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family days to remember If you’re looking for a unique and exciting day that’s not just about great shopping, come to Springfields. With a unique and relaxing environment combining Outlet Shopping with over 25 acres of free Festival Gardens and new leisure attractions, planned for Early Summer 2018, Springfields is the East of England’s premier retail and leisure destination.

There’s over 50 big name Outlet Stores with up to 75% off RRPs every day including M&S Outlet, Gap Outlet, Fat Face, Next, Skechers and Radley London. There is also a huge Blue Diamond Garden Centre that has virtually everything you need to spruce up your garden and home from furniture to barbecues, decorative paving to cookware. Plus a wide selection of indoor and outdoor plants to make you home look great inside and out.

Take time to explore the relaxing environment by stopping off for a mouth-watering choice of cafes and restaurants. The opulent Noshery Restaurant in the Home and Garden Centre has a wide variety of tasty home cooked seasonal dishes. Their traditional cream teas really are quite special. For a quick pit stop head to Caffe Nero, Costa, Subway or Starbucks with outdoor seating facing the beautiful gardens. Alternatively make a night of it with a meal and drinks at The Kitchen pub or Frankie and Benny’s.

Springfields’ award winning festival gardens are not to be missed. Open all year round with FREE admission, they originally opened in 1966 as the shop window for the flower bulb industry. Since then new celebrity gardens were introduced from many famous gardeners with beautifully landscaped lawns and exciting sculptures, dazzling water features and of course amazing flowers. The tulips in May are a real spectacle and not to be missed are the Display Fountains combining music and water for wonderful shows.

Springfields has many events throughout the year offering fun for all the family. Children love following the red and blue tulip routes around the Festival Gardens on the Springfields Activity Walks, specially designed to keep them occupied with fun activities and challenging, educational questions. Don’t miss a ride on our miniature trains around the site or combine your visit to Springfields with a trip to picturesque market town of Spalding on the unique water taxis.

Works for a £1 million imaginative new entertainment centre for all ages is on the way for Summer 2018, incorporating a range of new and exciting play activities. At its heart, the new development will host the biggest ever JCB Young Driver Zone, an attraction which includes a large track for pedal diggers, huge JCB slide, scaffold themed climbing frame and other unique interactive play equipment. In addition, there will be a Tree Top Village wooden climbing and play facility, a new sheltered infant sand play and seating area plus what is believed to be Lincolnshire’s only gold panning activity area. The new leisure offer will be situated within the Festival Gardens and will be accessed via a new American-themed diner called Springy’s. The popular Jurassic themed Dinosaur miniature golf course will also be fully refurbished. Springfields is constantly evolving, visit http://springfieldsshopping.co.uk/ or follow us on social media to keep up to date. 4

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Welcome to the 2018 Visit Spalding Guide. Spalding is a beautiful, friendly, bustling market town set in the picturesque rural district of South Holland. The town itself makes for an interesting visit and, with a good selection of hotels and B&Bs, it is a useful base from which to visit the wider South Lincolnshire area.

With a vibrant and busy town centre, Spalding boasts a large number of unique independent shops alongside many well-known high street nationals. It holds a popular market day every Tuesday and Saturday. There are fine restaurants, coffee shops and public houses to satisfy all tastes and budgets, night clubs for those who enjoy partying into the small hours, or you can take in a play, concert or film at the town’s entertainment hub, the South Holland Centre. There are many historical buildings you can visit, including Ayscoughfee Hall and Gardens, the Chain Bridge Forge, (a fantastic living museum) and a host of amazing churches situated throughout the town and outlying villages, some that even date back to the Middle Ages. Large parts of the town centre are in a conservation area and the elegant Georgian terraces and tree-lined walks along the River Welland are stunning. Just off the town centre, you can embark on a relaxing 40 minute cruise on the Spalding Water Taxi service to Springfields Outlet Shopping & Leisure with its award winning Festival Gardens, all new for the summer of 2018 sees the opening of Adventure Land at Springfields oulet, a wonderful place for all the family to enjoy.

There is history and heritage aplenty to explore in the wider South Holland District, where you and your family can experience the diversity of habitats around the Wash Estuary, one of Europe’s most protected coastal area, or just enjoy the general rural peace and tranquility whilst exploring the network of Fens walks, cycle routes and waterways all under our famous Lincolnshire “big skies”.

In addition to reading about Spalding and the surrounding area in this year’s guide you can also get more information by visiting www.visitlincolnshire.com We look forward to welcoming you to our town and hope you have a wonderful visit. Best Wishes, David Norton Vice Chairman of Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce 5

The HeritageTrail family days to remember

Stepping into Spalding’s rich history...

For a small market town in rural Lincolnshire there is a lot of history in Spalding – and the good news is that a brisk walk is all that is needed for some splendid sights.

Spalding’s Heritage Trail starts at Broad Street, walking away from Market Place you will see one of Spalding’s most spectacular buildings, an 18th century former Manor House which is now home to the Spalding Constitutional Club (1). A little further along the road is the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society (2). Founded in 1710, it is one of the oldest learned societies in the country, with an impressive list of past members, and is still active today.

To the left is Spalding Constitutional Club and Broad Street Methodist Church, but the alternative is a right-hand turn onto Herring Lane and down to the bank of the lovely River Welland. Nearby is High Bridge (3) which has existed in some form since medieval times, although the current bridge, originally called the Coronation Bridge, dates back to 1838.

Cross the bridge and follow the river to your right until you reach the Grade I listed Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens (4). Enjoy a stroll inside or simply sit by the water and enjoy the scenery, maybe with a tea or ice-cream from Ayscoughfee Hall’s café and children’s play area. Walk back along the river towards Chain Bridge Forge Museum (5), a lovingly restored 18th Century building offering Blacksmithing demonstrations and guided tours.

Continuing your walk along the river and down Holbeach Road, you will come to St Paul’s Church (6) which was designed by gothic revival architect Sir George Gilbert Scott whose many works include the Albert Memorial in London’s Hyde Park, and St Pancras Station.

Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens

Just ahead of you now is Springfields Outlet Shopping & Leisure (7), with more than 50 outlet stores, restaurants and cafés across 25 beautiful acres, this is a great place to savour before hopping on the Water Taxi back into the centre of town or getting one of the regular bus services.

Once in the centre, enjoy what’s probably the town’s most famous store and largest independent retailer. Hills department store which has been supplying shoppers with cosmetics, fashions, homewares and linens since 1959. Head through the passageway towards The Crescent, a delightful little street lined with fascinating and varied independent shops stocking only the best, high quality goods. Have a coffee and a read in Bookmark, get fitted up at the various outfitters, or take a look in the florists.

There are a number of other independent shops and cafés dotted around the rest of the town, including New Road, Winsover Road and Sheep Market, making it a lovely location for a day’s shopping. If markets are your thing, Market Place is packed with stalls every Tuesday and Saturday and a farmers’ market on the first Saturday of each month is a popular added attraction. Whether your taste is for high street brands or something a little more unique, Spalding has something to satisfy everyone’s shopping appetite.


High Bridge, Spalding

Riverside Walks, Spalding


Don’t forget to visit... • Pinchbeck Engine Museum • South Holland Centre • Water Taxi • Museum of Technology • Red Lion Hotel

Don’t forget to pick up... Sculpture - KRISTINA AND SAM - Art trail, see page 37

Available at the Chain Bridge Forge and Ayscoughfee Hall Museum

New for 2018

Visit: www.southhollandlife.com/trails here you will find more details and maps for walking, cycling and car trials across South Holland. Also download the available app to link straight to your smartphone.

Sculpture - JOHN WITH THEODOLITE - Art trail, see page 37

The Top 5 places to visit....


1. Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens (4) 5-6 Churchgate, Spalding PE11 2RA River Welland 764555 Tel: 01775

Fri: 10:30am - 4pm, Sat: 10:30am - 4pm Sun: 10:30am - 4pm, Wed & Thurs: 10:30am - 4pm Monday: Closed, Tuesday: Closed


2. Spalding Gentlemen's Society (2) 9 Broad St, Spalding PE11 1TB Email: info@sgsoc.org


3. High Bridge (3)


Crossing between Bridge Street and Church Gate and rebuilt in 1838


4. Chain Bridge Forge Museum (5)

High Street, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 1TX Tel: 07960 587724 Open: Wednesday & Friday: 10.00am – 3.00pm. April - October: Every Sunday: 11.00am – 3.00pm. November - March: First Sunday in the month: 11.00am – 3.00pm. 5. Museum of Technology, The History of Gadgets and Gizmos Throckenholt Farm, Old South Eau Bank Spalding Lincs. PE12 0QR Tel: 01945 700772



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The HeritageTrail family days to remember Exploring further afield?

These fascinating places are within a short distance of Spalding

The collection traces the progress of electronic and engineered artefacts including:

Telegraphy, telephony, audio, military and civil communications, warfare, photography, scientific and electrical domestic equipment.

• For those interested in the history of the drainage of the Fens - without which none of the attractions in this magazine would exist - try the Pinchbeck Engine and Land Drainage Museum. At its peak the engine lifted an average of 3,000,000 tons of water from the land at a rate of 7,500 gallons per minute.

Museum of Technology the History of Gadgets and Gizmos

Is an accredited museum situated in the South of Lincolnshire in a small hamlet called Throckenholt, there is a large car park with disabled parking and is wheel chair friendly throughout. The museum has a small café and picnic facilities.

• The impressive Crowland Abbey is nine miles south of Spalding. Steeped in around 1200 years of history, the Abbey is still the centre of Anglican Worship in Crowland today.

The museum offers you a chance to step back in time. Remember "A & B" Public Telephones, Batteries you had to fill up, Crystal Sets, Gas Masks, Morse Keys, and Frame Aerials? Then you will want to see their collection of early technology.

• Built in 1822, the spectacular 100-foot high Moulton Mill lies five miles from Spalding. The tallest surviving windmill in the country was restored to working use in 2013.

As well as all that their collection of war memorabilia has artefacts from the Somme and a range of items from the Second World War. Lots of items can be demonstrated and a large collection of handling objects brings a different experience for younger visitors.

• Spalding Bulb Museum at Birchgrove Garden Centre gives visitors a glimpse into the area’s agricultural and horticultural history.

All the items on display represent the evolution of Electrical, Electronic and Warfare advances between the periods: 1830 – 1980 Entry: £5.00 for Adults £2.50 for Children and £12.50 for family of four.

