By Kingfisher Visitor Guides
There are so many reasons to visit Lincolnshire, but here are the top 10.
During the summer season, Lincolnshire residents often get a sneaky glimpse of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight as the Spitfires, Lancasters and Dakotas make their way to air shows across the country. Lincolnshire became known as Bomber County because it had more than 100 RAF airfields and bases in World War II. It’s not called Bomber County for nothing. The county has some fantastic aviation history sites and museums to visit.
Local beer and spirits
Lincolnshire is home to fantastic local beer and spirits. Bottomley Gin produces gin and whisky from their distillery in Louth. Why not take a distillery tour and pop into the shop for a special gift to take home? And award-winning Batemans Brewery has been run by four generations of the same family and has delighted beer drinkers in the UK with their ales.
The diverse landscape
From rolling hills to beautiful beaches and stunning vistas, Lincolnshire has it all. An area of outstanding beauty, the Lincolnshire Wolds is made-up of a series of hills which offer amazing views. Further out to the coast, the county’s sandy beaches are among the best in the country. And while the south Lincolnshire Fens may seem a little flat, they are far from boring with views of excellent skyscapes and the most amazing sunsets.
The Mayflower Pilgrims set sail from Plymouth to America in 1620 and the Mayflower story is significant to Lincolnshire as the ship carried a group of leading Separatists, many of whom came from the region. There is a Pilgrims Trail where you can discover more of the region’s Pilgrim Roots.
Seal of approval
Seals have been visiting Lincolnshire’s beaches since the early 1970s and spend the majority of their year out at sea or on distant sandbanks, only visiting the shore to breed. Britain is home to about 40 per cent of the world’s population of grey seals and Donna Nook, run by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, has become one of the most important sites in the country.
The ‘link’ in Lincolnshire
Forget your Cumberlands or Newmarkets and most definitely those horrible pink things, the Lincolnshire Sausage is most definitely the king! Lincolnshire’s most famous export helps barbecues to sizzle and definitely jazzes up a meal of mashed potato. The mix of ground pork and sage makes it a far superior sausage to others on the market. That’s what we think, anyway!
Lincolnshire has scores of stately homes which reflect the county’s wealth and draw thousands of tourists to admire their art collections and stunning gardens.
The county’s pride
Lincolnshire has its own flag and day. Annually, October 1 is Lincolnshire Day which marks the county’s achievements, traditions and more. It also commemorates the Lincolnshire Uprising of 1536 when Roman Catholics expressed their dissent against the establishment of the Church of England by Henry VIII.
Weird place names
Locals sigh when visitors mispronounce the unusual village name of Cowbit (it’s Cubbit!), not to mention Quadring (Qwaydring) and there’s also Aslackby (Hazelbury). Also, forget the Big Apple as the real New York can actually be found close to Boston (also in Lincolnshire).
Lincolnshire residents who have gone on to fame and fortune include acclaimed actors Jim Broadbent and Sheridan Smith, not to mention strongman and canary breeder Geoff Capes.
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