What strange creatures are lurking in the murky depths of the pond? Could it be a disgusting rat-tailed maggot, or a snot-worm hiding in its tubular mucus home? Come slime-dipping with WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre this October Half Term to take part in our scary pumpkin festival.

From Saturday 25 October to Sunday 2 November, between 11am and 4pm there will be themed family crafts: make a spooky spider out of pipe cleaners and carve a pumpkin face once you have removed all the seeds and flesh. Go on a giant pumpkin hunt in search of colourful named pumpkins along the nature trail and in the grounds – with a prize awarded to everyone who takes part.

October Half Term holiday is the last opportunity to experience the award winning canoe safari and guided boat tours as the water-play in the adventure play area before they close for the winter.

There’s a series of talks everyday: at 11.30am and 2.30pm meet our family of otters with otter talks and feeds; at 12.45pm listen to fascinating flamingo facts; and drop in to the beaver lodge between 2pm and 2.30pm to learn all about these mammals.

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is a haven for a host of creatures such as otters, flamingos, beavers, kingfishers, geese and swans. Watch birds from the shelter of our comfortable hides, enjoy an expert walk or talk, or simply watch the world go by in our cafe overlooking our waterfowl collection – there’s plenty to do at a Wetland Centre all year round.

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am to 6pm up to 2 November and parking is free of charge. Situated off the A59, it is signposted from the M61, M58 and M6.  The Centre is also accessible via the Southport to Manchester and the Liverpool to Preston line by train from Burscough Rail Stations.  Visit the web site http://www.wwt.org.uk/martinmere/ to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight WWT Wetland Centres.

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