Things to see and do

Doddington Hall

Stunning Elizabethan mansion house with fine textiles, porcelain, furniture and paintings but still very much a family home. Gardens open mid February to October and the House Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays May to September. (2 minutes walk)

Doddington Farm Shop, Restaurant & Café

Located in the old Home Farm Crew Yard, the Doddington Farm Shop & Café provides every day:-

  • Excellent Fruit & Veg, fresh from the Doddington Hall Kitchen Garden;
  • Hambletons' prize winning butchery - famous sausages and quality locally reared and rare breed meat;
  • Delicetessen;

  • Full range of groceries, pickles, jams, bread and home made cakes;
  • Selection of wines and beers;

    Interesting gifts;

  • Courtyard Café with delicious seasonal, home-grown and freshly cooked food.
  • Restaurant open daily for lunch and Friday & Saturday dinner.
(2 minutes walk)

Doddington at Home and Doddington Country Clothing

Located in the beautifully refurbished and re-built stables accessed via the Farm Shop Courtyard, Doddington at Home offers an unrivalled shopping experience for home and garden accessories including furniture.

(2 minutes walk)

Whisby Nature Park

Whisby Natural World Visitor Centre is a complex of small, medium, and large flooded gravel pits offering excellent bird watching and walks. (6 minutes drive)

Lincoln

The nearby city of Lincoln is steeped in history yet brimming in life. From the Roman ruins to the medieval Castle and Cathedral to the modern, University waterfront campus, there is a wealth of things to do, lots of places to eat & drink and a year-long programme of exciting events to enjoy. (12 minutes drive)

Lincoln Cathedral

Magnificent cathedral originally consecrated in 1092 standing above the city and visible from the village (12 minutes drive)

Lincoln Castle

Built by William the Conqueror in 1068 on a site occupied since Roman times, the Castle reopens on 1 April 2015 after a multimillion pound refurbishment, which includes a new viewing complex for Lincoln's copy of the Magna Carta, one of the only four surviving copies. (12 minutes drive)

Museum of Lincolnshire Life

Lincolnshire's award winning social History museum (12 minutes drive)

Usher Gallery & The Collection

Set in the beautiful grounds of the Temple Gardens, the Gallery houses an exquisite collection of Fine and Decorative arts. Major Lincolnshire venue for fine and decorative arts. Continuous programme of temporary exhibitions. (15 minutes drive)

Lincolnshire Archives

Everyone is welcome to use the Archive's services. You can contact us by telephone, e-mail, post or fax, or you are welcome to visit our reception enquiry point in Lincoln. The place to research Lincolnshire history, including family trees. (15 minutes drive)

Theatre Royal, Lincoln

Theatre Royal Lincoln Producing & Touring Venue. Wide spectrum of entertainments.
(15 minutes drive)

Lincolnshire Show Ground

Three miles north of Lincoln on the A15 to/from Hull. The Showground hosts a varied programme of events including the Lincolnshire Show. The dates for the 2017 Show are the 21st and 22nd June. (12 minutes drive)

Events, promotions and exhibitions throughout the year ...

International Antiques Fairs

The international antiques fairs organised by Arthur Swallow Fairs have relocated to the Lincolnshire Showground. 6 international antiques fairs are held every year. (12 minutes drive)

Newark Air Museum

The museum is open everyday except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day Boxing Day and New Years Day. March to October 10am - 5pm, November to February 10am-4pm. Other times by prior arrangement. Newark Air Museum is located on the former World War II airfield of Winthorpe in eastern Nottinghamshire. Its diverse collection of fifty-nine aircraft and cockpit sections cover the history of aviation. The UK's largest volunteer managed aviation museum (15 minutes drive)

Newark

Charming market town on the river Trent with a castle that featured prominently in the Civil War (12 minutes drive)

    Sundown Adventureland

    Theme Park uniquely designed for the under 10s. Sundown Adventure Land is 6 miles from the A1 at Markham Moor and sign posted 3 miles from Dunham on the A57. Sundown is specialy designed for young families and is not suitable for teenagers. No one under 18 years allowed without a responsible adult. Proper supervision of children is required at all times. (15 minutes drive)

    Hemswell Antique Centre

    We are the largest antique centre in the UK and are open every day of the year apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. (20 minutes drive)

    Belton House

    17th century stately home now owned by the National Trust. (30 minutes)

    Horse Racing at Southwell and Market Rasen

    Set in its rural surroundings Market Rasen is the only racecourse in Lincolnshire and offers a unique experience. The friendly family atmosphere and amazing views around the course are unmatched any where in the country. It really is the perfect place for a great day out. Southwell Racecourse - Come and experience the unique blend of charm, excitement and comfort, which combine to make Southwell Racecourse one of the premiere sporting venues in the East Midlands. (Southwell - 30 minutes) (Market Rasen - 40 minutes)

    Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

    A fascinating guided tour round the flight's hangar where a Lancaster, two Hurricanes, a Dakota and five Spitfires can be seen. (35 minutes)

    The Deep

    A fantastic marine and freshwater aquarium in a dramatic new purpose-built building constructed as part of the regeneration of Hull's dockland. (50 minutes)

    Other sites of interest ...

    Nouveaux Riches to Nouveaux Pauvres - the story of the Macalpine-Lenys

    This is the fascinating story of the Macalpine-Leny family, who own The Old Rectory and The Stables, and the more amusing families they have married into over the last 200 years. Available at the discounted price of £20 to guests staying at The Stables - see website.