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The Lincolnshire Events Centre is a major national venue, located on the 200 acre Lincolnshire showground just outside the historic city of Lincoln. It is the home of the Lincolnshire Show and the eco-friendly EPIC Centre project. The site is the biggest in the region and just a ten-minute drive from Grange Cottage. It is conveniently located for all major routes – just 30 minutes by dual carriageway from the A1, the M180 and intercity connections to London. Airport connections are just 45 minutes away.

Hemswell Antique Centre brings together Europe's largest selection of dealers who can offer you the widest possible range of antiques, collectables and antique furniture. The Centre, about a 15 minute drive from Grange Cottage, is located within three separate buildings with around three hundred display areas.
Lincoln Cathedral is a historic Anglican cathedral and seat of the Bishop of Lincoln in the Church of England. It was reputedly the tallest building in the world for 249 years (1300–1549) but lost the title when the central spire collapsed in 1549 and was not rebuilt. It is highly regarded by architectural scholars; the eminent Victorian writer John Ruskin declared, "I have always held . . . that the cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedrals we have." The cathedral is open every day of the year and there are various tours of the floors, roof and towers included in the ticket price.
Lincoln Castle is a major castle constructed during the late 11th century by William the Conqueror on the site of a pre-existing Roman fortress. The castle is unusual in that it is only one of two castles in the country to have two mottes, the other being at Lewes in Sussex. Lincoln Castle remained in use as a prison and law court into modern times, and is one of the better preserved castles in England. It is open to the public daily.

Gainsborough Old Hall was originally a 14th century fortified manor house, which was encased by a moat. In 1464, Thomas Burgh founded the large timber-framed open courtyard house, with a magnificent brick kitchen, great hall and two ranges of two storeys. In 1469 the house was damaged by fire after an attack by the Lancastrian forces of Lord Welles. In 1479 a new three storey west range was built and an embattled polygonal brick tower of three storeys added to the north-east angle of the east range. King Richard lll in 1483 and King Henry Vlll in 1541, both stayed at the hall. A mile north is Gainsborough Castle and 7 miles south is Torksey Castle.

Doddington Hall & Gardens is a much loved family home and has never been sold since it was built in 1595 by Robert Smythson, one of England’s foremost Elizabethan architects. The mellow brick exterior with its walled courtyards has barely changed while the interior was redecorated in Georgian times in a light and elegant style. The original walled courtyards now enclose fabulous ornamental gardens and a productive vegetable garden, whilst beyond the walls you will discover romantic wild gardens and nature walks. Over 400 years of unbroken family occupation has resulted in fascinating collections of furniture, paintings, ceramics, textiles, porcelain, household objects along with a wealth of amusing stories. A visit to Doddington offers a unique insight into family life through the ages and is only a 15 minute drive from Grange Cottage.
Market Rasen Racecourse is set in the rural surroundings of Market Rasen and is the only racecourse in Lincolnshire. The friendly family atmosphere, quality racing and amazing views around the course are unmatched any where in the country. It really is the perfect place for a great day out - and only 30 minutes drive from Grange Cottage.
The Museum of Lincolnshire Life is a varied social history that reflects and celebrates the culture of Lincolnshire and its people from 1750 to the present day. Exhibits illustrate commercial, domestic, agricultural, industrial and community life. The museum occupies a listed former barracks, built in 1857 for the Royal North Lincoln Militia. A important new redevelopment at the museum expands on this military history, with the story of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment and Lincolnshire Yeomanry being explained and illustrated by a variety of methods.
Cadwell Park is Lincolnshire's foremost motor racing circuit located 5 miles (8 km) south of Louth and about 45 minutes drive from Grange Cottage. It is owned and operated by Jonathan Palmer's Motorsport Vision company and is sited across a steep-sided valley, giving the course many dips and crests. The circuit features sharp changes in gradient, including one section called The Mountain where bikes can become airborne by several feet.
Whether you love gardens, wildlife or history, or just want a great day out with the whole family, Normanby Hall Country Park is the place to be. The Regency Hall is set in 300 acres of beautiful parkland, woodland and pleasure grounds. Admire the stunning herbaceous borders in the Secret and Sunken Gardens, and step back in time in the award winning Victorian walled kitchen garden with its wall-trained fruit and full range of glasshouses including a peach case and vinery. All the fruit and vegetables are grown organically and date from before 1901. There are wonderful displays of naturalised bulbs in spring and good autumn colour. Discover the areas rich rural heritage in the Farm Museum, or take a relaxing walk through the woodland or deerpark where herds of red and fallow deer peacefully graze.
Epworth Old Rectory - Home of the Wesleys. A visit to this impressive grade 1 listed Queen Anne building set in beautiful gardens will transport you back into early 18th century life and introduce you to the remarkable family who lived here. This is the home in which the rector of Epworth, Samuel Wesley, and his wife Susanna brought up their sons John and Charles Wesley (the founders of Methodism) in their childhood years.
Elsham Hall Gardens & Country Park. The 4-acre walled garden has been excitingly re-landscaped - there is a sensory garden, great drifts of bulbs and wild flowers, vistas, a one world garden & paddocks for the brown sheep. There is a huge viewing mound, dramatic aviaries, a guinea pig village, sculpture and living willow features, and a large lake filled with the carp - much to delight children, keen gardeners and art lovers alike.
The Usher Gallery is set in the beautiful grounds of the Temple Gardens in Lincoln and houses an exquisite collection of Fine and Decorative arts. James Ward Usher (1845-1921) was a devoted collector of decorative art. He gained esteem and prestige through his local jewellery and watch making business, and was honoured with the position of Sheriff of Lincoln in 1916. He died aged 76, and bequeathed his outstanding collection of artworks to the city of Lincoln. The Usher Gallery was completed five years later, an imposing classically inspired building designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield R.A., and was formally opened with a solid gold key by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales on the 25th May 1927. The original Usher bequest of clocks and watches, porcelain, silver, enamels, miniatures and coins remains the core of the Usher Gallery's permanent collection, with a selection of pieces still displayed in the original cases. However, the collection has expanded and continues to grow, encompassing a wide range of Fine and Decorative Art, from Neo-Classical sculpture to contemporary portraiture and crafts. The permanent collection is supplemented by generous loans and exchanges with other museums and private collections. There is also an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions ensuring today's visitors an experience that will appeal to a diversity of interests and tastes.
Thornton abbey was founded as an Augustinian priory in 1139 by William Le Gros and over the next two centuries expanded into one of the richest houses in England, eventually becoming a mitred abbey in 1518. In 1539 the abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII, although it continued to be used as a college of secular priests until 1547 when it was finally suppressed by Edward VI. After passing through ownership of the Bishop of Lincoln and the Tyrwhitt family the abbey was acquired in 1603 by Sir Vincent Skinner. He demolished many of the church buildings to provide building material for a newly constructed mansion situated close to the medieval gatehouse. According to the antiquarian Abraham de la Pryme, no sooner had the house been completed that it "fell quite down to the bare ground without any visible cause". Skinner fell into bankruptcy and died in a debtors’ prison in 1616, although his widow continued to live in the former guest lodging which was converted into a more modest dwelling.
 

