Whisby Nature Park & Natural World Centre

Whisby Nature Park is a major Local Nature Reserve, famous for its ponds and lakes, with over six miles of footpaths suitable for buggies and mobility scooters. Enjoy a day out including walking trails, bird watching, a Wildlife Adventure Playpark,an Education Centre,  a local produce café and gift shop, plus exhibitions and children’s activities.

Whisby Nature Park is host to The Natural World Centre, and one of  Lincolnshire  Wildlife Trust’s Education Centres. The Natural World Centre, which consists of two floors has been designed to ensure access for all. The Centre is set in the heart of the nature park, and houses the Boardwalk Café. The café serves local food that ranges from light refreshments to home cooked meals, all using Lincolnshire produce, and is ideally located in this lakeside setting. At the far end of the first floor is Otter’s reach indoor play area, a fantastic play area for children where parents can supervise with a coffee from Otter’s Reach café.

The centre also houses an eco-friendly shop which is stocked with fair trade, recycled and natural products. The Cygnet Suite is on the lower floor and can be hired out for conferences, meetings, private functions and parties.  You can also have your wedding here as the centre is a licensed wedding venue. The Natural World Centre is free entry and has won a number of awards, including the environmental Green Apple Award.

The Whisby Education Centre is purpose built, and managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and offers a range of  engaging learning experiences. The Centre enjoys stunning views over Thorpe lake, and is an ideal venue for school visits, training courses or small conferences.  The Education Centre offers classrooms and self enclosed grounds incorporating various activity areas, quiet green spaces and a purpose built pond dipping platform. The Centre’s experienced team of  Wildlife Trust Education Officers offer a wide range of environmental education opportunities for schools, family activities and specialist training days,  catering for all ages. Activities range from pond dipping,  mini-beast hunts, Bird watching, Natural art, orienteering, ecology workshops to Team building Bush craft and practical conservation days.


Whisby Nature Park is also home to the award winning Little Darters play area.  The play area boasts a unique mix of tunnels, towers and sand and water play.  You can enjoy a fresh cup of coffee and other light refreshments at the outdoor seating area of the cafe, while watching your little ones enjoy some of the most inventive play equipment around. Little Darters offers a great experience for all the family!

Entry is free.

There are baby changing facilities in all toilets and breast feeding mothers are welcome.

To find out more contact The Natural World Centre on:

01522 688 868

naturalworld@lincsinspire.com or the Environmental Education Centre on: 01522 696926


If you would like to find out more about the character area that contains Whisby Nature Park please visit:


The heritage connect Lincoln site allows you to explore the character areas in the City of Lincoln and has a wealth of information on the history and development of the chosen area.

For details of all the events and activities happening at Whisby please see:




How to find us:

Whisby Nature Park
Moor Lane

Just off the A46 coming out of Lincoln, heading towards Newark.