Get your group closer to nature for less

Otter at Wetland CentreFrom 1st April, visiting a WWT Wetland Centre with your group will be even better value.

The trust will be doubling the discount offered to groups to 15%, making prices lower than in 2014.

WWT is also introducing new activities for groups this year. For example, the award-winning London Wetland Centre is launching specially-tailored tours that can be prearranged for groups to discover more about a wide variety of wildlife including butterflies, wildflowers, gardening for nature and fungi.

WWT Wetland Centres are spread throughout the UK, including London, Slimbridge in Gloucestershire, Arundel in Sussex and Martin Mere in Lancashire, and offer groups spectacular days out 364 days a year.

There is something for everyone from close encounters with the world’s most dramatic and rare birds, mammals and reptiles, to boat and Land Rover safaris, breathtaking views of nature’s greatest spectacles, interactive displays and a full programme of events and activities. Centres have stunning views, accessible surroundings, award-winning visitor centres, cafes serving delicious home cooked food and well-stocked gift shops.

Other benefits for groups of 12 or more include free pre-visits and  on-the-day entry for the group organiser, free coach parking and free entry for the driver, special group catering packages and a welcome pack on arrival.

 

‘New for 2015’ at WWT’s London Wetland Centre

Group by H Tait

The WWT’s London Wetland Centre is launching ‘new for 2015’ special interest tours where groups can discover more about a wide variety of wildlife.

The tours include a wildflower walk (May-August) where visitors can stroll through stunning wildflower meadows while learning about the flowers that bloom at this time of year, including orchids, water lilies and cowslips.

Other options offered are a butterfly walk (June – August) to get close to butterflies and other insects while guides explain all about species including painted lady, brimstone and Essex skipper butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies, a horticultural walk (all year) to find out more about the rain garden and tips about gardening for wildlife, and a fungi walk (October-January) to learn about these seasonal show-stoppers including common birds nest, giant puffball and waxcap species of fungi.

Please book early by calling 020 8409 4400 or emailing groups.london@wwt.org.uk. For more information about a range of group benefits at all nine fantastic Wetland Centres please visit wwt.org.uk/groups.

Lincoln Castle to welcome groups

The new wall walk at Lincoln Castle.

Details have been revealed of some of the special group travel itineraries that will be available at Lincoln Castle when it unveils its Lincoln Castle Revealed restoration next spring.

First covered in the April 2012 issue of GTO (231), the project includes the creation of an exhibition centre to showcase the genuine 1215 Magna Carta and a new opportunity to walk around the walls of the entire castle.

Lincoln is also home to the 1217 Charter of the Forest, a less well-known document that added to freedoms of Magna Carta. It is one of only two copies known to have survived – making Lincoln Castle the only place in the world where these two hugely important documents can be seen in the same place.

Visitors will hear chilling and moving stories from the well-preserved male and female Victorian prisons, with the male prison fully open for the first time and film, audio, digital and interactive panels will help bring the history of the building to life.

As well as half and full-day itineraries at the 1,000-year-old castle, groups of 15 to 50 people will be able to combine visits with other tours, from rooftop explorations of Lincoln Cathedral to visits to award-winning museums.

For further information telephone 01522 782040