This half term and Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, we're holding a Big Picnic event and everyone is invited!

As part of the celebrations, families can get involved in having a Big Picnic at the reserve – whether bringing your own or purchasing from our visitor centre, we want to encourage sustainable picnic options for the whole family – to have fun outdoors together and help the environment. Other fun activities will also be available such as a unique Wild Detective trail taking children on a mystery adventure with the characters Detective Hoot, an owl, and Constable Crumbs, a mouse. There will be trails to follow, picnic clues to solve and a selfie station to help families remember their day out! Pick up your activity pack at the visitor centre for just £3.50.

We have several picnic tables scattered from the Woodland trail to the garden and The Mere trail, plus a few grassy areas if you prefer to bring a picnic blanket. Borrow one of our wicker hampers to carry your feast to your chosen spot, and don't miss our mega meal deal of any one of our sandwiches, a snack and a drink for £6! Plus we have just broadened our range of ice creams with some very familiar names, and some ice lolly options.

June is a brilliant time of year to get your wildlife-detective hat on. Dragonflies are buzzing around ponds, butterflies drinking from wildflowers, and unusual birds like avocets and little egrets are feeding their chicks around the shallow waters. If you're really lucky, you might see a funky spoonbill!

 Two spoonbills with shelducks (Paul Jubb)

We can’t wait to welcome families and people of all ages to our amazing nature reserve! The RSPB Big Picnic is designed to encourage families to spend quality time in nature together this bank holiday weekend and half term, with a focus on how to make a day out fun but also good for the planet. We’ve got tons of ideas to help you make your picnic sustainable and delicious. Plus we’re bursting with activities to take part in too – whether it’s den building or our themed quiz trail, we’ve got something for everyone. The event runs from Saturday 28 May to Sunday 5 June. Please note sandwiches are not available on Mondays due to our supplier's delivery schedule, but all other food and drink is available seven days a week.

For full information and prices for the events at Burton Mere Wetlands and other Big Picnic events taking place around the UK, visit events.rspb.org.uk/bigpicnic

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