Martin Mere

Midweek Visiter - - Martin Mere -

WWT Martin Mere Wet­land Cen­tre is quite lit­er­ally fly­ing open its doors this half term with a range of pump­kin ac­tiv­i­ties and the lat­est at­trac­tion: Broom­stick Flight Train­ing.

Half term ac­tiv­i­ties run from Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 21-Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 31 with the pump­kin hunt con­tin­u­ing un­til Novem­ber 5.

Learn to fly a broom­stick be­fore tak­ing to the sky and fly­ing the per­ilous jour­ney from Ice­land to Martin Mere, fol­low­ing the swans and dodg­ing ob­sta­cles as you go along.

Can you land at Martin Mere safely to get your sou­venir pic­ture and a broom­stick pi­lot li­cence?

This ac­tiv­ity is in­cluded in ad­mis­sion price but you will need to pick up a free ticket from the in­for­ma­tion desk when you ar­rive.

Ac­tiv­ity times are 10.30am, 11.15am, noon, 1.30pm, 2.15pm and op­tional 3pm.

Cen­tre man­ager Nick Brooks said: “Our vis­i­tors al­ways love Hal­lowe’en, so this half-term we thought we’d give fam­i­lies some­thing a lit­tle bit ex­tra by adding the Broom­stick Flight Ac­tiv­ity so our vis­i­tors can see how a Whooper swan copes with the mi­gra­tion from Ice­land to Martin Mere – whilst also hav­ing plenty of fun.’’

Nick added: “It is go­ing to be a pop­u­lar new at­trac­tion.”

In ad­di­tion, you can take part in a range of spooky fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing div­ing straight into the Hal­lowe’en spirit and carv­ing your own pump­kin with the kids. Creat­ing your own scary faces costs only £3 a pump­kin, or £5 for two.

You can also ex­plore the grounds to find the hid­den pump­kins for a choco­late treat (50p pump­kin hunt); come and see the fam­ily of ot­ters out and about dur­ing the feeds at 11.30am and 2.30pm and the white storks feed­ing at 2pm; make spooky crafts in the craft room be­tween 1pm and 4pm; and take to the wa­ter on the ca­noe sa­fari and boat tours be­fore they close for the win­ter.

Martin Mere is open ev­ery day (ex­cept Christ­mas Day) from 9.30am to 6pm dur­ing sum­mer months (and 4.30pm dur­ing the win­ter from Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 30) 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 web­site http://www.­t­in­mere/ to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight WWT Wet­land Cen­tres.

Chil­dren– join in the Broom­stick Flight Train­ing at Martin Mere

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