Make a Splash at WWT’s Dusty’s Puddle Jumping Championships February Half Term 2018

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This February half term, children of all ages are being encouraged to grab their wellies, get outside and join in puddle jumping championships being held across the UK at WWT’s nine wetland centres, including Slimbridge, Martin Mere and London.


This year WWT’s new children’s character, Dusty Duck is joining in the fun again and helping kids create the biggest, craziest splash possible.  Dusty was exclusively designed by the world-famous Aardman studios to help celebrate WWT’s 70th anniversary by getting children closer to nature.


At each wetland centre, children will compete against each other to see who can produce the biggest splash from their puddle jump – as measured by special splash-o-meters.  They will also be judged on their enthusiasm and jumping style.   Daily winners will be announced throughout the half term and some lucky ‘super-splashers’ will receive a fantastic prize! 


Every contestant will receive a ‘splashtastic’ sticker to acknowledge their puddle jumping skills.


As well as the main puddle jumping competition arenas, at selected centres there will be practice zones set up around the stunning grounds to help entrants perfect their splashing techniques.  In previous years these areas have been a hive of splashing activity.


Hannah Clifford from WWT said:


“We know that children love nothing more than to splash about in puddles, so we thought we’d give them the chance to channel their inner splasher through our nation-wide puddle jumping competition at our Wetland Centres.


We’ve really perfected the championships this year, with brilliant competition areas, practice puddle zones, great prizes and expert judging panels. 


It’s all a lot of fun and we know that children who love puddles often grow up to be adults that love the outdoors. So through these championships we’re gently nurturing a love that may help protect wetlands and the wildlife that depend on them for years to come.”


To find your nearest wetland centre and join in the fun visit

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