The city of Lincoln is filled with fascinating and historic architecture. Lincoln Cathedral can be seen from miles around (including – on a clear day – from Redhouse Farm B&B). While primarily noted as a fine example of English Gothic architecture, the oldest parts of the Cathedral date back to Norman times, when William the Conqueror first ordered it to be built in 1072, in addition to the already commissioned Lincoln Castle (commissioned in 1068, 2 years after the Battle of Hastings).
Visitors are spoilt for choice between touring the Cathedral and Castle, discovering Lincoln’s Roman Ruins or enjoying the quirky pubs, cafes and boutiques of the Bailgate and Steep Hill. Also worth a visit are the Museum of Lincolnshire Life and nearby Ellis Mill windmill.
Whisby Nature Park and Natural World Centre
Minutes from Redhouse Farm B&B is Whisby Nature Park and Natural World Centre. The park boasts around 6.5 miles of woodland and lakeside walks, with coloured arrows guiding walkers around the reserve. Trail guides are available from the Natural World Centre. The Natural World Centre has a year round programme of events and activities, in addition to it’s fixed exhibition, Our Changing World, Boardwalk Cafe and eco-friendly gift shop.
Doddington Hall and Gardens
Just over a mile away from Redhouse Farm B&B is the beautiful 16th century stately home of Doddington Hall, popular for weddings and events. With over 400 years of unbroken family occupation, Doddington Hall is full of fascinating collections of furniture, weaponry, paintings, ceramics, textiles, porcelain and a wealth of amusing stories. The estate has 5 acres of gardens, several countryside walks (maps are available), as well as a fantastic farm shop, cafe, restaurant, country clothing and interiors stores. At Christmas, the Bauble Barn opens, filled with traditional and unusual festive decorations and lights.
RAF Waddington International Air Show
This year’s RAF Waddington Air Show, the biggest Air Show in the UK, will take place on the 5th and 6th of July. RAF Waddington is home to the RAF’s ISTAR fleet,with the Boeing E-3S Sentry AEW1, Raytheon Sentinel R1 and Beechcraft Shadow R1 all operating from the base. Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team the ‘Red Arrows’ are also a popular attraction, often seen in the skies operating out of nearby RAF Scampton.
Lincoln Christmas Market
This year’s Christmas Market will take place on the 4th to the 7th December. The market began with just 11 stalls in 1982, and now takes over the cultural Cathedral quarter, with over 250 stalls and thousands of visitors every year. Stallholders from Neustadt (Lincoln’s twin town in Germany) bring German crafts, food and drink to the market, along with an abundance of wonderful local and visiting stall holders. Unique Christmas gifts, traditional toys, glass, ceramics, art, fresh food and produce, and even fairground rides – all can be found at Lincoln Christmas Market.
Daisy Made Farm
Just off the A46 in the village of Skellingthorpe, 4 miles from Redhouse Farm Bed & Breakfast, is Daisy Made Ice Cream and Coffee Shop. Great to visit, even just for a single cone of their wonderful ice cream, made on the premises with milk from the Daisy cows. Open for most of the year aside from Mondays in the winter months, Daisy Made is a delightful farm with a cake/icecream/coffee shop with indoor seating, outdoor picnic table seating, children’s play area, animals and Crazy Daisy Golf course.