North East Puddle Jumping Championships to take place Washington Wetland Centre during February half term

Families are being invited to take part in the North East Puddle Jumping Championships.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 12:50 pm
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 5:45 pm
File picture of someone making a splash

After a wintry weekend thanks to Storm Ciara, the team at Washington Wetland Centre is getting ready to make a splash with the event – which they say will be guaranteed fun whatever the North East weather.

The centre is encouraging adults to join children by unleashing their inner child and releasing everyday stress in the event.

Competitors will be able to warm up in the puddle-jumping practice zone before challenging family and friends to a race around the Welly Boot Camp obstacle course – complete with a puddle jumping finale.

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WWT Washington centre manager Gill Pipes said: “We know that everyone, whether that be children or adults, love nothing more than to splash in puddles, so we’re giving them the chance to channel their inner splasher with this fun event.

“We also believe that children who love puddles can grow up to be adults that love the outdoors, so through these championships we’re gently nurturing a passion that may help protect wetlands and the wildlife that depend on them for years to come.”

Visitors to WWT Washington will also be able to enjoy a host of other fun activities throughout the day including welly wanging, a welly shy and ceramic welly boot decorating.

The event will run from Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 February with any age welcome to take part. There are varying levels of difficulty throughout the obstacle course, and grown-ups will be needed to help smaller children.

The Working Wetlands Garden at Washington Wetland Centre. Picture by Ian Henderson