Family Days Out in West Sussex: LEGO Brick Animal Trail at WWT Arundel

The giant LEGO brick animals are back at WWT Arundel this summer, with three exciting new wetland animals including Walter the water vole, while old friends like this gorgeous kingfisher make a welcome return.

Featuring 14 giant wetland animals and birds made from LEGO bricks, there is an exciting trail to follow to discover them all.  Pick up your free Brick book and head out on an adventure.  You can even make a LEGO model yourself in the brick pit back at Wetland Brick HQ.

Walter the water vole is joined by fellow newcomers Sam the short eared owl and Skye the white stork, never seen before at Arundel.  How many will you find?

Other amazing creations to spot include a giant otter, fabulous flamingo, and magnificent crane to celebrate the return of the species to the UK.  Make sure you look carefully as some of them are hiding...

While you are discovering the LEGO animals and birds you can find out more about their real-life cousins on the 65 acre site.  Head out on a wetland boat safari to meet the neighbours, walk the reedbed boardwalk, or try pond dipping to find creatures from the deep.  Look out for caddisfly larvae, dragonfly lymph and other weird and wonderful finds.  It’s a wild day out for the whole family!

There are plenty of birds to meet, from blue tits to Bewick swans, nuthatch to nene goose, and plenty of flowers buzzing with all kinds of insects and wildlife.

There are hundreds of beautiful ducks and geese ready to feed from your hand, including gentle nene geese (above), and white-faced whistling ducks; as well as diving sea ducks to watch as they zip through the air; and plenty more to spot from the various hides round the site.  Dragonflies abound all summer long, and you might just spot a kingfisher or water vole.

Make sure to quietly visit all the hides:
  • Lapwing hide for close up views of nesting lapwing and wading herons
  • Ramsar hide for sightings of oystercatchers and shelducks
  • Sand Martin hide for glimpses of migrating martins and black-headed gull chicks
  • Discovery Hide for views of our top ten birds including tufted ducks and pochards

Then burn off all that pent up energy at the two playgrounds.  Pond Skaters is ideal for younger children with a raised platform of pathways, and plenty of opportunities to run, climb, balance and slide.  While the Tree Creepers playground is perfect for older kids with space to scramble, climb, swing and slide.

The LEGO brick animal trail is included in regular admission prices, and free for members.  Book tickets online before you go to save 10%.

You can also book a place on one of the interactive 1 hour LEGO workshops taking place throughout the summer.  Perfect for LEGO fans from age 4 up, you can race against the clock to make as many LEGO brick ducklings as you can, then take part in a challenge.  Make a mini wildlife ranger and vehicle for the car challenge then whizz it down the slope to see whose creation travels the furthest.  You can even make your own LEGO brick owl to take home.

There are two autism-friendly sessions on Sunday 28th July and Sunday 18th August.

The LEGO animals will be at WWT Arundel until 1st September.  A family ticket costs £34.75.  Annual membership is available from £6 a month.

With plenty of activities over the summer holidays, you can easily spend the whole day here.  Bring a picnic or buy a delicious lunch from the well-stocked Water's Edge cafĂ©.

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