7 of the best days out in Lincolnshire

Modern retirement is a time for exploring.

Lincolnshire is a beautiful area to explore. You will be drawn into the unique city, countryside, coastline, aviation heritage and market towns which start from your doorstep at Lakeshore.

Here we introduce you to 7 of our Lincolnshire favourites.

1. The Wolds

Louth and Market Rasen are market towns with character and history on the fringe of The Lincolnshire Wolds.

Louth is blessed with individual bakers, grocers and butchers (try the Lincolnshire sausage). Market Rasen is a riverside town with a National Hunt racecourse.

Both are interesting stop-off points before you begin to explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Do you like treasure hunts? Go geocaching in the Wolds.

Three miles away is Tealby. Some claim this is the prettiest village in Lincolnshire (what do you think?). Pop into the Village Shop to pick up a map, local history book or a snack. Enjoy a craft beer in the oldest thatched pub in Lincolnshire, The Kings Head. Or, head straight for the picturesque rolling countryside and uncultivated moors of the Lincolnshire Wolds.

On the outskirts of Louth is Hubbards Hills – a protected steep, chalk valley with natural springs, rich mineral waters and a wide variety of plants and wildlife.

Look out for quirky features in the Wolds villages. In Langton by Spilsby there is a Round House, a rustic grade II listed cottage of pretty thatch and whitewash.

Why not try one of these driving tour ideas?

  • Lincoln to Horncastle A158 to Skegness to Wainfleet B1195 through Irby in the Marsh, Northcote Horse Centre, Spilsby, Horncastle
  • A46 to Market Rasen, A631 to Louth, B1200 to Saltfleet A1031 to Mablethorpe and seal sanctuary back west to Louth A157 through the Wolds to Wragby then Nettleham and Lincoln.

2. Coastal wildlife

Running south from Skegness is the unspoilt coastline at Gibraltar Point. Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust recommend you visit every season to fully appreciate the diversity and scale of wildlife. There are walks and trails, visitor centre and café – go prepared for a day in the Lincolnshire outdoors.

The sandbanks at Donna Nook Nature Reserve are the breeding ground for thousands of grey seals every autumn. Visitors travel from all over the UK to see the seal pups in November and December and you can follow the newborn seals’ arrival on the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s weekly update page.

The Seal Sanctuary at Mablethorpe takes in hundreds of injured and orphaned seals and sea birds every year. They’re cared for at the Sanctuary until they can be returned to the wild.

RSPB at Frampton Marsh is the place to see huge populations of wading birds. See them close up at the visitor centre.

3. Aviation heritage

The atmospheric museum of WWII at East Kirkby displays a Lancaster bomber, one of the old planes brought out of hangars for the day at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre near Spilsby (an hours’ drive from Lincoln).

World War II pilots Fred and Harold Panton founded the Centre in 1987 and their 3 grandchildren run it today. Louise and Andrew guide you on board the Lancaster NX611 as you take a ‘taxy’ ride along the airfield. Listening to the roar of the 4 Rolls Royce Merlin engines, imagine how it might have felt for men and boys in the air crew leaving for a mission. On an event day, book a Lancaster Taxy Tide in Just Jane. Or take off on your own VIP flight (a great special occasion gift). Enjoy refreshments in the NAAFI – proceeds support the preservation of ‘Just Jane’ Lancaster NX611.

RAF bases at Waddington and Coningsby, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum and Scampton Airshow (9-10 September 2017) featuring the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight each have their own stories to tell about air combat and defence. From their home at RAF Scampton, you’ll often see Red Arrows practising their aerobatic displays over Lakeshore.

Download Visit Lincoln’s Aviation Trail to personalise your own guided tour.

4. Pretty villages

The ‘babbling brook’ in Tennyson’s ‘The Brook’ flows through the tiny hamlet of Somersby, the birthplace of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. A local family is raising funds to preserve the church where his father was rector. Could there be a more inspiring place to listen to a Tennyson recital than in the village where he grew up?

The Heckington Windmill at Sleaford is individual because of its 8 sails and is still working. It grinds local wheat into flour which makes bread, cakes and biscuits. Buy recipe sheets and the Heckington stone ground flour from the mill shop for baking and enjoy a cake in the Windmill tea room before you leave.

The ancient port of Wainfleet features a disused mill turned into Bateman’s Brewery. Take a tour of the Victorian Brewhouse, sample the ‘good honest ales’ and save space in the boot of your car to take a crate home.

5. Country house highlights

Gainsborough Old Hall is one of the best timber-framed Elizabethan manor houses in England. Owners, the Burgh family, once hosted Henry VIII and his fifth wife Katherine Howard to dinner on their stopover to York.

The drive to Gunby Hall is half a mile long. There are quizzes to keep your grandchildren entertained, a garden guided tour and summer open air theatre.

Woolsthorpe Manor was Sir Isaac Newton’s birthplace. See where Newton discovered gravity, watching an apple fall, isolated from the world around him while he recovered from the plague.

6. Market towns

Markets have traded in Boston since 1132 and continue twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The tall spire of St Botolph’s Church will undoubtedly catch your eye and stay memorable for its name: the Boston Stump.

Woodhall Spa is an Edwardian village with a ‘kinema’ in the woods, cottage museum, outdoor swimming pool and 2 excellent golf courses. The Petwood Hotel was once an officers’ mess for the Dambuster squadron.

Caistors market square is a conservation area with 56 listed Georgian and Victorian buildings. Market day is Saturday when all the stalls set up around the village pump.

7. History and heritage

Known for its Britishness as a seaside town, one of the surprises of Skegness is the open-air farm museum at Village Church Farm. Ingoldmells and Chapel St Leonards are quieter with extensive sandy beaches ideal for seaside walks.

Every English county has its own quirkiness and one of Lincolnshire’s is the Bubblecar Museum at Spilsby. Pure nostalgia.

We all know life was tough for many in Victorian times and at the Workhouse in Southwell, a Victorian pauper (Oliver Twist style) guides you through workhouse routines and the daily diet.

These are some of our favourites – tell us about yours.

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