Get your place at the starting line this Bank Holiday at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre.

On your marks, get set, go…………. WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is making a splash this bank holiday weekend with the fifth annual plastic duck race on Monday 7 May.

Due to popular demand there will be two races this year at 12noon and 3pm. 

All April, children have been coming in their droves to paint a plastic duck to enter into the popular duck race over the bank holiday. But don’t worry if you didn’t paint a duck over the Easter holidays, you can buy one on the day for £2.50 and decorate it with felt tips.  The winning ducks will goodies from the Martin Mere shop.  

Nick Brooks, Centre Manager at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre said:  “Last year there was nearly 400 ducks taking part in the race with a great variety of colours and designs on show – so this year we have decided to put two races on due to the popular demand. There was much drama in last year’s event with one duck streaming into the lead, only to drift into a ditch and trapping five others to allow a duck sail from behind into an uncatchable lead.” 

Additional bank holiday activities includes morning and afternoon sessions of pond dipping to see which creatures are lurking in the ponds, grab your paddle and take to the water on our canoe safari and boat tours, build a den out of conifer, watch our family of otters feed, splash and dash in our adventure play area that features water play and hand feed birds from all over the world. A great wetland day out for the whole family.

WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre is open every day (except Christmas Day) from 9.30am to 6pm and parking is free of charge. Situated off the A59, it is signposted from the M61, M58 and M6.  The Centre is also accessible via the Southport to Manchester and the Liverpool to Preston line by train from Burscough Rail Stations.  Visit the web site to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight WWT Wetland Centres.


WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre
Nature Reserve
WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

Leaves crunching beneath your feet, striking sunsets across the mere and the arrival of up to 40,000 pink footed geese and 2,000 whooper swans from Iceland – autumn and winter is an amazing time to visit Martin Mere.



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