Petwood Hotel in the news

And it’s all good news! The Petwood was recently voted the Best Hotel in the East of England by Best Loved Hotels. Voters in this influential competition particularly praised:

 

 

  • The history of the house, not least of all its connection to aviation history
  • Walking in the gardens and exploring the Lincolnshire Wolds
  • Excellent cuisine made from local ingredients
  • The original Edwardian features bring a bygone age back to life
  • Golfers love being adjacent to Woodhall Spa Golf

One happy voter commented: Continue reading

Fungi spotting around Woodhall Spa

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Horncastle and Woodhall Spa Area Group are organising a Fungi Spotting Walk, scheduled for Sunday 30th October, starting at 10am in the Woodhall Country Park, on Stixwould Road. The walk is free, and should take about two hours or more. Check here for updates to the event date – subject to the summer weather bringing forward the fungi season. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather on the day.

“Come along and learn more about fascinating fungi. Please note that specimens will only be taken for further identification, none will be gathered for consumption!”

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

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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Gibraltar Point news

Last Friday I took a trip out to Gibraltar Point, conscious that the building of the new visitor centre must now be well advanced. I was not wrong. The weather was unseasonably fine and sunny all the way there but, as is often the case, the point was shrouded in sea mist when I arrived.

Undaunted I took some shots of the visitor centre development from the car park on my much-derided and battered Nokia mobile, then dropped in to the temporary shop and café. I was working on the theory that the mist would clear as there was an offshore wind blowing. It seemed a fair gamble, having driven all the way there.

This strategy turned out well. Continue reading

Wear something yellow for Lincolnshire Day 2015

Well, it’s not compulsory, but those who qualify as yellowbellies and even people like me who have chosen to live in Lincolnshire will be celebrating Lincolnshire Day on October 1st, the anniversary of the Lincolnshire Rising in 1536.

The first official Lincolnshire Day was held in 2006, and every year since then things have been happening around the county on October 1st to celebrate the day. This year is no exception, and the range of events is wide and varied. Here is our selection: Continue reading

The Petwood Rhododendrons are in full bloom

Frequently asked Question: When is the best time to see the famous Petwood rhododendrons?

Answer: Right now!

These beautiful exotic plants are best seen for real, so if you are in the area, drop in for a visual feast. As a taster, here are a couple of recent photos to tempt you. Continue reading