I've visited Stamford for as long as I can remember I love it so much that I've even lived here! It is located in south Lincolnshire, which boarders Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Hutingdonshire, Northamptonshire, and Lesceistershire. It is only less than 100 miles of North London (about 88 miles) It is only forty five minutes away from Nottingham, two hours away from Sheffield and an hour and fifteen minutes away from Cambridge. So you can almost travel any where in the UK and wouldn't be as far to go whether you travel by car, train or bus!
It is a very old fashioned town and one of the oldest towns in Lincolnshire. Burley house is the most common attraction of Stamford - where Lord Burley used to live and also had been a home of Queen Elizabeth. Many events even happen here such as Burley horse trials which happens at the beginning of September. Antiques Roadshow was also filmed here and other movies such as Pride and Prejudice and The Da Vinci Code. Over a thousand people a day visit Burley house!
They have a range of shops from high street to designer. They also have unique shops such as Vive M, Black orchid and Ruby Loves.
They have shops from fashion to food.
High street stores include New Look, dorothy perkins, marks and spencer, burton and QS.
food places include : McDonald's, sub way, costa, beans and frothy's.
They have five supermarkets in this town : Tesco, morrisons, Aldi, marks and spencer and waitrose.
The entertaiment is good in the area as the hold regular events such as live musical - the most popular entertaiment is the riverside festival which is held the first weekend in July. they also have live music events in pubs.
Stamford is very good for pubs such as the pear tree, torridors, periwig, the green man, northfields, the golden fleece and cromwells (however this pub has been re-named)
The nightlife is very in stamford as you have brownes and Central night club which hold events during the year (monthly) Also they have special offers - on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday it is free entry before 11pm but it's about six pounds after 11pm. Drinks are sold for one pound before 10pm and then it's three for five pounds after wards including a free shot of sourz! Saturday is a good night however this a little more expensive due to less offers and it is more crowded and packed.
The periwig is also another good place to hang out too and has cheap drinks too - one pound on some drinks on Wednesday and Thursday. Not forgetting what ever night you go on - it's free!
Mamma Liz's is OK, but it's more for people who love to rave rather than club!
But what ever you do when it comes to Stamford nightlife DO NOT FORGET to bring ID as they are strict on this - there are always bouncers on the door.
If you want to stay somewhere for the night while you are spending you're weekend in Stamford the one place to stay is the George hotel - I've never stayed there but I had a mean there and it was really nice! Dame Judi Dench has even stayed here and even came back with her daughter as she loved the hotel so much! But however it is expensive to stay and eat in - but it's worth the price.
There is a lot of education to go while in Stamford which includes: Queen Eleanor school, Stamford school (it is a private school) - these two schools are secondary schools. However there is The Deepings school in Market Deeping - which is not far and Robert Manning and Bourne Grammar in Bourne which only half an hour a way.
There are very few primary schools in Stamford - the nearest would be in Market Deeping or Bourne or other tiny villages surrounding Stamford.
There is New College Stamford where many students from all over Lincolnshire have come to - I did two years here and I thought college life was great or There is Peterborough Regional college which is about twenty minutes away from Stamford or even Melton Morbury which is forty five minutes away from stamford.
There are lots of resturants in Stamford including Pizza Express, indian, thai and chinese Resturants. OK Diner (American resturant is only half an hour away from Stamford up north!)
There is a theatre/cinema named the Stamford arts centre and also if you are interested in art or drama a lot events and classes in these subjects are taken place here.
To find jobs here is a little bit difficult at the moment (like other places over the UK - it's not the best place to look for a job, I would recommend trying a nerby city for a job like Leceister or Peterborough)
Stamford is a very nice place to live but housing is very expensive but from personal experience I would recommend to any one who wants a country/town/city life - meaning best of both worlds. Sadly I won't be here for very long but at the end of the day you can't spend the rest of your life in the same place - it's sometimes good to live somewhere new!