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Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve is a wonderful day out for all the family and winter is a great time to visit.

It’s the perfect place to get out in the fresh air and also to enjoy the festive season.

Wrap up warm and wander down to the Woodland Walk this Christmas and find the Wicken Fen Festive Woodland Trail. It’s free (admission applies) and available every day throughout December and into the New Year so you can get your New Year off to a healthy start.

Wicken Fen is one of Europe's most important wetlands, and home to more than 9,000 species, including Konik ponies, Highland cattle, rare birds and plants – so there’s always something fascinating to see.

Once again Father Christmas has stopped off at Wicken Fen and is busy with pre-booked visits in the Fen Cottage, so Mother Christmas is standing in for him on Saturday December 10 and Sunday December 11 as she had such a good time last year.

Join the elves to make a decoration – and collect a Christmas craft pack to take home – before popping into the Cottage where Mother Christmas will be warming her toes by the fire. And she'll have a present for the kids, of course!

You can book a visit at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3pm for £12 per ticket (no charge for accompanying adults in the Cottage, with a maximum of two per child) but be quick as visits are popular.

After your walk or visit with Mother Christmas you can head to the Docky Hut Café for festive hot drinks and homemade bakes, light lunches or afternoon tea. Just like the landscape, the menu changes with the seasons.

You can also browse for souvenirs or pick up some gifts in the National Trust shop inside the Visitor Centre. There’s everything from homeware and garden tools, to useful accessories for family walks and outdoor exploring, as well as bird food, feeders and nest boxes. There's also a wide range of National Trust and wildlife books, as well as your favourite National Trust food and stationery.

Wicken Fen near Ely is around an hour away from Peterborough. To book your visit with Mother Christmas head to the website:


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