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100 things to do in the Spalding area this summer

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Wherever you live it’s easy to forget all the amazing things on the doorstep, but with fuel costs soaring, remaining local this summer has added benefits.

How often do you hear ‘but there’s nothing to do round here’? It’s definitely not true and to prove it, we’ve compiled this list of dozens of days out on the doorstep.

There are ideas to suit young and old, families, singles and couples, those who love adventure and the outdoors and those seeking something more sedate. Best of all, it’s all within half an hour of Spalding and many of the activities are free.

100 things to do on your doorstep this summer (58281149)
100 things to do on your doorstep this summer (58281149)

Take the opportunity this summer to celebrate where we live and all the wonderful activities and adventures available right here.

Here’s our list of 100 days things to do in and around Spalding this summer.

(All details provided are correct to the best of our knowledge. It’s advisable to check opening times and if booking is required directly with venues before travelling)

Get creative – five crafty options

1Apple Tree House Studios

Apple Tree House 25a Small Drove, Weston, PE12 6HS

Offering art workshops for children and adults including a programme of special summer events. Summer holiday workshops include a ‘seaside boats’ session of collage, painting and stitching, one on seascape painting and opportunities to make jewellery.

  • See @appletreehousestudio on Facebook.

2 Doodles

Baytree Nurseries, Weston, PE12 6JU

Usually open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Doodles offers lots of art and craft opportunities including painting ceramics. A range of special summer holiday workshops are being offered including the chance for adults and children to work on fun wide mouth frog sculptures and flower plaques.

3 Unique Cottage Studios

Fulney Lane South, Spalding, PE12 6FA

Find regular pottery classes, textile and knitting groups and a varied programme of arts and craft workshops at Unique Cottage Studios where there’s also a café. See opening times and book workshops at www.uniquecottagestudios.co.uk and Facebook: @UniqueCottageStudios.

4 Fabric. Paper. Scissors

122 North Road, Gedney Hill, PE12 0NS

Get creative and learn new skills at this textiles and craft studio where alpacas usually graze in paddocks next door. Upcoming sessions include a six-week course on the fundamentals of dressmaking. There are also one-off children’s activities.

5 Paint a Pot Place

9 Wherrys Lane, Bourne, PE10 9HQ

Create your own masterpiece as a gift or keepsake by painting a pot, plate, mug or figure. There are also opportunities to sign up for workshops to learn to throw on a wheel as well as toddler messy fun sessions. Search for @paintapot.plce on Facebook.

Apple Tree House Studio
Apple Tree House Studio

Enjoy a walk – five ideas

1 Spalding Leisure Wheel

Starts at: Springfields Outlet Shopping and Festival Gardens, Camelgate, PE12 6EU

Either complete the whole 12.5 mile (20km) route or cut this down to a 4.5 mile (seven km) route. The long route takes in the Coronation Channel, Vernatt’s Drain and South Drove Drain and keeps you beside water for almost its entire duration.

  • See Lincolnshire.gov.uk for maps and instructions.

2 Lincolnshire Coop Wellbeing Walks

Enjoy friendship, fresh air and fitness with these led walks of varying lengths at locations across South Holland and South Kesteven. Walks are held weekly in Spalding, Donington, Crowland, Holbeach and Long Sutton among other places. Walks are usually followed by a chat and a cuppa in a café.

3 Spalding Public Art Trail

Discover the 14 small bronze sculptures of local people dotted around the exteriors of Spalding buildings. Download a free map and further details about each of the sculptures by clicking on ‘complete Spalding Trail’ at: www.transportedart.com/spalding-public-art-trail/

4 Long and short walks across South Holland

Find details of long and shorter walks across South Holland along with detailed instructions and maps at: www.sholland.gov.uk/article/5670/South-Holland-walks You’ll find routes in Crowland, Donington, Fleet and Gedney, Holbeach, Spalding, Long Sutton, Pinchbeck, Surfleet, Sutton St James and Spalding.

5 Bourne Wood

There are lots of trails to enjoy at Bourne Wood for those who want a long or short walk. Look out for special events, including a mini beast hunt on Sunday, July 31, meet 2pm at the main car park. £2 donation appreciated. Limited number of nets to use.

