5 Free Days Out In Lincolnshire

Going out for the day doesn’t have to be expensive – in fact, it doesn’t need to cost anything at all!  Just take a look at our 5 Free Days Out In Lincolnshire guide for some great ideas about how to enjoy a day out without literally having to spend a penny.

1.   Take a trip to the seaside

Lincolnshire has over 50 miles of coastline, with fantastic sandy beaches, tranquil nature reserves and great seaside resorts!

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Four Lincolnshire beaches – at Cleethorpes, Mabelthorpe, Skegness and Sutton on Sea – have been awarded prestigious Blue Flags for cleanliness and quality. These beaches make for great free days out in Lincolnshire!

Lincolnshire has more prestigious Blue Flags than any other county on the East coast of England and they’re family friendly too!

It costs nothing to spend a day at the beach – just take a picnic, bucket and spade, beach ball, good book and plenty of sunscreen (finger’s crossed for the good weather!)

If you’re looking for all the hustle and bustle of a traditional seaside resort, then visit Skegness, Ingoldmells or Cleethorpes (though there may be a greater temptation to spend money here…)

Mablethorpe, Chapel St Leonards and Sutton on Sea are quieter seaside resorts, for those of you who like things less hectic!

Anderby Creek is totally unspoilt and a great place to unwind and spend a few relaxing hours by the sea.

Lincolnshire also has fantastic nature reserves, including the excellent Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve on the banks of The Wash.

There’s so much to choose from – that’s why we’ve included a trip to the seaside in our 5 Free Days Out In Lincolnshire guide!

2.   Visit Hubbard’s Hill near Louth

Hubbard’s Hill  is a popular beauty spot and an excellent place to visit all year round. Located just outside the lovely market town of Louth, Hubbard’s Hill is a great favourite with everybody – young and old, families and couples.

You can follow a nature trail, paddle in the river, take a picnic, or play a game – all without spending any money!

Try it out for yourself and you will see why we’ve included it in our 5 Free Days Out In Lincolnshire!

3.   Explore the Lincolnshire Countryside

Lincolnshire is England’s second largest county (by surface area), so there is a lot of countryside to explore! It can be divided into 3 distinct areas: The Lincolnshire Wolds, The Lincolnshire Vales, The Lincolnshire Fens.

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The Lincolnshire Wolds:

Located in Lincolnshire’s north east, this is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with gentle rolling countryside and lots of pretty villages.

It has an annual walking festival running from mid May to the beginning of June which is a great way to explore its beauty.

The Viking Way passes through the Wolds, as does The Meridian Trail. Picturesque villages such as Tealby, Donnington on Bain and Welton le Wold are all excellent locations to start your walk.

The historic market towns of Louth, Horncastle, Woodhall Spa and Market Rasen are close by and well worth visiting.

The Lincolnshire Vales:

In the south west of the county, they are just as beautiful as the Lincolnshire Wolds, with rolling hills and valleys and traditional Lincolnshire Villages.

It is an ideal location for cycling and walking, with lots of quiet roads and pretty villages.

The Lincolnshire Vales is easily accessible from London and the south via the A1, and from the Midlands.

The Lincolnshire Fens:

Situated in the south east of the county, the Fens stretches into Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. It has its own unique landscape with flat, wide-open countryside criss-crossed with drainage dykes and waterways that are havens for birds and wildfowl.

There are excellent nature reserves at Willow Tree Fen, and Baston & Thurlby Fens.

The flat terrain of the Fens makes it ideal for cycling. The Deepings Route is a 31 mile cycle route through the fascinating fenland countryside, as well as lovely market towns and villages, including Market Deeping, Spalding and Boston Fen.

Of course, you’ve no need to do the whole route – we’re not expecting you all to be Bradley Wiggins! 

4.   Visit Stamford

Stamford is one of Lincolnshire’s loveliest towns and is certainly well worth a visit. With stunningly beautiful Georgian architecture and over 600 listed buildings made from mellow limestone, Stamford is a true gem. 

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Sir Walter Scott (of Ivanhoe fame) described Stamford as: ‘the finest stone town in England’ and in 1967, it became the first designated conservation area in England and Wales.

It is no wonder then that Stamford is a popular location for filming period dramas. George Elliot’s Middlemarch, the 2004 film version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (with Kiera Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Donald Sutherland and Dame Judi Dench), and The Da Vinci Code were all filmed in and around Stamford. 

If the weather is good, have a picnic in Stamford Meadows (it’s well signposted). Stamford Meadows is communal parkland in the town centre and has the lovely River Welland running alongside. It’s a great place to relax, plus you can take a stroll along the river.

There are plenty of places to visit in Stamford, which makes it great for on of the 5 free days out in Lincolnshire, and they are:

Stamford Arts Centre housed in what used to be the Stamford Assembly Rooms, that dates back to 1727. This lovely building was used as a set both for the BBC’s production of Middlemarch and, in 2004, for Pride and Prejudice. Today it is an arts centre, theatre, cinema and exhibition hall. It also hosts workshops and has a cafe.

All Saints Church is the parish church of Stamford. This beautiful church is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and is well worth visiting.

Browne’s Hospital was originally built as an almshouse for the poor in 1475. Additions were made in the 1870s. The medieval parts are open to the public at weekends during the summer.

Stamford’s Mid-Lent Fair is one of England’s largest street fairs and dates back nearly a thousand years. It arrives in Stamford the day after Mothering Sunday and lasts for 5 days. The fair has a great atmosphere, though you may be tempted to part with some of your cash!

5.   Come to Lincoln

It costs nothing to explore the city’s beautiful Cathedral Quarter and there is plenty to see. Admire the stunning architecture of Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle.

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Take yourself on a walking tour of Roman Lincoln – everywhere is well signposted and you can always call in at the Tourist Information Centre in Castle Square for extra help. Walk under Newport Arch, the only Roman Arch that is still open to traffic.

Window shop on Bailgate and then walk down the  picturesque, award-winning Steep Hill (you’ll soon find out why it got its name!).

There is free entry to the The Collection/ Usher Gallery and The Museum of Lincolnshire Life – both are excellent museums with plenty to do for the whole family.

Take a look around the Sir Joseph Banks Conservatory, located in The Lawn Visitor Centre, and see the exotic species collected by Joseph Banks when he accompanied Captain Cook on his voyage to Australia. If the weather is good, you can have a picnic on the adjoining grassy area – a fantastic open space in the centre of Lincoln.

We hope you have found our 5 Free Days Out In Lincolnshire guide helpful. For more information on activities in Lincolnshire, visit our activities directory.

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