What To Do And See…
Louth has been a market town since the 8th century and since that time, has served surrounding villages and farms through its shops, inns and markets. There are few chain store supermarkets or out-of-town shopping centres here; instead, you can spend a pleasant day popping in and out of independent retail shops and being served by friendly shopkeepers. There is an excellent variety of local speciality food shops that make Lincolnshire sausages, plum bread, stuffed chine, and sell Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese and butter, locally produced fruit, vegetables, fish and bread.
TV food chef Rick Stein calls Louth “The finest little market town in Britain”, and it was voted ‘Best Market Town’ by Countryfile Magazine.
The Market Place and Cornmarket come alive on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, when traders set up their market stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and flowers, cakes and cheeses, to clothing, footwear, hardware, and arts and crafts. Fresh fish can be bought from the stall on the Fish Shambles, and we have a good range of award winning butchers specialising in locally reared meats, poultry and delicious game,while the Farmers’ Market takes place on the last Wednesday and second Friday of every month, so if you love fresh food it is well worth a visit.
Also, the covered New Market Hall is open every day for local speciality foods, art, crafts and antiques.
Louth’s natural treasure is Hubbard’s Hills, its name taken from an eighteenth-century tenant farmer, Alexander Hubbard. This superb area of naturally formed narrow and winding valley with steep wooded slopes is popular with both locals and visitors alike. Through it flows the River Lud, from where Louth derives its name. The river bisects the town as it runs through it to join the Louth Navigation Canal. Louth is also bisected by the Meridian line at 0°, so bridging two hemispheres,
The charm of the older part of the town lies in its ancient street pattern and fine Georgian and Victorian Buildings, especially in Upgate and Westgate, dominated by the Gothic parish church of St. James with its spire soaring to a height of 295 feet, one the tallest parish churches in the country.
There is also a Museum in Louth, a small theatre, www.louthplaygoers.com and a cinema.
There are many places of interest and to visit from here including Donna Nook with its famous seal colony. Donna Nook is home to some 3000 Grey seals at certain times of the year, and in 2008 more than 1000 pups were born here. For most of the year the Grey seals disperse out to sea or haul out around the coast. However from October – December the seals come to breed near the dunes at Donna Nook. Donna Nook is owned by the MOD as a bombing range. The seals seem remarkably undisturbed by the planes. The reserve covers more than 10 km (6.25 miles) of coastline. During the time they are at Donna Nook people come from miles around to view them on the beach, and it is definitely a sight worth seeing.
For those wishing to visit seaside resorts there is Skegness, and the Victorian resort of Mablethorpe, with its superb beaches, these are both close by, as well as our nearest resort of Cleethorpes, as well as a multi-screen cinema complex, bowling alley, mini zoo, and leisure centre and pool.
Horncastle is a great place to root around with its many antique shops.
Cadwell Park racing circuit is close by for motor enthusiasts.
And for those that enjoy golf there is Kenwick Park Golf Course, as well as other smaller courses.
For those of you interested in engineering, the Humber Bridge is well worth a visit, and has a great visitor centre and some great walks.
For aviation lovers we have lots of RAF interest in this region with the popular WW2 museum at RAF Scampton and the Heritage Centre at East Kirby, home to the ever popular Lancaster Bombers.
Let’s not forget the wonderful windmills in this district. We have several commercial modern day wind farms, and several of the traditional type with the most popular being the Alford Windmill. The mill produces a range of baking flours from organic wheat and rye grain and is described by many as one of England’s finest working 5 sailed mills, one of the gems of rural Lincolnshire. You can visit the windmill and buy produce, as well as eat in the delightful tea rooms.
Alford is yet another beautiful market town and as well as the windmill there is a Manor House which can be visited, it also holds craft fairs periodically in the grounds.
For those interested in steam trains there is Lincolnshire Wolds Railway. Running on Sundays and Wednesdays during August and only occasional days for the rest of the year, you really should visit the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway. Only a couple of miles from The Pig Sty and in the next village, this really is a must for the small train enthusiast. This is not a big event, but the care and passion of the team that keep this lovely little line running is to be supported and applauded.
As if all this is not enough we mustn’t forget, The National Fishing Heritage Centre at Grimsby, discover how advances in navigation ensured our fishermen brought home the catch of the day. Haul a costume out of the dressing up box and get into the spirit of life as a fisherman in the 1950s. Feel the difference in temperature as you walk through the ice room and down to the boiler room. After you have navigated your way around the ships quarters , find your feet back on dry land by meandering through a recreated Grimsby street with traditional stores, a public house and of course the customary Fish & Chip shop . Follow a visit here with a great Fish and Chip lunch at Steele’s in Cleethorpes, and you will be well and truly “fished out”!
Rushmore country Park Ponies and piglets, slides and bouncy castle – Hawks, and owls, goats and guinea pigs, ducks and bunnies, ride on toys and tractors, ice creams, tea gardens, flower gardens, pond walks, plants for sale and a tea room full of home- made cakes and Lincolnshire foods.
High Ropes Adventure At Market Rasen: Terrific fun and definitely not for those with a fear of heights. Fantastic for groups, this family run centre claims to be the best in the region with an excellent safety record. With lots of course options to suit all abilities, book well in advance and contact them if you are just a couple and they can tag you on with another party.
Market Rasen Race Course. A real country racecourse and hugely popular for Boxing Day racing (we always go!). Lots of spaces for car park picnics, good catering facilities on site and good viewing of the races from all parts of the course.
Lincoln Cathedral and Castle. A “must do” trip for all history lovers. Lincoln Cathedral was recently the setting for the filming of the contentious “De Vinci Code”.There is also Lincoln Castle and Victorian prison which was used for the filming of Downton Abbey, when ‘Bates’ was in prison!
As well as the Cathedral and Castle, Lincoln contains many attractions, and has some lovely shops and restaurants. www.visitlincoln.com
Grimsby Auditorium: It is surprising just how many of the shows make it to Grimsby. There is always a busy calendar that is worth checking out, and they have a great web site.
The Maze at Wragby established in 1996 this is good old fashioned simply fun for all.
In the summer the local Braders Farm is a PYO so you could spend some time picking lovely strawberries!
Finally on our doorstep is Covenham Reservoir here there are all sorts of water sports including sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. It is also a nature reserve attracting many local bird watchers, especially in winter when the American Black Tern is often spotted, and is a lovely walk of approximately 2 miles around its top perimeter with far reaching views across the Lincolnshire countryside. Walkingbritain