Exotic Pet Refuge open day (56121703)
Exotic Pet Refuge open day (56121703)

10 dates for your diary

1 Activate – free family fun

Wednesday, August 3, 11am – 3pm

Carter’s Park, Holbeach, PE12 7EE

Enjoy a day of free activities including a mobile climbing wall, nine-hole crazy golf and various sports, arts and crafts with South Holland District Council’s communities team.

  • Visit SHDC_Communities on Facebook for updates.

2 Holbeach Music and Beer Festival

Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7

Kings Field, Raven’s Gate, Holbeach, Spalding PE12 8QF

The 8th Holbeach Music and Beer Festival has a superheroes theme and brings together a huge programme of live music, trade stands, a kids’ zone with sandpit and entertainment as well as beer. Organisers advise buying tickets in advance.

3 Pulvertoft Flowers open weekend

Sunday, August 7, 10am – 4pm

Pulvertoft Hall, Gedney Broadgate, PE12 0DG

Discover Pulvertoft Flowers where artisan flowers are grown and flower and bee themed workshops hosted. There’ll be a children’s treasure hunt, table tennis, plant stall, Lincolnshire Honey talking about bees and farm shop featuring local producers. Entry is free with donations going to Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

4 Free ‘Give it a Go’ family day and Charity Football Match

Sunday, August 21 11am – 4pm

Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, Winfrey Avenue, Spalding PE11 1DA

Enjoy free activities with a whole host of sports clubs and community groups that operate within the district. You can also try out a mobile climbing wall, crazy golf and ride-on carts, plus watch the Chairman’s Charity Football Match raising money for the mental health charity MIND.

  • Visit SHDC_Communities on Facebook for updates.

5 Spalding Rugby Club summer fun day

Saturday, August 27, gates open 12pm

New Ground, Drain Bank, Spalding, PE12 6AF (off the A16 near Applegreen)

Fun day for all the family with craft stalls, displays, music, obstacle course and wheelbarrow races, welly wanging, inflatables, bar, barbecue and other fun.

6 Believe Sport SEN Sports & Play Day

Priory School Spalding, Neville Avenue, Spalding, PE11 2EH

Tuesday, August 2, 10am – 3pm

Bouncy castle, sports games, fun activities, video games, sensory tents and more for all children with additional needs. Under 7s require an adult present. Event cost is £20 with lunch option for additional £5.

7 Hot Rod and Classic Car Picnic

Sunday, August 7, 12pm-4pm

122 Broadgate, Sutton St Edmund PE12 0LT

All types and makes of car welcome on six acres of flat parking on grass. DJ, free tea and coffee, no dogs.

  • For details call 07711 572886

8 Deepings Raft Race

Sunday, August 7 11am - 4pm

River Welland starting at Bridge Street, Deeping St James.

Races are due to take place 12pm to 3.30pm, followed by trophy presentations in Market Square. There will be stalls, street food, a funfair and marching band with an 80s theme. The event is free for spectators and £10 per team member for rafters.

9 Exotic Pet Refuge open day

Sunday, August 21 10am - 4pm 102 Station Road, Deeping St James, PE6 8RH

Visit the charity sanctuary that takes in and cares for unwanted, neglected and abandoned exotic animals and rescued British wildlife.

  • Find ‘Exotic Pet Refuge’ on Facebook.

10 Donington Summer Fest

Saturday, July 30, 5pm – 11.30pm

Towndam Lane, Donington PE11 4TR

Three bands including headliners Famous Unknowns, plus a DJ set from Circa, will appear at this family friendly beer and music event with kids entertainment and inflatables. Entry is £5 for over 14s and £3 for under.

  • See @doningtonsummerfest on Facebook.
Holbeach Music & Beer Festival (50010635)
Holbeach Music & Beer Festival (50010635)

Anytime activities

1 Geocaching

Enjoy a treasure hunt? Geocaching is great fun for adults and kids. Download the free app and navigate to a hidden object (often a small capsule containing a log to sign and date when you find it and leave in place for the next seeker). They’re hidden across Lincolnshire – and the world! Add to the fun by hiding one of your own.

  • Visit www.geocaching.com

2 Enjoy a picnic

Across South Holland we’re blessed with riverside spots, parks and gardens where you can enjoy a picnic. Taking a packed lunch on a day out is a great way to save cash too. So either make your picnic the main event or just a bit of money-saving fun within your day.

