Within 5 miles
On the cottage doorsteps:
There are numerous footpaths, bridleways and quiet lanes allowing you to explore on foot or by bicycle: the fields, the hedge-rows, the small Norman church and the delightful Rigsby Wood, while listening to the local bird song, watching the wildlife and observing the great views stretching from the holiday cottage in the Lincolnshire Wolds to the coast and beyond.
Up to 2 miles from the holiday cottages:
After visiting Alford Manor house (awarded Highly Commended Lincolnshire Star Award in 2007) take the opportunity to enjoy exquisite homemade cakes and biscuits in their beautiful tea rooms, before making the short journey to Alford's five sailed Windmill, on the edge of this popular market town, to tour the mill and experience the flour milling process first hand. Alternatively visit the Mill's Old Engine House for Victorian and Edwardian antiques. You can purchase flour & oats from their ground floor shop as a souvenir of your visit. If you should be visiting over the late May or August Bank Holiday Weekends, we highly recommend Alford Craft market that features interesting crafts such as glass-blowing, blacksmithing, ceramics, restoration crafts and musical instrument makers. Easter and Christmas usual enjoy an indoor Craft Market too. Recently the Alford Craft Market Shop has opened, with an Artist of the Month each month where they showcase an artist’s work and the shop is full of Lincolnshire Crafts - open every day except Thursdays. Alford also has a modern, safe and fun playground for the younger visitors. Download the Welcome to Alford pdf document to learn more.
Up to 5 miles from the holiday cottages:
At Claythorpe Watermill and Wildfowl Gardens you can watch closely over five hundred birds wandering freely to feel part of their environment. Woodthorpe Hall Golf Club is a full 18-hole course, measuring 5,140 yards off the white tees (with an SSS of 65 and a Par 67). Lincs Aquatics, also at Woodthorpe, is one of Britain's largest indoor aquatic superstores and is always interesting for young children to visit. If you fancy a 4 car Scaletrix race or to see many hundreds of yesteryear models then head to On Your Marques at Mumby.
The Lincolnshire Wolds were designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in 1973 on account of their high scenic beauty. Rigsby Village is located just on the eastern edge of this designated area. There are many beautiful places to explore ether by foot, cycle, car and even air (hang gliders regularly practice near Cadwell).
Louth, known as the capital of the Lincolnshire Wolds, has many independent shops and BBC Countryfile in 2012 named it Britain’s favourite market town. Markets are held on Wednesdays, Friday and Saturdays with a cattle market each Thursday.
Somersby village where Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate, was born and raised. His The Babbling Brook is in reference to a small stream in Somersby. The ’wold’ In The Lady of Shalott means a hill as found here in Lincolnshire.
The Lincolnshire Wolds historic railway has 1.5 miles of restored track and a number of steam and diesal engines, with Footplate Experience and Signalman courses available so you can get really involved.
Horncastle - famous for its numerous high quality antiques shops and Crowders Nurseries - a seventh generation family business, set in colourful acres on a hillside, amongst mature trees
Lincolnshire’s food is some of the finest and freshest in the land. We are England’s second largest county by area, producing over 20% of all foodstuffs grown in the UK. If you consider yourself a foodie then it is the place to be!
Local specialities are top of the menu across the country, from the peppery flavour of sage-flecked, coarse-ground Lincolnshire Sausages and slabs of the succulent, marbled Lincoln Red Beef. The one we like to shout about though is the highly lauded Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese, as the family of a cousin of ours produces this on their 780-acre farm just 2 miles away from us.
Lincolnshire Sausage: Made from coarsely ground, minced or chopped Lincolnshire pork giving an open texture in the finished cooked sausage. The seasoning of the Lincolnshire sausage has a predominant sage flavour with small amounts of other seasonings, salt, pepper and spices added to satisfy local tastes. We have two great butchers in Alford Well Vale and Saywell's Butchers.
Stuffed Chine – a traditional May Day or Christenings serving, neck chine of pig is stuffed with parsley and wrapped in muslin cloth before being boiled and left to cool.
