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Hire A Guide at RSPB Minsmere

Book your own exclusive, personalised, half-day tour with an experienced Minsmere guide to explore our important habitats and discover some of the amazing wildlife found here. These are tailormade walks for groups of up to four people, and our guides will try to accommodate specific requests from attendees, wherever possible. They are perfect for small groups of friends who wish to learn more about Minsmere together.

All tickets cover up to four people and include reserve entry fees plus a hot drink in the café after the walk for all attendees.

Note: tickets go on sale no earlier than six months before the event date.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? 

There are no age restrictions, but as most walks last about 2.5 hours, they may not be suitable for younger children. We don’t recommend bringing pushchairs on our guided walks.

I am not an RSPB member, can I still attend? 

Yes, non-members are welcome. Entry fees are included in the ticket prices. If you decide the join the RSPB then you receive free entry to all RSPB nature reserves and discounted tickets for events. Please ask about membership at reception.

Join 1.2 million members who are helping to protect wildlife and the special places they live. Explore some of the UK’s most treasured landscapes and seek out some of our most iconic wildlife with unlimited free access into 170 nature reserves. 

Why have the ticket prices gone up so much this year?

Our ticket prices have not been increased since 2021. We have added a small amount to the ticket price this year to reflect increased costs. In addition, we have included the entry fees in the ticket price for non members this year, rather than charging an additional entry fee payable on arrival. The entry fee for non members is £9 for adults, £5 for children. We have also included a hot drink in the ticket prices this year. Hire a Guide tickets include four entry fees as up to four people can attend.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event? 

Minsmere is signposted from the A12 and the village of Westleton (two miles away). On arrival there is a large, free car park. Cycle racks are available at the visitor centre. There are toilets in the visitor centre 

What can I bring into the event? 

We recommend suitable outdoor clothing. Bring your own binoculars and camera if you have them, or hire binoculars from the shop – binocular hire is discounted if you book in advance. You may wish to carry a drink and/or snack. The reserve cafe will be open after the walk. No dogs, except registered assistance dogs please 

Do I need binoculars? 

We recommend that everyone has binoculars on our walks so that you don’t miss any of the spectacular wildlife our guides will show you. If you don’t have any, they can be hired from the shop. We offer a discount on any binocular hire that is pre-booked, via this website, at the time of booking. Binoculars hired on the day will cost £5 or £7.  

There are less than four of us, do we get a discount?  

Unfortunately not. These personalised tours are designed for groups of up to four people, with tickets priced per tour, rather than per person. You might prefer to book one of our other tours, such as birdwatching for beginners, instead, or to invite a friend to share the cost.

There are more than four of us, can we still book?  

Yes. These tours can be adapted for groups of up to eight people. Please book, then email to let us know how many people will be attending as an additional charge of £10 per person will apply for the extra people. This extra charge is payable on the day. For groups bigger than eight people, contact the reserve for details of group bookings. 

I don’t want to stay for a hot drink in your café. Can I pay less for the walk?

Unfortunately not. However, we will be able to provide you with a voucher for your hot drink which can be redeemed up to one week after the date of the walk/safari

How can I contact the organiser with any questions? 

Email or call us on 01728 648281 for further details. For cancellations, please ring 01728 648281. 

What's the refund policy? 

If we cancel an event for any reason you will receive a full refund and we will give you as much notice as practicable. Should you need to cancel, then you receive a full refund up to three days before the event, after which no refund is available. Cancellations must be made by calling us on 01728 648281 between 9 am and 4 pm. Alternatively, we will happily transfer your ticket to another event of the same title. If you are unable to attend on the day, please call us to let us know so that our guides don’t wait for you. 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? 

If possible, please bring your ticket or email confirmation with you. RSPB members should bring their membership cards with them please.  

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable? 

You can transfer your booking to another event up to one week before the event. 

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends? 

When booking, please list the names of all attendees. On the day we will check the names against the booking, so please make sure that whoever attends knows what name was on their booking.  

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