Things to do in Lincolnshire

Food & drink

The Paddocks Tea Room (0.5 miles/10 minute walk). Set in a converted barn this tearoom offers delicious home cooked snacks, farmhouse lunches and freshly baked cakes all prepared on the premises. Soak up the peaceful surroundings in the tearoom or just laze about in the garden area.

The Hope and Anchor – South Ferriby (8 miles). The ultimate in gastro pubs, this 19th-century pub is nestled at the heart of the South Ferriby community, located just five minutes from the mighty Humber Bridge in North Lincolnshire. The Pub offers a combination of traditional seasonal cuisine and historic dishes. Chef Patron, Slawek Mikolajczyk’s quest for excellence in taste and flavour is combined with his respect and love of fresh seasonal produce to create a menu of British favourites in harmony with the building’s Maritime origins.

The Sheffield Arms – Burton upon Stather (2.5 miles). A well-established country pub located at the heart of Burton Upon Stather in Scunthorpe. It has a traditional look and feel with open fireplaces, exposed beams and warm wooden furnishings. The pub is famous for its quality drinks offer, including cask marque accredited ales, and delicious locally sourced, home cooked food, which brings both locals and those from the wider area through its doors. The Sheffield Arms is also well loved for its entertainment offer including a weekly pub quiz and regular live music.

The Sloop Inn – Barton Upon Humber (11 Miles). If you like the British cuisine, you should visit this bar. Many visitors come to try nicely cooked meat piessoup and haddock. You can order good yorkshire puddingice cream and sticky toffee pudding. Come to The Sloop Inn for delicious lagerale or bitter. As a lot of guests remark, coffee is really great.

Winteringham Fields, Winteringham (5 miles) A Michelin star restaurant  with a range of superb dishes using local produce is featured very strongly in the menu, with herbs and vegetables grown in Winteringham Fields gardens.

Pipe and  Glass, Beverly (28 Miles) The Pipe and Glass is a former coaching inn set in the glorious surroundings of the Dalton Estate. Run since 2006 by James and Kate Mackenzie, the pub and restaurant have gained an international reputation and many major awards, including a Michelin star (held since 2010).

The Imaginarium Restaurant in Barton-upon-Humber  (11 miles) offers a wide range of traditional & contemporary food to suit all tastes.

Nearby Scunthorpe has an excellent array of restaurants, pubs and cafes.


Activities for the kids

Go Ape Normanby Hall, Normanby DN15 9HU (4 miles)
A stately backdrop to your Go Ape experience at Normanby Hall. One of our newer locations, this Treetop Challenge and Treetop Adventure course offer something a little different.

The Pods, Scunthorpe DN16 1AA (8 miles).
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.

The Pink Pig Farm, Scunthorpe DN16 3RE (11 miles)
A friendly Lincolnshire farm with an award winning Greedy Pig cafe, indoor playbarn & thrilling farm park with lots of indoor and outdoor play including a a zip wire, enjoy the water play area . They can also meet the permanent residents at the farm including pigs, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and llamas plus a free tractor/trailer ride.

Arial Trail, Scunthorpe DN16 3RE (11 miles)
This is a high rope adventure course consisting of 18 sections split into two courses high up in the trees, the course ends with two 100m zip lines.

Play Avenue, Messingham DN17 3RD (13 miles)
A safe and secure purpose-built play area where little ones can try their hand at a whole host of ‘grown up’ jobs. From vet to builder, hair stylist to police person, they are free to explore while you kick back with a coffee in the cafe.

Messingham Zoo, Messingham DN17 3PN (14 miles)
This is a small zoo but extremely intimate between visitors and the animals. You can spend time in each enclosure absorbing the environment and interacting with each species housed at the zoo.

Elsham Activity Centre, Moor Farm, Elsham DN20 0PA (17 miles)
For an exciting experience head to Elsham Activity Centre and try paintballing, archery, axe throwing and even a giant inflatable assault course for some unforgettable holiday memories.


Museums & culture

North Lincolnshire Museum, Scunthorpe DN15 7BD (7.5 miles).
Explore through a range of award winning collections and interactive displays. Families can see changing exhibitions that tell stories of local industry and people. You can also find amazing Archaeology which houses lots of interesting and special finds.

20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe DN15 6TB (7.5 miles).
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.

Appleby and Froddingham Preservation Society, Scunthorpe DN16 1DQ (8.5 miles).
On selected summer weekends, AFRPS run railtours around the Scunthorpe Steelworks site. With guides on hand, you’ll learn all about Iron and Steel Making with glimpses of red hot steel. The afternoon tours are suitable for all the family and on selected Saturday evenings Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation run adult only brake van tours. You can also enjoy a coffee in a restored Buffet carriage when there is a short stop at the loco sheds.

The Ropewalk, Barton-upon-Humber DN18 5JT (11.5 miles).
The Ropewalk is a regionally acclaimed centre for the arts housing four gallery spaces, a sculpture garden and coffee shop. Situated on the southern bank of the River Humber, The Ropewalk was initially part of a rope making factory which opened in 1767. The factory eventually closed in 1989.

Thornton Abbey and Gatehouse, Ulceby DN39 6TU (17.5 miles).
Once an 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.

The Trolley Bus Museum, Sandtoft DN8 5SX (19 miles).
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.

