Far Ings Education Centre

Far Ings Education Centre

Paul Grimshaw

Education and Visitor Centre

Far Ings Education and Visitor Centre lies just outside Barton-Upon-Humber and is surrounded by over 200 acres of National Nature Reserve with open water, reedbed, meadow and woodland habitats. It presents unique opportunities to experience and learn about the natural world first hand.

Educational opportunities

For schools

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Educational services for schools

Our Education Officers offer a wide range of activities ranging from pond dipping and mini-beast hunts, wild art and plant studies, ecological sampling and surveying, right through to team building and practical conservation work. All activities offered can be linked to the National Curriculum or various exam board syllabuses in order to meet your learning requirements.

The Centre caters for youngsters from 5 to 18, can deliver activities for Further and Higher Education courses and offers a truly outdoor learning experience.

All our Education Centre staff are fully qualified, DBS cleared and have many years experience in teaching and leading environmental education, nature conservation and outdoor recreation.


The Education Centre offers:

  • Large classroom and cloakroom area
  • Disabled friendly facilities
  • Indoor and outdoor toilets and hand washing facilities
  • An enclosed outdoor activity area with picnic facilities close to the centre
  • Purpose built pond dipping platforms
  • Extensive stocks of field study equipment, resources, games and activities to enhance your visit

The reserve

Far Ings is situated on the south bank of the Humber Estuary, a major east-west flyway for migrating birds. Thanks to pioneering management by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, the reserve is now rich in wildlife, hosting a great range of habitats for wildlife including reedbeds, open water, meadow and scrub land.

For more information about the reserve and it's wildlife visit the reserves page.

Planning your visit

Your visit includes:

  • Free site tour and planning visit for the group leader
  • Relevant risk assessments and health and safety information
  • Any relevant ‘master copy’ resource material to enhance your visit
  • Up to three different activities
  • Free Wildlife Trust badge for every student attending
  • Free all day coach parking
  • A full day running from 10am until 2.30pm (additional time can be arranged at an additional cost)

All study equipment will also be provided and tailored to your activities and needs.

Group rates

At Far Ings Education Centre we can cater for up to two groups (max 35 per group) at any one time. Each group will benefit from their own dedicated Education Officer who will lead all your pre-booked activities.

Each group of up to 35 students is £130.00 for the day.

To check availability, to book or enquire about your visit to Far Ings Education Centre please contact the Education Officers using the contact details below.

Contact details

If you are interested in bringing a school group please contact:

Senior Education & Community Officer
Far Ings Visitor Centre
Far Ings Road
North Lincolnshire
DN18 5RG

Tel: 01652 637055
Email: faringseducation@lincstrust.co.uk 

For families

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Educational activities for families

Far Ings Education Centre offers activities for schools as well as events for families. The centre is within easy reach of Hull, Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Scunthorpe.

Take a look below at our activities for families and children, or give our Facebook page a follow for the latest news and events.

Nature Tots

Seasonal activities for the under 5s

Nature Tots is designed for pre-school children with activities usually taking place outdoors, so please dress appropriately. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. £2 per child, booking is essential.

When: The second and last Thursday of the month, check our events page for activity listings
Where: The Education and Visitor Centre, Far Ings National Nature Reserve, DN18 5RG
Contact: Education Officer, faringseducation@lincstrust.co.uk or call 01652 637055. Booking essential.

Wildlife Watch

An exciting nature club for 5 to 12 year olds

Wildlife Watch activities are a great way for your children explore their surroundings and get closer to the wildlife within it. Wildlife Watch events take place once a month, usually outdoors, and range from pond dipping to shelter building so please dress appropriately. Prices are £1 per child and booking is essential.

When: First Sunday of the month, 1.00pm - 3.00pm unless stated otherwise in events page
Where: The Education and Visitor Centre, Far Ings National Nature Reserve, DN18 5RG
Contact: Education Officer, faringseducation@lincstrust.co.uk. Booking essential.


Fun wildlife activities in the school holidays for 6 to 11 year olds

Investigate the world of underwater wildlife, become a nature detective, discover all that creeps, crawls and wriggles at Far Ings! Join us during the school holidays for our regular Wild-Play activities. Prices are £3 per child for a morning or afternoon activity, or £5 for both, and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Also keep an eye out for FREE drop-in activities during the school holidays!

When: Usually on Wednesdays in the school holidays, check our events page for details
Where: The Education and Visitor Centre, Far Ings National Nature Reserve, DN18 5RG
Contact: Places are limited and must be booked in advance, please contact 01652 637055 or email faringseducation@lincstrust.co.uk

Junior Wardens

An introduction to conservation for youngsters aged 11 to 18

From habitat conservation to pond exploration and bird surveys, Junior Wardens has everything for the young naturalist. Events are usually outdoors so please dress appropriately. Prices are £2 per person and booking is essential.

When: Usually Tuesdays during the school holidays, 1pm - 3.30pm, check our events page for details
Where: The Education and Visitor Centre, Far Ings National Nature Reserve, DN18 5RG
Contact: Education Officer, 01652 637055 or email faringseducation@lincstrust.co.uk. Booking essential.

Room hire

Room hire at Far Ings Education and Visitor Centre

Facilities are available to hire for training, meetings, small conferences, away days and gatherings.

The Education Centre has two areas available for hire, an upstairs gallery with stunning views, and a downstairs room. This room is capable of seating 30 people cabaret style or 45 people theatre style. The gallery can seat 20 people cabaret style or 30 people theatre style. There is ample car parking and the Education Centre is fully accessible.

The Centre also offers an enclosed outdoor space exclusive for users of the Education Centre. This area is suitable for a range of outdoor activities as well as offering a relaxing space for breaks.


Equipment can be set up in a variety of styles to suit your needs and includes:

  • Tables and chairs 
  • Flipchart stands with pads and pens
  • Multi-media projector and screen
  • Speakers for laptops
  • Writing paper and pencils

Catering facilities

Light refreshments can be arranged including tea, coffee and biscuits. If you prefer to bring in your own caterers we can work with you to arrange this.

Away days

All of our Education Centre staff are CRB checked and first aid trained. We have many years experience in delivering environmental education, nature conservation and outdoor recreation. We aim to make your day run as smoothly as possible.

If you would like an ‘away day’ with a difference our Education Officers can organise environmental training and activity days tailored to meet your needs, which include:

  • Environmental Education Training Sessions
  • INSET days for teaching staff
  • Practical conservation training, projects and tasks
  • Team building games and activities
  • Guided walks and talks

Hire rates

All trainers can benefit from a free site tour with our Centre staff so we can tailor your training needs to best enhance your day. It also gives trainers a valuable opportunity to explore the Nature Reserve prior to your day. We can also supply relevant risk assessments and other health and safety information you may require.

Room Hire (per day) £100.00

A selection of teas, coffee and biscuits (per person, per day, up to four servings)

Tailor made activity sessions and training days P.O.A


To check availability, to book or enquire about your visit please contact:

Far Ings Education Officers

Far Ings National Nature Reserve
Far Ings Road
North Lincolnshire
DN18 5RG

Tel: 01652 637055
Email: faringseducation@lincstrust.co.uk

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