Hartsholme Country Park lies just a few miles south-west of the City of Lincoln in Lincolnshire. It covers more than 200 acres and is an oasis of calm compared to the hustle and bustle of the City. This is the main reason we love the park. It’s a great place to stop off after a visit to the shops or to take a picnic and spend the day there. Lincolnshire doesn’t have a huge amount of large parks so when you can find a good one it’s worth going back. It is free to visit the Hartsholme country park. Find out what there is to see and do there in my review below.
Parking and How to Get there
Access to the car park for Hartsholme Park is via Skellingthorpe road. There isn’t a huge amount of parking available however we have always managed to find a space. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. It is free to park. You can also take a bus there from Lincoln city centre (numbers six and nine). The nearest bus stop is two hundred metres from the main entrance. You are allowed to take bikes to the park and cycle on the paths and grounds.
What is there to see and do at Hartsholme Park?
As mentioned above you can take bikes to Hartsholme park which is especially good for children that are learning to ride their bikes. I have spent many minutes giving my son a slight push to get him going again. He is always at his happiest riding around on the paths. They aren’t completely smooth but they aren’t far off. I can’t get over how little he looks in this photo. They grow up way too fast!
Visitor Centre and Cafe
“The Visitor Centre has exhibitions and interactive features on the wildlife and history of Hartsholme Country Park and neighbouring Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve. You can also pick up a paper version of their map and guide” (this is also available to download). The centre is open from 11am until 4pm depending on staff availability.
Not far from the visitor centre you will find the park’s cafe. This is not open all year round! It is relatively small but well stocked and they cook fresh food on site. Next to the cafe, you will also find the park’s toilets. They have baby changing facilities in the disabled toilet.
Woodland and Lakeside Nature Trails
You can independently wander around the woods and/or the lake at Hartsholme. The grounds are Victorian and still retain a Victorian feel today with an ornate bridge, boathouse, walls and more. Or you can pick up a nature trail leaflet from the visitor centre. There are a few ‘natural’ instruments to be found near the lake (head left from the play area) which my son always loves to play with. If you head left again from here towards the lake you may find people sailing their miniature yachts or motorised boats. This is always interesting to watch.
There are no boats that you can take out on the lake which is a shame as it is a large lake. Carrying on past the miniature boats you will pass the boathouse and eventually reach the ornate bridge. This is perfect for a few games of Pooh Sticks.
There’s plenty of ducks to feed on the lake so make sure you take plenty of duck food.
Children’s Play Area
This is always too busy for me to photograph properly. It isn’t the biggest children’s play area however it’s not small and there is plenty to keep little ones of all ages entertained. There’s a few swings, climbing area with slides and a miniature assault course.
Hartsholme country park has various events on throughout most of the year. Such as toddler time, crafts, activities for adults, park ranger activities such as lantern making, treasure hunts and more. Plus a Halloween trail, bird watching and much more. Please click here for a list of events at the park.
Hartsholme country park also has a campsite with 33 touring pitches with an electric hook up, One camping pod, showers and washing facilities with parking next to most units. There is a chemical disposal unit and dogs are allowed although must be on leads at all times whilst on the campsite.
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