The Petwood Peto Gardens: the dream comes true

Peto_1_150wOne of the most popular posts on this blog so far is Harold Peto – designer of the Petwood Gardens, which  I posted in August 2014. In it I mentioned that Emma Brealey, Managing Director of the Petwood Hotel, had a dream – to restore the lost Peto gardens.

Well, after five years in the planning stage, Emma’s dream is now coming true.

 

terrace_1_detailRecent visitors will have noticed the result of Phase 1, the restored Long Walk. Now contractors are hard at work on Phase 2, starting with the restoration of the famous terrace, and any day now a totally new Temple of Atalanta will be installed in the park, including a specially prefabricated dome, to be lowered on to a purpose-built ring beam above the recently built foundations. Continue reading

Horncastle Christmas Concert

Horncastle and District Choral Society presents excerpts from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and a selection of carols at St Mary’s Church, Horncastle at 7.30pm on Saturday December 10th. Admission is £7 to include refreshments, and tickets are available on the door or from choir members.

The choir is conducted by Caroline Chadderton and accompanied by Chris Hinkins. Soloists: Gail Hinkins, Gerald Moreton. Len Sutton, Isobel Wilson and Paul Wright.

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From the Woodhall Spa noticeboards Year-end 2016

Here’s our last selection of events for this year:

 

 

 

November 26

Photo courtsey Rotary Club of HorncastleCome along to the Rotary Club of Horncastle’s Senior Citizens’ Concert. It’s at Banovallum School in Boston Road from 2 to 4pm, and attractions include the Horncastle Ukelele Band, Horncastle Community Choir and the Julie Deane dancers. Entrance is free and fun is guaranteed. Contact Mike on 01526 569870 or 07789 647 792. Last years’ concert Continue reading

Toddlers’ Storytime at the Book Fayre

Wednesday December 7th is the day for another session of theatrical mayhem and fun at the Book Fayre, with Kirsty from Rhubarb theatre. Come along for music, theatre and fun activities from 2 to 3pm. Pop in to the shop to book or call 01526 354501. The cost is £4.00 per child over 2 years old.

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Freiston Shore RSPB reserve

If you are even a little bit interested in bird watching, then the RSPB  reserve at Freiston Shore is well worth a visit, even in winter when brent geese congregate along with ducks such as wigeons, pintails, teals and shelducks. You can spot tree sparrows, yellowhammers and skylarks all year round and in summer you might see nesting wading birds, including avocets and ringed plovers.

You don’t have to be an RSPB member of course, and the reserve is within easy travelling distance from Woodhall Spa – see the map below. The nearest town is Boston and the reserve is only four miles away. There are two car parks and four bicycle storage racks on site.  Dogs are allowed on the designated footpaths and there are no entrance charges. Remember to take you binoculars! Here are some suggestions for a trip at this time of year: Continue reading

Favourite places in North Kesteven

Photo Courtesy North Kesteven Didtrict CouncilIf you take a trip cross the River Witham from Woodhall Spa, over Kirkstead Bridge, you will be leaving East Lindsey District and entering North Kesteven, one of the five districts which divide Lincolnshire. Over the past year North Kesteven District Council’s tourism team held a photographic competition open to amateur photographers of all ages encouraging visitors and residents of the district to get out and about and show what they love about the Heart of Lincolnshire.

The photos submitted captured the distinctiveness of the area and  showcased some wonderful places to visit all year round. The most popular photos also now feature in a 2017 Calendar available to buy for only £3.99 from Cogglesford Watermill, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and Navigation House during opening hours, or you can also download them via Dropbox here. Continue reading

Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection

Here’s a chance to be entertained by an innovative group whose arrangements are beautifully performed on instruments including the guitar, cello, fiddle, banjo and uilleann pipes, all overlaid with a large dose of wry humour, led by an experimental musician and multi-instrumentalist.

The French Connection are on stage at the Pumphouse Studios in Louth this Thursday, October 27th at 8:15pm. Tickets are available from Off The Beaten Tracks in Louth or contact the studio on 01507 201080. Doors open at 7:30pm.


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