For his fifth birthday, back in February, Daniel asked if we could go to Duck World to feed the ducks. Well I checked and could find no place called Duck World, at least not in the UK. In Daniel’s young mind, however, there should be such a place as Duck World (and I’m inclined to agree!) and so I set about finding a suitable location that would live up to his expectations. We settled on Arundel Wetland Centre and booked to go with the wider family in February half term. Unfortunately, chicken pox struck and the birthday outing had to be postponed. On Monday, however, we finally made it to Duck World!
Arundel Wetland Centre certainly lived up to Daniel’s high expectations and he announced to us that it was his best birthday ever. The Wetland Centre is home to a vast array of ducks and other waterfowl. We were spoilt with many sightings of goslings and ducklings including some really tiny baby moorhens. As we arrived we purchased three scoops of food for the ducks but to be honest we could have made do with much less than that. Many of the ducks did not seem overly hungry. Despite this, we did find a few who were interested, some even keen enough to eat out of Daniel’s hand.
One of the highlights of the day was our trip on the boat safari. The guide who took us on our boat safari was fantastic with the boys and pointed out things that would be of interest to them as well as the adults on the boat. The boys also enjoyed visiting various hides around the site and seeing what they could spot through the binoculars that Gramp had lent them.
We spent the whole day at Arundel Wetland Centre and there was still more that we could have done e.g. pond dipping. It was a fantastic day out and one that really catered for a wide spread of ages. The paths around the site were good and it would easily be manageable with a pushchair or a wheelchair. It’s not the cheapest day out but I would say that it represents good value for money (particularly if you take advantage of the 10% discount when buying your tickets online in advance). Given that it is not too far away from family in Chichester, I can certainly see us visiting again in the future.