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

Penny Dixie

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

All group leaders can benefit from a free site pre-visit and planning session with our Education Officer who will supply you with:

  • Relevant risk assessments and health and safety information
  • A draft programme of activities for your group
  • Familiarisation with the on-site facilities
  • Relevant ‘master copy’ resource materials, if required, to enhance your day

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. Prices range from £2-£3 per child and booking is essential.

When: Either the second or 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 6 to 14 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 range from £1 to £4 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

Investigate the world of underwater wildlife, become a nature detective, discover all that creeps, crawls and wriggles at Far Ings on our regular Wild-Play activities. Prices are £3 per child for a morning or afternoon activity of £5 for the whole day, and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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

Become a Wildlife Watch member


On signing up, our junior members will receive a starter pack full of wild goodies, along with a 24-page magazine and local newsletter every four months, filled with activities, news and competitions.

Sign up today

Emma Bradshaw