Open: Thursday 10th May from 10.00am - 4.00pm and every Thursday, Friday and Saturday till September. South Eau Bank, Spalding PE12 0QR Tel: 01945 700772


Chain Bridge Forge Museum and Innovation Centre


Chain Bridge Forge backs directly onto the east side of the River Welland, about a mile from the town centre, and is thought to date from around 1800. The Friends of the Forge have revived the blacksmith’s craft within its original setting and created a living forge. There are practical blacksmithing demonstrations and taster events for all ages, and visitors can buy blacksmith-crafted products.

A LIVING MUSEUM from the 19th Century

Living Museum with our own Blacksmith who demonstrates his craft, provides tasters and takes on commissions.

Education is an important part of the work of the Forge. The innovation centre, with its Heritage Craft Virtual Simulation (HCVS) project and 3D printing hub, through project collaboration with the University of Lincoln, gives students a new way of working that compliments the tradition of blacksmithing.

The Forge also has an innovation area which offers 3D printing, Scanning, VR experience and a local history collection. Free admission and details of all of this can be found at

www.southhollandlife.com or email chainbridgeforge@gmail.com or TEL: 07960 587724

South Eau Bank, Throckenholt, Spalding PE12 0QR. Tel: 01945 700772

Using a special headset, visitors over the age of 13 can enter the virtual world of the blacksmith to work a piece of metal, much as a real blacksmith would. For further information about Chain Bridge Forge Museum please visit - www.southhollandlife.com. Entry: Free Open: Wednesday & Friday: 10.00am – 3.00pm. April - October: Every Sunday: 11.00am – 3.00pm. November - March: First Sunday in the month: 11.00am – 3.00pm.

Chain Bridge Forge High Street, Spalding Lincolnshire PE11 1TX 10

BLACKSMITH AVAILABLE FOR YOuR COMISSIONS: Tuesday to Friday: 11.00am – 3.00pm.


A grade I listed Hall built in the 1450s, Ayscoughfee Hall Museum is a hidden gem in Lincolnshire. Many of the Hall’s owners have left their mark on the building, meaning that a visit to Ayscoughfee is a chance to experience different architectural styles and features from the Medieval to the Victorian, and the opportunity to come face to face with some of the people that lived here. The Museum also tells the story of the historic town of Spalding and the surrounding Lincolnshire Fens. Many events take place throughout the year, including re-enactments, theatre and musical performances - it’s always worth checking out our website for more information. Follow us on social media for up to date news and events. www.ayscoughfee.org The Hall is set in five acres of beautiful gardens, which feature a listed War Memorial by the celebrated architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, a childrens play area and a café, all adding up to a fabulous day out. All this and it’s free to enter too. Check out the website for details.

The Hall is open 10.30am – 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday (open Bank Holidays 10.30am – 4pm). The Gardens are open dawn to dusk, year round.

Ayscoughfee Hall Museum, Churchgate, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 2RA Telephone: 01775 764555 museum@sholland.gov.uk www.ayscoughfee.org

Ayscoughfee Hall Museum



Ayscoughfee Hall Museum

The HeritageTrail family days to remember Gordon Boswell Romany Museum This fabulous museum is the life’s work of Gordon Boswell, a Romany gypsy, who created it to preserve and honour Romany history and traditions. It houses one of the world’s largest collections of Vardos (traditional Romany caravans), and artefacts, photographs and sketches of more than 150 years of British Romany history. Entry: Adult - from £6.25 Child from £4.00 O.A.P’s

from £6.00

Open: Open Easter to the end of September, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays. 11.00am - 4.00pm

Closed: 1st -17th June due to attending Appleby Horse fair.

Visit the unique Gordon Boswell Romany Museum for an insight into the Romany way of life. The Museum is all about the history of the Boswell family dating back 300 years. It includes a collection of family photographs, horse drawn gypsy wagons, carts and harness etc.

Open Easter to the end of September, Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays. 11.00am - 4.00pm Closed: 1st -17th June due to attending Appleby Horse fair.

Coach Groups any day of the week

• Visits by appointment • Visit lasts approximately 2 hours and includes tea/coffee and biscuits Somewhere different for your club to visit Please call for details All exhibits under cover • Disabled visitors welcome

Clay Lake, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE12 6BL

Tel: 01775 710599

St Paul’s Church This Fulney church was built in 1878 to a design by prolific Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert-Scott, one of the most influential architects of the era, whose works include the Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras Station. The building, financed by local benefactress Charlotte Charinton, is one of the most attractive churches in the town and will often be one of the first buildings visitors to the town will see as the enter from the Fens. Unusually, the 135-foot bell tower is almost completely detached from the main body of the church. www.stpauls-spalding.org.uk / 01775 720381 Entry: Free

Open: All year round

Pinchbeck Engine and Land Drainage Museum With an average score of 5 out of 5 from Tripadvisor reviews, this museum tells the story of the drainage of the Fens and with it a story of the area’s history. This former pumping station building in West Marsh Road serves as an impressive reminder of the time when man relied on the power of steam to drain the land. Built in 1833, the 20 horsepower A-frame low pressure condensing Pinchbeck beam engine lifted an average of 3,000,000 tons of water from the land at a rate of 7,500 gallons per minute. The knowledgeable volunteers will help you learn exactly why the Fens looks as it does – thanks to buildings such as this.

Pinchbeck Engine Museum

Entry: Free Open: May – August: 10.00am – 3.00pm, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Tel: 01775 725861

Spalding Gentlemen’s Society (sgsoc.org) Founded by Maurice Johnson of Ayscoughfee Hall in 1710, the society started as a few local men meeting in a coffee house to talk about antiques and read the newly published periodical The Tatler. Just two years later it became the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, existing ‘for the supporting of mutual benevolence, and their improvement in the liberal sciences and in polite learning’. The library alone contains 30,000 printed books, periodicals, maps and prints, including works from the seventeenth and eighteenth-century parish library of St Mary and St Nicolas. Some of the society’s works can also be read online. Notable past members include Isaac Newton, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Alexander Pope, and Sir George Gilbert-Scott, who gave so much to the area.

Spalding Gentlemen’s Society

Further information about opening hours, visits to this fascinating building (by arrangement) and public lectures are available at www.spalding-gentlemens-society.org 12


Moulton Mill At 100 feet (29.6 m) to the top of its cap, Moulton Mill is the tallest working windmill in Great Britain and one of the tallest in the world. Built in 1822 by Robert King, it was a fully-functioning windmill until the four double-sided patent sails were removed after gale damage in 1894 and a steam mill was installed in the adjoining granary.

By the mid-1970s the Mill was primarily being used as a grain store but thanks to a restoration campaign the sails were restored in November 2011 and, after a gap of more than 100 years, the first wholemeal flour was produced by wind power alone in April 2013. The mill now holds regular and yearly events, including ‘Woadfest’, tractor rallies and grinding days. Entry: Adults £5.00, Children (5 – 16) £3.00, Under 5s – free, family ticket £12 Admission to the tea room and shop is free. Open: Thursday – Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Last tour 3.00pm www.moultonwindmill.co.uk

Moulton Mill, Moulton

Crowland Abbey An impressive sight as one drives along the new A16 bypass, Crowland Abbey - or Croyland, as it was known then – dates back to the reign of King Ethelbald.

The building was destroyed and the community slaughtered by the Danes in 866 before it was rebuilt by King Edred before again falling, this time to fire, in 1091. It was again rebuilt on several occasions, before experiencing a prolonged period of stability from the 12th century onwards. During this time the isolated Abbey grew wealthy thanks to royal and noble visitors to the shrine of St Guthlac, while its position in The Fens meant that it was largely unaffected by national troubles.

Crowland Abbey, Crowland

Guided Tours

Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries led to much of the building being destroyed in in 1539. However, careful restoration and repair has been carried out since 1860 by Sir Gilbert Scott among others, and the north aisle remains in use as the parish church - but the Abbey today is one eighth of the size it was before 1539. Interestingly, the first bells to be hung in Britain were in its belfry. www.crowlandabbey.org.uk Entry: Free

Open: all year round

Contact Information Pinchbeck Engine Museum Tel: 01775 725861 www.wellandidb.org.uk

Gordon Boswell Romany Museum Tel: 01775 710599 www.boswell-romany-museum.com Crowland Abbey Tel: 01733 211763 www.crowlandabbey.org.uk

Museum of Technology Tel: 01945 700722 www.museumoftechnology.org.uk Chain Bridge Forge Museum Tel: 07960 587724 www.southhollandlife.com


Family FunTrail family days to remember

Let the adventure begin…

The Fens are a fantastic location for families and friends to enjoy a glimpse of rural life and history, outdoors pursuits and leisure, and great food and fun.

A great place to start is the historical Chain Bridge Forge Museum and Innovation Centre (1), marrying nostalgia and the latest technology for an enriching experience for people of all ages - with free admission it’s well worth the short stroll from the town centre.

There is great selection of oulet shops and things to do for all the family at Springfields Oulet Shopping & Leisure (2) and brand new for the summer of 2018, is the opening of the all new Adventure Land (2) at Springfields outlet, see page 17 for more information.

Baytree Garden Centre (5) near Weston is worth a visit at any time of the year, with tens of thousands of plants, trees, and flowers, plus an extensive range of outdoor furniture and gardening equipment. At Christmas the centre is fantastically festive, and people travel from far and wide to experience one of the best Santa’s Grottos in the country.

The friendly reindeers arrive early to enjoy being hand-fed, while adult visitors might also enjoy a glass of mulled wine. Outside Baytree’s restaurant and coffee bar is a playground for the children and right next door is the Fun Farm (6) indoor play centre and the local Laserstorm (7), as well as mini bowling, and a range of arcade games.

The latest film releases and live music, drama, comedy and kids’ shows can be seen at South Holland Centre (3) in the heart of Spalding, while racers might also enjoy the thrill of taking on Silverstone, Cadwell Park and Donington Park – in miniature form! Exercise your trigger finger at Electric Tracks Scalextric Racing and Pit Stop Café in Weston (4) where you can challenge family and friends around more than 6,000 square feet of elaborately tracked floor space in track designs sympathetic to the real thing. Fans can also buy sets and pieces. www.scalextric-racing.co.uk Springfields Oulet Shopping & Leisure


Family Fun Trail

Don’t forget to visit... • Adventure Land at Springfields • Pinchbeck Engine Museum • South Holland Centre • Water Taxi • Cley Hall Hotel • Red Lion Hotel

Don’t forget to pick up... Available at the The South Holland Centre

The Top 5 places for the kids....


