Events Calendar

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Nene Wetlands Wildlife Wander

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Join one of our knowledgeable volunteers and explore our biggest Northamptonshire nature reserve, the Nene Wetlands. The walk may include (weather permitting) a visit to Wilson's Pits, a stunning area of lakes, meadows and reed beds which is usually inaccessible to the public to protect its sensitive wildlife inhabitants. Binoculars will be available to borrow for the duration of the ... Read More

£6

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Nene Wetlands Little Bug Club

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

These weekly sessions for 2-5 year olds are a great place for little ones to explore, learn about nature, build confidence and gain new skills, all in the wonderful outdoor setting of the Nene Wetland's Education Area. Led by our experienced staff, sessions will include activities such as bug hunting, natural art, story time and tool use, all based around ... Read More

£6
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Nene Wetlands Little Bug Club

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

These weekly sessions for 2-5 year olds are a great place for little ones to explore, learn about nature, build confidence and gain new skills, all in the wonderful outdoor setting of the Nene Wetland's Education Area. Led by our experienced staff, sessions will include activities such as bug hunting, natural art, story time and tool use, all based around ... Read More

£6
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Nene Wetlands Little Bug Club

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

These weekly sessions for 2-5 year olds are a great place for little ones to explore, learn about nature, build confidence and gain new skills, all in the wonderful outdoor setting of the Nene Wetland's Education Area. Led by our experienced staff, sessions will include activities such as bug hunting, natural art, story time and tool use, all based around ... Read More

£6
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Nene Wetlands Little Bug Club

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

These weekly sessions for 2-5 year olds are a great place for little ones to explore, learn about nature, build confidence and gain new skills, all in the wonderful outdoor setting of the Nene Wetland's Education Area. Led by our experienced staff, sessions will include activities such as bug hunting, natural art, story time and tool use, all based around ... Read More

£6
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Nene Wetlands Little Bug Club

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

These weekly sessions for 2-5 year olds are a great place for little ones to explore, learn about nature, build confidence and gain new skills, all in the wonderful outdoor setting of the Nene Wetland's Education Area. Led by our experienced staff, sessions will include activities such as bug hunting, natural art, story time and tool use, all based around ... Read More

£6
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Nene Wetlands Wildlife Wander

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Join one of our knowledgeable volunteers and explore our biggest Northamptonshire nature reserve, the Nene Wetlands. The walk may include (weather permitting) a visit to Wilson's Pits, a stunning area of lakes, meadows and reed beds which is usually inaccessible to the public to protect its sensitive wildlife inhabitants. Binoculars will be available to borrow for the duration of the ... Read More

£6

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Nene Wetlands Little Bug Club

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

These weekly sessions for 2-5 year olds are a great place for little ones to explore, learn about nature, build confidence and gain new skills, all in the wonderful outdoor setting of the Nene Wetland's Education Area. Led by our experienced staff, sessions will include activities such as bug hunting, natural art, story time and tool use, all based around ... Read More

£6

Nene Wetlands Half Term Drop-in Crafts

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Join our popular crafty drop-in sessions outside the visitor centre and make or decorate a wildlife craft.

Wildlife Trusts – Watch and Youth Rangers

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

The Wildlife Trusts are opening up opportunities for Children aged 7-17 years to learn more about wildlife and get involved with habitat management and monitoring. The following options are currently available; Wednesday 27th October £8 per child or £6 WTBCN members; Small Mammal Survey at Summer Leys Nature Reserve - setting and baiting longworth traps Thursday 28th October £6 per ... Read More

£4 – £8

Wildlife Trusts – October Half Term Events

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

The Wildlife Trust have put together some fantastic opportunities for you! Wednesday 27th October 10.30 - 2.30 £6 Per child, WTBCN member £4: Spooky Skulls and Brilliant Bones - Investigate a selection of skulls and dissect and owl pellet Thursday 28th October 10.30am - 12pm £6 Per child, WTBCN member £4: Pond dipping and bug hunting - get up close ... Read More

£4 – £13.50

Wildlife Trusts October half term events

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

This half term the Wildlife Trusts have lots of fantastic activities for you! Saturday 23rd-Sunday 31st October 10am - 3.30pm £3 per trail £ 2WTBCN members; Brilliant Bone Trail - Match all the bones to the animals and follow the clues round the lake Monday 25th October 10.30am - 2.30pm £2 - £5 per craft; Crafty Monday - Halloween special ... Read More

£2 – £7.50

Wildlife Trusts – Little Bug’s Club

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

The Wildlife Trusts weekly sessions for 2-5 years are the perfect place for the little ones to learn about nature, build confidence and gain skills all in the wonderful setting of the Nene Wetland's Education Area. All sessions run 10.30am - 12pm £6 per child dates are as followed; Thursday 7th October Thursday 14th October Thursday 21st October   To ... Read More

