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.
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 →
If you don’t believe this, you can see them for yourself in St Botolph’s Church (aka the Stump) until January. 3,000 Christmas tree stars and a nativity scene knitted by people across Lincolnshire, all dedicated to family, friends, memories and even pets.
Called Christmas Knitivity, this imaginative project was organised by BBC Radio Lincolnshire in partnership with St Botolph’s Church. Local radio staffers and Boston parishioners got together with Oldrids store to decorate more than 30 trees with these unusual stars. Continue reading →
If the answer is yes, then we are spoilt for choice this winter, as the panto season comes to Boston, Horncastle, Lincoln and Skegness.
The Blackfriars Arts Centre, [Spain Lane, Boston, PE21 6HP,] are putting on Jack & the Beanstalk. The traditional panto is a mix of mirth, mayhem and misunderstanding. It stars Ian Moore as Dame Trott and Mike Carnell as Silly Billy. Running from 11th December to 3rd January. Details and bookingContinue reading →
If you are over 18 and you like stand up comedy, The Blackfriars Theatre in Boston is the place to go round here, and it’s where the next session of the The Comedy Tea House is scheduled for September 25th, at 8pm.
Tickets cost £10 and are available from the box office – 01205 363108 or, if you prefer to book online, try the orange button on this Blackfriars Theatre page, and get more details of the evening’s entertainment.
The Comedy Tea House is the brainchild of Woodhall Spa resident Mark Webb, who I am told is the brother of Robert Webb, of Mitchell and Webb fame. So I guess comedy runs in the family.
Mark is confident that there will be a truly fantastic line up, with the talented Tom Binns bringing his comedy characters to Blackfriars Theatre, introduced by MC Steve Harris. “Whatever age or walk of life you’re from Steve has something for you, guaranteed to have you breathless with laughter, a master of the obvious and a Ninja of the not so obvious, you’ll be hit so hard by a punch line you won’t know where it’s come from.Continue reading →
I once heard a story that a visitor to Lincolnshire, on discovering that there is a town in our county called Boston, said how nice it was that we named our towns after cities in the USA. Of course it’s the other way round. In 1612 John Cotton, non-conformist Vicar of St Botolph’s Church (aka “The Stump”) in Boston Lincolnshire encouraged his flock to join the Massachusetts Bay Company, and he later helped to found the city of Boston, Massachusetts (1630).
This is a rather basic example of the kind of historical fact about Boston Lincolnshire that makes it a town well worth visiting if you are on our patch, and there are lots more. Did you know that earlier, in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, Boston was a major trading port, second only to London? Or that by the opening of the thirteenth century, Boston ranked as a port of the Hanseatic League, the commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds and their market towns dominating Baltic maritime trade along the coast of Northern Europe?
There’s no better place to get the feel of Boston’s distant and recent past than its ancient Guildhall in South Street.Continue reading →
I recently wrote about the delights of the Water Rail Way, the public foot / cycle path which passes through Kirsktead, near Woodhall Spa, connecting Boston and Lincoln, running mostly along the bed of the old railway line alongside the River Witham.
In a few weeks time, the Mayor of Lincoln, Councillor Brent Charlesworth will cycle the 33-mile journey along the Water Railway, from Boston Guildhall to Lincoln Guildhall, as the last fundraising exercise of his mayoral year.
The cost to join in the ride is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, and there’s a goodie bag and a reception at Lincoln Guildhall with the civic party at the end of the ride. For more information or to book tickets, please email email@example.com, or call 01522 873507.
Councillor Charlesworth will set out from Boston Guildhall at 11am on Sunday, May 3. You can start with him, or you can join the ride Continue reading →