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“In need of a little TLC”

Claythorpe Watermill & Wildfowl Gardens
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Owner description: Tranquil and beautiful, our former watermill is a small, family run attraction with a little something for everyone. Sit by the river, meet the birds and animals, soak up some history, have a fabulous lunch, or unleash the kids in our woodland play area. Most visitors will allow a couple of hours for their visit, often staying for coffee and cake or lunch in our excellent cafe, while many people take their time and while away most of the day here, feeding the animals and soaking up the atmosphere. Lots of guests return more than once during their holiday, using the free annual pass that’s included with every admission. This is especially popular with people who live locally, and it’s always lovely to welcome our regular visitors who enjoy beautiful surroundings, gorgeous animals, great food, and a relaxing atmosphere. Our lovely cafe is open exclusively to ticketholders. Enjoy freshly made sandwiches, Lincolnshire platters, a classic ploughman’s lunch, homemade cakes, quiches, cream teas and specials. Don’t forget, you can return as often as you like with your annual pass, which is free with your first admission.
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“In need of a little TLC”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

The 'Enchanted Wood' is looking a little tired and in need of some TLC - in particular, poor Snow White seems to have lost one of her dwarfs and of the 6 remaining, 5 are lying in the dirt all smashed. That said, we had a very pleasant hour walking round the gardens and looking at the animals.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Marilyn M
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English first
Spalding, England, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2014 via mobile

Nice for family but be warned, its a small place. 45mins doing it slowly, but we managed to string it out via a picnic. Best animals there was the otters!! So sweet!!

Visited May 2014
Thank Karen D
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Level 2 Contributor
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Looking tired and rundown”
Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

Visited here many years ago and it was fantastic however took my children here recently and found it it looking very rundown and tired. Tearoom looked good however we didn't stop for a cuppa.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Luke H
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Relaxing, plus loads for the kids”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Really nice place - relaxing for the grown-ups, exciting for the kids. Lots of animals to see, with the children really enjoying being able to get so close to the wandering chickens, peacocks and ducks. There's a quirky woodland playground, which is ideal for the kids to burn off some energy while you sit and relax on a park bench.

The coffee and cake we had in the restaurant were very good, too. And the service was very friendly.

Would definitely recommend a visit.

Visited April 2014
2 Thank Lisa B
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Wickham Market
Level 6 Contributor
384 reviews
143 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“Warm welcome on a cold day!”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

An interesting visit, and would have been greatly enjoyed by our grandchildren. The play area looked great fun, with lots of "different" activities. The Mill itself doesn't have a mill wheel now, but there are some notices about what it would have been like. We enjoyed morning coffee/ scones. The highlight is the animals, particularly the huge variety of chickens -great fun! Some of the pens looked a bit tatty, but generally the walk round was great fun. The only slight drawback is that you have to pay the entry fee to use the restaurant -no problem for us, but if you just want a quick coffee on your journey, could be a problem.

Visited April 2014
Thank drpetembe
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Mike A, Owner at Claythorpe Watermill & Wildfowl Gardens, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and thank you for a lovely review. We've only owned Claythorpe since July 2013 and are working through lots of updates, including the enclosures. Don't forget that you only pay once in order to get free entry for a further 12 months, so we hope you'll use your pass to come to see us again.
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