The Woodhall Spa Trail in winter

Just because it’s January, there’s no excuse for not going out to enjoy our Lincolnshire countryside, and there are some really enjoyable walks not far from the village centre. I have mentioned the Water Rail Way, which follows the River Witham from Boston to Lincoln, but another favourite is the Woodhall Spa Trail, which connects the village to the nearby market town of Horncastle.

This trail features in the iFootpath Walking Guide online series where you will find a mine of information for each section of this walk. The succinct introduction talks of: “A 7 mile ‘there and back’ walk along the mid section of the old Horncastle to Woodhall Junction railway line in Lincolnshire, known as the Spa Trail. The trail, part of the Viking Way long distance path, passes through a mix of woodland and open countryside. Along the way you will discover impressive sculptures made from wood, stone and metal, all reflecting local wildlife and links with the past.”

The iFootpath web page also has a photo gallery and a couple of comments, one of which sums the walk up well: “Done this walk many times with the ramblers and ourselves. Never tire of – it’s a lovely winter walk even without your walking boots on. Well worth a visit and with pubs & tea shops either end you cannot fail to enjoy.”

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Zorro comes to Horncastle………

……..but not as you know him (or her)!

Book now for Zorro the Panto at the Lion Theatre in Horncastle. The show runs from 30th January to 2nd February and 6th to 9th February 2019, 7.30 nightly and 3pm Saturday matinees at the Lion Theatre, but some shows are sold out, so saddle up amigos to make sure you get a seat. Availability and Booking details here

Here’s the blurb:

Our pantomime Dame, Senora Margarita Juanita Fajita will guide you through all the fun and frolics as only a typical Dame can. As always there will be plenty of songs and dances brought to you by our Musical Director Chris Hinkins and Choreographer Nancy Shackleton, with such classics as Dance the Night Away, La Bamba and (you heard it here first) Little White Bull! A pair of slapstick firemen add to the comedy and chaos and we even have a visit from a famous President!         Continue reading

A Christmas Carol in Horncastle

Horncastle Up Stagers are proud to present A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted by David Ireland with original music by Richard Shepherd. Book now for this new production running 7.30 PM nightly at the Lion Theatre from 6th-8th December.

Booking details

 

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Concert: Remembrance and Rejoicing

You are invited to  a concert by the Horncastle and District Choral Society on Saturday December 8th, at St. Mary’s Church, Horncastle, 7.30pm. Music by Handel, Karl Jenkins and Bob Chilcott – a warm welcome is assured. Tickets, priced £7, including refreshments, are available from choir members, and at the door on the night.

 

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Horncastle Christmas Market

This annual market will be taking place on Sunday 9th December from 11 am to 4 pm. The High Street will be closed and lined with Christmas themed craft stalls, artisan manufacturers, and delicious food suppliers.

Musicians will perform for your entertainment and Father Christmas will be in his grotto, and the organisers are busy arranging amazing street entertainment. You can come along just to enjoy the music if you so wish, but they are hoping that you will be enticed by the smell of freshly cooked ostrich burgers, distracted by cheeses, or completely waylaid by naughty sweets. Continue reading

Horncastle and District Just Events

A mini taster poppy workshop, Sew Saturday, community orchestra, Japanese flower arrangement, Rock ‘n Roll, Indoor Club, needle felted autumn workshop, Jazz – just a few examples from an eclectic mix of upcoming events in and around Horncastle. You can find out more on Facebook by visiting Just Events, a fairly new public group, billed as “…… a noticeboard for your special local events. Craft Fayres, Photography Shoots, Open Days, Courses, Organisation Dances, etc. For information only”

Here’s the link!

Road works in Horncastle, Woodhall Spa and Kirkby on Bain

Major road works in Horncastle started yesterday, involving carriageway resurfacing, junction and traffic signal improvements in the town centre and the construction of a new shared footway/cycle pathway on Langton Hill.

Phase 1: West Street to be reconstructed from the junction with Reindeer Close to the Bridge Street/Prospect Street junction. Works are scheduled to end by September 10th.

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