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WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

Type:Nature Reserve

Fish Lane, Burscough, Nr Ormskirk, Lancashire, L40 0TA

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WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

Step into a wilder world where wilderness and family-friendliness combine at WWT Martin Mere. Come and enjoy each season, from ducklings to migrating swans - you’ll be amazed at how close you can get to fantastic wetland wildlife.

With warmer weather, longer days and an abundance of new life, spring and summer are a great time to visit Martin Mere. With a packed calendar of family-friendly events including our Giant Easter Duck Trail, Annual Duck Race, Fluffy Duckling Week and Giant Bionic Bugs, there really is something for everyone at our centre.

From our all-star cast of flamingos, a family of otters, a muster of white storks and a pair of poisonous spur-winged geese, we’ve got a wide range of species at our Wetland Centre. You can find out more about these amazing animals in our daily species spotlight talks and feeds.

While you’re here, make sure you grab a net and delve into pond dipping in our brand new Pond Zone! We’ve everything you need to uncover incredible underwater life: nets, trays, magnifying glasses, identity charts, and our friendly Learning Team are on-hand to help (weekends and half term only).

For the young adventurers, there’s plenty of areas to explore. Venture through three types of ‘wild’ wetland in one mile-long VIP walk – wellies are a must in the Wild Walk area! And for an additional experience during your visit, head over to our Canoe Safari and Boat Tour area. Pick up a paddle and canoe your way around our award-winning kilometre-long Canadian canoe trail, or if you’re wanting a more relaxing experience, drift away on a 30 minute expertly-guided boat tour.

For thrill seekers, make sure you check out our Rushes play area. From zip wire screams and scramble net laughs, to treehouse trailblazing and water zone wonders, our huge adventure playground is a total rush for ages 3 to 12.

Whilst you’re here, enjoy hot and cold homemade lunches, freshly-brewed teas and coffees, and delicious cakes overlooking Swan Lake in our Mere Side Café. In our shop, we’ve got gorgeous gifts, books and toys for you – and every penny you spend in our shop and café goes to support our vital conservation work.

Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult fromfrom £11.70 to £14.30 per ticket
Child (4-16 years) fromfrom £6.25 to £7.65 per ticket
Child Ticket (Under 4 years)Free
Concession (65+, disabled, unemployed, student) fromfrom £9.94 to £12.15 per ticket
Essential helpers assisting disabled visitorsFree
Family (2 adults & 2 Child aged 4-16) fromfrom £30.51 to £37.30 per ticket

If you are coming to Martin Mere Wetland Centre as a group consisting of 12 or move individuals you can ring through in advance as recieve a Group Rate Admission upon arrival.
Book online and save 10% on admission prices.

Opening Times

Open New Year
Winter Season (30 Oct 2018 - 29 Mar 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 16:30*
Summer Season (31 Mar 2019 - 29 Oct 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 18:00*

* • 364 days a year – that’s every day except Christmas Day
• Car pack closes at 6pm in the summer and 4.30pm in winter
• You can visit us between 9.30am-6pm (4.30pm in winter and 3pm on Christmas Eve) and our last admission is one hour before closing.
• We’re buggy and wheelchair friendly!

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Events

Saturday, 6th April 2019 - Monday, 22nd April 2019

Giant Easter Duck TrailGet the family together and spend some time in the great outdoors with our Giant Easter Duck Trail this half term. 25 giant ducks have been hidden around our wetlands and we need your help to find them all. Collect your trail card from the information desk when you arrive and then go and explore...
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Monday, 6th May 2019 - Monday, 6th May 2019

Annual Duck Race at Martin MereThe only race that matters - the annual Bank Holiday Monday rubber duck race! Colour in your rubber duck in our craft room during Easter Half Term and enter it into the duck race on Monday 6 May!
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Saturday, 25th May 2019 - Sunday, 2nd June 2019

Fluffy Duckling WeekSpring time means a baby boom at Martin Mere! Visit us during May half term for a chance to see the whole egg-to-duckling process.
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Awards

  • Sub-Regional AwardsBest Visitor Experience of the Year Best Visitor Experience of the Year 2011
  • Green AwardsGreen Tourism Business Scheme (Gold) Green Tourism Business Scheme (Gold) 2014
  • Sub-Regional AwardsSustainable Tourism Award Sustainable Tourism Award 2012
  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsMaking a Difference Award Making a Difference Award 2011
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards 2016 - Finalist Lancashire Tourism Awards 2016 - Finalist 2016

Directions

Road Directions

Follow A59 towards Preston. Through Burscough Village turn left immediately after the railway bridge onto Red Cat Lane. Follow for 1 mile, Martin Mere is on left.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest railway station is Burscough Bridge station. Martin Mere is 1.5 miles from station. Signposted walk, approximately 30mins, or can get taxi from Burscough Village. Cyclists are always welcome at Martin Mere.

The centre is signposted from Junction 8, M61, Junction 3 on M58 and Junction 27 on M6.

Facilities

Other

  • Concessionary Admission Charges
  • Open All Year
  • Outdoor

Establishment Features

  • Conference Facilities
  • Disabled Access/Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parking
  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Delta accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special Group Rates
  • Switch accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

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