Staycation getaways

You do not need to travel far in our county to get away from it all. Staycations and great days out are right on your doorstep.

Whether you’re seeking a quiet getaway to recharge your batteries or desire something slightly more action-packed, Lincolnshire has plenty to offer all ages from its sandy beaches to rolling countryside, historic attractions to family amusements and there’s a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes too.

From a romantic retreat to somewhere for the whole family – including the dog – to enjoy.

Elms Farm Cottages is a unique collection of barns and stables that have been lovingly converted by Carol and John Emerson into 10 award-winning holiday cottages at Hubbert’s Bridge, near Boston.

Ideal for guests looking for a rural retreat to relax and unwind, or gather with family and friends, all cottages are set around a pretty courtyard garden with a choice of one, two or three bedroom accommodation.

This stunning dog-friendly site is surrounded by more than 18 acres of grass paddocks, wildflower areas and nature walks with mown pathways where guests can take a seat to watch the wildlife and even catch a glimpse of deer visiting the lakes for a morning drink. 

The village pub is within walking distance with several farm shops within a few miles to stock up on local produce.

Popular places to visit include RSPB Frampton Marsh and Boston Stump where you can climb the 365 steps to the top of the tower, or book a taxi ride in a Lancaster at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre.

Enjoy a true ‘Taste of Lincolnshire’ during your stay: order a delicious ‘Welcome Hamper’ to be in your cottage when you arrive.

The family’s commitment to guests is reflected in the many awards and accolades they have amassed over the years, including a Green Tourism Silver Award.

Elms Farm Cottages was also one of the first accommodation providers in Lincolnshire to be graded under the National Accessible scheme with step-free cottages featuring wider doorways and shower rooms suitable for wheelchair users.

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Owned and run by Margaret and Robin Francis and established more than 40 years ago, Ashby Park offers a peaceful taste of rural life located on 70 acres in the south west corner of the Lincolnshire Wolds near Horncastle, with a variety of restaurants, cafes and pubs within easy reach.

This well run park with an abundance of wildlife, was awarded the David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award 20 years ago and features seven attractive fishing lakes and a series of clearings occupied by privately owned caravan holiday homes, seasonal caravans and 127 touring pitches with access to electricity, hardstanding, water and drainage.

Popular with fishing enthusiasts, this tranquil holiday retreat offers guests a chance to enjoy relaxing days away from the crowds, with a variety of fishing lakes well stocked with healthy carp, pike, perch, tench, bream and roach.

“We are focussed on providing a relaxed environment for our residents and touring guests,” explains Robin Francis.

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With a well established reputation for delighting shoppers with a range of fresh local produce, including meats, cheeses, artisan breads and confectionary, Hardy’s Farm Shop and the Corner House café have proved to be the first choice for those in search of delicious treats.

Hardy’s is a friendly family run business just off the A46 at Farndon, which offers wheelchair access, free on-site parking and a large seated garden.

The onsite café is a popular destination with walkers, cyclists and dog owners. It is renowned for its traditional breakfasts, Sunday lunches and afternoon teas using locally sourced ingredients, featuring freshly baked homemade cakes, scones, quiches and sandwiches, with a wide choice of flavoursome fillings. A children’s menu is also available.

When visiting Hardy’s don’t miss a visit to the specialist deli counter where the team of helpful staff will introduce you to some new foods to try, including their very own delicious cooked ham, homemade pasties, sausage rolls, haslets and quiches. While in the bakery section you will find great tasting cakes, scones and other sweet treats all baked onsite daily. All bread is sourced from the very best local artisan bakers.

To wrap up your trip, treat yourself to a delicious Thaymar real luxury dairy ice cream – with 14 flavours to choose from there is something for everyone.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Hardy’s loyalty card, which can be used in the Farm Shop. Shoppers earn points for pounds spent and benefit from seasonal offers.

The Corner House and the Farm Shop are open Monday to Saturday, from 9am-5pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm.

For more information Tel: 01636 681201 or visit Follow on social media @hardysfarndon

Based just a few miles north of the city of Lincoln, Bransby Horses is Lincolnshire’s best kept secret and normally welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Following its reopening in April, their horses, ponies, donkeys and mules are delighted to welcome back visitors after being closed for most of 2020.

Visitors of all ages are sure to have a great day out meeting their four-legged rescue residents and exploring miles of picturesque walkways – perfect for your daily exercise, or to grab a coffee from the café and go for a stroll with a friend.

Families can also take part in the Emoji Hunt until 27th June for £3.50 per child with no need to book.

Bransby Horses is free entry and dog friendly, now open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm, and open seven days a week during school holidays. Search ‘Bransby Horses’ for more information.

Looking for family days out this summer? Here are some already in our diary.

Normanby Hall Party in the Park

Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th July
The Party in the Park music festival returns featuring an exciting line-up of acts, a great selection of food and drink and live entertainment!

Friday 23rd July:
Bon Giovi – The Dirty Pitchers – Dog Day Afternoon UK – Hollow Doors – The Common Faults – Bethany Gibson

Saturday 24th July:
Little Mix Tribute Band – Ami Vaziri – Ariana Live – Ezra Live – Dua Lipa Tribute Act – Ultimate Dua Lipa – Mash Baxter & Rachel Day

Sunday 25th July:
Snake Davis – Forever Tenors – Hope House home of Bosom Family Support, Liferafts and Bosom Belles – Stephen Donoghue Music – Musilova Theatre Arts

31st July and 1st August 2021
Hanworth Classic Car Show

Hanworth Country Park hosts a fun-filled vintage extravaganza! Over the two days there will be a 40s/50s/60s Classic Car & Motorbike Show, plus an array of vintage and retro traders, hot food, a licensed bar and live music!

Saturday 7th August
East Kirkby Air Show

Lincolnshire’s biggest independent air show! There are limited tickets for this event so be sure to book early.

Saturday August 28th
Grimsthorpe Speed Trials

A celebration of pre-war motorsport, set within the historic Grimsthorpe Castle estate. The Vintage Speed Trials, are devoted to reviving the spirit of pre-war speed trialling, upholding Grimsthorpe’s rich legacy of motorsport, which began in 1903 with the first timed runs in the old deer park, hosted by the Lincolnshire Automobile Club.

Alford Craft Market
August Bank Holiday Weekend Festival

Alford Manor House Grounds, West Street, Alford 10am-5pm each day
Find lots of quality Lincolnshire craft stalls in the grounds of Alford Manor House. Handmade and unique. No bought-in goods.

4th & 5th and 11th & 12th September
Lincolnshire Wolds and Coast Churches Festival

A great celebration with around 140 churches opening their doors to visitors highlighting their rich architecture and heritage. Free entry.

Friday 10th – Sunday 19th September
Heritage Open Days

Voices of Lincolnshire – Unheard Stories.
Focusing on storytelling and the passing on of memories. More info can be found on the Heritage Lincolnshire website.

Until instructed otherwise by the Government please assume events will be taking place with Covid-19 restrictions in place. Please see the measures which will be in place on event websites or

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