Whisby Nature Park outdoor play area extension now open

The extension to the Little Darters outdoor play area at the Whisby Natural World Centre in Lincoln is now open.

The Wildlife Adventure Area has now been revamped to include new features such as a look-out tower, assault course and climbing net, with intentions to increase the potential for physical entertainment.

This adds to existing attractions such as water chutes, rope bridges and an underground cave.

The extension is part of the second phase of a £250,000 investment made by North Kesteven District Council in facilities at the free attraction.

Photo: North Kesteven District Council

Photo: North Kesteven District Council

Photo: North Kesteven District Council

Photo: North Kesteven District Council

Little Darters was opened in 2009 by TV wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan, and shortly won an award for the best-designed children’s play facility of its kind in the country.

The next step of improvements is the final phase, where the centre’s basement is being remodelled into a conference and exhibition gallery, with a separate meeting room.

Photo: North Kesteven District Council

Photo: North Kesteven District Council

Councillor Marion Brighton, Leader of NKDC, who has been involved in Whisby’s evolution over the past 30 years, said, “The Natural World Centre is a fantastic place to visit at any time and these refurbishment projects are a welcome and wonderful package of additional enhancements to a much loved community facility.

“This investment provides a new, exciting offer for the thousands of children who love to explore the attraction and helps to bring to life the adventures and experiences of the wildlife around them,” she said.

The park is open dawn to dusk every day and the Natural World Centre is open from 10am to 5pm. Both are free apart from a £2 day-long parking fee where the proceeds finance the ongoing improvements.