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

Gibraltar Point Centre and Gunby Hall

Full marks to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust for the splendid new visitor centre at Gibraltar Point which opened earlier this summer. The spectacular new £1m building replaces the former centre, which suffered extensive flood damage during the storm surge in December 2013. The trust is taking no chances this time – the building is raised on stilts to protect it from any future flooding.

Spectacular is not too strong an adjective, in my opinion. Continue reading

National Trust events near you

national_trust_logo_green_150Tattershall Castle and Gunby Hall are currently both offering interesting events within easy traveling distance of Woodhall Spa over the next few weeks.

At Lord Cromwell’s Castle in Tattershall this Wednesday (July 13) outdoor theatre company The Lord Chamberlain’s Men return with their outdoor performance of Much Ado About Nothing, and there’s a Wars of the Roses weekend on July 30 and 31: “Travel back in time to the fifteenth century and immerse yourself in our medieval experience. Witness what everyday life was like over 500 years ago with living history tents, talks and displays.”

Gunby Hall gardens are always worth a visit at this time of year, and they are the inspiration for Gunby’s first contemporary art exhibition called ‘Densen – Disperse’, featuring the work of Christiane Löhr. Continue reading

Walk the Lincolnshire Wolds this summer

Photo courtessy Lincolshire Wolds Walking FestivalFrom the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival:

Launched this weekend  from the pretty village of Donington-on-Bain we can promise you sixteen days of really good walking in and around the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, until our festival finale at Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens National Trust property on 5 June.

We’ve got 113 great walks in the pipeline for this year’s festival, ranging from energetic day-long rambles to gentle strolls, plus lots of activities to involve all the family. Our event is 12 years old this year, but we’ve still got new and interesting walks to offer, as well as some old favourites.

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Apple Day 2015 at Gunby Hall

Summer may be on the way out, but there’s an autumnal treat this weekend at Gunby Hall. On Sunday (October 11, 11am to 5pm) Gunby celebrates all things apple with its annual Apple Day, when an apple expert will be on hand to identify fruit brought along by visitors. Apples and fruit trees will be on sale and you might pick up some bargains for Christmas at the craft and trade stalls.

Click this thumbnail image to view the poster in a new window or tab. You can also download this poster (pdf file, 700kb) here.

Apple Day is free for National Trust members, otherwise normal admission charges apply. Phone 01754 890102 for further details

Gunby Hall Autumn update

This year more than 28,000 visitors have passed through the entrance archway at Gunby Hall, and there are still two months to go before the house closes for the winter. As the leaves on the Gunby trees turn gold, plans are in hand for next year, including two more open air theatre performances by Chapterhouse productions, Peter Pan and the Railway Children, dates to be confirmed.

But before then, on Sunday 13 September, the house and gardens will be open completely for free once more as part of the heritage open day weekend which takes place throughout England. Continue reading

“The Gunby Sisters” – a ghost tale told by local school children

Earlier this month a group of students from  Burgh-Le-Marsh primary school wrote, filmed, directed and edited a short film about Gunby Hall, inspired by the belief that it is haunted. The film will be submitted to the ‘LAFTAS’, the Lincolnshire film-making competition for primary and secondary schools headed up by Lincolnshire born and bred actor Jim Broadbent.

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