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White Hart Hotel, Eatery & Coffee House, 1 – 5 High St, Boston, Lincs, PE21 8SH 01205 311900

Out & About in Boston

A travellers guide to Lincolnshire


Lincolnshire is bursting with culture, history and attractions for families or couples,
In addition to this page there are a range of leaflets and brochures available at the reception desk

Blackfriars Theatre

Blackfriars Theatre


Blackfriars undoubtedly plays a very important role as Boston's centre for entertainment and the arts. It is home to two very successful local amateur dramatic and operatic groups, as well as hosting a varied program of professional stage productions.

What's On

Bay City Rollers - Fri 4 Dec 7.30pm

The Vienna Festival Ballet presents The Nutcracker - Sun 6 Dec 2pm / 5pm

Jack and the Beanstalk - Fri 11 Dec - Sun 3 Jan 6.30pm / 2pm, 3pm / 11am

To see a full whats on guide and book tickets click here!


History

Its history as a venue for the arts dates to a meeting of the local drama and arts groups which took place in 1959, at which it was resolved to find premises, which could be converted, into a theatre. Led by Alan Champion, warden of Pilgrim College, and local architect Alan Meldrum, the idea of creating a "Little Theatre" from the remains of the thirteenth century Dominican Friary, in Spain Lane, was formed. In September 1961 the Blackfriars Trust was formed to raise money for the conversion, supported by a grant from the Ministry of Works.

The opening of the theatre in 1966 was the first stage in the development of a complete Arts Centre. Over the following years two studios, a kitchen and office were added, and in 1980 the first full-time professional director was appointed. Today Blackfriars has a full-time theatre manager and relies on a dedicated force of volunteers who provide vital support in the box office, administration, as front of house stewards, bar staff and various other duties.

St. Botolphs Church

St. Botolphs Church


St. Botolph's Church is the parish church for the Church of England in Boston. It is famous for its extraordinarily tall tower, known affectionately as the Boston Stump.

History

The church is one of the largest parish churches in England, and it has the fourteenth highest church tower in England. The tower is approximately 272 feet high. It can be seen for miles around, its prominence accentuated by the flat surrounding countryside known as The Fens. On a clear day, it can be seen from East Anglia on the other side of The Wash. The nickname, The Stump or Boston Stump, is often used affectionately as a reference to the whole church building or for the parish community housed by it. Their formal names are, of course, used where appropriate.

Maud Foster Windmill

Maud Foster Windmill


Climb all 7 floors and see flour being made in the traditional way by wind-power in the finest and one of the tallest windmills in the British Isles.

OPENING TIMES:

The Windmill and Shop open on Wednesday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm

ADMISSION PRICES:

Admission to the windmill is: Adults £4, Senior Citizens £3, Children £2, Familiy Ticket £10 (2 adults and 2 children). Entry into the shop is free

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RSPB Frampton Marsh

RSPB Frampton Marsh


A major new extension to this coastal wetland reserve includes a reedbed, large freshwater scrapes and wet grassland. These habitats have all been created to bring the wildlife of the Wash closer to you.

New facilities include a visitor centre with toilets; the centre has a refreshments area where you can get a hot or cold drink and a snack. We also have three hides - two with 360-degree views - and over 3 km of new footpaths to explore.

Frampton Marsh is at the leading edge of visitor and habitat nature conservation planning. We have designed every aspect of the new habitats and facilities to maximise the value for wildlife and the opportunities for visitors. Ideally positioned between Norfolk and the Midlands, a visit will be well rewarded.

Opening times

The reserve, car park, footpaths and hides are open at all times. From October to March, the visitor centre and toilets are open from 10 am to 4 pm daily (except for Christmas Day). From April to September the visitor centre and toilets are open from 10 am to 4 pm weekdays and 10 am to 5 pm at weekends.

Entrance charges

Access to the reserve, the hides and the visitor centre is free and there is no charge for parking, but we'd love it if you made a donation to help us continue our work here.

Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre

Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre


The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre is a family run museum that was set up over 20 years ago.  It is now widely seen as a living memorial to the 55,500 men of Bomber Command who lost their lives during World War Two.  It holds one of the rarest aircraft, an Avro Lancaster Bomber, in its collection along with many wartime vehicles including a Ford WOT1 Crew Bus, the only one of its kind known in existence.

They feel that Bomber Command has never been given the recognition that it deserves and see it as their job to educate both old and young as to the acts of heroism and dedication shown by Bomber Command throughout the Second World War.


Admission & Opening Times

Open Monday to Saturday - CLOSED ON SUNDAYS

Summertime (Easter Weekend- Last Weekend in October)
10am-5pm (last entry 4pm)

Wintertime (Last Monday of October - Easter Weekend)
9.30am-4pm (Last entry 3pm)

FREE parking.

They are a dog friendly museum! (not allowed in eating areas)

There are a few wheel chairs available at the Centre for public use.  As availability is limited if you would like to use one we recommend you contact them in advance of your visit so they can reserve one for you.  