1. Springfields Oulet Shopping & Leisure (2) Camel Gate, Spalding PE12 6EU Tel: 01775 760909 Open: Mon-Fri: 9.30am - 6.00pm Sat: 9.00am - 6.00pm Sunday: 10.30am - 5.00pm



2. LaserStorm/Fun Farm (6)

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High Rd, Weston, Spalding PE12 6JU Tel: 01406 373111 Open: 9am - 5.30am, Sun 10.30am - 4.30pm



3. Alley Catz (7) Westlode St, Spalding PE11 2AF Tel: 01775 722211



4. South Holland Centre (3) 23 Market Place, Spalding PE11 1SS. Tel: 01775 764777 www.southhollandcentre.co.uk


5. Electric Tracks Scalextric Racing and Pit Stop Café (4) Angies Plant Centre, Weston Hills Rd, Spalding PE12 6NE Tel: 01775 725415 www.scalextric-racing.co.uk



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2018 Highlights


Upcoming Events

Here is a snapshot of some of the Centre’s 2018 events:

The South Holland Centre, in Spalding’s historic Market Place, is a lively venue which houses the district’s only cinema and mixes its film diary with an impressive programme of live shows. Look out for some of the country’s top touring theatre and dance companies, regular comedy club nights, family friendly shows and a music programme that encompasses professional jazz, classical, folk and country.

Woody Pines – Nashville Trio 4 May

Heads South – Cuban Jazz & Latino Rhythms 9 May

You can also take part in creative classes and wellbeing workshops at the South Holland Centre and pick up information about the numerous community arts groups in South Holland – many of whom use the Centre as a performance base.

Robin Ince – New Stand-up Tour 11 May

Sing-a-long-a Beauty and the Beast 29 May

For more information about activities, live events and cinema screenings at the South Holland Centre, please either visit: www.southhollandcentre.co.uk or call: 01775 764777

Nick Sharratt’s Big Draw Along 1 June The Damned united Red Ladder Theatre Company 8 June Scummy Mummies 14 June

Tenors un Limited – The Rat Pack of Opera 15 June

Tenors Un Limited – The Rat Pack of Opera

André Rieu’s 2018 Maastricht Concert screening 28 & 29 July Family Circus Day – in Ayscoughfee Gardens 2 August

South Holland’s friendly Arts Centre

Andy Fairweather Low Big Band 6 October

Robin Windsor – Farewell Tour Strictly dancer plus team of professional dancers 4 November

Tourist Information Cinema Live Shows Functions Room Hire Family Events

Eugene Hideaway Bridges Band American blues and soul 9 November RAF Swing Wing 29 November

The Demon Barbers – The Lock In Christmas Carol 30 November

Café with lovely views over Spalding’s historic Market Place

Jack & The Beanstalk – Family Pantomime 9 to 31 December

Please see the full South Holland Centre programme from www.southhollandcentre.co.uk

Box Office 01775 764777 www.southhollandcentre.co.uk Market Place, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 1SS 16

or call the Box Office on 01775 764777 for more information.

Available for half-day or full-day hire, take a picnic or stop for a pub lunch and enjoy the beautiful views from the River Welland. Boats have a canopy for hotter days, a heater for chillier days and well-behaved pets are welcome on board – try them, self drive hire boats are available all year round. For more information go to www.spaldingwatertaxi.co.uk Welland Yacht Club – (see front cover picture) This club has been sailing the River Welland for more than 65 years, and holds dinghy races on Sundays between April and December. Guests and newcomers are welcome this RYA Training Centre; there is a fully licensed clubhouse and a slipway that can be used by members of the public to launch boats during sailing times or by prior arrangement. Find out more at www.wellandyachtclub.co.uk.


This summer, families will be able to enjoy an even better day out at Springfields Outlet, the leading shopping and leisure destination in the East of England. With more attractions, more fun and more shops offering big discounts, it is expected to attract still greater numbers of visitors looking for a memorable day out

The new Springfields Adventure Land will include the UK’s largest JCB Young Drivers Zone, giving children an exciting opportunity to drive around in bright yellow pedal diggers, enjoy the huge JCB slide, scaffold themed climbing frame and use their imagination on many other unique interactive play equipment. Families will also be able to walk through the trees at the new Tree Top Village that has 7 wooden towers and a massive 12m2 suspended net. Plus have fun at Springy’s Beach, that has a sand play area and rockpool water stream all covered by a huge canopy so that fun can be had whatever the weather. Families can try their luck at Dino Golf, with dinosaurs peering around every corner, then pan for gold at Goldie’s Gold Mine. Visitors can ride the miniature railway aptly named Springy’s Railroad, through the woodland or the take the over-ground Adventure Land Express train through the scenic award-winning Festival Gardens.

Families visiting Springfields Adventure Land can also enjoy the already popular Springfields Outlet, where stores offer up to 75% off every day prices, as well as a great menu of cafés and restaurants. The newly built Springy’s American Diner, sited integrally with the new leisure development will offer delicious American burgers, fries and shakes plus a great range of gelato ice-cream. Springy’s Diner also has three party rooms for hire for any occasion on the first floor. With the existing Frankie & Benny’s, Starbucks, Caffé Nero and opulent Noshery Restaurant within the Home and Garden Centre, there will be plenty of choice for hungry adventurers. 17

Contact Information Springfields Oulet Shopping & Leisure Tel: 01775 760909 www.springfieldsshopping.co.uk

Chain Bridge Forge

Tel: 07960 587724 www.southhollandlife.com

South Holland Centre

Tel: 01775 764777 www.southhollandcentre.co.uk

Alley Catz

Tel: 01775 722211 www.alley-catz.com

Scalextric Racing

Tel: 01775 725415 www.scalextric-racing.co.uk

Welland Yacht Club


Fun Farm

Tel: 01406 373444 www.funfarm.co.uk

Spalding Arts & Crafts Society Tel: 01733 211085

Family Fun

Self Drive Boat Hire – The leisurely 40-minute cruise on Spalding Water Taxis are popular, but you can take the experience further by hiring one of the day boats. The electric boats seat up to 10 people and are easy to control, using just forward and reverse levers and a steering wheel.

ShoppingTrail family days to remember

Hills Department Store - Spalding

Shop ‘til you drop...

Spalding is a gem of a market town, with a great blend of classic high street brands and exciting independent traders. The town’s largest independent retailer, Hills Department store (1) has been supplying shoppers with cosmetics, fashions, homewares and linens since 1959 and is still a firm favourite nearly 60 years later.

The Crescent (2) is a delightful little street close to Market Place. The fascinating and varied independent shops that line this picturesque part of the town pride themselves on stocking only the best, high quality goods. From bookshops and delicatessens to shoe shops and gentlemen’s outfitters, all offer a unique and enjoyable experience.

There are a number of other independent shops and cafés dotted around the rest of the town, including New Road (3) and Sheep Market, making it a lovely location for a day’s shopping. If markets are your thing, Market Place is packed with stalls every Tuesday and Saturday and a farmers’ market on the first Saturday of each month is a popular added attraction.

Hills Department Store - Spalding

Springfields Outlet Shopping & Leisure (4) boasts a great selection of big name outlet shops where you can find great offers on well-known brands. With a range of cafés and restaurants and a garden centre too, it is certainly worth a visit.

Whether your taste is for high street brands or something a little more unique, Spalding has something to satisfy everyone’s shopping appetite.


Red Lion Quarter - Spalding


Don’t forget to visit... • Pinchbeck Engine Museum • South Holland Centre • Water Taxi • Cley Hall Hotel • Red Lion Hotel

Don’t forget to pick up... Market Place, Spalding

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The Top 4 Places to Shop... 1. Hills Department Store (1) 18-19 Broad Street, Spalding PE11 1TB Tel: 01775 767155 Open: Mon - Fri: 9:30am - 5pm, Sat: 9.00am - 5pm closed Sunday.




2. The Crescent (2) The Crescent, Spalding PE11 1AF Varied independent Shops



3. New Road Independents (3) New Road, Spalding Varied independent Shops 4. Springfields Outlet Shopping & Leisure (4) Camel Gate, Spalding PE12 6EU Tel: 01775 760909 Open: Mon - Wed: 9:30am - 6pm Thurs: 9:30am - 8pm Sat: 9am - 6pm Sun: 10:30am - 5pm

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Flooring & Carpets Ltd

• Carpets • Vinyls • Luxury Vinyl Wood/Tile • Bespoke Runners • Stair Rods Established for over 50 years

Free Home Consultations/ Estimates

• Over 7,000 products • Helpful, knowledgeable & friendly staff • Open 7 days a week • FREE customer parking • Pets ALWAYS welcome!

Prices and Styles to suit all Budgets Visit our LARGE SHOWROOM

14 The Crescent, Spalding, Lincolnshire. PE11 1AE

Telephone/Fax: 01775 769626

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The ground floor is a one-stop shop for the ladies with a fantastic cosmetics hall offering full consultant counters for Estee Lauder, Clarins, Clinique, Lancôme and the largest selection of fine fragrance and perfumes locally, many exclusive to the store. The store opens out into contemporary and classic fashions with large areas devoted to shoes, handbags and accessories, lingerie and swimwear. There is also a dedicated mens fashion department.

The first floor offers an expansive Cookshop and homewares area with everything for the kitchen and dining, whilst our linens section offers the largest and most comprehensive choice in town offering brands you know alongside the latest styles and trends.

After all that shopping, you and your friends can relax with a drink or something to eat in our licenced Riverview Café which boasts one of the best views of the River Welland that meanders through the town. Serving breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas, freshly made with fresh local ingredients to order. You can even treat yourself to a little something from our chocolate counter before you leave.

So for a great shopping experience make sure that Hills Department Store is at the top of your list when you visit Spalding.


family owned since 1959 18/19 Broad Street, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 1TB Telephone: 01775 767155 21


Located in the heart of Spalding’s town centre, Hills Department Store has been family run by the Turner and Hall families since 1959. It is committed to offering great service and value and also the best in new and trusted brands.

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The Crescent

Relax and enjoy homemade food in our coffeehouse before browsing the wide range of books, cards, toys and unusual gifts to suit all tastes.

20 The Crescent, Spalding, Lincs, PE11 1AF Tel: 01775 769231 Email: info@bookmarkspalding.co.uk Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm Closed Sundays

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Flooring & Carpets Ltd (Established for over 50 years)

Tucked away just off the main marketplace, The Crescent is a beautiful area filled with a wonderful selection of independent shops.

Carpets • Vinyls • Luxury Vinyl Wood/Tile • Bespoke Runners • Stair Rods 14 The Crescent, Spalding, Lincolnshire. PE11 1AE Tel/Fax: 01775 769626 info@wrightscarpets.co.uk www.wrightscarpets.co.uk

One of the best known stores is Bookmark (bookmarkspalding.co.uk), an award-winning bookshop with a café which is perfect for browsing the latest best sellers over an afternoon tea. This is a book-lovers paradise, hosting regular customer events and attracting local and internationally-known authors on a regular basis.

