Lincolnshire’s Gardens

A group of gardens and nurseries, all with regular public opening times, have joined together in order to offer a range of additional services to the public. These include not only a collection of the most exciting gardens that may be visited anywhere in Lincolnshire or Eastern England, but information on visiting the county of Lincolnshire as well. The nearest to Woodhall Spa are:

  • Goltho Gardens, near Wragby
  • Gunby Estate, Hall and gardens, near Skegness
  • Doddington Hall, near Lincoln
  • Woodlands, near Louth

To find out more about these lovely gardens, and some more farther afield, visit the Lincolnshire’s Gardens website.  Here are a couple of tasters: Continue reading

Gearing up for the 1940s festival

Only weeks away now for that weekend when Woodhall Spa once again rolls out the time machine and sets the dial to the1940s. This year the festival is scheduled for the third weekend in July – 15 / 16th, so if you enjoy flypasts, parades, period costumes, big band music and the like, all to be found in one of the most attractive villages in Lincolnshire, then you know where to be that weekend.

Meantime, if you want to keep abreast of the plans, your best bet is to follow the festival on Facebook and do keep an eye on the official website too. Continue reading

Dambusters blog hits a million!

Sincere congratulations to Charles Foster, creator and doughty editor of the Dambusters Blog, which has just passed the million hits mark. In noting this achievement, Charles comments on the enduring fascination of the Dambusters raid:

 

“I think the reason may be because although the raid itself is the stuff of legend, it also represents a bigger story: that of the ‘greatest generation’ who fought tyranny, came through the years of austerity which followed, and built a better society in which all could flourish.”

Many of those who today visit the Squadron Bar, our lovingly preserved 617 Squadron Officers’ Mess here at the Petwood Hotel, former home to those who flew in the 1943 raid, might agree. | Related posts

Tea and a slice of history: Woodhall Spa, 1909

Alan Burgess has posted a fascinating tinted photograph of the Woodhall Spa Tea House in the Woods on the Old Lincolnshire Rural Photos Facebook Group, dated around 1909:

 

 

 

 

 

There’s also a similar photo on the Tea House home page, and lots more if you click on the history tab.

You can read comments here if you join the Facebook group

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Easter at Tattershall Castle

Photo courtesy Lincolnshire LiveThe Cadbury Egg Hunt returns to Tattershall Castle from Friday 14 April to Monday 17 April.

“Explore the Castle, spot the clues and claim your chocolate prize with our family-friendly Egg hunt, in partnership with Cadbury. The Cadbury Bunny has bounced into Tattershall Castle and borrowed Lord Cromwell’s biggest treasure chest for his stash of precious chocolate. Our floppy-eared friend has left clues around the castle for you to unlock the chest and claim your own choccy treat. To get your hands on the edible treasure you’ll need to scour the great tower, hop across the moat bridges and hunt through the ruins to collect your answers” Continue reading

Wear your wellies at Frampton Marsh

Frampton Marsh is a nature reserve near Boston run by the RSPB, where on a good day you may hear a chorus of skylarks high over wet grassland, watch aerobatic displays by lapwings or even see brown hares using the fields as boxing rings in the mating season.

Having spent a few bracing hours out there last weekend, and despite a gale-force wind and some soggy socks (my fault, unsuitable footwear!) I can recommend this intriguing patch of wilderness, only a few miles from Woodhall Spa.

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Plan your own Lincolnshire Aviation trail

I read recently that Lincoln is “the perfect base to explore Lincolnshire’s rich aviation heritage”. Well “perfect” is debatable – Lincoln is a fine city, but why not avoid the city crowds and make Woodhall Spa your Lincolnshire aviation trail base?

For instance, where else can you stay and dine in a hotel which was home to the 617 “Dambusters” Squadron in 1942, complete with the original officers’ mess? The Squadron Bar at the Petwood Hotel features a range of memorabilia and tributes to Guy Gibson VC, Leonard Cheshire VC and their Officers, and so is itself an aviation hotspot, often overlooked in tourist articles.

There are other advantages, apart from peace and quiet. Woodhall Spa is nearer than Lincoln to some key aviation destinations, such as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby, the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre and Thorpe Camp. Other must-do aviation attractions a little farther afield, such as the Newark Air Museum or Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre, are within easy reach by car. You are less likely to get snarled up in city traffic than you would be in Lincoln, which is a nightmare right now with the building of the new bus station complex.

So, to help you plan your ideal Lincolnshire aviation trail, here are some useful links, and a memorable video: Continue reading