Lackford Lakes
Nature Reserve
Bury St.Edmunds
IP28 6HX

Tel : 01284 728706

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Events at Lackford Lakes

Educational visits to Lackford Lakes

Birthday parties at Lackford Lakes

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Lackford Lakes Visitor Centre

We are open throughout the festive season on the dates below:-

Reserve open dawn to dusk daily

Visitors Centre
Christmas Eve                         Open  
Christmas Day                         Closed
Boxing Day 26th                       Closed
Sunday, 27th                             Open  
Monday Bank Hol 28th            Open  
Tuesday, 29th                           Closed as normal
Wednesday, 30th                      Open  
Thursday, 31st                          Open  
Friday, 1st Jan                          Open  

Thereafter the Visitors Centre is open as normal Wednesdays-Sundays (closed Mondays & Tuesdays)

Lackford Lakes Visitor Centre       Lackford Lakes Display room 

                               The visitor centre accross the reedbeds                                       The Shop at Lackford

Lackford Lakes Visitor Centre was built in 2002 and is one of three visitor centres for Suffolk Wildlife Trust. The Visitor centre has a range of facilities to enhance your visit to Lackford Lakes including an information desk, gift shop, viewing gallery, light refreshments and toilets (including a disabled access toilet).


The viewing galleryChildren's corner

                                                                   The viewing gallery                    Children's corner

The first and ground floor viewing areas offer stunning views across the Nature Reserve and bird feeding station and provide a way to enjoy the reserve without the need for a long walk. As well as providing a great vantage point for the feeding stations, the viewing gallery also hosts a children's corner with reading and reference books, colouring pages and a gallery of visiting children's artwork.

The circular kingfisher trail (approx 1km) is suitable for wheelchair/ pushchair users and almost all hides have wheelchair access. The centre has its own mobility buggy for visitors to use (it is advisable to give us a ring if you would like to book this facility). Binoculars and wildlife explorer backpacks are available to borrow from the centre to enhance your visit.

Goldfinches and Chaffinch   Great Spotted Woodpecker              Mobility Buggy outside hide

                                      Visitors to the feeders in front of the Visitor Centre                           Mobility buggy outside hide

Borrowing binoculars to enjoy the reserve

Borrowing binoculars to enjoy the reserve

The education room 


A separate education room provides additional facilities for school visits, children's birthday parties, adult courses and a wide range of holiday and family wildlife events. The education room is also availabe for hire for meetings, please contact the Centre Co-ordinator for more information on centre hire.


There is no charge to visit Lackford lakes, but we hope you will choose to make a donation or to join Suffolk Wildlife Trust to help us to maintain the reserve.

Visitor Centre opening times:
The Centre is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am-4pm from 1st November to 31st March and 10am- 5pm from 1st April to 31 November, including bank holidays throughout the year.


The reserve and hide network are open from dawn to dusk every day.

To avoid disturbance to wildlife no dogs, fishing or cycling permitted on reserve.





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