Chamber Music Festival comes to Tattershall

Romance and REVOLUTION: Lincolnshire International
Chamber Music Festival Concert at Holy Trinity Church, Tattershall, Tuesday 1st August 2017, 7.30pm

Life Begins at Forty: Celebrating our Joint Artistic Directors Ashley Wass and Matthew Trusler, who have been performing for over two decades. Details on the Tattershall Church Website Thanks to John Dudley

For details of concerts in Horncastle, Boston, Spilsby, Lincoln and Gainsborough, please visit the Festival website Venue List 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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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

3,000 knitted stars in Boston Lincolnshire

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

Fancy a Panto?

If the answer is yes, then we are spoilt for choice this winter, as the panto season comes to Boston, Horncastle, Lincoln and Skegness.

 

 

Boston:

Jack&Beanstalk_Logo_100wThe 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 booking Continue reading

Have a laugh at the Comedy Tea House

Comedy_Tea_House_logo_150hIf 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

Experience 600 years of history at Boston Guildhall Museum

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