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. wwt.org.uk/martinmere/ 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