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 lockdown 2,0 measures as of 5th November 2020 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.
- 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. Exemptions apply if you have a disability or medical condition that requires facilities.
Please ensure you are wearing a mask or face covering when you enter the centre.
Please bear in mind that these aren't our rules and the team have worked tirelessly since we’ve reopened, jumping through hurdle after hurdle to keep the doors open.
So far we’ve kept things going thanks to your amazing support. In order for us to remain open now we need you to keep visiting us to enjoy takeaway drinks and snacks and to make purchases in our farm shop.
Next time you visit, just let the staff know you’re smiling behind your mask and that you’ll enjoy your tea and cake. It’ll make their day. Stay safe, respect each other.
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.
Will you help us look after this special place?
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...
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.
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.
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.(Talking about Attenborough Nature Reserve)
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.
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.
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.
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.