It may be just days before the schools across South Holland break up, but families visiting the area are already discovering why ‘We Love Spalding’.
Every year, the tourist information office at the South Holland Centre is inundated with questions about what the town has to offer.
Sally Harrison, manager of the centre, said: “Quite often it’s from residents who have families to stay and need ideas, but we are never short of things to suggest.
The Visit Spalding brochure, available at the TIC, lists museums, gardens, family fun, markets, the water taxi, riverside walks, live shows and shopping as reasons to spend some time exploring.
And there’s no better time, with the Spalding In Bloom floral displays giving a fabulous backdrop for a leisurely walk around town.
Families can hit the heritage trail and enjoy Ayscoughfee Hall and Gardens, maybe even stop for a picnic after buying a host of delicious fresh bread, salad, meats, fruit and cakes on sale at the market on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
The trail starts in Broad Street in the centre of Spalding, where there is an 18th Century Manor House, now home to Spalding Constitutional Club. Just up the road is Spalding Gentleman’s Society, one of the oldest in the country.
Stroll by the Lincolnshire Poacher pub and you arrive on the bank of the River Welland, where you could hop on the water taxi and head for the Springfields Outlet Shopping Centre. But not before carrying on the trail across High Bridge to Ayscoughfee.
Also along the bridge you’ll find the Chain Bridge Forge Museum. a lovingly restored 18th century building and there are some great places to stop and eat, including White Horse pub, the Cley Hall Hotel and The Moorings.
If you need to entertain children, a new programme of summer events and films is about to start at the South Holland Centre.
Just out of town along Holbeach Road you’ll find a fun trail, from climbing frames and Laserstorm at the Fun Farm, to a Jack in the Beanstalk themed indoor play area in the Playbarn.
And if you have young golfers in the family, why not head over Jurrasic Golf at Springfields.
Back in town, there are four shopping areas to explore – the Market Place with a selection of department stores and national chain shops, Holland Market with its supermarkets and DIY stores and The Crescent and Red Lion Street, where there are niche range of independent shops.
And if all that makes you hungry, then pop into one of the pubs or cafes in the centre for a homemade treat. There’s a lot to love about Spalding - you’ll find out more by calling the Tourist Information Centre of 01775 764554.