3 Fly a kite or frisbee

As much fun if you’re nine or 59, flying a kite or throwing frisbee is a simple pleasure never to be forgotten.

Go on, even if you don’t have kids, give it a go – we dare you!

4 Nature bingo

Want to perk up a walk or day out (especially for those with little legs and lots of whinges)? Try nature bingo. Give everyone a list of items to spot and tick off along the way. A few ideas are: A duck, a pink flower, a feather. Let your imagination guide you.

5 Bike ride

If you’ve got bikes, make the most of the flat South Holland landscape with a bike ride. If you’re feeling fit and want inspiration Lincolnshire County Council offers a 31 mile circular route from Market Place, Market Deeping at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/coast-countryside/cycle-routes-lincolnshire

Bourne Outdoor Pool
Bourne Outdoor Pool

Find adventure – five ways to get your pulse racing

1. Fun Farm High Ropes

High Road, Weston, Spalding PE12 6JU

Test yourself on the 24 elements high ropes course that is set over two levels – one at three metres high and the other at eight. Team it with a whizz around the Laser Storm infrared laser tag game or let little ones blow off some steam in the indoor play. Charges apply. www.funfarmhighropes.co.uk.

2. parkrun Crowland

Snowden Field, Thorney Road, Crowland PE6 0AL

Join the free, fun weekly 3.1m (5km) walk, jog or run every Saturday at 9am. Register online before attending. See: www.parkrun.org.uk

3. Learn to fly

Fenland Airfield, Jekyls Bank, Holbeach St Johns PE12 8RQ

Try your hand at flying a small plane with an introductory lesson or sit back and enjoy a test flight. There’s also a simulator experience. Visit for costs and booking: www.fenland-flying-school.co.uk

4. Experience gliding

P.S.G.C Ltd, Crowland Airfield, Spalding Road, Crowland PE6 0JW

Experience gliding with a trial lesson and if you like it get involved with this volunteer-led club. If you’re serious about gliding it’s usual to take around 40 flights to learn to fly solo. See prices and book at: www.psgc.co.uk

5. Bourne outdoor pool

Abbey Lawns, Abbey Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 9EP

Cool off at Bourne outdoor pool. It’s refreshing but heated. Lots of activities are on offer and on Tuesday evenings throughout July and August there’s the chance to try waterpolo, 6.30pm – 7.30pm under 16s, 7.30pm 16 plus. First session is free. See @bourneoutdoorswimmingpool on Facebook / bourneoutdoorswimmingpool.org

Wings and Wheels at Holbeach St Johns Airfield.Fenland Flying School chief flying instructor Steve Brown ready to take introductory flights. (58008013)
Wings and Wheels at Holbeach St Johns Airfield.Fenland Flying School chief flying instructor Steve Brown ready to take introductory flights. (58008013)

Museums – five heritage attractions

1. Chain Bridge Forge

High Street, Spalding PE11 1TX

See inside a traditional forge and try your hand at blacksmithing. Thirty-minute taster sessions are appropriate for children aged seven plus accompanied by an adult. Half day, full day and tailored packages also available. Charges apply. See: chainbridgeforge.co.uk and find them on Facebook @ForgeMuseum.

2.Museum of Technology – the history of gadgets and gizmos

Throckenholt Farm, Old South Eau Bank (on the B1166 between Gedney Hill and Parson Drove) PE12 0QR

See the eclectic collection of electronic and engineered artefacts including telegraphy, telephony, audio, military and civil communications, warfare, photography, scientific and electrical domestic equipment. Admission charges apply.

  • See: www.museumoftechnology.org.uk or @MuseumOfTechnologyTheGreatWarWw11 on Facebook.

3.Spalding Gentlemen’s Society

9 Broad Street, Spalding PE11 1TB

Discover the vast collection of ‘curiosities,’ artefacts, books and archives. Founded in 1710 the society is now a charity with a mission to further knowledge and appreciation of the arts, sciences and humanities – and is open to women despite the name! Limited opening times.

  • See: www.sgsoc.org and find them on Facebook.

4. Gordon Boswell Romany Museum

Cley Lake, Spalding PE12 6BL

Discover a collection of gypsy wagons (vardos), carts and other related items. Entry is £6.25 adults, £6 concessions, £4 children. Opening 11am to 4pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays Easter to September. Call 01775 710599.

