With the famous Washington warm welcome, our enthusiastic and engaging learning staff are waiting for you.
Experience the natural world close-up, dip for creatures in our state of the art Pond Zone and explore our lovely habitats. Discover all about water in our Waterlab classroom. Explore how we can look after Wetlands, conserve ecosystems and unwind in our award-winning water garden. Enjoy watching our very popular otter family feed and frolic and our stunning flock of Chilean flamingos – fill up all your senses. Learning... it’s in our nature!
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
"By 3:30 this afternoon I had a queue of staff wanting to tell me how great the visit was. The students were bowled over by their experiences today. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and there was a real buzz when they returned to school. Thank you so much."
Park View School
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 type||Pupil (Under 4)||Pupil (4-16 yrs)||Student (17 yrs +)||Adult (over ratio)|
|Full day admission without a learning session (self guided visit):||£3.45||£4.40||£6.60||£8.75|
|Full day admission with a learning session/s up to 1 hour:||£5.00||£5.00||£7.40||£8.75|
|Full day admission with a learning session/s up to 2 hours:||£5.45||£5.45||£7.95||£8.75|
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+
We will meet you on arrival, show you where you can store your bags and take you to your guided learning session.
Your pre-booked guided learning session will start shortly after arrival (usually about 10am). Most sessions run across 2 hours and include watching the otter and flamingo feeds.
If you have booked a self-guided visit, we will meet you with any pre-booked resources you require, maps of the centre, and answer any queries so that you can make the most of your day.
We will provide an indoor space for you to eat your lunch, usually at noon and there is a café if you would like to buy refreshments. We can also top up your water bottles, if required.
Our admission price includes full access to the centre for the day. After lunch, take advantage of the self-guided resources we have to offer (pre-book), spend some time hand feeding the birds, have a mini-shop (pre-book) or let off some steam in one of our play areas.
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.
Are you looking to allow your group to let off some steam and, more importantly, tire them out for the coach journey home? Our playground has climbing, sliding and balancing equipment plus a wet play area, controlled by the children.
Mini-shop for schools
We have plenty of fun items for sale from 50p - £2.00. We can organise a mini-shop for your group; it’s quick and easy. Please request this on your booking form.
Many of our ducks and geese will come up for a nibble and many will even eat grain from your hand, if you approach the birds gently. A very valuable experience for children (and adults!)
Cost: £1 per bag
Dedicated use of indoor space
All school trips also include the use of an indoor space where you can leave your belongings and have lunch.