For a free family day out packed with wildlife and nature don’t miss Waters’ Edge Country Park and Visitor Centre. Explore 110 acres of country park and nature reserve, discover how green you are with our interactive displays or just chill out by the ponds and feed the ducks. Little ones will love our reading corner and giant games and can burn off energy in our outdoor areas.
In the Visitor Centre you will find the gift shop which stocks a variety of locally crafted gifts including jewellery, toys and games, handbags, scarves, books, stationery and wildlife surveillance equipment.
Enjoy quality coffee and food, whilst taking in the spectacular views over the Humber Estuary at Honey Pot Café located within the centre, with outside decked seating area in the summer. The Honey Pot Café is a privately owned and managed café within the Visitor Centre.
Please note – only guide dogs are allowed in the centre.
Follow Waters’ Edge on Facebook and find out what’s on in the centre and country park. Please check opening times on Facebook before you visit, as the centre closes at different times throughout the seasons and on Bank Holidays.
The centre is also the local Tourist Information Centre, please visit the reception desk for help.
Waters’ Edge have received their accreditation to ‘Become Cycle Friendly’! You can now take a cycle friendly trip to this attraction. Cycling – Visit North Lincolnshire
Part of the upcoming project HMS (Historic, Motor and Sail) these historic vessels are living museums and offer visitors a rare and memorable experience. Catering for corporate parties and with many other visiting opportunities available this is a must for every North Lincolnshire visitor. The upcoming HMS project is in development, with these two national treasures as their flagships. Keep up to date with this exciting new project by following their facebook page The Chronicles of H.M. Schooner Pickle.
For opening times, bookings and other visiting opportunities please call Mal Nicholson on the contact details below
The Victorian Walled Garden is a treat for any garden lover. Originally built in 1817 and restored in 1997, the garden is a nostalgic journey to the heyday of Victorian gardening. The kitchen garden contains a wealth of 19th century fruit and vegetable varieties, many of which are available to buy at harvesting time. Colourful herbaceous borders in the Sunken Garden and naturalised springtime bulbs and rhododendrons in the parkland complete the seasonal interest.
The park is a perfect place for a family day out. Set in the beautiful lakeside gardens of Elsham Hall, the park offers carp lakes where you can feed the fish, an adventure playground, secret garden, art gallery and the Secret Garden Tea Room . Within contemporary gardens there are aviaries, animal paddocks, a sensory garden and a guinea pig village.
Reduced rates of admission during out of season.
Based at Kirton-in-Lindsey we offer trial flights and gift vouchers as the perfect way to get into gliding: they allow you to experience your first flight and also include a month’s membership so you can come back and have another go!
You’re guaranteed a warm welcome when you come to visit, so why not come and give gliding a go? We also arrange group flying events, so why not bring your work colleagues, club/organisation friends for a trial flight?
Opening weekends and Wednesdays.
Come and spend a relaxing day at the Pods where you can try out the 25m pool or help little ones learn to swim in the teaching pool. Relax and enjoy a coffee and a snack in the café. The 85 station gym and choice of more 50 classes per week are perfect for those who want to work up a sweat. Situated next to Central Park in Scunthorpe, The Pods is the largest sports and fitness facility in North Lincolnshire.
The Hub Café is open:
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 3.30pm
The Hub serves snacks, sandwiches and paninis, salads, fruit granola pots, jacket potatoes, and cakes. It also serves Lavazza coffee, speciality teas, hot chocolate and soft drinks.
Our further NL Active centres include: Leisure, sport and physical activity – North Lincolnshire Council (northlincs.gov.uk)
Situated just to the north of Scunthorpe, the farm is part of the ‘Higher Level Environment Scheme’. It offers ‘open access’ to walkers on the hillside grassland, along with access routes around arable fields. It provides good views of the Trent Valley and hosts a variety of measures to encourage a diverse flora and fauna. Pre-booked group and school visits are also available; for these, refreshments can be provided, along with the use of the full range of facilities at the ‘Fenestra Conference Centre’, which is also to be found on the farm. The centre is suitable for a wide range of uses and activities.
In a superb natural setting, where the rivers Trent and Ouse join to form the Humber, Alkborough Flats is an exciting project, which helps prevent thousands of homes from flooding. The site is perfect for lovers of wildlife. By breaching the river defences new habitats have been created which are a haven for wading birds and wildfowl, making the site an ideal area for bird watching and leisurely walks. Limited accessibility on some footpaths.
Thousands of wintering waterbirds can be seen at Alkborough Flats and include significant numbers of golden plover, lapwing, ruff, black-tailed godwit, curlew, redshank, avocet, shelduck, teal, wigeon. Other frequent sightings include marsh harrier, little egret, spoonbill, bearded tit. Mammals include otter, water vole, brown hare and several species of bat.
Images: Black tailed godwit, Alkborough Flats and little egret.
Why not join us on the new Lincolnshire Bird Trail to find the best places go and all the inside information to get the best out of a visit at any time of year.
Check out the new trail Alkborough Flats Birding Trail – Visit Lincolnshire for more.
Discover the wildlife of the South Humber Bank at the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Far Ings National Nature Reserve. The freshwater clay pits, reedbeds, meadows and hawthorn scrub are rich in flora and fauna. The range of birds includes reedbed specialists and rarities. Excellent birdwatching facilities, events and educational opportunities are available here. This visitor centre is also full of stunning views across the estuary and pits.
Visit our new petting zoo and rare breeds centre and get up close to llamas and alpacas, rheas and emus, wallabies, deer, goats, pigs and rabbits. There is a play area and bouncy castle for little ones and a café and ice cream parlour with a picnic area for you to enjoy a spot of lunch, fun for all the family.
Open 10am to 5pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday plus Bank Holidays, then 7 days during school holidays.