Top 10 Things To Do Near Grantham With Kids

Grantham town centre and Guildhall on a bright, sunny day.

Searching for inspiration for things to do in Lincolnshire, more specifically, near Grantham?

We've done the hard work for you with this handy list of the best family attractions and things to do in or near Grantham.

Since so many of these ideas feature the great outdoors, consider getting your kids to play wildlife detectives -- or if you're searching for family days out or things to do further north, check out our guide to North Yorkshire.

Belton House

View of the historic Belton House and lawns on a bright, sunny day.
Image © Harshil Shah under creative commons licence

Located in Belton parish near Grantham, Belton House is a historic seventeenth-century country house.

Although the house and the indoor play area remains closed, the parkland, gardens, and popular outdoor play area are now open, making Belton the perfect destination for your family to benefit from some fresh air whilst enjoying the rolling grounds of a classic English country-house estate.

Parking? Parking is free provided you've bought an admission ticket or have a valid National Trust membership card. Use the following: NG32 2LW.

Cost? Up to £8 per person.

Food? Picnics welcome, otherwise Stables Restaurant offers a takeaway service.

Toilets? Open, with baby-changing facilities also available. Mobility scooter and wheelchair hire aren't currently available.

COVID-19 Precautions? Pre-booked tickets only, released every Friday. Social distancing in place in the shop and masks must be worn.

Easton Walled Gardens

Flower-covered grass and stream in Easton Walled Gardens.
Image © Andrew Scott under creative commons

Five miles south of Grantham, Lincolnshire's 'lost garden' has been 450 years in the making, and is perfect for guests of all ages, from tiny tots to grandparents. There are several kinds of gardens, so there's enough variety to keep your day busy.

Parking? Follow NG33 5AP for onsite parking.

Cost? From £3.75 per child.

Food? The tearoom is open for takeaways. Picnics currently not allowed.

Toilets? Accessible and baby changing facilities are available.

COVID-19 Precautions? No need to pre-book tickets. Maintain social distancing throughout.

Cogglesford Mill

Cogglesford flour mill.
Image © Alex Liivit under creative commons

An eighteenth-century watermill that has been producing flour for over 1000 years (which can be bought at their shop), the mill is 14 miles from Grantham on the River Slea. Catch the mill in operation on particular days and watch the flour being made with your kids!

Parking? Available onsite and nearby, use: NG34 7EQ.

Cost? Free!

Food? An on-site restaurant is open.

Toilets? With accessible facilities.

COVID-19 Precautions? Tickets to be pre-booked in advance.

Twinlakes Family Theme Park

View of Twinlakes Family Theme Park from above.
Image © Twinlakes Theme Park

Located a 30 minutes drive away from Grantham is Twinlakes Theme Park. Packed full of family fun and boasting multiple attractions, this all-action park is an ideal day out to keep the kids entertained. Best of all, the super popular waterpark is now open, so your kids can get splashing!

Parking? Available onsite, use postcode LE14 4FF.

Cost? From £15-20.

Food? Indoor and outdoor options are available, with a variable offering of refreshments.

Toilets? Open and on-site. Note that the park advises that changing room facilities are limited for visitors to the water park. Guests with additional needs will be prioritised.

COVID-19 Precautions? Twinlakes has staged a phased reopening, and is implementing extra cleaning. Pre-booking is essential, social distancing must be followed, and there are extra hand hygiene points dotted around the attractions.

Burghley House

Aerial view of the beautiful, Elizabethan Burghley House.
Image © Burghley House

Burghley House is historic grandeur at its best. A sixteenth-century Elizabethan house located only 30 minutes from Grantham, Burghley also boasts beautiful gardens and parkland with sweeping vistas, tranquil lake walks and sculpture garden fun.

Parking? This historic house is located near Stamford, Lincolnshire, and 30 minutes drive from Grantham. Parking is available onsite.

Cost? £9 children, £17 adults. Note that the popular parklands are open with no admission fees or parking charges, and dogs on leads are allowed. Perfect free family fun!

Food? The Orangery Restaurant is open Wednesday to Sunday, and The Shed is open in the parklands for takeaway refreshments.

Toilets? Facilities in the house and gardens are all open.