5.Moulton Windmill

High Street, Moulton PE12 6QB

Visit the country’s tallest windmill. Access to the Granary Tearooms and Mill Shop is free. Access to the Mill Tower is by guided tour. Time your visit well to see grinding in progress and buy flour produced with wind power.

Museum of Technology in Throckenholt (56139521)
Museum of Technology in Throckenholt (56139521)

Parks – five fabulous parks

1. Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens, Spalding

Churchgate, Spalding PE11 2RA

Often described as the jewel in South Holland’s crown – and for good reason. You’ll never tire of the beautiful gardens. Entry to them and the museum is free. There’s a play park and aviary. The café has just been refurbished too. Find Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens on Facebook.

2. Carter’s Park, Holbeach

Park Road, Holbeach PE12 7PT

Here you’ll find extensive play equipment for younger children and teens including a zip wire, tall slide, sand pit, outdoor gym and assault course. The park is vast and there’s a specific off-lead area for dogs.

3. Glen Park, Surfleet

Station Road, Surfleet PE11 4DB

An attractive park with a circular trail around the edge that includes a smattering of small obstacles for those who want added adventure, though they can easily be bypassed. A fun play area for children. Nearby community café Tonic 44 has toilets and refreshments. Check opening times at: www.tonic-health.co.uk/tonic-44/

4. Monks House Lane Playing Field, Spalding

Monkshouse Lane, Spalding PE11 3LH

Not as scenic as other parks but well equipped with play equipment ideal for primary school age children and a large open field for football and games. Be aware that there are no toilets nearby.

5. Wellhead Park, Bourne

Manor Lane, Bourne PE10 9PQ

A beautiful park full of established trees and pretty ponds with a well equipped and modern play area at the back of the park and accessible also from Churchill Avenue.

Embrace the wild - Five nature reserves

1. Arnold’s Meadow

Peck’s Drove (Childers’ South Drove), Spalding – nearest postcode PE12 6BQ

Paths form a circular route around the three hectare site of hay meadow and ponds bounded by woodland and hedgerow. No dogs. See: www.lincstrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/arnolds-meadow

2. Willow Tree Fen

Counter Drain Drove, West of Spalding - nearest postcode PE11 3JH

Enjoy a short walk along Counter Drain bank and take your binoculars along to spot the resident cranes and other wildlife from the viewing point at the car park. No dogs. See @WillowTreeFen on Facebook for car park opening times.

3.Boston Road Brick Pitts

South of the B1397, East of Gosberton village, Gosberton - nearest postcode PE11 4NU

A two hectare reserve formed out of an area of old clay pits with grassland, reed beds, ponds and orchard. No dogs allowed. See: www.lincstrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/boston-road-brick-pits

4. Deeping Lakes

South of level crossing on B1166, Crowland Road, Deeping St James, Nearest postcode PE6 8RJ

Explore 71 hectares of circular marked routes where wildfowl and waterbird communities are abundant on a number of flooded gravel pits. No dogs. See: www.lincstrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/deeping-lakes

5. RSPB Frampton Marsh

Roads Farmhouse, Frampton Roads, Frampton, Boston, Lincolnshire PE20 1AY

A new café is under construction and due open soon causing some disruption in the meantime. Events take place throughout the summer including the big wild sleepout, pond dipping and natural art. See @RSPBFrampton on facebook.

Spalding Bowl PHOTO: Spalding Bowl (54644024)
Spalding Bowl PHOTO: Spalding Bowl (54644024)

Indoor fun – five options

1. Electric Tracks

Weston Hills Road, Spalding, PE12 6NE

Slot-car racing (also known as Scalextric Racing) on a large scale to enjoy on site with eight tracks based on famous race circuits. Sets are also sold and repairs offered.

2. Escape rooms

Rush Hour Escape Rooms, 3A Red Lion Street, Spalding PE11 1SX

Play with a team of two to six people to test physical and mental skills to solve clues and puzzles in themed rooms. Recommended for ages 10+. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

3. Bowling and retro arcade

Spalding Bowl, 17 Westlode Street, Spalding PE11 2AF

Can you get a strike? Test yourself at 10-pin bowling. Now also features a retro arcade area with 34 machines - £5 entry to play for as long as you like. Food and refreshments available.