Foodies can spoil themselves in the revamped Sergi’s Tapas Bar on Francis Street, where you can enjoy a mouth-watering selection of continental food and wines from Thursdays to Saturdays. This location has an average review of 4.5 stars out of 5 on Tripadvisor. Nearby is the famous George Adams butchers, perfect for a pork pie or chop, while Rumblings Café’s baguettes are the talk of the town.

There are two fantastic gentlemen’s outfitters to choose from. JF Inkley stocks everything from jumpers and jackets to suits and hats. For more modern casual wear, Robert Goddard (www.robertgoddard.co.uk) stocks well-known fashion brands such as Gant, Ted Baker and Lacoste as well as offering bespoke tailoring and formal hire.

For those with an eye for interior design, Wrights Carpets (www.wrightscarpets.co.uk) showcase some inspiring designs and offer unrivalled expertise. Make yourself look good at Electric Beach Tanning Salon and Everybody’s Gym. Finally, M&M Antiques & Vintage Collectables and Jewellery is also worth perusing for unusual bargains, whilst Daisies Flower Shop is a cosy and inviting location for fine flowers.

From antiques to modern design and from makers of clothing to makers of coffee and fine foods, the Crescent offers a shopping experience to savour.



Unique, traditional and independent...

The Independents

Visit many town centres today and they are almost carbon copies of each other but Spalding has managed to achieve a balance of big names and independent traders that has helped it retain its character and charm.

Its market continues to be successful on Tuesdays and Saturdays in Market Place, complementing the numerous independent traders who include beautiful florists and gift stores, traditional clothing stockists and classic model shops and restaurants and cafés.

Every year on 4th July Spalding’s independent traders celebrate ‘Independents Day’, when members of the trading community celebrate their independent status and offer some fantastic deals for shoppers.

Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm Saturday 9am - 4.30pm Closed: All Day Thursday & Sunday

Tel: 01775 722456

20 New Road, Spalding, Lincs. PE11 1DQ enquiries@masonsmodels.co.uk www.masonsmodels.co.uk

The independent traders are unique and valuable assets for the town, and they aim to make their stores a wonderful shopping experience for everyone who comes through their doors. Great service and quality products are part of the reason that Spalding’s independents are still going strong.


A Market Town well worth a visit...


It is a busy town with a great sense of community. There is an impressive range of independent shops as well as a modern supermarket and a more traditional market. Holbeach is a bustling market town with many amenities including restaurants, gyms, public houses and shopping outlets.

Holbeach is also home to a campus of the University of Lincoln, which specialises in the study of food manufacturing technology.

One of England's largest parishes, the area has several fine churches. The Parish Church of All Saints, largely built in the 14th Century, has a particularly fine turreted north porch which is believed to have been salvaged from the nearby castle of Thomas de Moulton when it became a ruin. The St. Mary Magdalene Church in nearby Gedney is also well worth seeing.

Seasonal events such as the Summer Vintage Tractor Rally and the impressive Christmas Fayre, make Holbeach well worth a visit.

The Royal Air Force maintains a bombing range, known officially as RAF Holbeach, on salt marshland at the coast of Holbeach parish, near the village of Gedney Drove End.


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The Coffee Shop Trail

Spalding’s coffee shop trail is well worth a stroll for a few cups of your favourite brew.

The trail of independent coffee shops starts near the bus station at Winfrey Avenue; stroll towards the centre of town and you’ll find The Loft coffee lounge and brasserie (1) (www.facebook.com/theloftspalding) on Swan Street, which boasts a wide range of locally produced food across two floors. Stroll towards Hall Place and then the Sheep Market and head down the Crescent towards Bookmark (2); one of Spalding’s best known shops where you can pass away the time reading the best new books with a slice of cake. Should you need a quick snack, the Candy Bar, Rumblings Café (3) and Sergis Tapas Bar (4) (www.facebook.com/sergistapas) with its continental-style cuisine should suffice.

After crossing the river at High Bridge, a short walk will bring you to Ayscoughfee Gardens with its garden café (5). Enjoy the museum, savour the scenery and soak up the atmosphere. On Bridge Street is the Sunshine Café (6) (average Facebook rating 4.9 out of 5) with its distinct continental feel with friendly staff and a good English breakfast too. Opposite is the entrance to Beale’s, a traditional family department store with its first floor Café Moda (7).

Market Place boasts a number of options to grab a coffee, including Costa (10) and Greggs (11). Divert off to Red Lion Street for Penningtons (12), a lovely shop that offers soup of the day, lasagne, jacket potatoes and other delicious foods. Just across the road is the Boston College Red Lion Quarter (13), while much-loved and highly-rated bakery Pacey’s (14) (www.facebook.com/paceys bakery) still continues to turn out the best baps, cakes and bread that Spalding has to offer.

Other options include Springfields - where there’s a Starbucks and Costa as well as Springfields Restaurant; the coffee shop and gallery at unique Cottage Studios, Low Fulney; and the Coffee Lounge at Baytree. Spalding Farm Shop, just off the A16 on the road to Boston, is another favourite destination on the outskirts of town, while the newest addition to the coffee scene for those on the move can be found at the Costa at the Lincs Gateway development on the A16. Also try Caffé Aurora (15) in the nearby market town of Holbeach

Just around the corner is the South Holland Centre (8) which has a first floor café bar boasting fine views over the market place; take a look at what’s coming up over a tea and a slice of cake, or move on to Hills Department store in Broad Street and Riverview Café (9), which boasts an equally fine view of the Welland.


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1. Bookmark (2) 18-20 The Crescent, Spalding PE11 1AF Tel: 01775 769231 Open: 9am - 5.30am, Sun 10.30am - 4.30pm


2. The Riverview Café within Hills Dept Store (9) 18-19 Broad Street, Spalding PE11 1TB. Tel: 01775 767155 Open: Mon - Fri 9am - 5.30pm, Sat 9am - 5pm closed Sunday. 3. South Holland Centre Café (8) Market Place, Spalding , Lincolnshire PE11 1SS. Tel: 01775 764777 Open: 9.30am to 7pm closed Sunday.




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Relax and enjoy homemade food in our coffeehouse before browsing the wide range of books, cards, toys and unusual gifts to suit all tastes. 20 The Crescent, Spalding, Lincs, PE11 1AF Tel: 01775769231 Email: info@bookmarkspalding.co.uk Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm Closed Sundays www.bookmarkspalding.co.uk

High Street, Holbeach

Ranked #1 Coffee Shop in Lincolnshire on Tripadvisor - 2017

Freshly Made & Family Run full take away service available

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Panini & Toasties Bloomer Sandwiches & Wraps Salads, Soups, Quiche & Pies Sausage Rolls, Daily Specials Cakes, Bakes, Scones & Treats Smoothies, Shakes & Frappe Hot Chocolates, Teas & Infusions

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The ChurchTrail family days to remember 2018 Flower festivals • St Mary and the Holy Rood, Donington Theme: ‘Books we Love’ 28th April - 6th May (with Coningsby Military Wives Choir on 27 April) • All Saints, Moulton Theme: ‘A Fantasia of Flowers’ 28th April - 7th May

• St Mary and St Nicolas, Spalding Theme: ‘Root of All Evil?’ 28th April - 7th May • St Mary’s, Long Sutton Theme: ‘Realms of Fantasy’ 28 April - May 7th

• St Paul’s, Fulney Theme: ‘Hymns and Psalms’ 4th - 8th May

• Moulton Chapel Methodist Church Theme: ‘Let’s Celebrate’ 3rd - 7th May • Sty Peter and St Paul, Gosberton Theme: ‘Lincolnshire Personalities’ 28th April - 7th May

Glorious churches of South Holland

Lincolnshire is home to one of the finest collections of medieval churches in England and, according to the Lincolnshire Churches Trust, there are few places with so many magnificent churches in so small an area – some of which are unique in shape, size or construction.

Few areas boast the diversity and character of old and interesting churches as Spalding and the surrounding area. Many were built in the perpendicular style on the wealth of the wool trade, and their towers and spires can be seen for miles across the flat landscape of The Fens, such as the giant 13th Century St Mary Magdalene Church in Gedney.

Renowned architects such as Sir Gilbert George Scott have worked to create churches in South Holland, but there’s far more to these beautiful buildings than just their history; those who use them welcome visitors, offer support and represent the local Christian community, as well as holding flower festivals and special arts, music and outreach events.

A feast of floral festivals

Facebook: @southhollandchurchfestivals The flower festivals of South Holland’s churches are always popular with visitors and residents alike. The diverse themes, spectacular blooms and welcoming volunteers make the district a popular place to visit for churchgoers and visitors throughout the spring and summer. There is plenty to be enjoyed, with refreshments, lunches and plant sales in addition to the beautiful and inspiring floral displays across the district. The 2018 flower festival season begins in late April and continues through to September across the district. Most take place at the beginning of the season in early May, but there’s also a selection during August bank holiday weekend.

Flower Festivals brochures are available locally and can be downloaded from the local Churches Together website - which also lists and maps the churches across the district: www.ctspad.org.uk

A Living Heritage Trail South Lincolnshire’s churches are diverse and interesting; an enthusiast could spend a day travelling across the Fens from one building to another examining the history of Christian architecture in the area.

One of the oldest churches in the area is the Grade I-listed All Saints Church in Holbeach, which dates back to 1225 in the heart of the town. Stones were taken from Moulton Castle when it was rebuilt in the 14th Century. No drive through the town is complete without a stroll through its gardens.

Another distinctive building is that of Long Sutton St Mary’s Church (www.longsuttonchurch.org), which is said to possess the oldest, highest and most perfect wooden spire in Europe. Inside one can find a memorial inscribed ‘Alas Poor Bailey’ in tribute to local surgeon, John Bailey, killed by robbers upon returning to the town following a visit to a patient.

Further onwards is Sutton St James, a small church with the unique distinction of possessing a separate chancel and tower, both dating back to the 15th Century. Other unusual churches to be found include St Mary Magdalene, in Fleet, which has a detached tower and spire, and St Matthew’s in Sutton Bridge which is the only flint-faced church in South Lincolnshire.

Moulton Chapel has an unusual red-bricked octagonal church and plays host to a famous flower festival each year, complete with classic vehicles and floats that light up the village. The church dates back to 1722 and is based on a rebuild of a previous building, with influences from the fen drainers of the 17th century.

Spalding itself has several churches of interest. The impressive nineteenth Century St Paul’s in Fulney was the last church to be designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, of St Pancras Station fame – one can certainly see the similarities when one looks at the church, which was finished in 1880. Scott also restored the much earlier church of St Mary & St Nicolas, which was originally begun in about 1284 by the Prior of Spalding, with links to Spalding Grammar School from 1568. A final addition, just outside the Spalding area – Peterborough Cathedral is celebrating its 900th birthday this year, and there are many ‘900’ themed events to mark this – go to www.peterboroughcelebrates.org.uk to find out more.