£6

Nene Wetlands Guided Bat Walk

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Explore the nature reserve after dark and find out more about these amazing nocturnal mammals! The Nene Wetlands Nature Reserve is an ideal habitat for bats and a great place to see and hear them, with 5 different species regularly being recorded. Join us for one of our popular evening bat walks around Skew Bridge Lake (also known as 'Bat ... Read More

£8 – £12

Nene Wetlands Little Bug’s Club

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Let your little ones explore, learn about nature, build confidence and gain new skills, all in the wonderful outdoor setting of the Nene Wetland's Education Area. These new weekly sessions for 2-5 year olds are a great place for little ones to explore, learn about nature, build confidence and gain new skills, all in the wonderful outdoor setting of the ... Read More

£6

Nene Wetlands Pond Dipping and Mini-beasting Sessions

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Explore and find out more about the creepy crawlies of the Nene Wetlands, both above and below the water!

Nene Wetlands ‘Eggs-treme’ Easter Trail

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Look for eggs around the lake, discover amazing egg facts and then take home a prize!

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Halloween Spooktacular

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Find out more about the nocturnal wildlife that lives on the nature reserve and learn how some of our most iconic species can be mistaken for ghosts and ghouls! Meet at the visitor centre where we'll start off by decorating halloween lanterns before heading off around the lake. Dressing up is encouraged but make sure you wrap up warm and ... Read More

£7.50
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Halloween Spooktacular

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Find out more about the nocturnal wildlife that lives on the nature reserve and learn how some of our most iconic species can be mistaken for ghosts and ghouls! Meet at the visitor centre where we'll start off by decorating halloween lanterns before heading off around the lake. Dressing up is encouraged but make sure you wrap up warm and ... Read More

£7.50
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Halloween Spooktacular

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Find out more about the nocturnal wildlife that lives on the nature reserve and learn how some of our most iconic species can be mistaken for ghosts and ghouls! Meet at the visitor centre where we'll start off by decorating halloween lanterns before heading off around the lake. Dressing up is encouraged but make sure you wrap up warm and ... Read More

£7.50
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Nene Wetlands – Family Forest School

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Come and join us in our designated education area and reconnect with nature. Build dens, look for bugs, make potions, climb trees, go on a treasure hunt- the possibilities are endless! Our trained leaders will provide the materials and guidance, your kids provide the inspiration and ideas! Due to Covid-19, these sessions will be running a little differently from normal. ... Read More

£6.00
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Nene Wetlands – Family Forest School

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Come and join us in our designated education area and reconnect with nature. Build dens, look for bugs, make potions, climb trees, go on a treasure hunt- the possibilities are endless! Our trained leaders will provide the materials and guidance, your kids provide the inspiration and ideas! Due to Covid-19, these sessions will be running a little differently from normal. ... Read More

£6.00

Brilliant Bones

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Dissect an owl pellet and see if you can identify real animal bones. Then decorate a wooden animal Halloween decoration to take home. Are you a member of the Wildlife Trust BCN? You can get 15% off your ticket by clicking on 'promo code' when you select your ticket and entering WTBCNmember This activity will take place outside under the ... Read More

£6.00
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Pond Dipping And Mini-beasting Sessions

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Our popular outdoor school holiday sessions are back! Come and join us in our designated education area on Tuesday over October half-term and see what amazing creatures you can discover. Get up close to the weird and wonderful invertebrates that live beneath the surface of the lakes during our pond dipping activity and then compare these to the creepy crawlies ... Read More

£6.00
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Pond Dipping And Mini-beasting Sessions

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Our popular outdoor school holiday sessions are back! Come and join us in our designated education area on Tuesday over October half-term and see what amazing creatures you can discover. Get up close to the weird and wonderful invertebrates that live beneath the surface of the lakes during our pond dipping activity and then compare these to the creepy crawlies ... Read More

£6.00

Awesome Autumn Leaf Bunting

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Learn more about the science of why leaves change colour in autumn, try your hand at leaf ID and then use a variety of collage techniques to create some beautiful fabric leaf bunting to take home. Open to all ages! Are you a member of the Wildlife Trust BCN? You can get 15% off your ticket by clicking on 'promo ... Read More

£6.00

Spooky Skulls Halloween Trail

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

See if you can spot the nocturnal animals hiding around Skew Bridge Lake. Pick up a trail sheet from the visitor centre throughout October half term, find the pictures around Skew Bridge Lake, identify them and collect a prize! Trail is just under a mile on a hard path.

£2.00

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Youth Rangers

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Our new monthly club for 11-17 year olds who want to do their bit to help the environment. · Have a go at practical conservation tasks such as scrub clearance to create and maintain habitats for local wildlife. · Help us build homes for wildlife and survey their numbers. · Learn new outdoor skills including bush craft, species ID and ... Read More

£3

Nene Wetlands – Family Forest School

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Enjoy a morning of forest fun with your children in our Education area. Build dens, create natural art have a go at woodland crafts or just go exploring! We provide the space, guidance and equipment, the children provide the ideas!

