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FENSCAPE – the interactive visitor attraction

Quality Assured Visitor AttractionDiscover the Fens through interactive and audio visual displays, interpretive sculptures, theatrical sets, graphic panels and more….

Each display brings to life a particular aspect of the Fens unique past and involves the audience in issues and choices faced by the people that were involved in what we see today.

You can learn about the landscape today and how future changes will affect it…

Read about the drainage story and then take part in an interactive debate over the drainage of the Fens in a specially designed courtroom…

Or perhaps you could take a journey into the Fenland apothecary and find out about some of the weird and wonderful cures that fenfolk used to treat illnesses like malaria…  Could you match the cure to the illness? 

Why not take the horticulture challenge and see how much you know about horticulture in the Fens.  Then have a go at our Bird Game, a modern take on the traditional game of Snakes and Ladders and learn the calls of the wild whilst watching the changing landscape in our Bird Hide.

Visit us and find out much more about what the Fens have to offer and find out about other places to visit from the Tourist Information Centre based within the attraction.  Finally whilst you are visiting us why not browse the wonderful gift shop which hosts an extensive range of crafts, games and local produce from Juices, Jams and Preserves to the famous Maud Foster Mill’s flour, muesli and porridge oats.

Fenscape can be found just off the A151 and the A16 junction near to Spalding, Lincolnshire. The attraction and shop can be found within Springfields Shopping Outlet and Festival Gardens and we are situated within the 25 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens.

Admission FREE

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Schools Information

Schools are always welcome at Fenscape and we can offer a great day out packed with educational fun. Our location within the Festival Gardens brings an added dimension to our outdoor educational programme, and in May 2007 a new sensory garden will be opening offering even more.

The attraction offers a full and comprehensive educational programme for primary and secondary schools as well as community groups and can take groups of up to 60 children depending on requirements. All workshops with Fenscape have been designed to develop Personal and Key Skills associated with the National Curriculum and whilst offering a core set of educational products.  Programmes can also be tailored to suit specific needs. 

Click here  to view the full Fenscape Primary and Secondary School programmes as well as the Fenscape Outreach Education Programmes. 

A qualified education officer will be on hand if required to run sessions and provide support and teaching material and can plan a visit to suit a schools needs, liaising with nearby attractions and the Spalding Water Taxi.  The modern and interactive education room situated within the building is available for workshops and comes with an interactive whiteboard and four online computers which adds a further dimension to any school visit.

Finally Fenscape is proud to be able to offer schools the opportunity to use the Virtual Seed CD-Rom, an interactive computer programme that enables children to grow a Virtual Seed and look at habitats and wildlife in the Fens.

Arrangements can be made for children to eat at the site at a special price and facilities are available for children bringing packed lunches.  Prices vary depending on the programme and requirements.

Educational Visits will need to be pre-arranged, for more information or to book a visit please call Fenscape on 01775 764800 or email Keelie Gray (

Alternately write or fax to:

PE12 6EU

Fax: 01775 762715

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Did you know?
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That Donington used to be the centre of the local hemp and flax trade