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Getting out and about...

Lincolnshire is a beautiful county to explore, with breath-taking countryside, big skies, open marshes and a huge variety of wildlife. Spalding is a great location for lovers of the outdoors with picturesque walks, beautiful nature reserves and activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

Ayscoughfee Hall Museum - Spalding

Whether you just want to get some fresh air and watch the bird life on the river or you are looking to do a bit of geocaching along the native hedgerows, the river offers a lovely walk.

Taking to the waterways of The Fens is a wonderful way to enjoy the stunning scenery and abundance of wildlife. Running from the town centre to Springfields Outlet Shopping & Festival Gardens, the Water Taxi is a leisurely way to make the most of the scenery as you travel to and from the outskirts of town along the River Welland and Coronation Channel.

For a more adventurous time, self-drive boat hire gives you and your family your own vessel for a half-day or full-day waterways experience. Take a picnic or stop at a pub and relax while you take in the beautiful views from the river Welland. Riverside Walk The River Welland flows north from Crowland, through Spalding and on to Fosdyke before heading out into The Wash. Separating the east of the town from the west, the river is a focal point of Spalding. The long grassy river banks that run either side of the Coronation channel create a beautiful walk from the town centre out to Springfields Outlet Shopping & Festival Gardens. 30

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Don’t forget to visit... • Pinchbeck Engine Museum • South Holland Centre • Water Taxi • Crowland Abbey • Museum of Technology

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The Top 5 attractions... 1. Ayscoughfee Hall Museum & Gardens 5-6 Churchgate, Spalding PE11 2RA Tel: 01775 764555

2. Crowland Abbey 46 East St, Crowland, Peterborough PE6 0EN Tel: 01733 211763

3. Spalding Water Taxi Weston Hills,Spalding, Lincs. PE12 6DB. Tel: 01406 380 532

4. Welland Yacht Club 13 River Bank, Spalding PE11 3AA Tel: 01775 720607

5. Springfields Outlet Shopping & Leisure Camel Gate, Spalding PE12 6EU Tel: 01775 760909

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The Great OutdoorsTrail family days to remember The Willow Tree Fen Nature Reserve: (www.lincstrust.org.uk/willow-tree-fen) The reserve, located between Pode Hole and Tongue End, was purchased by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust in 2009 and has been beautifully transformed from arable land growing beans and cereal into a nature reserve.

Welland Yacht Club – This members’ club welcomes guests - you don’t have to be an experienced sailor as the club can also help those thinking about taking up sailing for the first time. There is a fully licensed clubhouse and the club also has a slipway which can be used by members of the public to launch boats during sailing times or by prior arrangement. www.wellandyachtclub.co.uk

Today the reserve includes a mixture of reed beds, shallow meres, seasonally flooded pastures and hay meadows, providing habitats for rare and threatened wetland species such as the otter, water vole, hairy dragonfly, spined loach, redshank, snipe and marsh harrier. There are three way-marked routes around the reserve and hides for observing the birdlife.

Crowland Abbey: Founded in the eighth century and dedicated to Saint Guthlac, the Abbey’s early history was marked by destruction; suffering attack by the Danes, fires and an earthquake, before a period of stability began in the 12th Century. During this time the Abbey grew wealthy thanks to royal and noble visitors to the shrine of St. Guthlac and its isolated position in the fens meant that it was largely unaffected by civil war and national troubles. Much of the abbey was destroyed during Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries and further damage occurred in later years. Although careful restoration and repair has been carried out since 1860 and the north aisle remains in use as the parish church, the Abbey today is one eighth of the size it was before 1539.

Welland Yacht Club, Spalding

Peter Scott Walk: Sir Peter Scott was a British ornithologist, naturalist and renowned painter who founded what is now the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. The 13 mile (21 km) Sir Peter Scott walk follows the old sea bank along The Wash from King's Lynn to the Peter Scott lighthouse at Sutton Bridge, stretching from the mouth of the River Nene to the ferry crossing at King's Lynn. Take in the beautiful views and the spectacular landscape scenery as you stroll down the sea wall along the coast of the Wash and North Fens. To pick up the start of the walk, you can take the passenger ferry from King's Lynn town centre to the west bank of the River Great Ouse.

Sir Peter Scott Walk - Sutton Bridge Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens, Spalding


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Spalding Water Taxi is an ideal way to spend a relaxing day enjoying the waterways of Spalding; accompanied by informative and entertaining commentary from one of our knowledgeable qualified pilots.

In its 13th year, Spalding Water Taxi remains a popular and novel way of providing visitors to Springfields the chance to make the short trip to explore the Town Centre of the picturesque market town of Spalding, allowing them to discover local attractions and retailers whilst taking advantage of the valuable discounts some offer to users of the Water Taxi. Over the years the service has become a popular attraction in its own right and is loved by users of all ages.

Why not take it a step further and take a self drive boat for half a day, or a full, day; short evening sailings available too. Or, treat yourselves to your own private boat piloted by one of our qualified team and relax with a picnic and drinks.

Telephone: 01406 380532 / 07740 664017

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Springfields Events & Conference Centre

Springfield Events & Conference Centre is owned by the charity, Springfields Horticultural Society. The Society directs all of its funds towards the maintenance of its 15 acre Festival Show Gardens, and all profits from the Events Centre are gift-aided back to the Society to assist with the costs of maintaining the Gardens as an all year round, free to enter, green-space for the use of the local community and visitors to the area. The Events Centre is an adaptable and multi-functional facility consisting of two exhibition halls, a seminar room and five acre outside arena area. The Centre includes a 1,000 sq. metre main Exhibition Hall, one of the largest in the county, which can be used to host a wide range of events. The Centre also includes the Marquee Suite, an indoor, cream coloured marquee suitable for weddings, parties and private luncheons.

Springfield Events & Conference Centre is the ideal venue to host any occasion. With outstanding food, excellent value, dedicated and experienced staff and welcoming service, it is the perfect place for your event – corporate, business or private celebration.




The Marquee Suite provides a unique backdrop for a range of events. With its cream marquee lining, carpeted floor, exit to the patio garden and integral bar facility, the Marquee Suite offers something different in venue styles and can accommodate between 50 and 200 people.

The Main Hall at Springfields is one of the largest facilities in the region. It can be used for a range of events including conferences for up to 700 delegates or for seating between 200 to 600 guests for gala dinners or special functions.

The Patio Room is an ideal venue for small meetings and seminars for up to 80 people. A dance floor is available for private parties

The Marquee Suite is available for hire for:

• Weddings and private parties • Conferences and seminars • Training events • Breakfast briefings • Private luncheons • Presentation dinners

In particular, the Hall can be used for:

• Exhibitions and displays • Large conferences • Sporting events • Music festivals • Large parties and celebrations • Fund raising charity balls • Barbeques and hog roasts

Coach parties can pre-book for lunches, afternoon teas etc and can complete the experience with a guided tour of the gardens with the Head Gardener.

The Patio Room also has outside picnic tables and deckchairs in the garden area which make it suitable for summer parties and barbeques.

The Patio Room is ideal for:

• Meetings and seminars • Private parties • Association and club lunches/dinners

Weddings at Springfields

Licensed for Civil Marriages and Partnerships

The perfect venue for your wedding Superb food and outstanding value

Experienced staff and friendly service Beautiful gardens setting for your photographs

Private Patio Garden & Bar A complete package for your very special day

For more information visit our website: www.springfieldsevents.co.uk Tel: 01775 713253 Email: events@springfields.net

Spalding Leisure Wheel: This walk circles Spalding, giving an insight into the nature and history of the town. It follows many of the local waterways so you could see mallards, swans, coots, moorhens and other wildfowl. The walk starts at the Water Taxi and is waymarked with Spalding Leisure Wheel signs. It passes through Arnold’s Meadow Nature Reserve near the Coronation Channel, down the river bank and past the Welland Yacht Club, taking in the pumping station at Pode Hole, St Paul’s Church on Holbeach Road and Springfields Festival Gardens and Outlet Centre

Vernatts Nature Reserve, Spalding

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Vernatts Nature Reserve: This beautiful green space is an idyllic location to sit back, relax and enjoy nature all year round. A woodland strip is full of native trees and birdlife, leading to a large wildflower meadow that in the summer attracts many colourful insects. The other half of the reserve - a mixture of marshland and reed beds with a large pond - is home for water voles, reed warblers and a wide range of insects. The reserve can be reached by footpaths from the Royal Mailcart Public House on Pinchbeck Road, from Sharp's Bridge on Pinchbeck Road and from Chiltern Drive Playing Field off West Elloe Avenue.

Contact Information Self Drive Boat Hire: Tel: 01406 380532

www.spaldingwatertaxi.co.uk Crowland Abbey:

Tel: 01733 211763 www.crowlandabbey.org.uk

Peter Scott Walk:


Vernatts Nature Reserve: www.sholland.gov.uk

Spalding Leisure Wheel: www.lincolnshire.gov.uk

RSPB Frampton Marsh

RSPB Frampton Marsh: www.rspb.org.uk

Gliding Club:

Tel: 01733 210463 www.psgc.co.uk

RSPB Frampton Marsh

RSPB Frampton Marsh: This impressive coastal wetland reserve has been carefully designed for effective wildlife conservation while allowing visitors to experience a wonderful natural habitat of avocets, lapwings and hen harriers, among others. The reserve is largely pushchair and wheelchair friendly, with hard-surfaced circular paths around the reedbed and leading to the hides. Three hides, two with 360 degree views offer fabulous views of the reedbed, wet grassland and saltmarsh. There is a visitor centre with refreshments and views of the reedbed if you need to escape the elements. The reserve is signposted from the A16 north of Spalding.

Gliding Club: (www.psgc.co.uk) Come fly with us! Whether you are an expert glider or you’ve never climbed behind the controls of a glider in your life, Peterborough and Spalding Gliding Club will always welcome you. The club welcomes new members and visitors from other clubs, with gliding lesson packages starting from £75. The club is located at Crowland Airfield, midway between Spalding and Crowland on the A1073. Cycling and cycle hire at Grimsthorpe Castle Cycling is a great way for the whole family to explore the grounds of the stunning Grimsthorpe Castle, near Bourne. Take your own bikes or hire some of the bikes, tag-alongs and buggies that are available to hire, including helmets and maps. The waymarked park trails range from three to 10 miles (5 to 15 km) and are family-friendly, avoiding steep inclines and rough terrain wherever possible. After building up an appetite enjoying the scenery and wildlife you can stop in at the café for rest and refreshment while the kids expend more energy in the adventure playground. Grimsthorpe is located in the stunning countryside near Bourne, just 10 minutes from the A1. Open 24 March to 29 September but only on specific days so please check first.


