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In and around the area
The peaceful countryside of Lincolnshire is the perfect place to visit to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are plenty of activites and places to visit to suit everyone, from cycling to museums to theme-parks!
Here are some suggestions to get you started on planning your perfect getaway:
Walking and Wildlife
The scenic Lincolnshire Wolds have been designated as an AONB. The sprawling countryside with its beautiful scenery and historic sites is renowned for its walks and long distance paths. Willingham Woods, situated just outside of Market Rasen, is a large woodland area with a number of different trails to explore. Cyclists and horse-riders are allowed to visit the woods upon obtaining a permit.
Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve is a three mile stretch of unspoilt coastland famous for its outstanding wildlife, especially its birds. Enjoy bird watching from its observatory Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe Look outÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and, after a walk on the beach, relax in the cafe at the visitors centre. The internationally renowned Donna Nook is a must for its large and very accessible Grey Seal breeding colonies. They can be seen calving in October to December each year and there are excellent public viewing areas that allow you to get a fantastic view of the-seal pups.
Visit the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust website for more information on Gibraltar Point and other nearby nature reserves.
For those wishing to see some more exotic animals, FriskneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Parrot zoo or The Woodside Wildife and Falconry Park make fun days out. The Parrot zoo, incorporating the National Parrot Sanctuary, boasts the UKÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest collection of parrots and is keen on conservation and research. Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park is home to owls and eagles as well as marmosets, butterflies and lizards!
For animals that are a little more familiar, Rand Farm Park near Lincoln offers children a hands-on learning experience at a genuine working farm.
Historic Sites and Museums
Lincolnshire is full of historic sites and buildings. A must-see is Lincoln Castle, one of the most impressive Norman castles in the UK and home to one of the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta. Lincoln Cathedral, a short walk from the castle, towers grandly over the city; the oldest parts of the cathedral are almost a thousand years old. Nearer to Greetham Retreat is the stunning Tattershall Castle; built in the 15th Century this rare, red brick castle with six atmospheric floors to explore and fabulous views from the battlements is a medieval gem. Visit the National Trust Website for more information.
There are also a great many Aviation Heritage Centres nearby. The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, just seven miles from the Retreat, is a family run museum that holds the very rare Avro Lancaster Bomber in its collection. Visit The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre on a flying day for a truly spectacular experience. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor's Centre at RAF Coningsby provides fascinating exhibitions as well as the opporutnity to take a guided tour around the hangar to see the Flight's historic aircraft.
The famous seaside resorts of Skegness and Mablethorpe are just twenty miles from Greetham Retreat. Both are lively, traditional seaside holiday towns and have Blue Flag beaches. There is plenty to do for both young and old; Mablethorpe offers all the fun of the fair as well as an international circus in the summer season, while Skegness has plenty of arcades, shops and the popular Natureland Seal Sanctuary. Sutton on Sea is another option with a fantastic Blue Flag beach for those who prefer a quieter resort.
There are also theme-parks along the coast. Fantasy Island near Skegness and Pleasure Island in Cleethorpes offer kidsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ rides and family shows as well as Ã¢â‚¬Ëœwhite-knuckleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ rides for the thrill seekers! Visit Fantasy IslandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s website or Pleasure IslandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s website for more information on the parks.
Lincolnshire has a great variety of market towns, each with its own unique character and attractions. The nearby town of Horncastle has many historical buildings and features and is renowned for its wonderful antique shops. Visit on a market day to sample local produce and really take in the atmosphere of these charming towns.
Local Market Days:
Horncastle: Thursdays and Saturdays (FarmerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Market every 2nd Thursday of the month)
Louth: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays (FarmerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Market every 1st Weds and 3rd Friday of the month)
Boston: Wednesdays and Saturdays (Farmer's Market every Wednesday)
There are plenty of opportunities for evening entertainment. The Embassy Theatre in Skegness has a wide variety of performances from tribute bands and concerts to comedians and pantomimes. Visit The Embassy TheatreÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s website for more information. The Grimsby Auditorium also offers a variety of shows.
There are plenty of cinemas to choose from, but a visit to the Kinema in the Woods can be wonderfully romantic with its quiet location and vintage charm. Visit the Kinema in the WoodsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ website for show times.
golfers may wish to visit The National golf Centre in nearby Woodhall spa, featured in golf WorldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Top 100 Courses 2010. Kenwick Park golf Club in Louth is also a popular choice. Those keen on fishing will find several parks for course fishing as well as Withern Mill Trout Farm for fly fishing. For comprehensive lists of fishing sites and golf courses in Lincolnshire visit the Go-Fish and golf Today websites.
If you are a fitness enthusiast or just want to take the kids swimming, there are several local gyms in the area, including the brand new Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth and the local Horncastle Swimming Pool and Lifestyle Fitness Suite. You can download Horncastle's Lifestyle Leisure guide here.
Those with an interest in motorsports will enjoy Cadwell Park, a circuit that is especially popular with bikers nationwide.
Note that the activities and places to visit suggested here is only a small selection of what is on offer in Lincolnshire. We also offer a wide selection of leaflets and guides in our reception lounge area and further suggestions are available in the guest information pack you will receive on arrival.
Feel free to contact us for more information or with specific queries.