NORMAL ADMISSION PRICES
Adults - £7.00
Senior Citizens - £6.00
Children (6- 15 yrs) - £3.00
Under 5's - FREE
Please note that these are their normal prices - if they are having special displays such as flying displays or fireworks/pyrotechnics display then they may raise the prices.
Please ring the Museum on 01790 763207 to confirm prices for any special events.

 

Woodhall Spa Golf Club

Woodhall Spa Golf Club


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The National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa, the Home of English Golf, invites you to experience their world-class golf courses and Academy, which is open to all.

Enjoy sharing their two magnificent courses – including the Hotchkin Course*, consistently rated among the world's finest heathland golf experiences and ranked 25th in Golf World magazine's World Top 100 Golf Courses.

Woodhall Spa prides itself on catering fully for the needs of all our guests and will give you the warmest of welcomes and fine hospitality, whether you're enjoying a golf break with friends, or simply in the area with your clubs.

It couldn't be easier to arrange your round at Woodhall Spa – simply reserve your tee-time by contacting their friendly Booking Office team. They also boast some of the finest practice facilities in Europe!

For more information and to book your tee visit: www.woodhallspagolf.com

Boston Guildhall

Boston Guildhall


Built in the 1390's this building is a testament to the wealth and influence of the Guild of St Mary at a time when Boston's power as a centre of trade was second only to London. This wonderfully preserved building, with a wealth of original features, has survived the centuries and is to be enjoyed as one of Boston's finest visitor attractions.

A wealth of stories, secrets and experiences are told and shared throughout the building including the history of the Guild of St Mary, international trade with the Hanseatic League, Henry VIII dissolve of the Guild, the foundation of the Corporation of Boston and the very famous trial and imprisonment of the Pilgrim Fathers.

The Guildhall is also home to the towns museum collection where displays and exhibitions bring life to the stories told, and a stunning venue for civil ceremonies and private functions.

Places to Explore

Places to Explore


Boston is a perfect base to visit some of the great places Lincolnshire has to offer. You can take a trip in any direction and explore plenty of places of interest. Below are some of our favourites:


Lincoln

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Lincoln Cathedral - Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX

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Lincoln Castle - Castle Hill, Lincoln LN1 3AA


Horncastle


Admiral Rodney Hotel, Eatery & Coffee House, Horncastle 
- Sister Hotel


Skegness

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Natureland Seal Sanctuary - North Parade, Skegness PE25 1DB

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Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve - Gibraltar Rd, Skegness PE24 4SU

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Beaches - Skegness has some of the nicest beaches on the East coast, complimented by a promenade, sea-front gardens and amusements.

 

Lincolnshire Wolds

Lincolnshire Wolds


This is a wonderful area of countryside with some of the most beautiful, unspoilt scenery in the East Midlands. There are rolling hills and hidden valleys, gentle streams and nestling villages. The Lincolnshire Wolds is the highest land in eastern England between Kent and Yorkshire – there are fine views to the Pennines in the west, and the coast to the east. 

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The Lincolnshire Wolds is a living, working landscape, with woodland, grassland and abandoned chalk pits providing important habitats for rare flowers and wildlife.  The Wolds were designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1973 following considerable local campaigning.  This designation means the landscape is some of Britain's finest countryside.


Below are some great walking and cycling routes in the Wolds, courtesy of  lincswolds.org.uk, where you can find loads of great resources for this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Walking

With great footpaths and bridleways, the Wolds is a fantastic place to stretch your legs and enjoy unspoilt countryside and some fresh air.  Whether you enjoy longer walks or simply want to stroll, there are walks for everyone. 

The Viking Way

A 147 mile long distance footpath.  The route starts on the banks of the Humber in the north and winds through some of the best walking in Lincolnshire.  It finishes at Rutland Water.  The route is available to download in sections.

Silver Lincs Way

A 25 mile linear walk, produced by Grimsby & Louth Ramblers, linking the two towns.  It follows attractive paths over the Eastern Wolds.

Lindsey Loop

A 95 mile walk linking market towns around the AONB.  A guide book is available for the route through the Ramblers.

Lincs Wold Way

A 76 mile circular walk that takes in the best of the Wolds. Starting and ending in Louth, it has been broken down into 5 stages, averaging 6 hours walking per day.

Lindsey Trail

The Lincolnshire County Council in partnership with the British Driving Society, the British Horse Society and other organisations has established a 69 mile trail across the Lincolnshire Wolds suitable for disabled access, carriage drivers, horse riders, cyclists and walkers.


Cycling

The Wolds is a great place to visit on two wheels! 

The National Cycle network route from Hull to Harwich passes through the AONB, whilst the 69 mile Lindsey Trail is suitable for carriage drivers, horse riders, cyclists and walkers.

There are plenty of circular routes of varying lengths for every ability.

Check out our six cycling routes round the Louth area 


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