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

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

Steptoe and Son on stage near you

Fancy an evening with the famous rag-and-bone men of Shepherd’s Bush? Lincolnshire-based Hambledon Productions are bringing them back to life at the Broadbent Theatre in Wickenby this Saturday, March 18, and at the Red Lion Theatre in Horncastle on April 6. You can book online here

“Hambledon Productions was established in 2007 by brother and sister team John and Rachael Hewer. The company is based in Lincolnshire and produces a wide range of eclectic work while striving to take theatre into communities that may not have the opportunity to experience new theatre productions. Continue reading

Live and local near you

Image courtesy Keep-Calm-o'maticYou really don’t have to go far in rural Lincolnshire to find live entertainment. Here’s a selection of up-coming entertainments within easy travelling distance of Woodhall Spa:

 

 

Friday, 24th March 2017, 7:00 PM
Toynton Village Hall
Holy Moly and The Crackers Concert

“This wild and carnivalesque seven-piece from the Bohemian Quarter of Newcastle blurs the boundaries of folk, gypsy and rock music with its truly terrific sound. Mixing powerhouse story-songs with foot-stomping rhythms this band has more than a touch of magic to it.”
Box Office: 01790 754020 Website Continue reading

Live performances near you

Logo: Live & LocalI recently came across a website called “Live & Local” which could be useful to anyone living or staying in or near Woodhall Spa who likes live performances. Here’s a link to the “What’s On” page, but be warned, you will be in for some tricky navigation because the site is really a search engine.

Having tried it myself, the quickest route to local gigs from the “What’s On” page is: select [Search by County], then [Lincolnshire]. Finally, to see the list of events, click on the [List Shows] button! For a narrower search choose [Search by district] then select either [East Lindsey] or another district such as [North Kesteven]

Here are two events I spotted in my [Lincolnshire] search: Continue reading

The Petwood Gardens: A William Goldring Garden?

Image courtesy E & N Duke-CoxNicholas Duke-Cox has undertaken extensive research over the past three years in preparation for a publication on the definitive history of the gardens at Petwood House, now the Petwood Hotel.

 

In a recent article written for The Kew Guild, Nicholas calls for primary evidence of landscape architect and naturalist William Goldring’s involvement at Petwood House, originally built for the furniture heiress, Grace Maple, then Baroness Eckhardstein, between 1905 and 1906.

Nicholas explains: “The fame of the gardens arose later c.1912 with the alterations and expansion to the original design, by Harold Peto. The literature knew of a first garden but not of its appearance. Thanks to the commissions of the Baroness to local professional photographer, John Wield, we have photographic evidence of the construction and maturation of that garden from 1906 to 1909.These images are unique. No one else ever had access to these gardens.” Continue reading

Favourite places in North Kesteven

Photo Courtesy North Kesteven Didtrict CouncilIf you take a trip cross the River Witham from Woodhall Spa, over Kirkstead Bridge, you will be leaving East Lindsey District and entering North Kesteven, one of the five districts which divide Lincolnshire. Over the past year North Kesteven District Council’s tourism team held a photographic competition open to amateur photographers of all ages encouraging visitors and residents of the district to get out and about and show what they love about the Heart of Lincolnshire.

The photos submitted captured the distinctiveness of the area and  showcased some wonderful places to visit all year round. The most popular photos also now feature in a 2017 Calendar available to buy for only £3.99 from Cogglesford Watermill, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and Navigation House during opening hours, or you can also download them via Dropbox here. Continue reading