Spalding Travel Guide

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Spalding Things to Do

  • The world's most eccentric garden Centre

    I've never written a tip about a Garden Centre before, and I never will again.Baytree Nurseries however, deserves a mention as the designer of the place has been sniffing too much of his own organic fertilizer - methinks.Any place that greets you in the carpark with an ex-army amphibious landing vehicle, a beached lifeboat and an eight foot...

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  • Twit, twit a woo

    The owl centre at the Baytree Nurseries (see seperate tips) is one of the best small zoos I have ever seen.At only a couple of quid to go in,so it is also extremely good value for money.As the name suggests it specialises in Owls, and there is a vast range of them to see here. They also do a flying display in a long thin tent, with a row of chairs...

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  • Springfields

    The Springfields garden and exhibition area has completed it's redevelopment.The initial designs envisaged something along the lines of a National Garden festival, or a mini Eden project. As always in Britain things got delayed, things were scaled back, and the only way to make something happen is introduce retail space.Thus the Outlet village...

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  • The River Welland

    One particularly pleasant activity in Spalding is strolling along the River Welland. It's a lovely walk, near the town centre.

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  • St Mary and St Nicholas Church

    St Mary and St Nicholas Church is the largest in Spalding. It has been in continuous use since at least 1284. This beautiful parish church is near the River Welland, close to the town center.

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  • Springsfield Gardens

    Springsfield Gardens in Spalding are among the most beautiful anywhere. This is something that every "green thumb" should visit. My visit was in spring, and it was awesome.

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  • Spalding's big day out.....

    To say that Spalding is a quiet provincial town is something of an understatement. Once a year, however, up to a quarter of a milllion people descend on the place for the annual flower parade. Started just after the Second world war the floats that parade through the town were decorated with tulip flower heads. This was in the days when then main...

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  • Big steam engine going nowhere

    Pinchbeck engine museum is on the outskirts of Spalding off the Boston Road.If you have an interest in engineering, Victoriana, or just big boys toys, then this is a must see. This engine was used for a long time to pump water - purely to keep the land dry. The whole surrounding area is below sea level and would be reclaimed by the sea in a matter...

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  • On the bonnie banks of The Welland...

    Dosn't scan quite so well ?If you visiting Spalding then go for a walk up and down the River Welland through the Centre of town - it's well worth the effort.It's quite picturesque in places with weeping willows, various groups of Ducks, swans and mallards, not forgetting a couple of good pubs.To the south of the town you can walk as far as the...

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Spalding Nightlife

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    by sourbugger Updated Apr 23, 2004

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    This rather unique venue has regular organ recitals by top players in the organ world.

    Although I'm very tempted to make a long series of rather obvious jokes, I will refain from doing so.

    If organ music is your thing, then this I'm told is a world-class venue.

    The place is only open for concerts or for groups if you pre-book.

    Ticket prices are reasonable from about 6 to 15 pounds for a top name.

    FROM THEIR WEBSITE :THE BURTEY FEN COLLECTION

    Is a privately owned music hall housing
    a Compton Cinema Organ and Museum of
    memorabilia associated with entertainment.

    Organ concerts by TOP NAMES OF THE
    ORGAN WORLD are a monthly feature.

    Guest organists include Nigel Ogden,
    Phil Kelsall, Robert Wolfe, Nicholas Martin
    John Mann and Simon Gledhill.

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Spalding Local Customs

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    by Arann Updated Feb 12, 2005

    I was taken to the thatched pub, right by the town bridge in Spalding known as the White Horse. I was told this was part of the English ritual of a Friday afternoon, after work pint with workmates.

    Always good to get a start on the weekend !

    My dad ordered Sam Smiths Old Brewery bitter, which he described as breastmilk for adult men.

    I manage 120mls on a good feed, yet they seem to be able consume a whole pint - and then someone gets another round in, and another, and another. God, I've got some catching up to do.

    I can't possibly drink all that !
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Spalding Warnings and Dangers

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    by sourbugger Updated Apr 23, 2004

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    I recently went into "The Lincoln" pub in Splading and ordered a pint and a cheese sandwich on Brown.

    The pint was duly served, but the barmaid said of the sandwich :

    "If you want something fancy you will have to go elsewhere!"

    I'm not saying that Spalding is little behind the times, but it must be one of the few places left where the only fanchised burger joint in the centre of town is a Wimpy!

    What a choice!

    Wimpy's - one of the better places

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