Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre, Rushden Lakes

Activity Centres

Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre

Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre

Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre


In light of the current Coronavirus outbreak, we have taken the decision to close the visitor centre until further notice in order to protect our customers, volunteers and staff. 

We will continue to update our Facebook page (Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre) with any further developments and the Nene Wetlands team can be contacted by email at if you require specific information i.e. regarding events.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and wish all of our customers the very best during this difficult time. 



Discover the Wildlife of the River Nene

Situated on the boardwalk at Rushden Lakes Retail Park, our Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Nene Wetlands, a huge nature reserve made up of five connected wildlife sites.

Regular events are held at the centre, which houses our activity corner and shop, while at the other end of the boardwalk, families can explore the Discovery Play Area. We also have a designated education area for schools and community groups, as well as a sculpture trail.

Wheelchair and pushchair friendly. Mobility scooter available to hire.

Sculpture Trail and Discovery Area

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Our mile long nature loop starts near to the visitor centre and has a hard surface,  making it ideal for pushchairs and wheelchairs. There are seating areas and viewpoints to look out from, as well as fourteen wooden animal sculptures. Why not pick up an activity sticker pack from the centre and see if you can find them all?

Little ones will also enjoy exploring our Wildlife Discovery Area. Clamber over the sunken barge, climb into a heron’s nest, slide down slopes with our playful otters and even ride a spider!

Schools and Community Groups

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Engaging with and inspiring the next generation is a big part of our work in the Nene Wetlands and we have a designated education area to allow us to cater for larger groups.

From tailored guided walks and bird watching to pond dipping and bug hunting, there are lots of options to choose from. We are also able to offer some outreach opportunities including school assemblies and talks.

If you are interested in bringing a group to the Nene Wetlands, or if you would like us to come to you, please contact our Education and Community Officer at or call the visitor centre on 01933 779587 for more information.


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We rely on the help of volunteers to run our visitor centre and our activities. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact our Supporter Engagement and Retail Officer at or pop in and see us.

Contact Us

Wildlife Trust Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre, Rushden Lakes, Rushden, Northamptonshire, NN10 6FH

Facebook   Tel: 01933 779587    Email 

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Our education and community events are funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the 'Into the Valley' initiative to connect shoppers and visitors to Rushden Lakes with the amazing wildlife and wild places of the Nene Wetlands.