The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors ‘Art Trail’ Spalding has a food trail and a coffee trail – but did you also know that it also has its own Artwork Trail?

In 2016 sculptor Joseph Hillier was commissioned by Spalding and District Civic Society, and local arts project Transported, to create a public arts trail for the town.

Joseph created 14 bronze plaques, representing 20 people from the area, to be seen on walls and buildings across the town, on New Road, The Crescent, Double Street and more.

Joseph said that the small pieces are designed to depict the peculiarities of normal people’s lives, and readers probably won’t be surprised that many of the buildings mentioned elsewhere in this guide possess their own statues, of unique people from the area. See if you can find them all?.

Examples of those depicted include:

• Will Pegram, resident blacksmith at Chain Bridge Forge • Mala Dempsey, outside the Gentlemen’s Society on Broad Street. • Postmaster and mistress of Cowbit Peter and Vivian Higham, who can be found at Boston College in the Red Lion Quarter

• Market trader Steven Lawson, at the Red lion Hotel

For more information on the full list go to www.transportedart.com. also visit spaldingportrait.wordpress.com Spalding and South Holland has a growing number of visual arts and workshop venues open to the public. Art Cornucopia

Baytree Garden Centre, High Road, Weston Spalding, Lincolnshire Tel: 07913 687324 www.facebook.com/artcornucopia/

Riverbank Studios

57A Double Street, Spalding, PE11 2AB Tel: 01775 680 683 Email: johnhelen@ic24.net www.riverbank-studios.co.uk

Ayscoughfee Hall Museum - Geest Gallery Churchgate, Spalding, Lincolnshire. PE11 2RA Tel: 01775 764555 Email: museum@sholland.gov.uk

Spalding Arts and Crafts Society

Pinchbeck Village Hall, PE11 3RB Club meetings: First Tuesday of month, 7.30pm www.saacs.org.uk Tel: 07939 228912 spaldingartsociety@yahoo.co.uk

Strawberry Glass

Unique Cottage Studios, Fulney Lane South, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE12 6FA Tel: 07714 458813 www.strawberryglass.co.uk

Spalding Photographic Society

Club meetings: Wednesday 7:30pm September - April The Bowls Pavilion, Castle Outdoor Bowls Club, Albion Street, Spalding, PE11 2AJ www.spaldingphotographicsociety.co.uk mail@spaldingphotographicsociety.co.uk


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Food, glorious food...

Whether a traditional fish and chip supper is your idea of holiday heaven or your culinary tastes lean towards more adventurous cuisines, a delicious meal with family or friends is an experience to remember. From well-known restaurant chains to outstanding independents, Spalding is sure to have something that will tempt your taste buds. We start with Italian: Amici (1) (www.amicispalding.co.uk) is a trattoria serving great tasting traditional Italian dishes in Vine Street. Choose from the extensive a la carte menu, a simple but scrumptious stone-baked pizza, or a classic pasta dish.

For lovers of curries and aromatic dishes, Nepalese and Indian restaurant, the Ghurka Oven (2) overlooking the Sheep Market is a real treat. The menu (www.gurkhaoven.com) features Indian staples and Gurkha Nepalese recipes that are brimming with flavour There has been a Turner frying fish in Spalding since Freddy ‘Sheddy’ Turner started his Fish & Chip saloon in 1913, when a bag of chips to take away cost just one old penny. It’s probably the town’s most famous restaurant; who knows how many families have enjoyed a treat from Turner’s (3) on a Friday night?

1498 The Spice Affair (4) invites diners to explore the Indo-European flavours of Goa . The menu comprises curries from across the globe, using authentic spices and ingredients reflecting the Arabian, Portuguese and Indian cultures that make up modern Goa. So whether you fancy

a traditional korma or tikka masala, or a ‘lobster Xec Xec’ or pork vindaloo, this is the place to go.

Delicious dishes made from specially selected and fresh local ingredients are the order of the day at the Riverview Café (5) in Hill’s department store, which boasts an average score of 4.5 out of 5 on Tripadvisor. Enjoy daily and seasonal specials while savouring the finest views Spalding has to offer, especially when water taxis are in full swing in the summer.

Traditional pub food can be yours at The Ivy Wall (6) and the Pied Calf (7), while a new addition to the dining landscape of South Holland is Katana (8), a Japanese restaurant in Double Street where the chefs cook the food before you using tappanyaki grill iron plates. Tempura, chicken katsu and deluxe sushi platters are all among the treats on offer.

Another exquisite menu can be found at the Woodlands Hotel (9), ideal for a night of fine dining and entertaining in splendid surroundings. For delicious homemade day-time fare, unique Cottage Café and Gallery (10) is a popular choice in Fulney Lane South. The café also displays artwork by the studio and local artists; find out more at www.uniquecottagestudios.co.uk. Finally, Cley Hall Hotel (11) (cleyhall.com) prides itself on using the finest and freshest local ingredients for its afternoon tea.


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Don’t forget to visit... • Abbey Parks Farm Shop • Riverview Cafe • Woodlands Hotel • 1498 The Spice Affair • Turner’s

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The Top 5 Eateries... 1. Amici (1) 2 Vine St, Spalding PE11 1AN Tel: 01775 767696 Open: Tue - Fri: 12pm - 1:45pm, 6pm - 9:45pm Sat: 12pm - 2pm, 5pm - 10pm closed Sunday & Monday. 2. Ghurka Oven (2) 12 Sheep Market, Spalding PE11 1BE Tel: 01775 712010 Open: Fri & Sat: 5pm - 11pm, Sun: 5pm - 10.30pm Tue - Thurs: 5pm - 10:30pm

5. The Riverview Cafe (5) 18-19 Broad Street, Spalding PE11 1TB Tel: 01775 767155 Open: Mon-Sat: 9:30am–5pm Sunday Closed

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3. Turners Fish Restaurant (3) 20 Red Lion St, Spalding PE11 1SX Tel: 01775 722502 Open: Tue - Fri: 11am - 10pm, Sat: 11am - 10pm closed Sunday 4. 1498 The Spice Affair (4) Red Lion Hotel, Market Pl, Spalding PE11 1SU Tel: 01775 769435 Open: Tue - Sunday: 12–2pm, 5–10pm, Sat: 11am - 10pm Fri and Sat: 12–2pm, 5–11pm closed Monday

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BENTLEYS BAR & RESTAuRANT 2 New Road, Spalding. PE11 1BS

Tel: 01775 762333

THE BLACK HORSE RESTAuRANT & BAR 66 Siltside, Gosberton Risegate, Spalding. PE11 4ET

Tel: 01775 840995

THE CHEQuERS RESTAuRANT & BAR Main Street, Gedney Dyke, Spalding. PE12 0AJ THE CHEQuERS AT WESTON 97 High Road, Weston, Spalding. PE12 6RA

THE GRANARY HOTEL RESTAuRANT & BAR 5 Market Street, Long Sutton, Spalding. PE12 9DD HARBOuR VIEW FARMHOuSE RESTAuRANT East Bank, Wingland, Sutton Bridge. PE12 9YP THE HORSE & GROOM RESTAuRANT & BAR 65 High Street, Holbeach, Spalding. PE12 7ED THE KITCHEN RESTAuRANT & BAR Springfields, Camel Gate, Spalding. PE12 6ET

THE MANSION HOuSE HOTEL RESTAuRANT 45 High Street, Holbeach, Spalding. PE12 7DY

THE MERMAID INN RESTAuRANT & BAR 2 Gosberton Road, Surfleet, Spalding. PE11 4AB THE MOORINGS 123 Commercial Road, Spalding. PE11 2HD THE OLD BLACK LION Chapelgate, Gedney, Spalding. PE12 0BJ

THE RIVERSIDE HOTEL RESTAuRANT & BAR 123 Station Road, Surfleet, Spalding. PE11 4DG

THE ROYAL MAIL CART RESTAuRANT & BAR 101 Pinchbeck Road, Spalding. PE11 1QL

SuPREME INNS Bicker Bar, Bicker, Boston. PE20 3AN

THE SWAN 13 High Street, Moulton, Spalding. PE12 6QB TuRNER'S FISH RESTAuRANT New Road, Spalding. PE11 1SX

THE WOODLANDS HOTEL RESTAuRANT 80 Pinchbeck Road, Spalding. PE11 1QF

YE OLDE SHIP INN RESTAuRANT & BAR 89 London Road, Long Sutton, Sp. PE12 9EE

Tel: 01406 366700

GOLDEN CITY CHINESE RESTAuRANT 30 The Crescent, Spalding. PE11 1AF

Tel: 01406 370407

Tel: 01406 364675

Tel: 01406 351333

Tel: 01406 422234

Tel: 01406 426919

Tel: 01775 725812

Tel: 01775 680675

PREZZO ITALIAN RESTAuRANT No.1 Elsom House, Broad Street, Spalding. PE11 1TB

1498 THE SPICE AFFAIR The Red Lion Hotel, Market Place, Spalding. PE11 1SU

Tel: 01775 769435

INDuS INDIAN RESTAuRANT 9 Winsover Road, Spalding. PE11 1EG

Tel: 01775 760088

Tel: 01775 762111

Tel: 01406 426904

Tel: 01775 768371


AYSCOuGHFEE CAFé Churchgate, Spalding. PE11 2RA

Tel: 01775 722931

Tel: 01205 822804

Tel: 01775 769231

CAFé MODA Beales Dept.Store, 7 Market Place, Spalding. PE11 1SL

Tel: 01775 725268

CASTLE SPORTS CAFé BAR Albion Street, Spalding. PE11 2AJ

Tel: 01406 370349

CHESTNuT FARM SHOP TEA ROOMS A17 Main Road, Gedney, Spalding. PE12 0BS

Tel: 01775 722502

COSTA COFFEE 1-2 Hall Place, Spalding. PE11 1SA

THE COSY CAFé & TAKEAWAY 5 Market Place, Long Sutton, Spalding. PE12 9JA

Tel: 01775 719770

GREGGS 8 Hall Place, Spalding. PE11 1SA

Tel: 01775 769933

THE LOFT COFFEE LOuNGE & BRASSERIE 68 Swan Street, Spalding. PE11 1BT

Tel: 01406 362930

PACEY'S BAKERS 22 Red Lion Street, Spalding. PE11 1SX

Tel: 01775 710039

Tel: 01406 365135

Tel: 01775 762763

Tel: 01775 719494

Tel: 01775 762640

Tel: 01775 722014

uNIQuE COTTAGE CAFé Fulney Lane South, Spalding, Lincs PE12 6FA


Tel: 01406 363123

RuMBLINGS 16 The Crescent, Spalding. PE11 1AF

SuNSHINE CAFé RESTAuRANT 20 Bridge Street, Spalding. PE11 1XG

Tel: 01775 769948

Tel: 01775 710493

Tel: 01775 761595

SOuTH HOLLAND CENTRE CAFE BAR Market Place, Spalding. PE11 1SS

Tel: 01733 211055

Tel: 01406 490545

PENNINGTONS CAFé Red Lion Street, Spalding. PE11 1SX

RIVERVIEW CAFé Hills Dept.Store, 18/19 Broad Street, Spalding. PE11 1TB

Tel: 01775 767696

Tel: 01775 712000


CAFFé AuRORA 52 High Street, Holbeach, Spalding. PE12 7ED

Tel: 01775 714435

FRANKIE & BENNY'S ITALIAN RESTAuRANT & BAR Springfields, Camel Gate, Spalding. PE12 6ES Tel: 01775 765770

