Discover the Area

Local Interests

Local Pubs to Eat

Best Golf Courses in the Country

The area boasts some of the best golf courses in the country! 

> Newark Golf Club in Nottingham,10 miles away

> Belton Park 5 miles away

> Stoke Rochford 12 miles away

Local Attractions & Places to Visit

Local Attractions and Places to Visit including National trust: Details & Information can be obtained at reception or emailed to you at time of booking

  • Country & Manor Houses
  • Stately Homes & Castles
  • Easton walled gardens
  • Downtown Shopping Complex & Boundary Mill on our doorstep
  • Garden centres at Downtown and Belton
  • Bowling, Quad bikes, Go Karting & Laser Tag at Ancaster
  • RAF Air bases and Museums
  • Garden Centres
  • Local Markets

Belton House (National Trust)

  • Visit one of the finest restored houses in the country. Built in the late 17th century for ‘Young’ Sir John Brownlow with gardens that cover 35 acres, together with a magnificent 1,000 acre landscaped park. Featured in the BBC’s TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth.  Excellent National Trust coffee shop.

Belton Garden Centre

  • Belton Garden Centre is built in the former formal walled gardens of Belton House. Belton House was built in the mid 1600s and the walled garden area was established in the 1800s. Unusually the 16ft walls which surround the garden centre are hollow. They were built like this to provide a cavity heating system, to supply warmth to the plants grown on the wall sides. The heating was supplied by boiler houses along the length of the wall. Plants originally grown here, mostly unseen in the United Kingdom, included apricots, peaches and melons, making the owners of Belton House the envy of others for their fine fruit displays. It is reported that during the hey-day of the House over 25 gardeners were employed on the site of Belton Garden Centre.

Grantham House

  • National Trust- Handsome town house, with architectural features from various eras and a riverside walled garden. Castlegate Grantham NG31 6SS

Woolsthorpe Manor

  • National Trust- Home of Issac Newton – Without Isaac Newton this small manor would be just another Lincolnshire farmhouse – but in 1665 the plague sent him back from university to this place where he was born. For 18 months Newton worked in solitude, experimenting obsessively, laying foundations for the science of today. Barn 6 Water Lane, NG33 5PD – 01476 860338

Harlaxton Manor

  • Harlaxton Manor was built in the 1830s for Gregory Gregory, a wealthy Nottinghamshire businessman, to replace the original Elizabethan Manor House in Harlaxton Village. Having travelled throughout England and Europe seeking inspiration, ideas and indeed artefacts for this huge house, Gregory employed Anthony Salvin as architect and Harlaxton Manor must be regarded as Salvin’s masterpiece. Built in Ancaster stone, it is an exuberant merging of Gothic, Jacobethan and Baroque styles creating an unforgettable and dramatic impact. NG31 1AG – 01476 403000

The Workhouse

  • National Trust- Walking up the paupers’ path towards The Workhouse it is easy to imagine how the Victorian poor might have felt as they sought refuge here. This austere building, the most complete workhouse in existence, was built in 1824 as a place of last resort for the destitute. Its architecture was influenced by prison design and its harsh regime became a blueprint for workhouses throughout the country.
  • This rural workhouse was designed to house around 160 inmates. They lived and worked in a strictly segregated environment with virtually no contact between the old and infirm, able-bodied men and women and children. Fiskerton Rd Southwell NG25 0PR – 01636 812886

Newark Museum – National Civil War Centre

  • Discover how the people of Newark survived three sieges by dodging cannon fire, hammering flat family silver to make coins, only for plague to ravage the town. Put yourself on the front line, feel the weight of armour and weapons and aim to destroy the Governor’s House as a Parliamentarian gunner. 14 Applegate NG24 1JY – 01636 655765

Brownhills Motorhomes UK

  • 5 acre site includes a 30,000 square feet showroom displaying 60 motorhomes, a 25 bay workshop operating 6am – 6pm 7 days a week, a Parts Department, Accessory Shop and Bistro. Newark NG24 2EA – UK’s largest Motorhome dealer

Downtown Garden Centre and Superstore Including Boundary Mill Outlet which is well worth a look and only 5 miles away.