Waddington International Air Show. Held annually over the first weekend of July at Royal Air Force Waddington, Lincoln, the Air Show is the largest of all RAF air shows, regularly attended by over 125,000 visitors. The show offers an enjoyable family day out as well as providing some outstanding corporate and private hospitality packages. The main purpose of the event is to increase public awareness and understanding of the RAF and its role today. All proceeds from the Air Show are donated to RAF and local charities each year. The spectacular 7-hour flying display features the fabulous Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and many more military and civilian aircraft from the UK and abroad. Ground displays include 2 exhibition hangars, funfair, classic cars display, pleasure flying and much more.

Whisby Nature Park is a 150 hectare Local Nature Reserve located about 7 miles south-west of Lincoln, on Moor Lane directly north of the village of Thorpe on the Hill. The Nature Park comprises a complex of small, medium and large flooded gravel pits, which have now become 'greened' by up to 40 years of natural colonization and most now show superficially little sign of their industrial heritage. There are seven hides placed to overlook various lakes, with four of them at Grebe Lake. The water bodies are mesotrophic in nature. There is only one significant flowing stream, the Pike Drain, a small agricultural channel of some local importance.
Blyton Park - Whatever you want to drive . . . however you want to drive it (within reason), Blyton Park is the perfect venue for celebrating your love affair with all things automotive. Whether you want to find the limits of your own vehicle, drive a supercar, a vintage car or test a competition car, the track, runways and facilities at Blyton Park are at your disposal. The facility is open throughout the year and has a fully heated clubhouse with briefing and dining rooms, a shower and toilet block, a fully enclosed paddock area, large grassed areas and facilities for camping with mains power hook up.
Stow Minster was built by Bishop Aelfnoth in about 975AD to serve as head Minster (or mother church) for the Lincolnshire part of his large diocese. It was akin to a cathedral because part of the bishop's household of priests (which later became the cathedral chapter) lived at Stow and administered this part of the diocese. The memory of this period gave rise to the tradition that Stow was the Mother Church of Lincoln Cathedral. The remains of the Bishop's Palace, one of the principal residences of the Bishops of Lincoln in the 13th and 14th centuries, is still visible at Moat Farm, Stow Park.