Lincolnshire Wolds videos

Earlier this month I noticed three rather nice videos on Youtube promoting the Lincolnshire Wolds which have now been compiled into one feature. There are quite a few scenes shot on our patch, dotted around the three original films, so it’s worth staying with it to the end. Why not sit back, take your mind off mustard gas down in the woods and see how many places or people you recognise!


Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days: September 7 -10, 2017


Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors free access to interesting properties that are not usually publicly accessible or would normally charge a fee. It also includes tours, events and activities that focus on and celebrate the local heritage of the area. Since 1994 Heritage Lincolnshire has coordinated Heritage Open Days within the historic county.  This year’s festival will be one of the biggest yet, with over 140 free events. The theme is Freedom, Justice & Equality to mark the 800th anniversary of the Charter of the Forest, a copy of which is held alongside Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle.

The festival brochure was launched at the Lincolnshire Show on 21st June. It is also available from libraries, tourist information centres and heritage sites across the county and from our offices in Heckington. You can also download a printable copy here.

Local Highlights:

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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