Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire. We love getting together and Archie adores spending time with his cousins (especially littler A, who is just 6 months younger) and as we don't get to see them as often as we'd like, we knew it'd be a fab day regardless.
We packed our wotsits and wellies, wrapped up snug as a bug and headed off for the day! Though it was a chilly day to being with, the sun came out and we were even able to grab 30 minutes without wearing a coat (Spring, is that you!?).
Feeding the ducks was great as you can get up close and feed them from your hands (though I'd opt for the smaller ones, the swans are huge!). A was happy enough to grab the biggest fist full of bird seed he could (either out of his or his cousin's bag) and throw it full-force at the nearest group of mallards.
It didn't take long for the little ones to spot Welly Boot Land but we decided to swerve it until the end of the day, as we knew there was almost no chance of leaving without at least one sopping wet child under arm. We stopped for lunch, viewed the otters and flamingos (and the lovely warm tropical house) and headed to the park. The sun was shining and it was beautifully warm considering how chilly it's been lately, so the kids had loads of fun playing in the sand and running about the park.
After the park, we headed to find the stepping stones my niece was super excited about and they all had so much fun hopping across the water on them. Beware if you have young children with no sense of danger (ie. Archie) as if we hadn't of stopped him, Welly Boot Land would've been the last of our worries. Mr J had a little alone time feeding the birds the last of the seed and became one with the wildlife (honestly, I've never seen a grown man enjoy himself so much).
And then, it was on to Welly Boot Land which is really the highlight for kids. A series of shallow streams and water fountains/apparatus, they can splash to their hearts content (but can easily get more than a tad wet). Of course, the one child that managed to get sopping wet was Archie so he had to borrow a pair of his cousin's jeans as the cold had started to pick up by that point.
We had a lovely day at the Slimbridge Wetland Centre and spent alot longer there than I expected! In Summer, it would be perfect for little one's and I imagine gets crazily busy but we still had alot of fun on a cooler day, and I'd say the younger one's probably enjoyed it most.
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