Country Walks:

  • Information available to email – The villages of Marston and Hougham are surrounded by agricultural land and have the River Witham running through them. The villages offer three wonderful circular walks of 2.5 miles, 5 miles and 7 miles, to cater for all abilities, starting from the Marston Village Hall car park and using the country’s bridal-ways. You could also try the Foston Walks, our next village again 3 lovely walks, ‘Fossil Trail Walk’- ‘The Two Bridges Walk’ and ‘The Foston Circuit Walk’ For further information visit – www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/countryside

Grantham Soaked in History

Birth place of Margaret Thatcher. Visit the Angel & Royal Hotel (Great Food) is one of the oldest Inns in England. Some say that The Old Angel has more historical interest than many of our stately homes in the United Kingdom. Widely regarded and fondly known as the oldest surviving English Inn, the main facade of the building that stands today was built approximately 600 years ago. King John held court there in 1213.

Historical Market Town of Newark

Newark-on-Trent

Regular guided tours take place in the castle. In the summer, brass band concerts take place on Sunday afternoons in the castle grounds and river trips take place daily. Newark is well known for antique shops and The Show Ground featuring an annual County Show and regular antique fair. A huge range of various shops which include antique and lots of quaint cafes and restaurants.

Belvoir Castle

Belvoir Castle

Great place to visit, with breathtaking views across the Vale of Belvoir. Inside the castle are many notable collections, from the military treasures in the guardroom to the stunning staterooms. In contrast to the grandeur of the State Rooms, the Old Kitchen and Bakery will fuel your imagination of ‘below the stairs’ life in 1825. The Peacock Inn, food comes well recommended.

Town of Southwell

Town of Southwell

Delightful market town which has much to offer the visitor. It has a rich historical and architectural heritage, including the magnificent Minster – The Workhouse (National Trust) and Reg Taylors Garden Centre enjoying breakfast or lunch in there delightful cafe.

Ancaster Karting, Quads, Paintball or Bowling

Ancaster Karting, Quads, Paintball or Bowling

  • Custom built, professional kart circuit which operates to the highest standards. The unique 1200 metre outdoor kart circuit creates two individual circuits that will challenge every karting skill level and provide safe
  • Ancaster Paintball offers a large, professionally run site that boasts some of the best paintball playing terrain in the country, with many different paintballing game fields to choose from.
  • Quad Bike Trek comprises of quad trekking through woodland, navigating towering hills and hollows, ploughed fields, grassland and the historic valley.
  • 10 pin bowling alley six lane providing fun for all the family.

Local Events

Newark

Newark Air Museum

  • Newark Air Museum is an air museum located on a former Royal Air Force station at Winthorpe, near Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire, England. The museum contains a variety of aircraft.
  • Drove Lane Newark NG24 2NY – 01636 707170
  • Open 361 days a year. The museum is open every day except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
  • March to October 10am – 5pm, November to February 10am-4pm. Evening visits and other times can be arranged by prior agreement.

Newark Museum (National Civil War Centre)

  • Discover how the people of Newark survived three sieges by dodging cannon fire, hammering flat family silver to make coins, only for plague to ravage the town. Put yourself on the front line, feel the weight of armour and weapons and aim to destroy the Governor’s House as a Parliamentarian gunner.
  • 14 Applegate NG24 1JY – 01636 655765

Lincoln

Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre

  • The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre is a family run museum and 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 WW2. 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.
  • Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre
    East Kirkby
    Spilsby
    Lincs
    PE23 4DE
  • 01790 763207

IBCC – International Bomber Command Centre

  • The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) is a world-class facility to serve as a point for recognition, remembrance and reconciliation for Bomber Command. Providing the most comprehensive record of the Command in the world, the IBCC ensures that generations to come can learn of their vital role in protecting the freedom we enjoy today.
  • International Bomber Command Centre,
    Canwick Hill,
    Lincoln
    LN4 2HQ
  • 01522 514755

