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Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre

Open today until,


Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre

With Rushden Lakes at its heart, the Nene Wetlands Nature Reserve is a square mile of water, meadows, wet woodland and reed beds. Home to a huge number of species including kingfishers, dragonflies, grass snakes and otters, it is also a destination for thousands of migratory birds each year.

The reserve forms part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and is managed by The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire as part of the Nene Valley Living Landscape.

Wildlife aside, the Nene Wetlands are great for people too, with miles of footpaths and cycle tracks to explore, as well as sculpture trails, viewpoints, a discovery play area and an education area.

This is The Wildlife Trust BCN’s very first Visitor Centre. There are regular wildlife-themed activities and guided walks available, so why not pop in, pick up a map and set off on your own adventure?

The Visitor Centre is open every day except Christmas Day, from 10am- 4pm*. For more information and to find out what’s on, contact the Nene Wetlands team on 01933 779 587, visit their website or like them on Facebook.

*Visitor Centre may be open later during the spring and summer months.

Opening Times

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Due to the damage caused by Storm Ciara and extreme weather, the leisure terrace and adjoining restaurants will remain closed until further notice. However please note that all of the shops are open, including Canoe 2 and the Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre, plus the lakeside cafés and restaurants.

We apologise for the impact this may have on your visit to Rushden Lakes, but the safety of our visitors and staff is of paramount importance. We will keep you updated on when the leisure area is likely to re-open.

Currently closed: Cineworld, Starbucks, 360 Play, Paradise Island Adventure Golf, Flip Out, Rock Up, Heavenly Desserts, TGI Fridays, Hopmaster, Nando’s, Zizzi, Five Guys, Blue Mountain Yard and Greggs.

Open as normal: All shops and the following cafés/restaurants: Wildwood, Pizza Express, Wagamama, Bills, Jamaica Blue, Patisserie Valerie, Bewiched and Costa.

Please telephone Customer Service if you require any further information: 01933 427925.