Arundel

Nestled within the South Downs National park, WWT Arundel offers an unforgettable discovery experience to all learners.

Bursting with wetland wildlife, our reserve offers a unique opportunity to get up close to rare and endangered birds from around the world. Whether you are looking for a hands-on exploratory investigation into wetland life and habitats or just a fun introduction to the natural world, we provide a range of curriculum-linked learning sessions and self-guided resources suitable for all ages and abilities.

Our sessions

Informative and engaging, our curriculum-linked learning sessions at WWT Arundel are based in the outdoors and are suitable for a range of ages and abilities. See the available sessions here.

Self-guided resources

As well as taking part in a guided session there will be plenty of time for your group to explore the Centre. In order to make best use of this time, we have developed a range of self-guided resources which you can use to help extend your group’s learning.

What teachers say

"I would just like to say what a fantastic day we had at the Wetlands today! The children and I thoroughly enjoyed it so a big THANK YOU to all your team and yourselves for making it such an enjoyable day. The organisation and planning for the day was excellent and we've already had great feedback from the parents. This is a trip I will definitely be doing again next year. "

Chloe Hall, Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School

Prices

All our prices include full access to our centre for the day, so you and your pupils can enjoy all that we have to offer.

Session typePupil (Under 4)Pupil (4-16 yrs)Student (17 yrs +)Adult (over ratio)
Full day admission without a learning session (self guided visit): £5.50£5.50£8.75£10.60
Full day admission with a learning session/s up to 1 hour:£5.75£5.75£9.00£10.60
Full day admission with a learning session/s up to 2 hours:£6.50£6.50£9.50£10.60
Full day admission with a learning session/s up to 3 hours:n/a£7.50£10.00£10.60
Full day admission with a learning session/s up to 4 hours:n/a£8.50£10.50£10.60

School boat ride costs:  £1.50 per person

Free adult ratios

We offer free entry to adults within the following ratios, and free entry to all essential carers.

1:5 - Pre-school to Key Stage 1
1:10 - Key Stage 2
1:15 - Key Stage 3 +

Minimum numbers of pupils

We run sessions for a minimum of 12 pupils. Minimum numbers for Special Schools may be lower. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Travel grants

Set within South Downs National Park, eligible schools are able to apply for a travel grant through the South Downs National Park Travel Grant Scheme. Click here for further information

Sample Itinerary

Arrival

We'll meet you on arrival at reception and guide you to your base for the day. There you'll have time to use the toilets and have a snack before your learning session begins.

Guided learning session: Pond dipping

Use nets to catch the animals that live in our freshwater ponds and see them up-close using our digital microscope. Pond dipping sessions are available for 30 minutes, 1 hour or 2 hours.

Guided learning session: Looking for birds

Explore our collection of birds and spot different beaks, feet and feathers. Hold a real bird's wing and investigate the differences between ducks, geese and swans. Session available for 30 minutes or 1 hour.

Lunch

Have lunch in our outdoor picnic area, in one of our bird hides or your indoor base. 

School boat trips

Explore wetland habitats on board our electric boats. Wildlife surrounds you - ducks on the surface, fish below, water voles rustle the reeds while birds fly the skies above. Your friendly guide will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Self-guided time

Take advantage of our range of self-led learning resources sure to engage your students in the wetlands and wildlife around them. Get up close and hand feed rare and endangered birds from around the world, visit the shop or burn off some energy in one of our play areas. If you’re still here at 2pm head over to the Icelandic lake to watch our diving ducks being fed by their keeper.

Added extras

School Boat Trips

Spot a wealth of wildlife as you glide through the reedbeds of the wetland discovery area. Your friendly guide will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Subject to availability and pre booking essential.

Cost: £1.50 per child

Binoculars

Allow your learners to see the birds up close and feel like a proper ‘birder’. Binoculars are provided free of charge and come in a handy rucksack that carries 30 pairs.

Cost: FREE

Gift Shop

Why not visit our gift shop or save time and pre-order goods ready for collection on the day of your visit?

Cost: Varied (please contact us to arrange a pre-order if required)

Discovery hide

Visit our hands-on hide with children-sized telescopes and easy to use bird identification boards

Cost: FREE

Play areas

Visit our play areas at Pond skaters or Tree creepers to burn off extra energy and get physical

Cost: FREE

Diving duck feed

If you’re still here at 2pm, head over to the Iceland lake to watch our diving ducks being fed by their keeper.

Cost: FREE

Feed the birds at World Wildfowl feeding bay

A chance for your group to get up close and hand feed rare endangered birds from around the world – you can pre-order your grain.

Cost: £5 per class sized bucket (enough for 30 students)

Dedicated use of indoor classroom

All school trips also include the use of an indoor classroom where you can leave your belongings and have lunch.

Learning map and guide

Download the learning map and guide for WWT Arundel. See all the facilities and fun things to see on your trip.

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Risk assessment

Download our risk assessment for WWT Arundel to help you plan your day with us.

Contact us

Speak to one of our Learning team today at WWT Arundel to book your visit or find out further details.

01903 881524