For culture vultures or family fun seekers – where better to enjoy time out and about than in South Kesteven. Famous treasure houses such as Burghley House, Belton House and Grimsthorpe Castle will truly amaze you – and you’ll find England’s largest woodland adventure playground too! The home of Isaac Newton, Woolsthorpe Manor, has a superb science discovery centre too, for all ages to enjoy. Museums abound for all interests from motor racing and haute couture, to the Dam Busters and famous faces.

For fresh air, there are fabulous open gardens to enjoy, you can walk with alpacas or glide along the Grantham Canal by barge. Sculpture trails, a Garden of Surprises, lakeside walks, carriage rides and England’s oldest oak tree with 40’ girth – so much choice, that you’ll want to return time and again.

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Somewhere to rest your head

South Kesteven has a wealth of hotels, guesthouses, inns, self-catering and caravan sites – you’ll be spoilt for choice by five star B&B to boutique hotels, from cosy cottages to historic coaching inns, from lakeside caravan pitches to stylish glamping.

So whether you want a town location or rural tranquillity, a bit of luxury or quirky home comforts – the welcome will be warm, wherever you rest your head…

Dinner is served

When it comes to deciding where to eat, drink or shop – let us whet your appetite!

Whether you like a country pub with roaring log fire or a speciality town restaurant, a charming village tea room or garden centre coffee shop, hotel fine dining or themed bistro – the list is endless. We have several microbreweries and wine producers supplying hotels and inns in South Kesteven – heaven in a glass!

Locally grown produce is used by many of the restaurants – and you’ll find it too in the monthly farmers’ markets.

Meandering in our towns and villages, discover artisan bakers, home produced meats in butchers, speciality deli or cheese shops and handmade chocolates – just to mention a few…

For retail therapy

Whether you are looking for boutiques or national brands, designer names, art and crafts, antiques or a traditional market, you won’t be disappointed.

For High Street and designer names, from Alexander Kent Interiors and Next to TK Max and Matalan – head to Grantham, where there is a wide and varied shopping offer that is easily accessible without the hustle and bustle of a city shopping centre. With a multi-screen cinema, vibrant arts centre, central riverside walks and parks, train station, bus station and plenty of parking, a vast array of restaurants and cafes, together with a noticeable rich history, it’s happy place to shop. Grantham hosts a large Saturday street market and one of East Midlands’ largest department stores Downtown Superstore and Garden centre is on the outskirts.

Something for everyone

For that special shopping trip with a wealth of boutiques and cafes, surrounded by Georgian splendour then Stamford is the place to be. The traditional Friday Street market attracts crowds from a wide area. This historic market town is bursting with character, with regular events and festivals on the town meadows. With plenty of parking, train and bus station, the town centre also boasts an arts centre and a heritage room within the library, helping you to soak up some culture whilst you shop. Set back from the pedestrianised High Street are many side streets packed with speciality shops, boutiques, antique shops, gift and book shops.

Bourne and The Deepings both have a wide choice of independent shops, artisan food retailers and award winning eateries, including a renowned Craft and Antiques Centre at Market Deeping.

Out of town there are popular large garden centres with café at Belton near Grantham and Waterside at Baston, as well as some excellent smaller gardening retailers.

The Engine Yard at Belvoir Castle provides an intriguing mix of small retail outlets, garden centre and restaurant.