Haslet – Lincolnshire sausage-meat wrapped in a natural fat membrane and roasted baked in the oven until the outside has turned brown and caramelised.
Fish and Chips
One of the reasons the fish and chips are so great in places around Rigsby is that the spuds and peas are grown locally and the fish comes off the North Sea and is processed at Grimsby 45 minutes away.
Cheeses, honey, ice-cream, rapeseed oil, stone ground flour and various beers are amongst some of the items being regularly available from Farmers Markets, which are common across the Wolds and a great opportunity to buy direct from the producer. Farmers Markets are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month in Louth and Food Markets are held in Louth on the second Friday of every month in 2015.
Louth - a foodie’s heaven
Whilst in Louth – where you will also find traditional bakers, specialist butchers, a fish monger and green grocers – a visit to The Cheese Shop, an artisan delicatessen selling over 100 cheeses from small producers is a must.
Lincolnshire plum bread
Myers famous Lincolnshire Plum Loaf In 1901 Charles Myers baked his first batch of Lincolnshire plum loaves. From that day on, four generations of the Myers family have continued the tradition using the same recipe. This moist and fruity loaf with a unique taste of its own has become popular with people all over the country. Our traditional mid-afternoon reviver and should be sampled during your stay Meyers is our favourite example, which Barbara includes from time-to-time in the complementary Welcome Pack for our holiday cottages.
If beer is your thing then head to Batemans Visitor Centre in Wainfleet for a Brewery Tour. Alternatively Black Horse Brewing Co Ltd of Louth will deliver to our holiday cottages for Free, so why not have a mixed case to enjoy on your holiday?
If you fancy some crisps with your choice tipple, then may we suggest trying some Pipers Crisps, made by farmers and winners of 22 Great Taste Awards Gold since 2007.
Our farm’s produce
We grow wheat for bread and also to supply feed for Fairburn’s hens just the otherside of Alford. Their business has grown to become one of the largest independent egg producers and packers in the UK, delivering more than 13 million British lion approved eggs every week. As well as wheat we grow Oil Seed Rape and Beans. So you may have indirectly eaten some of our Lincolnshire produce!
Pubs and Restaurants closeby:
The Railway Inn in Aby - 4 miles - award winning friendly family run pub. Offering home cooked extensive menu and superb real ales too
Belleau Smokery - 6 miles - delicous freshly caught trout, hot and cold smoked trout, pates - mackerel or trout, fishcakes, smoked eel, kippers and mackerel.
Excellent Chinese, Indian and Italian restaurants in Spilsby including the delightful Nelson Butt Inn - 7 miles
Numerous cafes and restaurants in Louth - 10 miles
Within 40 miles
Up to 10 miles from the holiday cottages:
Up to 15 miles from the holiday cottages:
North Sea Observatory
The Skegness Holiday Beach Resort
Cadwell Park race circuit - plenty of motorbike and car racing and track days at this delightful circuit nestly in the Lincolnshire Wolds.
The Lincolnshire Church Farm Museum at Skegness
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre - take a ride in a Lancaster Bomber
Bolingbroke Castle - built around 1230 and is famous for being the birthplace of the King Henry IV in 1366.
Tattershall Castle - is a dramatic 15th-century red-brick tower, providing magnificent views stretching from Boston 'Stump' to Lincoln Cathedral.
Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness
Up to 25 miles from the holiday cottages:
The Kinema in the Woods - showing films since 1922
Batemans Brewery - one of the country's oldest family breweries
The National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa, the Home of English Golf. Where anyone can experience world-class golf courses and Academy.
Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve
Up to 40 miles from the holiday cottages:
Lincoln Cathedral and the famous Lincoln Imp
Usher Art Gallery
Lincoln Castle and Prision
The Lincoln Magna Carta
RSPB Titchwell Marsh Nature Reserve
Museum of Lincolnshire Life
Across Lincolnshire there are more than 50 golf courses. Hemswell Antique Centres - The Largest Antiques Centre in Europe"
Market Rasen race course offers year round jump racing
Lincoln Castle and Prision