Facilities at Strumpshaw Fen

Full facilities information

Our visitor centre is housed within Reception hide and is open daily. 

Open daily, dawn-dusk. Closed outside of these hours.  

  • 60 spaces
  • 2 Blue Badge spaces
  • No lighting in car park
  • No height restriction barrier
  • No overnight parking or camping
  • Bicycle racks available
  • Dogs can die in hot cars, please do not leave your dog in the car when visiting us.

Please be respectful of other visitor access, our team and our neighbours by not parking on the road, verges or in gateways, as it causes an obstruction for residents and emergency services.

Our toilets are open daily, 9:30am-5pm.

They are located in a separate block at the entrance to the reserve.

No accessible toilet but there are larger cubicles, situated at the reserve entrance.

Refreshments

Takeaway refreshments are available from our outdoor welcome point daily, 9.30am5pm.

  • Wherever possible, our food is sustainably packaged, locally sourced, organic, Fairtrade, palm-oil free or sustainable palm oil.
  • We serve our own bird-friendly coffee. Our coffee has been shade-grown which, unlike in traditional coffee plantations, involves our producers leaving the tree canopy above the coffee bush in place, providing vital homes for a rich-variety of wildlife. This also leads to our coffee growing more slowly giving its distinctive, smooth flavour and means it requires less water and has less need to use invasive fertilisers or pesticides. It is organic and Fairtrade as well.
  • Our friendly team are able to provide allergen information.

Help to keep this place safe and special for wildlife and people by taking your litter home with you.

We don’t have a shop here.

However, all our great RSPB products including our premium bird food and feeders, nestboxes and wildlife homes, our range of binoculars and telescopes and a variety of nature-inspired gifts, can be purchased from our online shop.

Our baby changing facilities are located in the toilets in a separate toilet block at the entrance to the reserve.

  • Picnic benches outside the visitor centre/reception hide.
  • Two tables with wheelchair spaces, three tables nearby on trail without wheelchair space.

Help keep this place safe and special for wildlife and people by taking your litter home with you.

BBQs are a fire risk, endangering other people and the precious wildlife and habitats here. They are not permitted on the reserve at any time.

Our popular RSPB binoculars are available to hire on your visit:

Binocular hire is available daily from 9.30am, to be returned no later than 4.30pm.

Looking for a new pair of binoculars or telescope? We’ve got a fantastic range suitable for all needs and budgets. Whether it’s a pair of binoculars for the family to spot nature in your own garden, a telescope to use out birding, or compacts that make seeing wildlife on your summer hikes that little bit extra special, we’ve got something for everyone. Prices start from just £25 with our own popular RSPB series, along with another premium brand Viking. Check out our online shop.

We run an exciting programme of guided walks and other events throughout the year.

Please see the ‘Events and Activities’ tab for more details of upcoming events and how to book.

Bringing a flock? See ‘Group booking’ information.

We have 3 hides in total - Reception Hide, Fen Hide and Tower Hide (Reception hide remains closed for now), plus informal viewing areas throughout the trails.

Our reserve boasts over 5km of walking over three signposted trails to help you explore this amazing landscape and the wildlife that calls it home. 

  • The Fen Trail is 3.8 km long. Allow around 1.5 hours to complete this trail. The route takes you through reedpeds and alongside pools and includes the tower hide which offers stunning view of the reserve. Keep a lookout for marsh harriers, bitterns and other reedbed birds. This is a gentle route, but the paths are uneven, and can be muddy or flooded in winter. If you encounter flooding, please turn back – don’t try to wade through!
  • The Meadow Trail is open in spring and summer only, and is 0.5 km long. Allow around 30 minutes to complete this trail. This route takes you through meadows buzzing with insects and dotted with beautiful wild orchids, so keep your eyes peeled for rare swallowtail butterflies with their striking yellow and black wings (late May to mid-July). This trail is gentle, but the path is uneven with steps to the riverbank.
  • The Woodland Trail is 1.8 km long. Allow around 1 hour to complete this trail. Discover the magic of the woodland throughout the year; enjoy carpets of bluebells in spring, stumble across a family of stoats in summer, admire fascinating fungi in autumn and watch secretive treecreepers in winter. The paths on this trail are gentle, but are uneven in places and slope up to the riverbank. Enjoy views across the reserve and beyond to the river Yare from Pump House Lookout as part of this trail.

Download our trail guide here.

 

We have no formal educational facilities here, but see below for our exciting adventure trail, den building area, pond dipping kit hire and more.

For information on the exciting programme of curriculum-linked outdoor education sessions on other RSPB reserves, visit our school trips information. 

To help you go wild at school, check out our fantastic range of resources for teachers, or take on the Schools’ Wild Challenge

Although we do not have a formal play area, families can enjoy our adventure trail with den building and natural play opportunities, or hire a pond dipping kit.

Den building area open dawn till dusk.

Our pond dipping kits can be hired for just £3, available from 1 April-31 October. No booking is required - just pick up your kit from the reception hide and have fun!