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Lincolnshire Area Guide

Lincolnshire Wolds near Fulletby Image courtesy of Flickr user Lincolnian (Brian)

Lincolnshire is a county in the east of England and the second-largest county in England. The county town, where the council is based, is Lincoln.

General subregions are the Lincolnshire Fens, the Carrs, the Lincolnshire Wolds, the Humber Estuary and North Sea coast, and the Lincolnshire Vales. The Fens is a marshlands near the Wash and is particularly good for agricultural purposes. The Carrs are similar to the Fens, but in the north of the county. The Wolds' rolling hills are protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Humber Estuary and North Sea are the waters shaping the towns of Grimsby and Scunthorpe and the Fens. The Vales combine limestone hills and marshy fens into an area of extreme natural beauty.

Most of the land is used for agriculture, and the fens in particular are used to grow much of England's vegetables and grains.

Significant conurbations in Lincolnshire include Lincoln, Boston and Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Grantham and Skegness.

Demographics

About 713,600 people live in Lincolnshire, of those 443,800 are of a working age and 149,200, almost 21%, are 65 and over. The county is attracting a growing number of pensioners, largely because of its low property prices and the prevalence of services for the elderly.

Lincolnshire is one of the least ethnically diverse areas in the country, with 98.5% of the population describing themselves as white, though recently some people from ethnic minority communities have been moving into towns like Lincoln and Boston.

Education

Lincolnshire still uses the Eleven plus system to determine who may go to a grammar school, so there is usually at least one grammar and one standard secondary school in most towns.

Primary schools rated outstanding by Ofsted include Reepham Church of England Primary School and The Edward Richardson Primary School, Tetford, though the vast majority of schools are rated as good by the organisation.

The outstanding secondary schools include The Queen Elizabeth's High School in Gainsborough and Grantham College.

Transport

Lincolnshire is not the most well-connected county in England, largely because there are no major urban areas and it is not really in between any major areas. Most roads are single carriageway A roads and B roads. The M180 does go through the north of the county, but it splits into two dual carriageway trunk roads instead of remaining one major thoroughfare.

Trains do run through the county, but not very many compared to other counties. Grantham is on the East Coast Mainline, which runs from London King's Cross to Edinburgh Waverley. Lincoln station has a service to London St Pancras via Nottingham, and Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Barnetby-le-Wold and Scunthorpe are connected to Manchester Airport and Sheffield through the TransPennine rail service. Skegness, Boston, Sleaford and Grantham are connected to Nottingham through East Midlands Trains services. Stamford has services to Peterborough and Leicester, and an East Midlands service from Norwich to Liverpool goes through Grantham.

The county's airport is the Humberside Airport, located between Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Lincoln.

Amenities and Shopping

Lincolnshire makes the most of its open space and agricultural nature in its amenities and shopping options.

Museums, theatres and venues

The Collection Art & Archaeology in Lincoln is essentially two museums in one. The Art Collection boasts a large collection of works of art and decorative pieces, and the Archaeology Collection has fossils, ancient relics and exhibitions dedicated to the science of archaeology. The Burtey Fen Collection is a music hall which has a large collection of organs, including a fair ground organ, and other entertainment memorabilia. Gordon Boswell Romany Museum has one of the largest collections Romany vardo carts, which are also known as gypsy caravans. Grantham Museum is renowned for its display of Margaret Thatcher's famous blue suit and handbag, though it also has silver, portraits and more.

Normanby Hall and The North Ings Farm Museum are both dedicated to Lincolnshire's agricultural heritage. There are also museums dedicated to aviation, transport, fishing, brewing and the Lincolnshire waterways.

Despite the county's rural character, there are many theatres and venues in the towns and villages. Scunthorpe has the 2000-seat Baths Hall and the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre. Grimsby residents have the Grimsby Auditorium. The Broadbent Theatre is home to the Lindsey Rural Players. The North Kesteven Centre is an arts centre and theatre, and the Guildhall Arts Centre is in Grantham. The South Holland Centre in Spalding shows plays, comedy and live music, and Blackfriars Arts Centre in Boston shows both films and live performances. The Embassy Theatre Skegness puts on a very varied programme.

Festivals

The Lincoln Agricultural Show has been on the go since 1884 and is one of the largest shows in England. Today, the two-day show has grown to include a crossbreed dog show, equine competition, a flower show, a massive food court featuring local produce, boutique shopping and more. The county also hosts smaller agricultural fairs such as the Deeping Show, the Heckington Show and the Corby Glen sheep fair.

The RAF Waddington Air Show is the largest RAF air shows. It features a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a Red Arrows flyover and classic aircraft and car shows. Fun fairs tour the county bringing rides, Grantham gingerbread and nougat and sideshows to punters throughout Lincolnshire.

The Lincoln Christmas Market is the oldest German-style Christmas market in the UK and is based on the Christmas market the city councilors' found in Lincoln's twin city of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany. Each year during late spring, the Spalding Flower Parade features tulip-decorated floats, marching bands and a Flower Queen.

There are also some more unusual festivals and events in the county. On the Monday before Easter, an annual auction over the grazing rights of White Bread Meadow that began in 1742 is held, where punters place their bids, and if, after a race between two schoolboys, no more bids have been placed, the highest bid wins. If a bid does come in while the boys are racing, they are usually made to race over and over until no one bids.

One of the oldest traditions in England, the Haxey Hood is a sporting event held on the 12th day of Christmas each year, where a large scrum of people push the hood, a large leather tube, to one of four pubs. The Tetford and Salmonby Scarecrow Festival is held each year, and The Belchford Downhill Challenge is a popular annual soapbox derby.

Sport

Lincolnshire does not have many facilities for sport, but there are a few teams in the area. Scunthorpe United play in Football League One and Lincoln City F.C. play in the Conference National league. Lincolnshire County Cricket Club are in the Minor Counties Championship. The Lincoln Hockey Club are based in the county town, and the Market Rasen Racecourse features National Hunt horseracing.

Racing motor vehicles is quite popular in the county. It has Cadwell Park for motor racing, the Scorpions speedway team and track in Scunthorpe and a stock car racing stadium near Skegness.

There are also two roller derby teams: Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls and the Imposters Rollergirls.

Shopping

The main shopping centres are to be found in the biggest towns. Grimsby has Freshney Place Shopping Centre, with more than 100 shops, and The Parishes in Scunthorpe has all the top brands and a seven-screen cinema. Marshalls Yard, Gainsborough, is an old iron works that was converted into a shopping complex. The Spanish City Shopping Centre is right on Sutton on Sea's seafront. Skegness has the Hildreds Shopping Centre, and in Spalding is Lincolnshire's only outlet mall, Springfields Shopping & Festival Gardens

Each town, village and rural area has a selection of independent shops and stores, including farm shops, antiques stores, craft centres and garden centres, all scattered throughout the entire county.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.