4. Swimming

Castle Sports Centre, Albion Street, Spalding PE11 2AJ

Bourne Leisure Centre, Queens Road, Bourne PE10 9DX

Enjoy some time in the pool either in Spalding or Bourne. Bourne pool offers a wave machine and slide.

5. Catch a film or show

South Holland Centre, 23 Market Place, Spalding PE11 1SS

There’s always a packed programme of live shows and films to choose from.

Focus on kids – three ideas great for families

1. Petite Street

21 High Street, Holbeach PE12 7DU

A role play centre where children aged up to eight can explore different themed rooms including a police station, fire station, doctors, vets, farm and diner. Look out for special events and visits from favourite TV characters on Facebook @petite.street.holbeach. See also: www.petitestreet.co.uk

2. Escape indoor soft play

Cherry Holt Rd, Unit 3 Hereward Centre, Bourne PE10 2LA

Large indoor play for all active kids. Also offers special SEN sessions for those with additional needs. Find them on Facebook.

3. Springfields Adventure Land

Springfields Outlet Shopping & Leisure, Camel Gate, Spalding PE12 6EU

Home to the UK’s largest JCB Young Drivers Zone where kids can whizz around on pedal powered diggers and enjoy lots of other play equipment and mini golf. For costs and opening times see: springfieldsadventureland.co.uk

Anthony Grunwell and dog Archie with one of the Spalding Water Taxis. (46141638)
Anthony Grunwell and dog Archie with one of the Spalding Water Taxis. (46141638)

Kids and adults alike – two ideas for all ages

1. Baytree Owl and Wildlife Centre

High Road, Weston, Spalding PE12 6JU

See a wide selection of owls and birds of prey up close and enjoy daily flying displays. Experience days allow extra special access.

  • For entry fees and opening times see: www.bowc.co.uk and @baytreeowlandwildlifecentre on Facebook.

2. Spalding Water Taxi

Get aboard at the back of the South Holland Centre or at Springfields, Spalding.

Enjoy a cruise between Spalding town centre and Springfields Outlet Shopping and Festival Gardens. Boats run every day. There’s also a self drive boat hire option.

  • See: www.spaldingwatertaxi.co.uk
Crowland Abbey (2413646)
Crowland Abbey (2413646)

Discover history – five places to visit

1. Crowland Abbey

East Street, Crowland PE6 0EN

Visit the beautiful and historic Crowland Abbey whose roots date back to the eighth century. There's plenty of history to explore - and regular events, tours and exhibitions.

2. Crowland Trinity Bridge

East Street, Crowland

Whilst in Crowland don’t miss the Holy Trinity Bridge, built in 1360-1390, under which the River Welland used to flow.

3. Spalding Blue Plaques trail

Spalding town centre

Discover the buildings in Spalding where people of historical note once lived, worked or stayed including The Red Lion Hotel, in Market Place, where music star Jimi Hendrix stayed after the famed Barbecue 67 gig that also featured Pink Floyd.

4. Holbeach Discovery Trail

Holbeach town centre

Download the Holbeach Discovery Trail map and visit all the points of interest starting with the Olympic Mosaic in Church Street.

5. Holbeach Royal Observer Corps Underground Monitoring Post

Off Washway Road, Holbeach (Grid reference: TF365264)

Arrange a visit to the underground post established after the Second World War to allow monitoring of nuclear bomb blasts.

Five garden centres in south Lincolnshire

Enjoy a stroll around one of the area’s plentiful garden centres where you’ll find plants, gifts, garden furniture, pet care equipment and a café to enjoy a tasty treat.

1. Waterside, King Street, Baston PE6 9NY

2. Birchgrove, Surfleet Road, Pinchbeck PE11 3XY

3. Silverwood, Brownsgate, Long Sutton PE12 9AD

4. Baytree, High Road, Weston PE12 6JU

5. Springfields Home and Garden, Springfields Outlet Village, Camel Gate, Spalding, PE12 6ET

Discover south Lincolnshire's market towns

Visit a market town and take a trip around the unique shops and attractions while you’re there.

1. Holbeach

Discover lots of unique shops and cafes. Don’t miss Laddies ice creams, at 32 Church Street, established in the town in 1922. Market day is Thursday.

2. Spalding

You’ll find lots of independent shops including much loved bookshop and café Bookmark, 18-20 The Crescent and Flowers and Things offering flowers and gifts at 3 Red Lion Street. There are an abundance of cafes, pubs and restaurants to choose from. Markets are held Tuesdays and Saturdays.

