Claythorpe Watermill and wildfowl gardens is a relatively small but very pretty attraction in Lincolnshire. It’s been some time since our day out there, however, I thought it was worth a share on here.
About Claythorpe Watermill and Wildfowl Gardens
Claythorpe is a very small village up near Alford. The mill itself is pretty much in the middle of nowhere and is relatively well signposted. The mill, dating back to the 18th Century, is no longer a working mill. It has now been turned into a shop and cafe and some of the old mill equipment can still be seen inside.
Including lunch, we were there for around 3 hours. If you don’t stop for lunch you will possibly pass a couple of hours there. This is reflected in the price as it is £5.45 for an adult, £3.50 for a child aged 3-15 and under 3’s are free. A family ticket is £16.00. Once you have purchased your ticket you are entitled to return as many times as you like, for free, over the next 12 months. It isn’t, however, open all year round as it shuts over the winter. Please check their website for opening days and times (see link at the top of this post).
Our Visit – What is there to see at Claythorpe Watermill
There were many geese, ducks and peafowl wandering around which Jamie thought was marvellous. As well as the lovely water around half of the mill there is also further water areas with ducks etc. which you are allowed to feed.
The main focus is on birds however they also have other animals such as marmosets, otters, wallabies and more. These can be found via a few walkways around the edge of the mill area.
Over the road from the mill, there is a playground for the children. It is set amongst the trees which did mean there was quite a bit of bird poo on everything. That aside it was a fun area with all sorts of intriguing things to see and play on. We found a large play boot, toadstools, houses, tigers and more. The main play equipment is a large wooden structure with bridges, swings and slides. By including this post on my blog I also get to include my wonderful Dad. He adored his days out with his Grandson.
If you’re after some gorgeous photos and a lovely location to photograph your little one then this is the place for you. There’s nowhere quite like it in Lincolnshire and if it was a bit closer to home we would certainly have visited again with a free return(s). They don’t claim to be a full day out however you will easily be able to pass 2-3 hours there, especially if you take your time to enjoy the beauty of the place.
If you are after other days out ideas in Lincolnshire why not check out this post – 200 Great Family Friendly Things to do in Lincolnshire – Days out.
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