SUFFOLK TOURIST GUIDE

RSPB Minsmere

Westleton
Minsmere
Saxmundham
Dunwich
Suffolk
United Kingdom
IP17 3BY
Geocoding service

RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere is more than just a Nature Reserve, it's a great day out for everyone, young and old.

Families will love the Wild Zone, complete with den building, child-sized sand martin tunnels and a willow-woven nest.
Children can play whilst parents can relax on comfortable sculpted sky-watching seats.

The Discovery Centre is a great venue for school groups or birthday parties, and is also used for many of our family events.

In our Visitor Centre, families can borrow an Explorer Backpack for self-guided wildlife discovery. These packs contain binoculars, a bugbox and a wildlife checklist.

You can choose from a variety of countryside walks through stunning coastal, wetland, woodland and heathland scenery, with 8 wildlife watching hides throughout the Reserve to sit and relax as you watch the wide variety of wildlife. Volunteer guides are often on hand to help, or book a guided walk before you visit if you prefer.

The views and wildlife change throughout the seasons, but theres always a variety of birds on the feeders outside the cafe.

In the Cafe much of the food is homemade using locally-sourced ingredients and the shop sells everything from wildlife homes to binoculars, cards to childrens gifts.

In spring, Minsmere is alive with birdsong, displaying birds and migrants passing through. Summer sees insects flitting among a variety of flowers, and breeding birds busily feeding their young. As the colours change in autumn, the red deer rut takes centre stage and winter migrants begin to return to the marshes and lagoons. The golden reedbeds and flocks of ducks dominate a winter visit.

For local information please see:Saxmundham Guide
Dunwich Guide
and for Accommodation near Minsemere click here

Special Offers and Events

Events 2017

Events at North Warren - *
Events at Havergate Island - **
(all other events at RSPB Minsmere)
Family events - ***
Free events - ****

March
Sat 4 – Magic of Minsmere: 9.15 am
Sat 4 – Havergate Island boat trip: FULLY BOOKED - **
Sun 5 – Birds for beginners: 10.30 am
Tues 7 – Magic of Minsmere: 9.30 am
Wed 8 – Birds for beginners: 1.30 pm
Sat 18 – Binocular and telescope open day: 10 am – 4 pm - ****
Sun 12 – Magic of Minsmere: 9.15 am
Sun 19 – Binocular and telescope open day: 10 am – 4 pm - ****
Tues 14 – Magic of Minsmere: 9.30 am
Sat 18 – Magic of Minsmere: 9.15 am
Sun 19 – Birds for beginners: 10.30 am
Tues 21 – Magic of Minsmere: 9.30 am
Wed 22 – Birds for beginners: 1.30 pm
Sun 26 – Magic of Minsmere: 9.15 am
Tues 28 – Magic of Minsmere: 9.30 am


April
Sat 1 – Minsmere@70 wildlife walk: 9.15 am
Sat 1 – Havergate Island boat trip: 10 am - **
Sun 2 – Birds for beginners: 10.30 am
Mon 3 – Pond dipping: 10 am – 4 pm - ***
Tue 4 – Sounds of spring (with breakfast): 7.30 am
Tue 4 – Minsmere’s minibeasts: 10 am – 4 pm - ***
Wed 5 – Birds for beginners: 1.30 pm
Wed 5 – Living art, Easter crafts & family nature walks: 10 am – 4 pm - ***
Thurs 6 – Bird ringing demonstration: 10 am – 4 pm - ***
Sat 8 – Havergate’s hares: first boat at 9 am - **
Sun 9 – Minsmere@70 wildlife walk: 9.15 am
Sun 9 – Havergate’s hares: first boat at 9 am - **
Mon 10 – Pond dipping: 10 am – 4 pm - ***
Tue 11– Sounds of spring (with breakfast): 7.30 am
Tue 11 – Minsmere’s minibeasts: 10 am – 4 pm -***
Wed 12 – Living art, Easter crafts & family nature walks: 10 am – 4 pm - ***
Thurs 13 – Bird ringing demonstration: 10 am – 4 pm - ***
Sat 15 – Minsmere@70 wildlife walk: 9.15 am
Sun 16 – Birds for beginners: 10.30 am
Tue 18 – Sounds of spring (with breakfast): 7.30 am
Sun 23 – Minsmere@70 wildlife walk: 9.15 am
Tue 25 – Sounds of spring (with breakfast): 7.30 am
Wed 26 – Birds for beginners: 1.30 pm
Sat 29 – Minsmere@70 wildlife walk: 9.15 am
Sat 29 – Binocular and telescope open day: 10 am – 4 pm - ****
Sat 29 – Minsmere: celebrating 70 years of wildlife: 9 am – 5 pm - ***
Sun 30 – Sounds of spring (with breakfast): 7.30 am
Sun 30 – Binocular and telescope open day: 10 am – 4 pm - ****
Sun 30 – Minsmere: celebrating 70 years of wildlife: 9 am – 5 pm - ***


Visiting arrangements at Minsmere

Entry charges to the reserve:
adult £9,
child £9 (under 5s free),
families one child free,
students £6.00
Free for RSPB and Wildlife Explorer members.
Your entry fee will be refunded if you become a member on the day of your visit.

Opening times
Nature trails and hides open daily.
From 1 February to 31 October:
Visitor centre and shop open from 9 am to 5 pm.
Cafe open 9.30 am to 4.45 pm.
Hot food served 11.30 am to 2.30 pm.
From 1 November to 31 January:​
Visitor centre, shop and cafe open 10 am to 3.30 pm
Reserve and all facilities closed 25 and 26 December.

Facilities at Minsmere
Access to the visitor centre is free. At the reception desk, you can hire binoculars or a children’s Explorer Backpack. You can also find out more about the reserve and the RSPB. The shop stocks a wide range of books, outdoor clothing, gifts, binoculars and telescopes. You can enjoy a light meal or snack in the cafe. There are toilets, with baby changing facilities, and a large car park beside the visitor centre.
Families can explore the Discovery Centre, Wild Zone and Wild Wood Adventure to find out about Minsmere’s wildlife. A permit is needed for the three nature trails, which are each about 1.5 miles long. Two of the eight birdwatching hides are accessed via steps, and two via the beach. The rest of the hides and trails are accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs. A free trail guide is available from reception. Sorry, no dogs on the nature trails, but they are welcome around the visitor centre and car park, where there is a limited amount of shaded parking.

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Additional Features

Fun for the Whole Family
Kids Love It!
Nature Lover's Paradise
Rare Species
Talks and Events Held
Visitor Centre
Outdoor Activities
Unique Day Out
Home made food
Freshly prepared food
Suitable for all
Disabled Toilets
No dogs except assistance dogs
Guided tours available
Nature Courses
Photography Courses
Activities for all the family


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