3. Long Sutton

Market day is Friday which brings additional vibrancy to Long Sutton where you’ll find the traditional department store Pledgers, established in 1945, which includes a toy department. Worth a look also are the environmentally friendly earth-bunded homes on the Unity Gardens development, in Bridge Road.

4. Crowland

Enjoy the market on Friday and stroll the town’s shops. Take a trip to Snowden Field, which has plentiful play equipment as well as skate ramps. The wildlife pond and picnic area on Gravel Causeway are also worth a look.

5. Bourne

Stroll North Street, where you’ll find Bourne Bookshop among other gems, West Street where the Craft Centre lives, South Street where Don’t Lose Hope gift shop is one of the attractions and Abbey Road, where you’ll find one of the town’s eateries Ginger Fox Café. Markets are on Thursdays.

Laddies Ices in Holbeach (56322278)
Laddies Ices in Holbeach (56322278)

Five firm favourites from the high street

Want a treat? There are some gems across south Lincolnshire that are well worth a visit - some of which you may have overlooked because they’re under your nose. Try these out for size

1. Hewies

24 Market Pl, Donington, PE11 4SX

With a delicious selection of handmade chocolates plus the likes of brownies, cookies and rocky road - this is a must for the sweet toothed shopper.

2. Funky Dora’s

20 High St, Holbeach, PE12 7DY

This is a unique shop that highlights the very best of local crafts - prepare to find something to spark your creative side.

3. Laddies

32-42 Church St, Holbeach, PE12 7LL

A South Holland icon - and a must for a hot summer’s day. Stick with a classic ice cream - or try out a new flavour.

4. Bookmark

18-20 The Crescent, Spalding PE11 1AF

Every summer needs a good book - so whether you’re off to the park, beach or just relaxing in the garden, browse for great new read in Bookmark.

5. Antoinette’s Vintage

22 Market Pl, Donington, PE11 4ST

Not going away this year? Why not spend a bit of time sprucing up your wardrobe instead? There’s an array of clothing, hats, handbags and accessories on offer at Antoinette’s - a vintage store that’s more fun than just going to a high street retailer.

Vine House Farm Shop prior to opening day. (48035594)
Vine House Farm Shop prior to opening day. (48035594)

Five places to go for afternoon tea in south Lincolnshire

Sandwiches, scones and sweet treats galore make afternoon tea a great idea for a get together with friends or a special occasion. There are plenty of places to go in our area - here’s five.

1. Something Special at Birchgrove Garden Centre, Surfleet Road, PE11 3XY

2. Vine House Farm Cafe, Main Road, Deeping St Nicholas, Spalding PE11 3DG

3. Victoria House Tea Room, 2 Wargate Way, Gosberton, Spalding PE11 4NH

4. Penningtons, 1 Red Lion St, Spalding PE11 1SX

5. Black Bull, 7 Market Place The Black Bull, Donington PE11 4ST

The nave looking westwards at Spalding Parish Church
The nave looking westwards at Spalding Parish Church

Five fabulous South Holland churches to visit

This part of the country is known for its magnificent churches - and we’re perhaps too shy to shout about them. Other places have castles and stately homes but our historic features are our churches. You don’t have to be religious to enjoy their architectural splendour - and many are set in stunning surroundings that make for an ideal focal point of a country walk. Here’s five fabulous examples…

1. St Mary’s Church, Long Sutton Market Pl, Long Sutton, Spalding PE12 9JE

2. St Mary Magdalene Church, Gedney Church End, Gedney, Spalding PE12 0BU

3. The Parish Church of Saint Mary and Saint Nicolas, The Vista, Spalding PE11 2RA (Check out our feature here for more information)

4. St Mary’s Church, Whaplode Kirk Gate, Whaplode, Spalding PE12 6TA

5. All Saints Church, Holbeach, 5 Church St, Holbeach, Spalding PE12 7LL

South Lincolnshire Pubs.Jolly Farmer Moulton Chapel. (52406054)
South Lincolnshire Pubs.Jolly Farmer Moulton Chapel. (52406054)

Five pub gardens to visit in South Holland

Sometimes you can’t beat a good pub garden or outdoor drinking area on a sunny summer’s day. Whether it’s a post-work pint or the end of a weekend stroll, try these out for size. You’ll want to pop indoors on a cooler day too…

