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Reach North of Lincoln
Explore beyond the boundaries of the cathedral city

English villages, market towns, and aviation heritage.

Gainsborough Old Hall

Reach North of Lincoln
Explore beyond the boundaries of the cathedral city

English villages, market towns, and aviation heritage.

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North of Lincoln

North of Lincoln you'll find a wealth of lovely villages surrounded by countryside and the three market towns of Gainsborough, Caistor, and Market Rasen.

The countryside north of Lincoln has rich aviation heritage and is home to the famous ‘Red Arrows’, the RAF’s aerobatic team, who are based at RAF Scampton - where the famous Dambuster raid squadron were stationed. You can discover the area’s fascinating history in the West Lindsey Aviation Heritage Trail.

You’ll find a diverse landscape from historic market towns to the rolling hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds. There’s something for everyone to enjoy from walking and cycling to spending the day shopping or sitting back and relaxing in the many eateries on offer.

GAINSBOROUGH

Just 30 minutes’ drive from Lincoln on the banks of the River Trent, lies the market town of Gainsborough; on the most westerly edge of Lincolnshire.

The town boasts a fantastic Medieval manor, Gainsborough Old Hall, which is a must-see for history hunters. The town’s history dates back to the late 18 th Century and is detailed through fascinating exhibitions at Gainsborough Heritage Centre. You can also find arts and entertainment at Trinity Arts Centre, the town’s unique theatre and picture house, located in a Grade II listed church built in 1841-3.

Thriving markets are held in the town centre and, in the award winning shopping centre Marshall’s Yard, there is a regular Farmers’ Market.

Gainsborough Town Centre weekly markets: Tuesday and Saturday.
Marshall's Yard Farmers' Market: 2nd Saturday of each month

You can find out more about Gainsborough on the Discover Gainsborough website.

CAISTOR

A 40 minute drive from Lincoln and nestling on a hillside at the northern edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. This lovely Roman market town is one of three Lincolnshire Wolds ‘Walkers are Welcome’ towns and is also on the Viking Way. The town has 56 listed buildings in the centre, most dating from the Georgian and Victorian periods which would delight any architecture enthusiast.

Markets are held every Wednesday and Saturday and is also the location of a renovated Methodist Chapel, now called Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre, where the local library and heritage timeline sit alongside a cafe where lovely food, cake and drinks are served daily.

Weekly Town Centre market: Saturdays.

Nearby you can find the villages of Nettleton, with its Ironstone mining history, Claxby, with its vineyard and Grasby with its lovely All Saints church.

MARKET RASEN

A 30 minute drive from Lincoln standing on the western edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds - a bustling market town with interesting independent shops for you to investigate.

Famous for having the only racecourse in Lincolnshire, it also has ‘Walkers are Welcome’ status with great walks and trails around the town and surrounding area - including Willingham Woods.

Market Rasen has rich heritage and stories surrounding the town which is brought to life in a virtual tour. Nearby the villages of Tealby, described as the most charming village, has the Kings Head pub, the oldest thatched pub in Lincolnshire; and Walesby, home of All Saints 'Ramblers' Church. This iconic medieval church stands in solitary dignity overlooking the village on the Viking Way. The view from the church is quite spectacular and inside is a beautiful stained glass window, depicting walkers and cyclists.

Weekly Town Centre Markets: Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Things To Do
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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Bransby Horses

Bransby Horses

A rescue centre which is home to more than 400 horses, ponies, and donkeys ready for you to meet.

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Villages & Countryside, 11-20 miles from Lincoln

Gainsborough Heritage Centre

Gainsborough Heritage Centre

Experience the heritage of Gainsborough with period displays of life in the 1940s and beyond.

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Villages & Countryside, 11-20 miles from Lincoln

Gainsborough Old Hall

Gainsborough Old Hall

One of the best preserved, timber-framed manor houses in the UK, dating to the 15th century and found in the centre of Gainsborough, north of Lincoln.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln

Spring and Easter at Uncle Henry’s

April 1, 2019 to April 30, 2019
9:30am to 5:00pm
Uncle Henry’s
Spring and Easter at Uncle Henry’s

Uncle Henry’s farm shop, butchery and cafe near Grayingham is celebrating the arrival of spring this Easter.

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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Easter Bunny Extravaganza

April 6, 2019 to April 22, 2019
10:00am to 5:00pm
Rand Farm Park
Easter Bunny Extravaganza

An interactive Easter show at Rand Farm Park where you'll receive a free Easter Egg from the Easter Bunny himself - alongside all the other great family activities to enjoy.

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3-10 miles from Lincoln

Inflatable Colour Dash

May 11, 2019
9:30am to 1:00pm
Lincolnshire Showground
Inflatable Colour Dash

Wear your biggest smile and raise money for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, creating colourful memories and getting messy at the Lincolnshire Showground.

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11-20 miles from Lincoln, 21-30 miles from Lincoln

West Lindsey Churches Festival 2019

May 11, 2019 to May 19, 2019
All Day
West Lindsey Churches Festival 2019

FREE

A celebration of Lincolnshire's rich architecture and heritage, of beautiful tranquillity and spirituality, and a welcoming oasis of peace that all West Lindsey's churches offer - open on weekends only.

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31 miles+ from Lincoln

Brocklesby Country Fair 2019

June 16, 2019
9:00am to 5:00pm
Brocklesby Park
Brocklesby Country Fair 2019

A traditional family day out encompassing all that is great about Lincolnshire and the countryside, in the north of the county.

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Lincoln Suburbs

Lincolnshire Show 2019

June 19, 2019 to June 20, 2019
8:00am to 6:00pm
Lincolnshire Showground
Lincolnshire Show 2019

A celebration of all things Lincolnshire including agriculture, heritage, food and drink, and aviation.

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Places To Stay
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Villages & Countryside, 11-20 miles from Lincoln

Barn Cottage

Barn Cottage

Relax, unwind and enjoy these old converted barn stables dating back two hundred years and sympathetically restored for a self-catering holiday to remember.

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Villages & Countryside, 11-20 miles from Lincoln

Black Swan Guest House

Black Swan Guest House

A beautifully restored former 18th Century Coaching Inn, high quality accommodation

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Villages & Countryside, 11-20 miles from Lincoln

Brandy Wharf Leisure Park

Brandy Wharf Leisure Park

A family run touring caravan and camping site, next to the River Ancholme in the countryside north of Lincoln.

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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Bridleway Bed & Breakfast

Bridleway Bed & Breakfast

Only half a mile from the Lincolnshire Showground, Bridleway B&B has a fantastic location; set beside an oak wood yet only five minutes to Lincoln's Cathedral Quarter.

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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Canal View Bed & Breakfast

Canal View Bed & Breakfast

Award-winning Bed and Breakfast situated in the picturesque village of Saxilby, close to historic Lincoln and Burton Waters.

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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Dairy Barn

Dairy Barn

Luxury, award-winning barn conversion found 8 miles north of Lincoln in the heart of the traditional idyllic village of Ingham.

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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Field View B&B

Field View B&B

A bed and breakfast accommodation designed and built to a high standard, with spacious rooms, quality furnishings and comfortable beds.

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Villages & Countryside, 3-10 miles from Lincoln

Glebe Farm Holiday Barns

Glebe Farm Holiday Barns

Two luxury, converted, four bedroom barns with their own private hot tub, log burners, under floor heating, and gardens each.

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Villages & Countryside, 11-20 miles from Lincoln

Kingthorpe Manor Farm

Kingthorpe Manor Farm

A 17th century Georgian house set in an idyllic country retreat with four-star accommodation and award-winning, home-grown breakfasts.

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