Things to see, places to go and stuff to do in the Ouse Washes this Bank Holiday weekend

local kids on a bug hunt on a wildlife-friendly farm

Local kids on a bug hunt on a wildlife-friendly farm in the Fens. Copyright: Niki Williamson/ RSPB

LogosSaturday 24th MayWisbech Craft Centre fun day including bouncy castle – check out their Facebook page for some lovely crafty items and join them at Alexandra House, Alexandra Road, Wisbech, PE13 1HQ between 12 and 4 pm.


The Stretham Old Engine Museum is open this Sunday 25th May and on the Bank Holiday Monday 26th May from 1.30 to 5 pm (£3 adults, £1 children), further info can be found at (also open Sunday 8th June & Sun 22nd June; Sunday 13th July & Sunday 27th July).

The Stretham Old Engine, although just outside of the Ouse Washes LP area, is the last survivor in the southern Fens of over 100 steam-powered pumping stations used to drain the Fens. Erected in 1831, it is also the largest and one of the most complete examples of these.


The beautiful, still working and well-kept interior of Stretham Old Engine. Source:


For events and activities at WWT Welney reserve in the Ouse Washes, check out their website and click on this week to see more detail, costs and booking requirements; but just to whet your appetite there are beginners bird watching walks (Mondays 11 -12 and Sundays 1 – 2pm) till the 31st May and Fen tales and breeding bird walks (Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays 1 – 2pm till 31st May).

Safaris at WWT Welney
At WWT Welney there is also a ‘Wetland Safari’ on Bank Holiday Monday (26th May) from 10 am till 4pm which includes guides in the bird hides, pond dipping and owl pellet dissection (pellets contain the bones that owls cough up instead of swallowing!) – What’s not to like? Normal admission charges apply and pre-booking is recommended for some of these activities.