Attenborough Nature Centre and Reserve

Attenborough Nature Reserve and Centre

Robert Mackin

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NEW! Farm Shop range

We have a refreshed focus on local produce with the new Farm Shop range of products available in the Attenborough Nature Center cafe.

Ranging from indulgent ‘Beeston Brownies’ to award winning handmade vegan pies produced just 5 miles up the River Erewash in Ilkeston.

Pop in for a browse and select your local treats!

Attenborough Nature Centre and Reserve

Attenborough, like all of our reserves remains open to visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. With waymarked trails alongside tranquil waters Attenborough provides an ideal place to get some fresh air and connect with nature, just a few miles from Nottingham's city centre.

Whilst Nottinghamshire is under Tier 3 measures we are still open but the the following restrictions will apply:

  • Due to local restrictions relating to hospitality venues having to serve substantial meals for customers sitting in we will be moving to a TAKEAWAY ONLY menu whilst we remain in Tier  3.
  • You can only enter the café/shop with members of your household or support bubble
  • Due to the impact on staffing and income, and the need to ensure social distancing this sadly means that we will have to close the toilets whilst we’re in Tier 3. 

 Please ensure you are wearing a mask or face covering when you enter the centre.

Community support – some regular visitors who have decided to self-isolate have been in touch to ask how they can support us during these challenging times. Anyone wishing to support our work at Attenborough in the coming days, weeks and months can do so by using the donation form below.

You can continue to support us by visiting our online shop.

Thank you. 

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Any donations will help us to look after this special place for wildlife and visitors
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Bridge closure - UPDATE - now open Sept 2020

The fisherman's bridge was closed for essential repairs by CEMEX. There was no access to the river along this path from Mon 10th - Fri 28th August. There was alternative access to the river via Barton Lane, via the works bridge (which is now open) or the north path. 

Contact Nottinghamshire Right of Way Office (0115 977 5680) for more information. 

Upcoming events at Attenborough...

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Heather Keetley


Enjoy a brew with a view! 

Our café offers stunning views of the lakes at Attenborough and has balcony seating directly over the water.

Dig in to a wide range of hot and cold foods and daily homemade specials. Perhaps indulge in a cream tea or a slice of one of our delicious cakes while you’re at it.

We offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options and pride ourselves on accommodating special dietary needs where possible.

Breakfast is served until 11am, specials until 3pm, and we stop serving everything else 30 minutes before closing.

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Heather Keetley


Our shop sells a wide range of nature related items from optics, gifts and souvenirs to nest boxes, hedgehog homes and bird feeders. 

All profits go to the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust charity.

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Family activities

We have lots of wonderful ways for families to enjoy the outdoors together, including discovering habitats, arts and crafts sessions, exploring our trails in search of wildlife and much more.

Take a look at our upcoming events to find activities for you and your family...

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Inspired by the natural world © Ben Hall

Everybody needs to have a lifeline to the natural world, and as our towns and villages become larger, they’re becoming increasingly hard to find…the survival and flourishing of places like this demands continuous work and attention.
- Sir David Attenborough
(Talking about Attenborough Nature Reserve)

Room hire

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Christopher Terry

WILD Birthday Parties

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Wild Tots

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Wild Tots

These outdoor sessions are full of activities for tots such as stories, wildlife art, games, searching for wildlife, trails and more.

Designed to get children outdoors and enjoying nature.

Suitable for children aged 2-4 years.

Find the next session on our events listings.

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Wild Kids

©WildNet Paul Harris

Wild Kids

Join us for an afternoon of outdoor activities.

These sessions are packed full of activities including games, natural art, searching for wildlife, woodland workshops and much more.

Suitable for children aged 4-8 years.

Find the next session on our events listings.

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Green Ranger 5

Young Rangers

Are you young and want to make a difference for nature? Do you enjoy getting outdoors and like the idea of helping manage our nature reserves?

These great monthly volunteer sessions are normally half a day long and aimed at young people aged 13 - 19 years.

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© Emma Bradshaw

Wildlife Watch

Our Wildlife Watch club offers a fun, wild and fantastic time for children aged 8 - 12 years old. 

We meet at Attenborough Nature Reserve on the 3rd Sunday of each month between 1.30pm - 3.30pm.

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School Group at Attenborough Nature Reserve

School and Community Groups

The Engagement Team are developing a new menu of activities for all ages so watch this space!