We have compiled a full file of information to help you when you are out and about in the area including maps and details of tried and tested walking and cycling routes. Below is a small sample of the attractions and activities that you may wish to try out whilst you are staying in this part of the country.
A small village in North Lincolnshire, located on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds and with great transport links to nearby Brigg, Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Hull, Lincoln and Doncaster.
There are two pubs in the village within a five minute walk - both serve good pub grub and real ales and have regular live entertainment and pub quizzes. There are plenty of good walking and cycling routes. There is a family run kennels in the village which our guests use if they are here to celebrate and need doggy day care or an overnight stay. We are close to Elsham Hall and Country Park which hosts regular family events and open air theatre as well as being home to lakeside gardens, wildflower gardens, an animal farm, a Courtyard café and children's adventure area. It is home to Elsham Wedding Barn which is an excellent wedding venue and we can make arrangements to assist you and your guests with travel, catering and pampering arrangements if you are here to celebrate a wedding.
Brigg (1.5 miles)
A small market town 1.5 miles away . There are supermarkets, pubs, weekly and monthly markets, cafes and independent shops. There is a large garden centre and a leisure centre with public access to a swimming pool, gym, sauna, classes and squash courts. There are a number of great hairdressers and beauty salons if you are here to celebrate and fancy some pampering. There is a cycle track which runs along the river. There is a children's indoor activity centre (Fun Forest) and nearby there is Elsham Activity Centre for paintballing, archery, laser tag and quad biking. Elsham Golf Club and Forest Pines are both within a short distance for golfing enthusiasts. There are a number of great farm shops and cafes which are within easy reach.
Barton upon Humber (10 miles)
Great shops , pubs, walking and cycling routes. Home of the Ropery which hosts a number of exhibitions and events. Barton is the start of the Viking Way, the long distance footpath which runs for 147 miles between the Humber Bridge in North Lincolnshire and Oakham in Rutland.
The Far Ings Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre is situated on the south bank of the Humber Estuary, a major east-west flyway for migrating birds. The sight and sound of a skein of geese flying over is spectacular. The pits and reed beds at Far Ings and along the Humber bank are a legacy of the tile and cement industry which flourished between 1850 and 1959. Thanks to pioneering management by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, the reserve is now rich in wildlife and one of the UK strongholds for bittern.
In spring and autumn you can see migration in action. Pipits, finches, swallows, martins, swifts, larks, starlings, waders and wildfowl move along the estuary. In late summer the reed beds are important hirundine roosts. Autumn and winter reward the observer on the Humber bank with sightings of redshank, wigeon, black-tailed godwit, skeins of pink-footed geese and many more species. Among the wildfowl which spend the winter months on the pits within the reserve, look for the diminutive teal.
Scunthorpe (10 miles)
Home of the area's steel industry with a large number of large supermarkets and chain stores (Next, Debenhams, M&S) in case you want to shop whilst you are here. The Baths Hall is an excellent concert venue with a varied programme of events if you have chance to take in some theatre or music during your stay. There are good leisure facilities at the newly opened Pods Leisure Centre and great places to take the kids if the weather is not so great. Normanby Hall Country Park hosts some great exhibitions and has activities for kids of all ages . There are farm shops and cafe's close by where you can sample the best of local produce and goods.
Market Rasen (13 miles)
A market town which is home to a great National Hunt Racecourse and a number of independent shops, cafes and eateries. Nearby is Willingham Woods which is great for dog walking and close to the Viking Way. There is a high ropes adventure course and a luxury ice cream shop which are a must if visiting the area. In nearby Caistor which was originally a roman fortress and which sits on the Viking Way, there are a number of independent shops, great pubs and an equestrian centre. Nearby you can try your hand at fishing and shooting.
Hemswell (16 miles)
Hemswell Sunday Market is one of the biggest Sunday Market and car boot sales in the country with over 800 stalls trading each week. Not to be missed if you are after a bargain. On the same site and open 7 days a week is Hemswell Antique Centre which brings together Europe's largest selection of dealers who can offer you the widest possible range of antique furniture and vintage collectibles. Just up the road is the Willows Garden centre and farm shop / deli where there is a great restaurant and café and a number of independent boutique shops.
Cleethorpes (20 miles)
If you want to spend a day at the seaside, Cleethorpes is great for dog walking and activities for the kids and of course for fish and chips. With four and a half miles of golden sandy beaches, as a traditional seaside town, Cleethorpes has all the usual attractions including restaurants, pubs, arcades, ice cream parlours, cycle hire and a theme park.
Hull (20 miles)
As the next City of Culture, Hull has lots to offer for a full day out including museums, shopping, concerts, a working marina, sporting events and theatres. Kids and adults will love a day at The Deep which is one of the UK's most spectacular aquariums with over 3500 fish, stunning marine life and plenty of activities for the whole family. To get to Hull from the Old Chapel a trip across the Humber Bridge, the 2,200 metre long single span suspension bridge is a must (toll charges apply). A visit to Wilberforce House, the birthplace of William Wilberforce, is an interesting way to learn about the history of the abolition of the slave trade. Visitors can take a tour aboard the Arctic Corsair, Hull's last sidewinder trawler, and hear about life at sea and the dangers the deep sea trawlerman faced in Icelandic fishing grounds. The Spurn Lightship which guided ships safely through the treacherous River Humber for almost 50 years is now moored in Hull Marina, guests can step aboard to discover how it was used as a navigational aid and find out what life was like on board. Around the marina are a large number of excellent eateries and pubs. The Streetlife Museum of Transport houses a great collection including veteran cars, horse-drawn carriages and objects relating to local public transport.
Lincoln (25 miles)
Home to the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle, a visit to this historic city should not be missed if you are in this area. Lincoln is great for shopping, restaurants, art galleries, theatres and much more. Climbing the famous Steep Hill, a steep, cobbled street, lined with independent shops, tea rooms and restaurants that lead to and from Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln Castle and the Cathedral Quarter is a must. Steep Hill first became used by the residents of Lincoln when the city was called Lindum Colonia and the Roman inhabitants decided to expand the settlement down the hill. Excavations has shown that the hill used to be lined by steps during that time. Today, Steep Hill is famous for its independent businesses - vintage boutiques, quaint tea rooms, chocolate & fudge parlours, and more.