We’ve got some great family events in London, Sussex and Kent this Spring! Take a look below for some inspiration for the school holidays…

Get active in nature at RSPB Rainham Marshes, London

Investigate the weird and wonderful creatures that lurk in the watery depths of our ponds with our pond dipping events on selected days between 9-25 April, or hire an explorer bag from reception (£3) at any time during the holidays. Spend the day discovering this fantastic reserve on the edge of London, which is suited to the whole family, with adventure and toddler playgrounds, climbing boulders and bicycle hire – all surrounded by wonderful wildlife. Have a browse in our shop and refuel on food and snacks in our award-winning café.

Pond dipping takes place Tuesday 9-Thursday 11 and Tuesday 23-Thursday 25 April, 10.30 am-12 noon or 1.30-3 pm. For more details please visit www.rspb.org.uk/rainhammarshes or call the reserve on 01708 899851.

Wild families will love our RSPB Pulborough Brooks reserve, West Sussex

Events include our ‘Mousehunt’ where you can become a wildlife detective looking for poo, prints and nibbled nuts to track down some amazing mammals or you can try your hand at pond dipping.  For more details on dates, times and costs of events please visit www.rspb.org.uk/pulboroughbrooks. Our springtime wildlife quiz trail activities will also run daily between 6-21 April from 9.30am-5pm. Nature trail entry fees apply (£6 adult, £3 child, free to RSPB members).

Choose to be beside the sea at RSPB Pagham Harbour, West Sussex

Learn about the bugs that live on the reserve before creating your own mini-beasts to take home. Plus, meet some of the weird and wonderful creatures that lurk in the watery depths of our pond (with the help of a net!). Family events will run on Tuesday 9, Thursday 11, Tuesday 16 and Thursday 18 April from 10.30-12.30 (£3 per child, £2 RSPB members) and for more details please visit www.rspb.org.uk/paghamharbour or call 01243 641 508.

Discover all things weird and wonderful at RSPB Dungeness, Kent

Dungeness is home to many special animals including lizards and great crested newts, a variety of rare bumblebees and is a magnet for huge flocks of birds – a joy to watch for all the family!

Join us on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 18 April, 11am-3pm for our ‘Wild Families’ days, packed full of activities to get you excited about wildlife and the great outdoors. There is plenty to keep you busy, including bug catching, den building and pond dipping - where you will discover the weird and wonderful creatures that lurk in the watery depths! Prices: £8 per child, 20% discount for RSPB Wildlife Explorers and £2 per accompanying adult. For more details please visit www.rspb.org.uk/dungeness or call 01797 320 588.

Contact a reserve now to book, and check out the RSPB webpage for other events.