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.

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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

Falconry at Tattershall Castle

Tattershall Castle is host to Raphael Historic Falconry this weekend. This is a rare opportunity to watch historically accurate birds of prey swoop and soar and to learn all about hawking in Lord Cromwell’s time. The event itself is free, but normal National Trust admission charges apply for non-members. There’s no need to book in advance.

There will be three flying displays on Saturday and Sunday (July 02 and 03), starting at 11am. Between shows the falconers will be on hand to talk more about the birds from their static display. Full details Continue reading

Christmas events at Tattershall Castle

Advance notice of two must-go events at your local National Trust property:

Candlelit Carol Concert – Saturday 5 Dec

Join us for an evening of carols alongside a local brass band. Starting inside the Castle parlour, the concert will move on to the beautiful interior of Holy Trinity Church next door.


Start inside the Castle with some Christmas tunes then travel over to the Church where you will have chance to enjoy some mulled wine before the lights are extinquished and carols are sung by candlelight. Booking is Essential. Phone: 01526 342543. The gates open 4.30 pm. and the concert starts at 5 pm and ends at 7pm. Please meet at the Guardhouse to show your tickets. Admission : Adult £5, Child £2.50. Family £15. For more details please phone 01526 342543 (Call to check latest times or cancellations.) Web page

Christmas Market – Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November
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Local Press round up

Some interesting stories this week from our local papers:

Logo courtesy LCVSTomorrow in Woodhall Spa there’s an event designed for community groups or charities who want to better publicise what they do. The Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) workshop will explore many options in an interactive free workshop  – from sending a press release to your local newspaper to simple social media. The workshop takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, October 20, from 2-4pm at the Cottage Museum in Iddesleigh Road, Woodhall Spa. Places must be booked in advance and you can book here. Further details in the Horncastle News.

And there’s a lovely story about seven year old St Andrew’s School pupil Charlie Allam, proud grower of a stand of four giant sunflowers which have reached 3.69 metres in height (13 feet). Continue reading

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

Heritage open days on our patch this weekend

Heritage-open-days_logoHeritage Open Days is England’s biggest heritage festival, involving 40,000 volunteers. It celebrates our history, architecture and culture, offering you the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are free to explore. Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors.

It is a once-a-year chance to discover the often hidden or forgotten gems on our doorsteps. There are lots of them in our area this weekend, so here is the long list.


Walk with Sir Joseph Banks. Starting at the Banks Centre take a walk round the town visiting all the places associated with Sir Joseph Banks. The walk lasts approximately an hour. Details. Continue reading