In North Lincolnshire we boast an amazing list of free attractions all ideal for a family adventure. There is lots of free events and activities aimed at all generations of the family. Here is just a few our favourites.
Normanby Hall Country Park is an award winning, 300 acre estate that hosts events, exhibitions and is open to the public throughout the year. Its amazingly diverse activities make it a meeting ground for all hobbyists and families. The park has a regency mansion, playgrounds, lakes, a farming museum, Stableyard café, wildlife and a gift shop.
The attraction is ideal for families as both children and adults can enjoy the wildlife that thrives at the park. Species include red deer, fallow deer, waterfowl and peacocks.
To expand on your knowledge of history you must visit the North Lincolnshire Museum. Families can see changing exhibitions that tell stories of local industry and people. You can also find an amazing Archaeology which houses lots of interesting and special finds.
The Baths Hall is one of Scunthorpe’s hot spots for entertainment. It is an event venue which combines the ages by having a modern auditorium affixed with a bath house constructed in the 1930s. It attracts performers from around the world including famous acts such as comedian Jimmy Carr and rock band Enter Shikari. Families can enjoy comedic shows, live music and dance performances throughout the year at the venue .
Once a Augustinian Abbey, this impressive fortified gatehouse of Thornton Abbey protected its inhabitants shortly after the Peasants Revolt. The monastery has undergone extensive restoration to preserve one of Britain’s finest gatehouses. Families can visit and relive the rich historic inner workings of the abbey while also observing the wildlife that blossoms at the attraction. It is great for a family day out.
Waters’ Edge Country Park & Visitor Centre is an awarding winning attraction set in an 110 acre country park. It overlooks the majestic, record holding Humber Bridge creating a cinematic view for visitors as they re-energise with a warm drink at the Honey Pot Café. A favourite activity is to feed the friendly waterfowl that wonder around the park. The centre also hosts craft fairs, pottery workshops and has two playgrounds making it a top attraction for families to visit.
Far Ings National Nature Reserve is perfect for families and aims to educate communities about wildlife through fun campaigns, such as Every Child Wild. There are a number of wild birds to observe including the unique smew waterfowl, colourful bearded tit and the specialist species Bittern.
This dynamic farm has a number of activities specifically organised for families. There is a thrilling farm park where children can slide down a zip wire, enjoy the water play area and play enchanting music with the farm’s musical instruments. They can also meet the permanent residents at the farm including pigs, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and llamas.
This arts centre is a family focused venue that hosts workshops, activities and events suitable for children. Families can expand their creative minds to form pieces of art like those surrounding them at the centre’s arts and crafts classes. Make sure to stop by the café for refreshment while evaluating the spectacular works surrounding you.
The Pods is a modern piece of architecture that sits across the beautifully green Central park. It is Scunthorpe’s largest fitness and sports facility that offers activities for all ages to get involved in. They also have a café for families to get a warm, soothing drink before exploring the playgrounds at Central park.
This museum is the world’s largest collection of historic trolleybuses and even includes an exhibition of Trolleybus history during the First World War. It also exhibits various vehicle models from past time periods including period motor buses! Families visit to experience walking through each time period by exploring the transport that people once drove in the past. They also host regular, fascinating events including tours around the museum and trolleybus rides.