From theme parks to farmyards, and shops to castles, there is certainly something for everybody in Lincolnshire. The hard part is choosing where to go!
History and Learning
Just because it is the School Summer Holidays, doesn’t mean the education has to stop! Lincolnshire has such a rich history and boasts many places of learning which make for a fascinating day out.
Visit Lincoln Castle and Cathedral in the historic capital, or venture east to Bolingbroke Castle, the birthplace of King Henry IV. To the north of the county is the remains of Thornton Abbey, one of the finest examples of an early-medieval, fortified gatehouse in the country, whilst heading south is the awe-inspiring Tattershall Castle. Lincolnshire is also home to grand stately homes and manor houses, including the award-winning Gainsborough Old Hall, Doddington Hall (which boasts over 400 years of unbroken family history), and the truly stunning Burghley House. Of course, we can’t forget the abundance of museums scattered around the county, showcasing the county’s past trades, military history, arts and crafts and life in Lincolnshire. Many of these places will be hosting events throughout the summer too.
Shopping and Relaxation
If something a little more cosmopolitan is your thing, then look no further than Lincolnshire. A combination of history, contemporary shopping and delicious eateries make it an ideal day out; here you will find high-street shops, department stores and independent retailers that give the county its well-loved charm.
Many of the county’s garden centres are a day out in themselves; you, you can browse an abundance of plants, ponds, furniture, decorations and other gardening materials, but some also have display after display of quaint homeware, books, toys, craft supplies and locally sourced produce, as well as restaurants and cafes where you can stop for a warm meal, a light lunch or a cup of tea and slice of cake.
For the ultimate in relaxation, try one of Lincolnshire’s spas; treat yourself to a stress-releasing massage, refreshing facial, manicure, pedicure or an alternative therapy, and take advantage of the health facilities on site. You may need a little recuperation after a fun-filled day out.
Activities and Attractions
For the more adventurous of us, there are plenty of outdoor pursuits to get your adrenaline pumping; cycle along challenging trails, take a group of friends paintballing, ride quad bikes or even take part in a boot camp! There are white-knuckle rides at Cleethorpes’ Pleasure Island Family Theme Park too.
But then there are more relaxing options. Lincolnshire is home to lakes, canals and rivers, all of which are ideal for a spot of fishing in the sunshine, whether it is angling, coarse fishing or fly-fishing. There are many picturesque golf-courses that boast challenging rounds for both beginners and the more advanced players alike, or why not simply explore a woodland or parkland that you have never visited before?
And when it comes to the many attractions in the county, where do we begin? Take your children along to a petting zoo where they can feed farmyard animals, or to one of the many indoor play areas (which are bound to wear them out!) Have some family fun at Cleethorpes, Skegness and Mablethorpe’s arcades, or enjoy a show at the theatre; the choices are endless!
Scenery and Nature
Lincolnshire is renowned for its impressive scenery. At the heart of the county is the Lincolnshire Wolds, which is renowned for its stunning landscape; it was named an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1973. Take a walk or leisurely bike ride through the rolling hills, stopping off at the quaint market towns along the way.
For fresh sea air, visit Lincolnshire’s coastline, from Cleethorpes through to Skegness via Mablethorpe, Ingoldmells and Sutton On Sea. Take up a spot of bird watching, relax with an ice-cream and go for a paddle in the tide.
Wildlife spotting is a favourite pastime of many, so why not visit one of the many Nature Reserves? There are over 100 around the county, including those of the South Lincolnshire Fenlands. Many people visit here to see the wildlife which has, unfortunately, become very rare, but the reserves are doing an excellent job in preserving nature for the future.
Let’s not forget the picturesque gardens of stately homes that are beautifully maintained for our enjoyment, such as Elsham Hall, Doddington Hall and Belton House. Easton Walled Gardens, near Grantham, is known as ‘Lincolnshire’s lost gardens’; having been grown for 400 years and abandoned, a small team of dedicated gardeners have been working tirelessly for 12 years to being the gardens back to life.