Known as the Capital of the Lincolnshire Wolds, Louth is lucky to have retained a high proportion of small independent shops on its high street. It is also a magnet for foodies who are attracted by its wealth of speciality food shops. Voted Britain’s Favourite Market Town by readers of BBC’s Countryfile magazine, Louth also made it onto a similar shortlist in the Sunday Times.
Not far from Louth on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds is the market town of Horncastle, famous for its many antique shops. Voted one of the best antiques destinations in Britain with treasure troves of collectables and gifts, Horncastle continues to draw in the crowds with an array of vintage porcelain, jewellery and books. The town also welcomes visitors to its weekly markets on a Thursday and Saturday and monthly farmers’ markets, held on the second Thursday of each month.
The birthplace of famous explorer Sir John Franklin, Spilsby is a bustling market town which has its own theatre. Originally built as a House of Correction in 1824, the imposing-looking building was transformed into a theatre in 1984. Some of the original prison cells are still in existence but are now used as dressing rooms!
Just a few miles out of Spilsby at East Kirkby, is the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre which is a living memorial to the 55,500 men of Bomber Command who lost their lives during WWII. It is also home to a rare Avro Lancaster Bomber ‘Just Jane’.
Also nearby is the beautiful hamlet of Somersby which was once home to the Poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson and a few miles from here Gunby Hall with its magnificent gardens. It was of Gunby that Tennyson wrote the lines ‘a haunt of ancient peace’.