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7 great reasons why we love Whisby nature park, near Lincoln

Bucket list – ‘Visit Whisby nature park’ = completed

Whisby nature park is located just south of Lincoln in Lincolnshire, east midlands. There are so many elements that make this a great day out for everyone.

Here are my 7 great reasons why we love Whisby nature park.

Reason #1

It’s free to use the facilities and to walk around. Now that’s a pretty good reason in itself. You do have to pay to park so it’s not entirely free for everyone but at only £2 it’s not going to break the bank. You could always cycle there!

7 great reasons we love Whisby nature park, near Lincoln

Reason #2

Otters reach indoor adventure playground. You are given a token for an hours play which you hand back in when your little ones have finished having fun. It’s not soft play, more natural play. Most of the play equipment is made of wood. There’s a couple of slides and lots to climb on and play in.

7 great reasons we love Whisby nature park, near Lincoln

Jamie loves playing in the round hut. It’s a great place to play peek a boo.

Just to the left of the play equipment below is somewhere to buy drinks and snacks. There’s seats for the grown ups to sit and chill out while the kids play.

7 great reasons we love Whisby nature park, near Lincoln

There’s also a few educational things dotted around for the kids to play with.

Reason #3

The outdoor play area. There’s something for little kids and big kids too. The little ones will love the sand pit area. We always take our own bucket and spade, but you can buy them in their shop…and sometimes things get left behind. There is also a wooden play area in the sand pit with buckets on pulleys etc. Even on a chilly day it’s lots of fun to dig and make sandcastles!

        

The older kids will love the zip wire, climbing towers and tunnels.

        

And when the weather is a bit warmer there is a really fun water area to play and learn in. The kids have to learn to work together to get the water from the top down to the bottom.

That’s really quite a few reasons all rolled into one!

Reason #4

The choice of walks. There’s 6 walks around the lakes. Three of the walks are around 1.3 miles and the other 3 around 2+ miles. None more than 2.8 miles. All of the walks have footpaths, mostly with compacted limestone so it is a great place for buggies and for wheelchair users. The walks are all colour coded so you simply follow the coloured arrows for where you want to go. They do however provide a map free of charge. We followed the orange path around Grebe lake. It took around 45 minutes to do the walk including stops in hides. It was a nice, easy and peaceful walk. Here’s a few photos from our walk.

         

   

There’s benches dotted around on the walks in case you need a rest.

                                                

Reason #5

The hides. They are currently finishing a hide near the café and natural world centre. This over looks the largest lake called Thorpe lake.

There’s another hide a bit further along with some really useful print outs to help identify the birds on the lakes. There is also a wild bird viewing area near here. We spotted a really good variety of wild garden birds on the feeders.

        

There’s three other hides at Whisby, 2 of them on Grebe lake. If you are patient and look closely there is a really good variety of birds to be spotted.

Reason #6

Events. There is so much on, mostly all year round, at Whisby. There is a board in the shop area that keeps you updated but you can also find them online here. Again there’s something for everyone from exhibitions to adult craft workshops and talks. Plus discos, trails, crafts etc. for the little ones (some at a cost).

                                                     

Reason #7

Last but not least our last reason is the café. The boardwalk bistro is open most of the year and offers a good selection of hot and cold meals. You can enjoy lovely views of the main Thorpe lake while you eat your lunch. There is seating inside and out. They use locally sourced produce as much as possible. My Mum was especially happy with her chicken and leak pie with mash. The food was very tasty and lovely and hot. Considering they were busy the food arrived in good time.

They also have special themed events on during the day and at night too.

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If you’re looking for other free days out in Lincolnshire we had a great day out at the Museum of Lincolnshire life and also Woodthorpe garden centre.

 

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13 comments

  1. This looks so lovely! And the fact that you can do all that for free is fab! We often go to nature reserves and do a spot of bird/nature watching as I have a mini 2 yr old version of Chris Packham!! x

  2. Sounds like a great place to visit! Can’t believe how many things there are to do there and it’s sooo cheap! We’d like the bird watching the the trails. The sandpit area looks pretty cool too!

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