£5

Nene Wetlands – Make your own bird feeder

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Feeding the birds is a great way to help them survive the cold winter months. Come and make your own pine cone or log bird feeder and help the birds near you.

Nene Wetlands – Build your own bird box

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

February is a great time to put nest boxes up in your garden, ready for the spring. Why not come and make your own bird box in the visitor centre as part of National Nest Box week? We have a variety of boxes to choose from including blue tit, great tit, sparrow, robin and starling.

Nene Wetlands Winter Wonders Trail

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Pick up a trail sheet from the visitor centre and head off around the lake in search of winter wonders. Identify them all, bring your sheet back and collect a prize.

Nene Wetlands Wildlife Wander

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Join us at the Nene Wetlands for a walk around the reserve. £5 per adult, £3 per child, booking advised. Suitable for families, adults, experts and beginners.

Nene Wetlands Wildlife Wander

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Join us at the Nene Wetlands for a walk around the reserve. £5 per adult, £3 per child, booking advised. Suitable for families, adults, experts and beginners.

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Make Your Own Festival Willow Wreath

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Use willow to create a wreath base before decorating it with a selection of natural foliage (and optional sparkle) to create a beautiful seasonal addition to your home. £25 per person, booking essential (please call 01933 779587 to book). All tuition, materials and refreshments provided.

£25

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Halloween Spooktacular

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Join us this Halloween for an evening of crafts followed by a spooky night walk around the lake with LOL theatre. Learn all about the nocturnal creatures that call the Nene Wetlands home before heading back for hot chocolate. £10 per child, booking essential (please call 01933 779587 to book).

£10

Spooky Skulls Halloween Trail

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Pick up a trail sheet from the visitor centre and head off around the lake in search of spooky animal skulls. Identify them all, bring your sheet back and collect a prize! £2 per trail.

£2

Textile Moth Workshop with Olivia Wilson

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Explore the wonderful world of moths and study the real things up close before designing and creating your own fabric moth masterpiece. Textile artist, teacher and creator of the magical world of whimsy, Olivia Wilson (as seen on Kirstie's Homemade Christmas) will be on hand to offer guidance and tuition throughout the day. Materials, tuition and refreshments are provided but ... Read More

£40
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Porcelain Workshop with Kathryn Parsons

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Join local sculptor, Kathryn Parsons, and create your own porcelain masterpiece inspired by natural forms. Take a wander around the reserve (weather permitting), study plants up close and then use a variety of techniques to create a porcelain tile. Please note that due to the need for firing, tiles will need to be collected at a later date. All materials, ... Read More

£30

Bat Walk

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

The Nene Wetlands is a brilliant place to see and hear bats, with four species regularly being recorded.

£10

Nene Wetlands Optics Day

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Come along to 'try and buy'. A wide range of Opticron binoculars, telescopes, monoculars and assorted accessories will be available to test with great views across the waters of the Rushden Lakes nature reserve. The best way to choose which binocular or scope is most suitable is to test under proper field conditions and with Opticron staff available on the ... Read More

On the Write Path

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Enjoy mindful nature writing activities and a stroll around Skew Bridge Lake. £8 per person (refreshments included). All welcome. No creative writing experience needed.

£8.00

Wild Tots

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Run by qualified Forest School Leaders in our education area, Wild Tots encourages child-led exploration of the natural world.

£5

Lino printing workshop

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Join local print artist, Sorrell  Kinley, and learn how to create beautiful lino print designs, inspired by the Nene Wetlands in this full day workshop. 

£40

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Brilliant Birds

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Stained Glass Birds l Monday 26th August l 10:30-3:30 l £3 pp. Bird Ringing Demonstration l Friday 30th August l 10am-1pm l £5 pp. Make your own bird puppet l Friday 30th August l 10:30-3:30 l £5 pp. Learn about and see birds up close during a bird ringing session or make your own bird to take home. Craft sessions are ... Read More

Build a Bat Box

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Build a bat box to provide a safe roost for bats near you. £10 per box. Drop in at the Visitor Centre. Please note, this activity involves the use of hand tools and therefore requires close adult supervision.

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Pond Dipping and Mini Beasting

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Look for and learn about the fascinating invertebrates that live in the Nene Wetlands. Meet at the visitor centre. £5 per child. Booking essential (please call 01933 779587 to book).

£5

Perfect Pollinators – Plant your own mini garden

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Learn about the amazing relationship between plants and insects, as well as how you can help pollinators, during these drop off in craft activities in the visitors centre.

£4

Family Forest School

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire

Enjoy a morning of forest fun with your children in our Education area. Build dens, look for mini beast, have a go at woodland crafts or just go exploring! £5 per person. Booking essential (max 2 children per adult, please call 01933 779587 to book).

£5