1. The Chequers of Weston 97 High Rd, Weston, Spalding PE12 6RA

2. The Jolly Farmer, 28 Roman Rd, Moulton Chapel, Spalding PE12 0QE

3. The Moorings, 123 Commercial Rd, Spalding PE11 2HD

4. The Ship Inn, N Gate, Pinchbeck, Spalding PE11 3SE

5. Cley Hall Hotel, 22 High St, Spalding PE11 1TX

Ten activities from Summer Fun 2022

South Holland District Council has put together Summer Fun 2022 - a brochure of 184 activities and events to put on over the next few weeks to keep the kids entertained while they’re away from school. The full list is available via https://www.sholland.gov.uk/summerfun - but here’s a flavour of some of what’s on offer:

1. Own a pony day at Four Winds Equestrian Centre - August 18, 11am to 3.45pm, Leaveslake Drove, West Pinchbeck, £40 - 01775 640533

A full day of learning about horses suitable for older beginners (aged seven upwards) or those who have some experience. Will include achievement awards covering different subjects.

2. Find your musical talent at Learn to Play week with Holbeach Town Band - Monday August 1 to Friday August 5, 2pm-4pm, Bandroom, Back Lane, Holbeach, PE12 7LN, free - 01775 712420

Learn to play a brass instrument, or to improve your current skills. Go as often as you like throughout the week. Instruments will be provided. Flugelhorn player Matthew Simons explains more about the band in our special feature.

3. A beach party every day at Adventure Land - 10am to 5pm, Springfields, Camel Gate Spalding, PE12 6EU, £9 per child - 01775 723909

You don’t need to drive to the seaside for the sand - there’s a summer beach party for children aged 3 to 12 every day during the summer holidays at Adventure Land.

4. Annual charity family fun day in aid of Little Miracles South Holland - Sunday August 11am to 4pm Fun Farm Car Boot, High Road Weston, PE12 6JU - free to attend, £10 for stallholders - 07808 510105

Lots of stalls and attractions making for an exciting family fun day for a great cause.

5. Youbake Cookery Sessions weekly at Beech House, Fengate, Moulton Chapel, Spalding, PE12 0XL, £15 per session per child - call 07555 376090 for dates and times

Primary age children can cook in a small, friendly group - learning new cooking skills and making something to take home and share. Visit our allotment and learn about the growing of vegetables, fruit and flowers. See our animals - pigs, chickens and guinea pigs. No previous cooking experience needed.

6. Join the Superhero Academy at the South Holland Centre, Market Place, Spalding, PE11 1SS, August 26, 10am to 3pm, £25, 01775 766921

Learn to be the bravest and best superheroes and help to save the planet. Includes a visit from a superhero and the opportunity to have photos with them. A day of drama, music and games for 4-7 year olds with Act II Theatre Company that culminates in a short performance to family and friends at 3pm.

7. Reading challenge for children at our libraries - pop in to Spalding or Holbeach libraries to find out more or call 01522 782010

This year’s theme is Gadgeteers to inspire youngsters to consider the science all around them and children are encouraged to read six books during the summer holidays with prizes along the way.

8. Try Tae Kwon Do with sessions across the district - running across the summer at the Castle Sports Complex in Spalding, Peele Leisure Centre in Long Sutton and Holbeach United Community Sports Academy in Penny Hill Road. Contact 07786 444292 for prices, times and details.

Sessions are run by the Mark Farnham Schools of Tae Kwon Do - emphasising the exercise and sporting benefits to improve fitness, flexibility and confidence.

9. Make a cake at Spalding Library - July 28, Victoria Street, Spalding, PE11 1EA, free - 01522 782010

Find out how to make a cake out of Oreo biscuits. Plus other activities and and crafts. It’s a drop in event with no booking required.

10. Dance, arts and crafts workshops run by Polka Dot Studios, Westlode Street, Spalding, PE11 2AE. Email polkadotdance@outlook.com for details of dates and times

Children’s workshops throughout the summer holidays. For all different age groups and of different styles - dancing, crafts, slime, glitter tattoos, parties and much more. They will be holding baby and toddler classes where older siblings will too be welcome. Polka Dot will also be running a play cafe for children to come be free to explore and play and grownups can have something to eat/drink.

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