Free Attractions to Visit in South Kesteven

January 26, 2024
St Wulframs Church in Grantham

A day out does not have to be expensive, there are plenty of wonderful things to do across South Kesteven for free, here are a few of our favourites.

Chained books at the Trigge Library

If you are looking to explore heritage in South Kesteven, then a must see is the Trigge Chained Library at St Wulfram’s church in Grantham. The library was the first public reference library in England, founded in 1598 and it is still in its original setting. The library has a fascinating history and St Wulframs itself often hosts brilliant events.

Balldocks Mill

Baldocks Mill Heritage Centre in Bourne is home to interesting displays, highlighting the history of Bourne, including exhibits exploring the lives of two of the towns most famous residents, fashion designer Charles Worth, and British Motor Racing legend Raymond Mays. The museum has limited opening hours but can be opened by appointment at other times. The mill itself is over two hundred years old, however there has been a mill on the site since 1086!

Grantham Museum

Next on our list is Grantham Museum which has a wide range of exhibitions focusing on important people from Grantham such as Edith Smith, Margaret Thatcher, and Issac Newton. In addition to the permanent exhibits, the museum holds special exhibitions and often host fun events and craft days, a fun and educational way to spend an afternoon.

Brownes Hospital in Stamford

Browne’s Hospital and Museum is a true hidden gem, in the heart of Stamford. The Hospital was founded by William Browne, a rich wool merchant of Stamford, and built in 1475 in the reign of Edward IV. The building itself is stunning and home to an exceedingly rare stained-glass window, if you enjoy history then this is one for you.

Stamford Arts Centre Gallery

If art is your thing, then why not plan a visit to one of the district’s galleries which highlight the work of talented local artists. Stamford Arts Centre Gallery features regular exhibitions a variety of artists including fine art, sculptures, metal work and more.

Willoughby gallery

Do not miss the Willoughby Memorial Art Gallery, located in the beautiful village of Corby Glen. The Willoughby Memorial Trust was founded in 1965 by the then Lord of Ancaster in memory of his son, Lord Willoughby de Eresby who died in 1963. The building itself has a remarkably interesting history as it used to be a school in the 17th century. Now it hosts wonderful displays and art competitions!

Wyndham Park

If the outdoors is where you want to be then there are many beauty spots in South Kesteven for you to visit such as Wyndham Park in Grantham. Wyndham Park lies on the banks of the river Witham just to the north of Grantham Town Centre. It offers a wide range of facilities for everyone and proudly holds the Green Flag Award. The visitor centre at the park often hosts events, many of which are free.

Bellmount Tower

One of our favourite walks in South Kesteven is Bellmont tower and Londonthorpe woods. Bellmount and Londonthorpe woods once formed part of the 17th century Brownlow Estate around Belton House, the woods have a wonderful walk through it and opens at the top to the historic Bellmount tower which has an amazing history and even better views. Often the Woodland Trust host walks and events in the area, this is one to keep an eye on, particularly around the Heritage Open Days in September. A 1.6km circular route which is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs has been created at Londonthorpe Woods, with free parking available. Dogs are welcomed across the site but must be kept on leads in some clearly marked areas.

Bentley in Bourne Woods

If you are looking for somewhere to spend some time in the peace and quiet outdoors, then Bourne woods is the place for you. A quiet, atmospheric ancient woodland, home to an abundance of broad leaf and coniferous trees. In the spring the woods are a wonderful spot to enjoy native wildflowers, and its particularly known for Bluebells. Catch a glimpse of herons and kingfishers by the ponds. Discover walking trails, cycling, plus horse riding routes and designated picnic areas.

Deepings Lakes

Wildlife lovers should not miss Deepings lakes. A wetland nature reserve with lakes and pools, noted for its wildfowl and waterbird communities making it ideal for birdwatching. Explore the bird hide that looks over the lake or follow the path and discover the wildflower meadow, one for the outdoor lovers.

All the places we have featured on this list are free to visit, however charges may apply for events and activities, please do check the relevant websites for opening times.

Do you know a free attraction in South Kesteven we should feature? Let us know discover@southkesteven.gov.uk

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