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“Lovely day out for everyone”

Elsham Hall Gardens and Country Park
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Brigg
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Elsham Hall is a lovely place to visit, it has something for everyone. My daughter enjoys feeding the ducks and fish, visiting the animals and playing in the park. There is a nice clean café to get a good coffee and cake. In the holidays they have great entertainment for the children and the staff are very kind and helpful.

5  Thank Deborah B
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Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

Where do I start? The entrance looked promising, but this was a facade for the terrible 'attraction' to come. We started off with lunch in tea room and this was the best part of the trip. The food was lovely and reasonably priced and the staff very accommodating. After lunch we ventured over to the entrance. Over £15 entry for myself, my disabled mother and five year old son and through we went. As soon as we stepped through the entrance we were immediately disappointed. Overgrown, weed ridden grounds was our greeting. We walked down to the 'adventure playground' which is a sandpit, 2 swings, a slide and a couple of climbing frames. Hmmm, maybe the animal park will be better. Nope. Three stables housing guinea pigs, 2 sorry looking chinchillas and a few rabbits. There was also 2 curly coated pigs but they didn't look too happy either. Two members of Staff were there so we hoped our son could hold a guinea pig but they both ignored us and carried on their conversation about going uni. Not even a 'Hello, welcome to Elsham Hall'. Right, lets carry on to the carp jetty. A soup of silt, rubbish, fallen leaves etc made up the 'lake'. We had bought 2 bags of fish food and fed the carp (we presume that's what ate the good seeing as we couldn't actually see through the murky waters). Onwards to the 'Butterfly walk'. Hmmmm. Investment needed here. On a positive note, the sculptures were nice. We carried on into the walled garden which housed some sheep, a guinea pig village, a few peacocks and an aviary. Again, the place looked a sorry state and looked like a good few man hours and some TLC are needed to tidy the place up. Next up was the Trail Centre. It was a shed painted pink in the inside. A few crayons were available but no paper. There were plenty of enormous spiders for company though! We carried on into the grounds and admired the mole hills and nettles and decided that we couldn't eek out any more things to do so we left. In total, we spent 2hrs at this location and 30 mins of this was lunch and 30 minutes was spent in the playground. Not worth a long drive to visit or the entrance fee.

4  Thank Katherine D
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Yes I agree with some of the comments on here - I travelled 2 hours to get here and paid quite a large entrance fee for family of 4. The gardens are tired and need more tlc, the attention to detail in the walled garden has lapsed. Having said that we did eat our picnic in a lovely spot almost uninterrupted - but not within the walled garden! The place does have a lovely feel. The animal farm seemed to be much more active last time we were here and my daughter wasn't offered the chance to hold any of the animals. Overall the family still enjoyed our visit but I do think an injection of impetus is required else the spot will become much less used with time.

2  Thank MG2136
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Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

We visited today, lovely friendly girl when we paid. Our first port of call was the playground and animal farm, this was slightly underwhelming and could do with an update but the staff member was delightful and friendly and let our toddler stroke some rabbits. We then had lunch at the cafe back in the courtyard and although a limited menu the food was of a very good standard. The staff again were very friendly and nice.
We then ventured to the carp jetty and the walled garden which is stunning. We spent well over an hour in here, beautiful planting and an enclosed space of mounds, sculptures, animals and a great place for a hide and seek runaround. It really did feel magical. Such tall old brick walls with peacocks strutting along them. A lovely day out.

2  Thank 10812m
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Buying in fish food to feed the fish and then re selling to the paying public is a stroke of genius .Its unfair in my opinion. The grounds are nice but not enough to do fro the kids. Café expensive oh and if you buy 3 lots of fish food you save 10p . Tired and costly

Thank paul j
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