We visited horncastle from mablethorpe in august 2008. It did not take too long to get here and mum was surprised how quick it took her to drive. We followed the parking signs at the traffic lights and parked up in the free former cattle market. From here it was a very short walk into town. Our first task was to find some public toilets. On the way there I mentioned to mum that we should phone nan and ask her which was the best tea shop (as a joke as she had already visited here earlier in the year and likes her tea shops). An old man overheard our convisation and stopped my mum launching into a 10/15 mins discussion of tea shops/antique shops in horncastle. After she had finally escaped we took a tour of the shops in horncastle. First stop the book shop. All book shops in horncastle are pilled high with books but amazingly the owner seems to know where everything is. Our next stop was the hardware shop on my dads request. He was in heaven. This shop stocked everything. We then moved on to the local newsagents. We were drawn in by the shop front display which had local artist pictures from cadwell park (motorbikes). After this we moved on to the first of many antiques centres. When they say horncastle is capital of lincolnshire for antiques it definately is. There are loads of antique centres here! After antique hunting we took the old mans advice (yes my mum did listen) and went to the tea shop on the bridge. Here we had sandwhiches and a strange salad and a cup of tea. When I say strange salad who has had strawberries in their side salad? Plus we got dollie mixtures with our cups of tea. But for all that it was very nice and nothing was wasted. It wasnt overpriced either and made a nice break in the day. After the break it was time for more antique hunting. We ent into the most enormous antiques shop. Seriously it went on for ever! There was another one like it near by in the former co-op (this shop was recommended by my nan). Following on from ploughing through that antiques centre we cae across a big book shop. i'm surprised the owner could look over the counter there was that many books! However I managed to find a long lost book I had been looking for. To round off the day we called into the local tescos. This is based next to the river bain and has a good picnic area. Hear we managed to pick up our favoutite batemans beer as well as other suplies. Finally we made our way back to the car park via the loylds tsb ( for more money) and tourist information point. We would have spent longer here but by this point were tired so decide to go back.
When we tell other people about where we live, we generally say that it's boring or there's never anything to do there. Horncastle is different. OK, it's only a smallish market town in the heart of the Lincolnshire wolds but there is still something to do here whatever your interest. Horncastle has been dubbed "The Antiques Capital of the country" due to the amount of antique shops in the town. Admittedly, the antique business is a very big part of the infrastructure of the town and trade comes in from all around the world, but this is just part of what Horncastle is. Centrally located between Lincoln to the West, Skegness to the East, historical Louth to the North and Boston to the South, Horncastle is an excellent location to travel from where ever you decide to go. It's history goes back to the Roman invasion and parts of the old Roman walls can still be seen. Some historical figures have been involved in the history, not least of which include - Oliver Cromwell and William Marwood (the executioner who invented "the long drop" technique). Much of the history can be seen thoughout the buildings in the town. There are more pubs, restaurants, cafes and entertainment establishments than you can shake a stick at, there's even a night club in the town, live musical artists and a theatre. Needless to say, nightlife here is never dull. The nearest cinema in Woodhall Spa is only a short ride away and is a unique location for your viwing pleasure. Only 2 screens but they have the latest films, unlike other smaller cinemas. Day activities consist of many things. Several picnic areas have been beautifully created which are in-keeping with the character of the town. It is even possible to sit next to the river Bain and feed the ducks while you have your lunch. The "Battle of Britain Memorial Flight" is only a few miles away, where you can see one of the few remaining airwor thy Lancasters. They also display Spitfires, Dakotas and many of the Battle of Britain aircraft. If you're an aircraft buff, this is not to be missed. It would take far too long to mention all the good points about Horncastle but, as if by magic, I have created a web site which gives more details. This is a market town with a difference and it would be unfortunate if you missed out on the experience. For further details go to the web site address below. http://www.freesome.f9.co.uk/horncastle.html