Within easy driving distance you can reach the historic market town of Boston (approx 6 miles) with it's twice weekly street market, shopping, a theatre, museum, multi-screen cinema, windmill and river trips, plenty of eating places, both English and foreign, can be found. Boston also boasts the largest parish church, St Botolph's, known locally as The Stump. For more information about Boston go to; http://www.boston.gov.uk/
Boston has a marina where you can go on a river cruise to look at the sights and do a spot of bird watching and maybe spot a seal or two. There is also the docks which are still in use today but it is also the place from where the PILGRIM FATHERS set sail on their journey to America. There is also a MEMORIAL to them , along side the river just outside the town, where you can sit and watch the ships come up the river when the tide is high.
Boston Belle - River Cruises http://www.maritimecruises.co.uk/
Common Red Shank
Bird watching is a popular activity in the area. We are in easy reach of a number of the RSPB nature reserves including FREISTON SHORE, FRAMPTOM MARSH & GIBRALTAR POINT. There is also a Parrot Sanctuary nearby. http://www.parrotzoo.com/
Information regarding these sites and events can be found at the following websites.
It is well known that during the WWII Lincolnshire had many airfields and was known as 'Bomber County'. Although many have since vanished there are still some remaining where you can visit a piece of history. One of the better known sites is that at RAF Coningsby which houses the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (LN4 4SY) that can be seen airbourne at many of the airshows held around the country. Besides the Lancaster, it is the home to 5 Spitfires, 2 Hurricanes, a Dakota & 2 Chipmunks.
The Lincs Aviation Heritage Centre (PE22 4DE) who has its site at East Kirkby is becoming better known these days for the work it carries out on restoring old aircraft. It is also the home of the Lancaster 'Just Jane'. One of only three that can move under its own power. This plane has been restored and regularly carries out taxi runs showing off her magnificent Merlin Engines.
Newark Air Museum (NG24 2NY): 4 undercover display areas, 69 aircraft & cockpits, extensive artefacts and memorabilia http://www.newarkairmuseum.co.uk/
MetheringhamAirfield Visitors Centre (LN4 3BQ): Small museum dedicated to RAF 106 Bomber Squadron
Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre (LN4 4PE): Formerly part of RAF Woodhall Spa, Built 1940, site includes Officers Mess, Airmans' Dining Hall, NAAFI, & Rations Store http://www.thorpecamp.org.uk/
RAF Scampton Histoical Museum (LN1 2ST): Home of the Dambuster Squadron during WWII & home of The Red Arrows display team
RAF Waddington: Home of the one of the country's largest airshows
Ops Room Museum - RAF Digby (LN4 3LH): An opportunity to see the operations room museum. restored as a tribute to those who served during WWII http://www.raf.mod.uk/
Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre (NG34 8QR): Close to the RAF College Cranwell acts as a tourist information centre and the display is dedicated to the historic airfield. souvenirs available. http://www.aeroflight.co.uk/
WINDMILLS & WATERMILLS
A number of working windmills and watermills are within easy travelling distance, all steeped in history and having a character of it's own. Most having home produced wares and souvenirs to sell.
Sibsey Trader Mill (see above) (PE22 0SY): Local working flour mill with a Tea Shop & selling flour, preserves & souvenirs http://www.sibseytradermill.co.uk/
Heckington Mill (NG34 9JW): The only 8 sailed windmill left. Produces flour
Moulton Windmill (PE12 6QB): Completely restored. It is the tallest windmill in Britain
Alford Windmill (LN13 9EQ): 5 sailed mill with views over the Wolds. Wholefood shop selling flour & preserves. Tea Room & antique centre
Burgh le Marsh Windmill (PE24 5JT): This working tower mill is the only 1 in the county with left handed sails, Tea Room & gift shop
Stockwith Watermill (PE23 4NE): Working watermill, Tea Room/restaurant, craft shop & 3 short walk circuits in the grounds http://www.stockwithmill.co.uk/
Cogglesford Watermill (NG34 7EQ): Fully restored & working on the banks of the River Slea, has fully licenced restaurant & coffee shop http://www.cogglesfordmillsleaford.co.uk/
Bateman's Brewery Visitors Centre, Wainfleet (PE24 4JE)
One of the country's oldest family breweries. It is based on an old windmill dating back two centuries and overlooks the River Steeping. Restaurant, Bar, Shop, Brewery tours http://www.bateman.co.uk/
AT THE SEASIDE (SKEGNESS & INGOLDMELLS)
The nearest seaside town to us is Skegness (approx 15 miles) with its long sandy beaches. Amongst the attractions in the town you will find the Embassy Theatre, http://www.embassytheatre.co.uk/ ,which stages a programme of visiting guest artists and family entertainment.
Skegness Pier http://www.skegnesspier.co.uk/ Easy to find on the centre of the seafront, plenty of parking close by. On the pier you can enjoy tenpin bowling, laser quest, video games, slot machines. children s play area, to name but a few. food available from various outlets
Also along the seafront there's a Model Village, a Boating Lake, Crazy Golf course, Captain Kids Adventure World, numerous amusement arcades and Panda's Palace (PE25 3EB) which is a children s indoor play area, donkey rides along the beach or take a boat trip on the waterway to visit Natureland Seal Sanctuary where you can see the rescued seals & penguins being fed. Visit the Tropical House or pets corner.
A short drive along the coast road from Skegness takes you to Ingoldmells where you will find Butlin's Holiday camp where you can purchase a day pass which allows you access to the facilities such as swimming pools theatre and rides. In the centre of Ingoldmells there is Fantasy Island. www.skegness.net/ingoldmells
Fantasy Island is a themed family resort with white knuckle rides for the brave amongst you as well as some more sedate family rides. A lot of the park is under a large glass pyramid. Just outside you can enjoy one of Europe's largest outdoor markets with stalls of many kinds. http://www.fantasyisland.co.uk/
LOTS MORE TO SEE IN LINCOLNSHIRE
There's animal parks, National Trust Properties, open gardens, museums, castles, churches & catherdrals, our list of activities could go on & on but there is far too much for us to mention. We have plenty of brochures here waiting for you to help you plan those days out. The local area is flat so is ideal for cycling along the country lanes exploring the area, easy access to the marshes mean you could enjoy a pleasant day out walking, taking in the scenery. You are just as welcome to stay and enjoy relaxing in one of our cottages and making use of the peaceful garden.
Why not get intouch right away and come along and enjoy the big wide sky that Lincolnshire is well known for.
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