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The Big Picnic and half term fun with RSPB Cymru 

Family eating picnic at open weekend at Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve, London

ARE you ready for the Big Picnic at RSPB Cymru nature reserves this May half term? Join the RSPB Cymru at South Stack, Conwy, Ynys-hir, Lake Vyrnwy and Newport Wetlands National Nature reserve for the Big Picnic event where families can enjoy a feast outdoors and take part in a mystery wildlife detective adventure.  

Pack a picnic and come and see RSPB Cymru. There is plenty of space for you to feast and relax surrounded by nature. At South Stack and Lake Vyrnwy, you can also hire a picnic hamper from the onsite cafes.  

There’ll be loads of wildlife activities to entertain the whole family with a unique Wild Detective activity box which will take 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 selfie stations to help families remember their day out!  

The activity pack includes a booklet packed full of activities and puzzles to solve, an owl mask, bug-hunting square, a recipe card to inspire future picnics, pencil, and a personalised certificate.  

June is a brilliant time of year to get your wildlife-detective hat on. Dragonflies are buzzing around ponds, toadlets are taking their first steps on land, and birds are busy feeding their chicks and darting back and forth from their nests. 

Head to https://www.events.rspb.org.uk/BigPicnic to find an activity near you. Please note that while some of the activities are free, there is a £3.50 charge for some of the activity packs and events, and normal parking and entrance fees are still in place.   

RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve, Llanwddyn, Oswestry, Shropshire, Wales. Picnicking by the lake at Llechwedd Du; Roger Whiteway, RSPB Information Officer, talking to boys.

For a full list of our Big Picnic and May half term events on our nature reserves throughout the UK, visit: https://www.events.rspb.org.uk/BigPicnic 

For a full list of events on offer at our nature reserves in Wales, visit: https://events.rspb.org.uk/Cymru


Nature’s Nibbles Trail and the Big Picnic at RSPB South Stack 

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A family friendly trail where children and adults can learn about the variety of food that’s available for our wonderful wildlife across the reserve. 

May 21 – June 12

10am – 4pm 

£2 per child 


Children with moths on their noses after investigating a moth trap that had been left out overnight, North Yorkshire, June


Get Ready for the Big Picnic Adventure at RSPB Conwy 

Pack a feast into your picnic hamper and head to RSPB Conwy this May half term for a Big Picnic adventure.  

There are trails and activities to entertain the whole family under the watchful eye of Detective Hoot and Constable Crumbs. Pick up your Wild Detective pack, filled with goodies and try to solve the mystery of the season!   

Packs can be purchased from the Welcome Hut on arrival and there’s no need to book.  

Available from Saturday, May 28, 10am-3pm daily. 


Conwy Farmers Market 

Why not visit Conwy Farmers’ Market at the reserve on Wednesday, May 25, 9am-1pm to buy your fresh vegetables, local meats, cheeses, jams, pickles, and lots more, ready for your Big Picnic!  

Guided Wildlife Walk 

If you fancy the challenge of trying to spot 50 bird species in just a few hours, then why not join the knowledgeable guides and discover the wonderful wildlife of the nature reserve on Saturday, May 28, 11am-1pm. Booking essential for this event. 


Bug Safari 

Head out on a bug safari (for 6-12 yrs) on Thursday, June 2, 11am-12.30pm where you’ll explore different habitats and take a closer look at the incredible insects that live on the nature reserve! Booking essential: https://events.rspb.org.uk/events/17415

RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Nature Reserve, Llanwddyn, Oswestry, Shropshire, Wales. Picnicking by the lake at Llechwedd Du


Big Picnic and Games at RSPB Ynys-hir 

Pack your picnic and blanket and come and enjoy nature at RSPB Ynys-hir with your family and friends. After enjoying your picnic join us for an hour of games organised by reserve staff.  

Saturday, June 4

1pm – 3pm (Games 2-3pm) 

Family Ticket for RSPB members £6 / Family Ticket for non-members £10 



The Big Picnic and Play at Lake Vyrnwy 

Hire a picnic or bring your own and enjoy some fun, family time at Lake Vyrnwy. With activity packs to keep the little ones busy, self-led trails, traditional games and our wild play park, there’s no better way to enjoy the outdoors. All you need to do is turn up! 

June 2-4 from 11am – 4pm 

For picnic options and to book, please visit http://events.rspb.org.uk/lakevyrnwy

RSPB Ynys-hir Nature Reserve, Eglwys-fach, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales. Picnicking.


The Big Picnic is coming to Newport Wetlands 

The Big Picnic is coming to Newport Wetlands for half term week this May. So, pack a picnic and come along for a special adventure. 

This is an opportunity to enjoy some family fun outdoors in nature. The reserve is buzzing with wildlife at this time of year and there is plenty to see and do. Become a wildlife detective and take part in a mini bioblitz or have a go at our bumblebee and dragonfly pollinator trail. We will also have face painting and a ‘make your own moth’ craft activity. 

Why not visit the café for some picnic essentials and immerse yourself in nature in our wildflower picnic area. 

Saturday, May 28 until Sunday, June 5. 


RSPB/ALDI Wild Challenge Gold Awarded Tiverton Primary School taking part in activities including discovering a wild garden, Harringay,

Brand New Event – Yogi Duck and Little Chick! 

We are excited to reveal an exclusive, brand- new event at Newport Wetlands introducing a story written especially for us by local artist Isabel Benevides. The book entitled ‘Yogi Duck and the Little Chick’, will be a storytelling event where we will share the adventures of a little moorhen chick.  

Suitable for younger children, we will unveil the story in a quiet area of the reserve and then have fun doing some activities that go along with the book. 

The event will be an hour in length, each child’s ticket includes a free accompanying adult. Extra adult tickets can be purchased separately. Sorry no dogs at this event. There is a car park charge of £4 (free to RSPB members) which can be purchased on the day. 

Monday, May 30

11am – 12pm 

£5.70 child member; £7 child non-member; £2 extra adult 


Other bookable events at Newport Wetlands during half term include pond dipping and a reed bed ramble guided walk. https://events.rspb.org.uk/newportwetlands 

Before you head off home, don’t forget to visit the nature reserve shops at RSPB South Stack, RSPB Conwy and RSPB Newport Wetlands where you can buy all kinds of nature goodies from bug hotels, nest boxes and bird feeders, to bug ID kits and wildlife books so you can continue to explore nature on your own doorstep.