Stamford

Burghley House

  • 1Hour from Wagtail
  • Burghley, one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age.
    Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587, the main part of the House has 35 major rooms on the ground and first floors.
  • Peterborough, Stamford PE9 3JY
  • 01780 752451

House & Gardens

  • Open March 17th to October 28th – 11.00 to 16.30
  • August 26th & 27th – Fine Food Market – Free Admission
  • August 30th August to Sunday September 2nd – Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials
  • October 17th to October 31st – Spooky Tours
  • October 20th to October 28th – Halloween Trail
  • December 6th to December 9th – Christmas Fine Food Market – Free Admission

Grantham

Belvoir Castle:

Belvoir Castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Rutland. The family have lived at Belvoir in an unbroken line for almost a thousand years. Crowning a hill in Leicestershire, its turrets and towers rise over the Vale of Belvoir like an illustration in a romantic fairytale.

Belvoir Castle
Grantham,
Leicestershire
NG32 1PE

01476 406158

Santa’s Grotto and Christmas Market at the Engine Yard

We’ve obviously been in Santa’s good books this year as he has decided to spend time at the Engine Yard throughout December to meet your little ones and check they’ve also been behaving!
Step into the Engine Yard’s very own North Pole, wander through the beautiful snowy forest and meet the big man himself.

Enjoy our festooned Grotto where every child will meet Santa (and some very special friends) and take home a festive gift.

Slots available from 12pm – 6pm £10 per child bit.ly/EYSantaGrotto

Engine Yard at Belvoir Castle Leicestershire NG32 1PA

Today, Mon 10 Dec, Fri 14 Dec to Sun 23 Dec

Contact telephone: 01476 871006

Christmas Panto Dick Whittington

Guildhall Arts Centre

St Peters Hills Grantham NG31 6PZ

01476 406158

Belton House Events: National Trust:  

Belton House – Christmas in the Mansion ’Upstairs Downstairs’

Immerse yourself in the story of a great house as it prepares to welcome ‘the great and the good’ for a celebratory winter feast at Belton House. Lady Adelaide Brownlow has invited her friends to a celebratory dinner in honour of Belton’s Creative Women, Sophia, Marian, Nina and Florence.

Lady Adelaide’s most important guests will arrive with their personal servants who need to be instructed as to their duties while staying at Belton.

As a visitor to Belton this Christmas, we’ll ask you to step into the shoes of a lady’s maid or valet and experience the house as you’ve never seen it before. Advance booking is not available. Booking Essential. Phone: Advance booking is not available.

A National Trust Event – Gates open 09:30. Start 11:00. End 15:00. Free Event but Normal Admission Charges Apply. Timed entry tours. Tickets from Visitor Reception on a first come first served basis. Tours begin promptly at the given time from the scullery door. Check website for latest information.

Belton House, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG32 2LS

Tue 1 Jan 2019 to Sun 6 Jan 2019
Contact telephone: 01476 566116 – The team at Belton.

Easton Walled Gardens:

Easton, Grantham NG33 5AP – 01476 530063

Grantham Bowling:

Dysart Rd NG31 7LE – 01476 594817

Car Boot Sales:

Grantham Railway Station Sundays at 10am from January to December

Bottersford Giant Car Boot Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays at 7am till 2pm Just off the A52 Post code NG13 0EE

Hougham Car Boot Grange Farm Brandon Rd NG32 2AF Saturdays April to October

Ancaster – Karting, Quads, Paintball or Bowling:

  • Custom built professional kart circuit which operates to the highest standards. The unique 1200 metre outdoor kart circuit creates two individual circuits that will challenge every karting skill level and provide safe
  • Ancaster Paintball offers a large, professionally run site that boasts some of the best paintball playing terrain in the country, with many different paintballing game fields to choose from.
  • Quad Bike Trek comprises of quad trekking through woodland, navigating towering hills and hollows, ploughed fields, grassland and the historic valley.
  • 10 pin bowling alley six lane providing fun for all the family.