Where to Shop
If you like antique hunting try Horncastle which has an array of shops selling junk, vintage porcelain, books and whatever else antique dealers can get their hands on. Hemswell north of Lincoln on the A15 is a must for antique hunters – several large old RAF buildings full of a combination of junk, repro and really nice expensive antiques.
If you like independent shops there are two places to head to – one is uphill Lincoln known as Bailgate, the other is the charming market town of Louth. Also, look around Woodhall Spa – some nice new gifty shops have recently opened.
Loads of Garden Centres around here but I find the one in Anwick on the way to Sleaford the best value for money.
Where to shop for food
I do my ‘normal’ food shopping in the small supermarket Budgens in Woodhall Spa. There’s the Coop in Woodhall as well. There’s a Tescos in Horncastle and all the usual suspects (Morrisons, Tescos, Sainsburys) in Lincoln – even a Waitrose! There are 2 delicatessens in Woodhall and a particularly good butcher’s (Hirst’s). If they’ve run out of what you want then there’s the other butchers about half way down the Broadway. Markets abound in the area (see next section). Farmer’s Markets are great, see www.selectlincolnshire.com to find out where and when. There are also nice farm shops around such as the Field Farm Organics, Horncastle and Manor Farm Shop in Leasingham. Abbey Farm Shop on the A17 is especially nice and is famous for its asparagus. They also have a super little restaurant there – local food and huge portions! You can stop and shop at the Oslinc farm shop between Horncastle and Revesby to buy your ostrich burger, sausage or steak. Also for sale is zebra, crocodile, kangaroo, boar and venison (not from local sources!). You can get your venison from Fen Farm Venison (phone them first) who are often at Farmers’ Markets.
If you’ve not visited the Fens before, it’s worth a drive around Boston and beyond– the real flat fenlands that Lincolnshire is so well known for – look at the big fields of vegetables, daffs etc – but mind you don’t drive into a ditch or dyke – the whole area is basically reclaimed land. Further south and down towards Spalding and King’s Lynn, there’s vast areas given over to growing vegetables. Worth seeing where your veg in Tescos comes from! Big farm shops too.
For any last minute things you’ve forgotten remember there’s a little shop & P.O. in Martin or for more items like cereal, jam, honey, eggs, plum bread, crisps, chocolates and juice, just ask me – I sell Hamper ‘spares’ down in the Course room.
Batemans Brewery in Wainfleet. Visitor centre, tours, shop and plenty of beer!
8 Sail Brewery, Heckington (next to windmill). One beer uses barley milled at the windmill.
Skidbrooke Cyder Company, nr Louth – produces a natural clear full-flavoured cider.
MARKETS & FARMSHOPS
Weekly Markets (updated March 2015)
Alford– Tuesday and Friday
Boston (Market Place) – Wednesday and Saturday; (Bargate Green) Wednesday
Caistor – Saturday
Crowland – Friday
Gainsborough – Tuesday and Saturday
Grantham – Saturday
Grimsby (Top Town) – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (Freeman Street) – Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturday
Holbeach – Thursday and Saturday
Horncastle – Thursday and Saturday
Lincoln (Sincil Street & Central Market) – Monday to Saturday
Long Sutton – Friday
Louth – Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Mablethorpe – Thursday
Market Rasen – Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturday
Scunthorpe – Friday and Saturday
Skegness – Sunday to Saturday
Sleaford – Monday, Friday and Saturday
Spalding – Tuesday and Saturday
Spilsby – Monday (except Bank Holidays)
Stamford – Friday
Wainfleet – Friday
Farmers’ Markets (updated March 2015)
Barton – second Saturday of each month
Boston – third Wednesday of each month
Brigg – fourth Saturday of each month
Horncastle – fourth Saturday of each month
Lincoln: City Square – first Friday of each month along the
Lincoln High Street on the second Wednesday of each month in
Lincoln Castle Square on the third Saturday of each month.
Louth – fourth Wednesday of each month
North Hykeham – fourth Friday of each month
Sleaford – first Saturday of each month
Spalding – first Saturday of every month
Stamford – Friday fortnightly
More Markets & Fairs (updated March 2015)
Boston Craft Market – every Thursday
Hemswell Sunday Market – Sunday
Horncastle Craft Market- 2nd Saturday of the month
Louth Craft Market- 3rd Saturday of the month
Louth Food Market- 2nd Friday of the month
Spilsby Market & Auction – Monday (except Bank Holidays
Manor Farm Shop Leasingham.
Abbey Farm Shop East Heckington
The Manor Farm Shop, Swineshead
Leagate Farm Shop nr Coningsby
Field Farm Organics, Horncastle
Oslinc Farm Shop, Nr Revesby
Doddington Farm Shop, Doddington
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