GIuLIANO’S 10 East Street, Crowland, Lincs. PE6 0EN

Tel: 01775 719012

TuLIP TANDOORI 2 Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, Lincs. PE11 1QD

Tel: 01406 363162

Tel: 01775 768282

SHANGHAI GARDEN CHINESE RESTAuRANT The White Hart, Market Place, Spalding. PE11 1SU

CHAMELI TANDOORI RESTAuRANT 17 St.Johns Street, Holbeach, Spalding. PE12 7AB

Tel: 01775 680275

Tel: 01406 423430

Tel: 01406 424488


Tel: 01775 714691

Tel: 01775 710173

KRuA THAI RESTAuRANT 56 High Street, Holbeach, Spalding. PE12 7ED

KATANA JAPANESE CuISINE 42 Double Street, Spalding. PE11 2AB


AMICI ITALIAN RESTAuRANT 2 Vine Street, Spalding. PE11 1AN

Tel: 01406 363633

DRAGON PEARL CHINESE RESTAuRANT 3 St.Johns Street, Holbeach, Spalding. PE12 7AB

VINTAGE TEAROOMS AT SILVERWOOD NuRSERIES St James Rd, Sutton Crosses, Long Sutton, Sp. PE12 9AU Tel: 01406 365948


THE BEIJING PALACE RESTAuRANT Main Road, Gedney, Spalding. PE12 0BW


Tel: 01775 723022

SERGI'S TAPAS BAR 10 Francis Street, off The Crescent, Spalding. PE11 1AT Tel: 01775 766640 THE SHIP ALBION 37 Albion Street, Spalding. PE11 2AJ

Tel: 01775 712010

Chinese, Thai and Japanese

THE BIRDS, HuNGRY HORSE RESTAuRANT & BAR Halmergate, Spalding. PE11 2EL Tel: 01775 723329 THE BuLL INN 1 Knight Street, Pinchbeck, Spalding. PE11 3RA

THE GuRKHA OVEN RESTAuRANT 12b Sheep Market, Spalding. PE11 1BE

Tel: 01775 767155

Tel: 01775 764887

Tel: 01775 710277

Tel: 01775 766698

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Abbey Parks Fa rm Shop Parks Farm, Bosto n, Lincolnshire PE 20 3QG. 01205 821610 ww w.abbeyparks.co .uk Spalding Farm Shop & Manna Coffee Shop Ca Scoldhall Lane, Su fe, rfleet, Spalding, Lincs. PE11 4BJ. 01775 680101 www.spaldingfarm shop.co.uk

The Farm Cafe, Flowers, Plants & Farm Shop, The A17 Fleet Ha rgate,Spalding, Lin cs. PE12 8LT. 01406 423652 ww w.thefarmcafe.co .uk The Chestnuts Garden Centre, Farm Shop & Te a Room, Topsga te, Gedney, Spalding, Lincs. PE12 0BS. 0140 6 363123 www.thechestnut sgedney.co.uk Pinchin's Farm Shop & Tea Room , Dauda Lodge, Ch urch Lane, Algakir k, Boston, Lincs. PE 20 2HN. 01205 46 0632 www.pinchinsfarm shop.co.uk

Abbey Parks Farm Shop

Seasonal local produce New potatoes Delicatessen Try our homemade ice cream Award winning Bistro and tearoom Home cooked food served all day Sunday Lunch Private dining and parties ‘The Butchery’ Boston Sausage

visit The Fens fin est farm shops......

If you like fresh local produce then why not pay a visit to one of the many farm shops in the area…

Boston Sausage ‘The Butchery’ at Abbey Parks Farm Shop

Abbey Parks Farm Shop


Abbey Parks Farm Shop, Parks Farm, Boston

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As well as some delightful eateries, the rich agricultural heritage of the area means we also have some fantastic farm shops dotted around the area. If you like fresh local produce then why not pay a visit to one of the many we have on offer…

A delightful tearoom also serving light lunches such as a homemade soup of the day and lasagne, Pennington’s Coffee shop is attached to Flowers ‘n’ Things florists and its adjoining gift shop and is a perfect place for a mid-shop stop. Visitors can sit inside in the cottage-style café or out in the pretty covered courtyard, all in the heart of Spalding.

Sheddy Turner’s (3) is a Spalding institution; there has been a Turner frying fish and chips in the town since 1913, when a bag of chips to take away cost one old penny. “Sheddy’s” is still serving great value fresh and crispy fish and chips on New Road today. both to take away and eat in. There are also children’s and vegetarian options – take a look at the menu at www.turnersfishrestaurant.co.uk

Award Winning Fish & Chips Since 1913


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BAYTREE GARDEN CENTRE High Road, Weston, Spalding, Lincs. PE12 6JU. Tel: 01406 370242. www.baytree-gardencentre.com

@ Hills Department Store

BIRCHGROVE GARDEN CENTRE, SPALDING BuLB MuSEuM & B’s COFFEE SHOP Surfleet Road, Pinchbeck, Spalding, Lincs. PE11 3XY. Tel: 01775 680490. www.birchgrovegc.co.uk

With riverside views running the length of the restaurant, it's no wonder The Riverview Café is one of Spalding's favourite spots to unwind. You will find quality coffee and freshly cooked dishes containing only the freshest ingredients, locally sourced from some of Lincolnshire’s finest producers.

18/19 Broad Street, Spalding, PE11 1TB

Tel 01775 767155

CHESTNuT GARDEN CENTRE, FARM SHOP & RESTAuRANT, Main Road, Gedney, Spalding, Lincs. PE12 0BS. Tel: 01406 363123.

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WYEVALE GARDEN CENTRE Postland Road, Crowland, Spalding, Lincs. PE6 0JB. Tel: 0844 288 5168 www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk

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FLEET ROAD NuRSERY & PLANT CENTRE Fleet Road, Holbeach, Lincs. PE12 8LD. Tel: 01406 426016.

GLENSIDE NuRSERIES Glenside South, West Pinchbeck, Spalding, Lincs. PE11 3NP. Tel: 01775 640520. www.glensidenurseries.co.uk SEAGATE IRISES, Long Sutton Bypass, Long Sutton, Spalding, Lincs. PE12 9RX. Tel: 01406 365138 www.irises.co.uk SILVERWOOD NuRSERY GARDEN CENTRE, Brownsgate, Sutton Crosses, Long Sutton, Spalding, Lincs. PE12 9AU. Tel: 01406 364364

SPALDING LIFESTYLE & GARDEN CENTRE 210 Spalding Road, Pinchbeck, Spalding PE11 3PB Telephone: 01775 769922 FESTIVAL GARDEN CENTRE Springfields Outlet Shopping & Festival Gardens, Spalding PE12 6EU Telephone: 01775 760949.

The Moorings, Spalding


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Excellent restaurants are also found in the area’s garden centres:

Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa, Spalding

Where to stay -

family days to remember

Spalding and South Holland have a great selection of places to stay. From traditional B&Bs and hotels to self-catering cottages and caravan parks, there is a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets to put visitors at ease while they enjoy Lincolnshire life.

Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa (1) is a modern boutique hotel offering bed, breakfast and evening meals. Set in 12 acres of grounds, facilities include an indoor swimming pool and a snooker room. Guestrooms are luxurious, spacious and quiet, and some have balconies overlooking open countryside. The hotel is close to Springfields Outlet Shopping and Festival Gardens and is within easy reach of other local attractions. The hotel caters for all special occasions, wakes and offers afternoon teas, beauty treatments and swimming lessons.

More Georgian accommodation can be found at Cley Hall Hotel (2), an elegant 18th century house and coach house just four minutes’ walk from the town centre. This boutique hotel on the Welland riverfront offers bed and breakfast accommodation, a gym and a bar & lounge. Winner of the Customer Care award at the South Holland Business Awards 2016, The stylish Woodlands Hotel (3) in Pinchbeck Road is a classic Edwardian hotel with many original features. Guests can enjoy fine food and wines in the hotel’s Oak Leaf Restaurant which offers a distinctive style, high ceilings with crystal chandeliers and fine food. If you visit the Red Lion (4) in the centre of Spalding you’ll be following in the footsteps of a rock legend - a plaque outside the hotel marks the stay of Jimi Hendrix in 1967. This refurbished 18th century hotel is dog-friendly and offers bed & breakfast, while its restaurant, 1498 The Spice Affair, serves Goan Indian cuisine. If you’re staying further afield your options include Westgate House and Barn (5), built around 1750 as the west gatehouse for Irby Hall in Whaplode. The ensuite rooms are in the converted barn, and including free wi-fi. If self-catering is more to your liking, Elms Farm Cottages (6) in Boston boasts a unique collection of converted barns and stables. The 5 and 4 Star Visit England Gold Award self catering cottages are set in over 18 acres of grassland, wildflower meadows and lakes. Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa

In Wisbech St Mary, Fenland Self Catering Holidays (7) has quirky converted railway carriages and cottages, all with pretty gardens. Both of the above welcome well-behaved dogs. Fancy camping with ‘a little more style’? The luxury heated accommodation at Wigwam Holidays Crowtree (8) presents an ideal location to wind down after a busy day near the River Welland – it bills itself as ‘Camping made Comfy’ - surrounded by mature trees and content cattle in the fields nearby. These fine-looking buildings come with all facilities needed and the insulation and double-glazed windows will leave you snug whatever the weather. 44

Where to stay

Unwind & Relax...

Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa (1) Holbeach Road, Sp alding PE12 6JP Tel: 01775 718508 www.woodhousefa rmlodge.co.uk

Cley Hall Hotel S palding (2) 22 High Street, Sp alding PE11 1TX Tel: 01775 725157

Woodlands Hotel (3) 80 Pinchbeck Road , Spalding PE11 1Q F Tel: 01775 769933

The Red Lion Ho tel (4) Market Place, Spald ing PE11 1SU Tel: 01775 722869

Elms Farm Cotta ges (6) Boston, Lincolnshir e PE20 3QP Tel: 01205 290840

Crowtree Wigwam s (8) Crowtree Farmhous e, Wragg Marsh, Spalding PE12 6H F Tel:01406 373341

Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa


Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa

Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa Luxury Accommodation


Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa


Accommodation - Hotel/Motel/Inn

Elms Farm Cottages

Hubberts Bridge, Boston, Lincolnshire PE20 3QP Tel: 01205 290840 Contact: Carol Emerson


Refurbished 18th Century Hotel Offers You


Red Lion Hotel

• En-Suite Accommodation • Real Ales (Cask Marque approved) • Warm Welcome • Value for Money

RED LION HOTEL MARKET PLACE, SPALDING, LINCOLNSHIRE PE11 1Su Telephone 01775 722869 Facsimile 01775 710074 Email: info@redlionhotel-spalding.co.uk


Relax and enjoy the peaceful Lincolnshire countryside in one of our multi award winning cottages. Superb barn conversion into nine two and three bedroom cottages set around a pretty courtyard garden with over 18 acres of grass paddocks and lakes for guests to enjoy.

Beautiful cottages all fitted and furnished to a high standard with modern kitchens, leather sofas, wood floors, wall mounted flat-screen TVs with DVDs and woodburners.

Close to Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve, several pubs and Farm Shops. Two miles from the historic market town of Boston and ideally located to explore the Lincolnshire Fens, Wolds and Coast.

• Level access to all cottages • Excellent facilities for wheelchair users • Free WiFi • Tourist information on site • Dogs Welcome • Riverside walk next to cottages • Walk to village pub for good food Perfect for a peaceful break for two or get together with family and friends. Open all year - Weekly - Weekends - Midweek stays Prices: £380 - £850

email: carol@elmsfarmcottages.co.uk www.elmsfarmcottages.co.uk

The Red Lion Hotel


Market Place, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 1SU Contact: Nigel Wilkins Tel: 01775 722869 Fax: 01775 710074 info@redlionhotel-spalding.co.uk www.redlionhotel-spalding.co.uk

Rainwalls Lane, Sutterton, Boston PE20 2ED Contact: Dr. and Mrs. J.V. Sharp Tel: 01235 833367

Rooms: 2 bedrooms

Somercotes is an attractive and comfortable detached bungalow, surrounded by a large lawned garden (0.5 acres). It is situated in a quiet lane close to the edge of Sutterton village, between Boston and Spalding in South Lincolnshire. It provides a peaceful base for a relaxing country holiday. The property is non-smoking.

Dogs welcome but charged at £10 each p.w

The bungalow has two double bedrooms, sitting room, TV with DVD, phone for incoming calls, bathroom, kitchen and a sun-lounge with dining area. WiFi available. Email: M.L.R.Sharp@btinternet.com Website: www.somercotes.biz

Prices: from £220-£500 per week (according to season)

The Red Lion Hotel is a carefully refurbished 18th century family run hotel. It is the only hotel situated right in the centre of the picturesque market town of Spalding, Lincolnshire.

Free Fenland Self Catering Holidays

Offering 16 en-suite rooms, all with colour TV, free WiFi and full tea and coffee making facilities.

Contact: Michael Southern Tel: 01945 410680 Email: michael@fenlandselfcateringholidays.co.uk

Self Catering: Sleeps 2 - 8 From £175 - £430 per week 2 Nights: From £130 - £210

Dogs & Children Welcome

Hillarth House - sleeps 7/8 Panswell Lane, off Barton Road, Wisbech, Cambs.

Woodlands Farmhouse - sleeps 7/8 Panswell Lane, off Barton Road, Wisbech, Cambs.

Rooms: 16 (ensuite)

Sayers House - sleeps 4/5 Station Road, Wisbech St Mary, Wisbech, Cambs.

Prices: From £40 per person per night, Sharing

Ivywood Railway Carriage - sleeps 4/5 Station Road, Wisbech St Mary, Wisbech, Cambs. Victorian Railway Carriage - sleeps 2/3 Station Road, Wisbech St Mary, Wisbech, Cambs.

Website: www.fenlandselfcateringholidays.com


At the beginning of the day, experience the friendly ambience created by our locals chatting over fresh bean to cup coffee, through lunchtime where customers enjoy a lunchtime drink. At the end of the day, the cheerful bustle of this comfortable lounge bar provides just the right atmosphere where guests can relax. Lunch and dinner are also available in our restaurant specialising in Goan cuisine. Full details are available at www.thespiceaffair.co.uk We have been featured in the Good Beer Guide for several years and are proud to be Cask Marque accredited.

Certificate of Excellence

2013-2017 WINNER

Awarded Year on Year, Since 2013 2013 - 2016 WINNER


perfect venue

for all occasions

We were Highly Commended for Customer care at the South Holland Business awards 2014 and 2015.


In addition, we have been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence year on year since 2013.

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Wedding Packages from just


Quality Accommodation, Good food & Service Perfect for Weddings and Civil Partnerships Open to non-residents for Evening Meals Popular Sunday Carvery with Live Music

• All occasions from Christenings, Birthdays & Anniversaries to Special Events and Wakes

Our passion is putting customers at the heart of everything we do incorporating traditional values.

We are very proud of the outstanding service we provide. We have passion and take immense pride in what we do.

T: 01775 769933 E: reservations@woodlandsspalding.com

Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa

Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa is an exquisite boutique hotel that offers every guest luxury and comfort with a personal touch. The luxurious, spacious guest rooms are quiet and well appointed with modern furnishings, luxurious bed linens and amenities, which make the hotel perfect for romantic breaks and business trips. The large double guest rooms include: super king sized beds with 100% Egyption Cotten Linen, flat screen televisions with Freeview, free wireless internet, free on site parking, hairdryer, ironing and tea and coffee making facilities. Rooms from £85




80 Pinchbeck Rd, Spalding PE11 1QF


Woodhouse Farm Hotel & Spa sits in approximately 12 acres of grounds and was originally built in 1974, based on a Georgian style mansion. The property was dramatically renovated in 2009, incorporating an indoor swimming pool, Spa, Beauty Treatments, Spa Days and health suite available.

Tel. 01775 302001/718508 Mob. 07572 798728 Email: bookings@woodhousefarmlodge.co.uk www.woodhousefarmlodge.co.uk


Evening meals 6pm - 9pm Mon - Sat. Sunday Carvery 12 noon - 3pm

Holbeach Road, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE12 6JP.



Where to stay

Accommodation - Hotel/Motel/Inn

Accommodation - Hotel/Motel/Inn

Mear Lodge

The Mansion House Hotel

Contact: Janet Marks and Pete Gyte

45 High Street, Holbeach, Lincolnshire PE12 7DY Contact: Richard Rickerby Tel: 01406 426919 Fax: 01406 426848

Claylake Farmhouse, Burr Lane, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE12 6AZ Tel: 01775 768886

This purpose built accommodation is comfortably furnished having en-suite with power shower, double glazing and controllable heating, also TV with DVD & hospitality tray. There is a licenced bar and evening Rooms: meals are available by arrangement. Our friendly family 7 rooms (ensuite) run establishment has Twin, Double & Family rooms. There is one designed for disabled guests. All rooms are Prices: ground level and we have a large car park. Situated in Single £50 per night rural surroundings only 2 miles south of Spalding town Double or twin £70 per night centre. Family £80 per night Website: mearlodgeguesthouse.co.uk including breakfast Email: mearlodge@btconnect.com

Rooms: 9 (ensuite)

A 17th century character hotel providing 9 ensuite bedrooms with 2 HOLIDAY COTTAGES, 1252 Bistro & Bar, lounge, outside beer garden.

Prices: From £60 per night

High Street - Holbeach

Tastefully refurbished preserving many original features. Email: rickerby3@aol.com Website: www.mansion-hotel.com

Glamping at Crowtree Wigwams is the ideal place to switch off and relax under a thousand acres of sky. Situated at Wragg Marsh, a quiet hamlet just north of the historic town of Spalding in the Lincolnshire Fens, the site has easy access to the River Welland and provides wide, open views of the surrounding Fenscape.

Glamping at Crowtree Wigwams, Spalding Great Holidays in the Great Outdoors

Our fully ensuite, HEATED Wigwams provide the perfect base for weekend escapes, fun with friends and family holidays. Enjoy the view with our new wood fired hot tub Basic price starts at £55/night (based on two people sharing).

Group discounts are available for booking all nine Wigwams – Large Tipis available for Weddings and Corporate Events Phone for details

For further information please look at our website wigwamholidays.com/crowtree

Crowtree Wigwams

Wragg Marsh, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 6HF

T: 01406 373341 or 07711 409530 E: crowtree@wigwamholidays.com W: wigwamholidays.com/crowtree F: Facebook.com/crowtreewigwams 48

• We also have an in-house tax consultant to advise on capital gains tax, income tax and inheritance tax issues as well as general tax advice, including tax returns.

• We are proud holders of the Law Society Lexcel Quality Mark awarded for the level of care we give to every client.

• We are a member of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme awarded for our expertise and client care in our Conveyancing department.

• Our offices have excellent disabled facilities and our Holbeach office has a spacious car park.

• Friendly and helpful staff with home visits by request.

Call us or visit us at one of our offices:

Holbeach Office: Long Sutton Office: 30 Market Place, Long Sutton Abbots Manor, 10 Spalding Road Spalding, Lincs. PE12 9JH Holbeach Lincs. PE12 7LP Telephone: 01406 363212 Telephone: 01406 422651 email: reception@mossops.co.uk


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Market Town - Crowland

Local Property & Professional Services

• We offer a wide range of legal services including house sales and purchases, Wills, Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney, agricultural law, family law, business advice and litigation advice all dealt with on a one-to-one basis by your personal legal adviser. We offer totally independent advice.

Spalding bus and railway stations are centrally located and the journey time to London by train, via Peterborough, is approximately 90 minutes.

Creativity & Thinking

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There are also good rail connections to Doncaster, Lincoln, Nottingham and Skegness, and - via - Peterborough, London.

Design & Printing

By road it is easy to reach the nearby towns of Bourne, Market Deeping, Boston, King’s Lynn, Stamford and the city of Peterborough. Seaside resorts such as Skegness and Hunstanton (West Norfolk) can be reached in about an hour.

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For more information on public transport: www.lincsinterconnect.com www.lincsbus.info


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Spalding Train Station

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