COVID-19 Precautions? Timed ticket slots must be pre-booked, and face coverings need be worn in the house and shop. The Garden of Surprises and Sculpture Garden are open, but the maze and paddling area for children are currently closed.

Ancaster Leisure Centre

Child driving a go-kart, speeding around the indoor track.

Newly open, the ever-popular Ancaster Leisure Centre has heaps of attractions for your most intrepid, adventurous kids. Go-kart, play paintball, lose yourself in laser-tag, and more. Lincolnshire's biggest outdoor activity centre will get your family's adrenaline pumping and promises an action-packed day out.

Parking? Available on site, follow: NG32 3PY.

Cost? Various packages and prices are available, depending on your chosen attractions.

Food? Not available, so be sure to pack your own.

Toilets? Facilities on site.

COVID-19 Precautions? Only the Ancaster centre is open, and pre-booking is essential. There are activity-specific requirements and regulations depending on what equipment is required: check the website.

The Newark Treasure Trail

Mum and two boys looking at a treasure map outside on the treasure trail.
Image © iStock

A 25-minute drive from Grantham, Newark Treasure Trail is an ideal way to have socially-distanced fun with the family. Explore the town of Newark by following the trail, and solve the clues set around the town's buildings, marketplace, and monuments, starting at the twelfth-century castle, to discover the location of buried treasure. Download a map of the trail from its website and get cracking!

Parking?  Available at Castlegate, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1AZ.

Cost? £9.99 per trail, and one trail booklet is recommended for a group of four to five people.

Food? Explore the town of Newark for its best food offerings, or pack a picnic.

Toilets? Available at various points around the town.

COVID-19 Precautions?  This is a self-guided tour, so your family is in control of any contact you may have. Remember face coverings and hand sanitiser as a precaution!

National Civil War Centre, Newark

Gallery at Newark Civil War Centre.
Image © NCWC

Whilst you're in Newark, head to this museum, which has heaps for the kids to do. Time travel back to the seventeenth century, as a brand new trail (COVID-19 safe) guides you around the museum's top things to see.

Parking?  The museum is within reach of two large car parks, follow NG24 1JY.

Cost? From £2 for kids.

Food? Available onsite, seven days a week.

Toilets? Onsite, with accessible facilities.

COVID-19 Precautions? More interactive activities have been removed and replaced, and there are one-way routes. Tickets must be pre-booked.

Belvoir Castle

View of Belvoir Castle beyond the rolling yellow fields.

Plan a right royal day out at Belvoir Castle, a stately home situated in the Vale of Belvoir, between Nottingham and Grantham. It boasts wonderful gardens (well-behaved dogs are welcome), meandering trails, and regal rooms.

Parking? You can park at the bottom of the castle hill, follow: Grantham NG32 1PE.

Cost? Free for guests with access needs, because accessibility in the castle and grounds is limited.

Food? Picnics in the grounds are welcome, but there are several onsite restaurants and cafés.

Toilets? Onsite.

COVID-19 Precautions? Social distancing is standard, as is contactless payment. Hand sanitiser is provided regularly, and there are limited visitors allowed. Tickets to be pre-booked.

Harpers Water Park, Grantham Meres Leisure Centre

Twisting slide at Harpers Water Park.
Image © Grantham Meres Leisure Centre

In the centre of Grantham town, Grantham Meres Leisure Centre hosts the small but mighty Harpers Water Park, complete with slide. There are also four swimming pools, and a range of other facilities for kids who enjoy getting active, including a climbing wall.

Parking?  Available, follow: NG31 7XQ.

Cost? Kids from £3.25.

Food? There's a café onsite that sells light refreshments.

Toilets? Also on site.

COVID-19 Precautions? Follow standard procedure for social distancing, hand hygiene, and pre-booking. Get in contact with Grantham Meres Leisure Centre if in doubt.


Written By

Alice Carlill

Alice grew up in London where she's now based, but she's happiest by the sea, or reading somewhere snuggled up with her 5 dogs. She has two younger sisters who keep her on her toes, and is passionate about all things art, literature, and culture - she's written a short collection of poems and continues to edit scripts for theatre, tv, and film on a freelance basis.

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