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WWT Washington Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre

Open 364 days, visitors of all ages can enjoy unforgettable wildlife encounters and year-round special events; while helping us to save wildfowl & wetlands for future generations.

WWT Through The Seasons
66_wwt-duckling.gifIn spring, bluebells bloom in Spring Gill Wood, as rare nenes begin nest-building and wild lapwing breed on Wader Meadow. See the largest nesting colony of grey herons in the region display in the tree tops at Wader Lake.

Babies abound in the hazy days of summer, when the insect ponds hum with life and butterflies bask in the peaceful wildflower meadows. Watch wading chicks and young common tern playing on the shoreline or marvel as fluffy ducklings hatch at Waterfowl Nursery.
Bats mate and jays hurriedly bury acorns as autumn creeps in. Waders migrating south stop for fuel on Wader Lake, while other birds are going into their best breeding plumage - changing colour with the leaves.

In winter, hundreds of curlew fly in at dusk to roost alongside redshank. Find bullfinches and great-spotted woodpeckers perching on frosty branches in Hawthorn Wood. Water birds are showing off with displays and courtship rituals.

Don't miss
  • The chance to get nose to beak with endangered waterbirds at Close Encounters, many of which will eat corn from an outstretched hand. 
  • Our Asian short-clawed otters Musa and Mimi are two of our most popular residents, entertaining visitors of all ages with their outgoingnature and playful antics.
  • Fluffy ducklings taking their first wobbly steps at Waterfowl Nursery (May-July).
  • Our breeding colony of pink Chilean flamingos. 
Especially for Children
66_wwt-members-club.gifVisit the Splash Zone adventure play area where little ones can run, slide, climb and learn about water.
There are regular themed activities taking place throughout the year including arts and crafts, pond dipping and treasure hunts.

WWT Washington Walkabout Guides are on sale in the gift shop, with details of various routes around our grounds. We recommend around three hours for a typical visit.


Under 4's free

Opening Times

9.30 - 5.30 (April-October) 9.30 - 4.30 (November-March)


Pattinson, Washington, Tyne & Wear, NE38 8LE

2.37 miles     0191 416 5454    

It’s only cold when you’re standing still…

It’s only cold when you’re standing still…

Sarah from Xercise4Less gives Raring2go! some great ideas for family fun to keep fit and healthy. Don't get stuck indoors just because it is winter. Dark mornings, cold blustery evenings and it seems we would all rather reach for our duvet than even contemplate heading outdoors to get active! Remember it’s only cold when you’re standing still…     

Raring2go! KidsZone

Raring2go! KidsZone

Over the weekends and holidays there are always times when your children need some chill out time, or to fill an hour or so, or they say the dreaded 5 letter word - BORED! Well, our KidsZone is here to rescue you and them from these moments. Full of puzzles, colouring in sheets and activities from films and programmes there is lots to keep busy!