Hull (21 miles).
Hip-deep in culture, Hull has over 800 years of history and one of the richest seafaring legacies in the UK. Discover virtually every inch of the city’s fabled past in the unique Museums Quarter, which comprises four distinct attractions, including the Streetlife Museum; a striking former trawler, the Arctic Corsair; and The Deep, the nationally renowned ‘submarium’ with its shark walk and riverfront location.

Other up and coming cultural hotspots include the recently rebuilt Hull Truck Theatre, as well as the Fruit Market, a restored warehouse venue on the city’s marina which hosts a plethora of cultural events including gigs, exhibitions and the popular bi-monthly cinema event, Cult Cinema Sunday.


Walks & nature reserves

Alkborough Flats Nature Reserve (13 minute walk).
Enjoy breathtaking views on the Burton hills following the river Trent to this delightful village or visit Julian’s Bower, a rare ancient labyrinth. The views across the confluence of the rivers Trent, Ouse and Humber are spectacular. On a clear day you can see the towers of York Minster. The area is a haven for wildlife and ideal for bird watching with Egrets, Shell Ducks, Reed Buntings and Swans all in evidence.

Normanby Hall Country Park, Normanby DN15 9HU (4 miles).
This elegant Regency Hall is set in 300 acres of beautiful parkland, gardens and pleasure grounds. Discover Lincolnshire’s rich rural heritage in the fascinating Farm Museum or take a relaxing walk through the woodland or deer park where herds of red and fallow deer peacefully graze. In the summer there is a small petting farm. There are playgrounds, lakes, Stableyard café and a gift shop.

Ashby Ville Nature Reserve, Scunthorpe DN16 3WR (10 miles).
A natural beauty spot and great for dog walkers too, with easy flat walking and plenty of wildlife to see.

Far Ings National Nature Reserve, Barton-upon-Humber DN18 5RG (11 miles.
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.

Waters’ Edge Country Park & Visitor Centre, Barton-upon-Humber DN18 5JR (12 miles).
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 wander around the park. The centre also hosts craft fairs, pottery workshops and has two playgrounds making it a top attraction for families to visit.

Humber Bridge Country Park, Hessle (14 miles).
Situated in the remains of one of the many chalk quarries that helped to drive the area’s industry in the early 20th century, the park offers 48 acres of woodlands, open meadows and wildlife ponds to explore. Surrounded by chalk cliffs on three sides, Humber Bridge is a popular place for family walks, and attracts a variety of wildlife, including more than 20 species of butterflies.

Messingham Sand Quarry Nature Reserve, Messingham DN17 3RD (14 miles).
The sand pits at Messingham provided sand for local industries. No longer used, the pits have filled with water and the area is now an important local nature reserve, managed by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. There is a short waymarked walk through the reserve to two bird watching hides overlooking the lakes.

Elsham Hall Gardens and Country Park, Brigg DN20 0QZ (16 miles).
A beautiful place to enjoy a wonderful day amidst lakeside gardens, a variety of adorable animals and birdlife, as well as a delightful tearoom.


Other attractions

Eddie Wright Raceway, Normanby Rd, Scunthorpe DN15 8QZ, Scunthorpe DN15 8QZ (5.5 miles).
Enjoy a great night out at the speedway with family or friends, be that as a regular speedway goer or never been before first timer. Try it, you’ll be hooked!

Barton upon Humber (11 miles).
A charming market town with a fascinating history, offering museums and historic buildings, independent shops and restaurants. Follow the guided walks to take in some of our heritage attractions and historic buildings, from the historic St. Peter’s Church to the fascinating Wilderspin National School Museum.

The Old School Messingham DN17 3SA (12 miles).
A beautifully restored former Victorian school house, now home to Café 1906, a Deli & Butchers, an Antique Centre and Sims Flowers of Messingham. Café 1906 serves breakfasts, light lunches and sandwiches.

Hemswell Antique Centre, Gainsborough DN21 5TJ (23 miles).
This antiques centre is the largest in Europe, and offers a wonderful mix of antiques and collectables from history, and is home to the Lancaster Bomber from the Second World War.

Scampton (30 miles).
Home to the Red Arrows and the Dambusters Inn and Heritage Centre.

Grimsby (32 miles).
A large coastal seaport holding even more attractions. Explore its sea zoo, the Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre, and its Time Trap Museum

Cleethorpes (35 miles).
A traditional seaside resort on the east coast of Lincolnshire with long sandy beaches, sand dunes to the south and a central promenade. There are many and varied amenities with shops, cafes, amusements and seaside stalls selling candy floss, and buckets and spades. There is the original pier and a boating lake with pedalos and rowing boats. On the outskirts is Pleasure Island Theme Park for a fun-filled day.

Lincoln (36 miles).
Lincoln has an impressive hill-top medieval cathedral that not only boasts striking architecture but was also a film location for both The Da Vinci Code and coronation scenes in Young Victoria. Walk the walls of Lincoln Castle and climb the tower, taking in views over the city. In the summer months, enjoy the open-air theatre, pop and rock concerts and re-enactment weekends in the castle grounds. The castle also houses Lincoln’s Magna Carta. Lincoln has great shopping with quaint and quirky independent shops in the cathedral quarter, including the famous Christmas Market in early December.

York (49 miles).
Boasting two theatres, character pubs and great shopping, York has it all. Discover the Minster, its medieval walls, boat trips on the River Ouse, York Races, museums (including the famous National Railway Museum and the Castle Museum) and the internationally-renowned Jorvik Viking Centre and its “time trip” experience.