Spalding is a warm charming Georgian town in the Lincolnshire Fens. The town stands astride the banks of the River Welland in an area of reclaimed marshland, where bulb growers and market gardeners raise outstanding crops in its legendary rich fertile soil. During springtime the surrounding area is carpeted with a glorious blaze of colour from hyacinths, daffodils and tulips - comparable with the bulb fields of Holland. The town also holds a spectacular Flower Festival in May, which attracts visitors from all over the country.
Spalding is an interesting place to stroll around. The town contains many charming 18th century buildings in a network of streets on both banks of the river, which is spanned by seven bridges. One of the oldest and most interesting buildings is the restored Ayscoughfee Hall, on the eastern bank of the Welland. Now a historic museum with beautiful gardens.
Spalding has several good church buildings, the best of which is the late 13th century Church of St Mary and Nicholas, that has a magnificent angel-carved hammerbeam roof in the nave and unusual double aisles.
Spalding is host to many annual events, including:
Holland Centre, Market Place, Spalding PE11 1SS - Tel: 01775 725468
These beautiful gardens, located to the north east of the town, cover 25 acres of lawns and water features, designed to showcase millions of bulbs in the spring. In summer the bulbs are superseded by more than 80 species of roses in the magnificent Summer Rose Garden. Visitors can walk along sign-posted trails that weave through woodland scenery to a lake and tropical hothouse. A garden centre, restaurants and shopping outlet are also located in the grounds.
Opening times: Mon to Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat 9am - 6pm, Sun 11am - 5pm. Admission Free
Location: Sign posted from A16 Spalding By-pass. PE12 6EU
This magnificent Grade II listed medieval hall dates from around 1451 and houses a museum of social history. Among other displays is a permanent exhibit honouring the explorer and oceanographer Captain Matthew Flinders. The hall's mellow stone and graceful lines are complemented by well-kept lawns enclosed by yew hedges and a water garden.
Opening times: Wed - Sun and B.H. 10.30am - 4pm. Admission Free
Location: Churchgate, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 2RA
Founded by the Gentleman's Society in 1710 as a forum for local gentleman to discourse about antiquities. The oldest museum in Britain with the exception of Oxford's Ashmolean. The museum is generally closed to the public apart from annual open day's as part of National Heritage Events.
Opening times: special events or guided tours by appointment only.
Location: Broad Street, Spalding
Large collection of traditional restored Romany horse-drawn Vardos (caravans) and other Romany artifacts. Tours include a 7 mile drive in an authentic Romany Vardo.
Opening times: Fri, Sat, Sun 10.30am to 5pm. Admission Charge
Location: Clay Lake, Spalding, Lincolnshire. PE12 6BL - Tel: +44 (0) 1775 710599
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