After reading another review on Grantham I did feel a little compelled to write my own review as it was given such a slating. So ok Grantham does have a few stupid people in it that commit petty crimes. But to say there is not a lot for young people to do is just a lie, the fact is young people here just can't be bothered to go out and do the things available to them. But if you are visiting Grantham there is few things worth doing.
Firstly we have two parks. Wyndham and Dysart (I believe someone else put them as Whynda and Dystart in there review). They are each large in size but I believe Wyndham is the best, but I do live near the park. It has all the usual swings and slides for children to play on, but there is also a separate play area designed for smaller children. It has a lockable gate which means no kiddies can go wandering off which I think is a fantastic idea.
The river Wytham runs through the park and is home to a vast amount of ducks which you can feed. If you follow the river it eventually leads you to Belton House. A large stately home that has a large outside play area. You do have to pay to get in, but if you go this back way in you can just walk through the gate. The walk is brilliant on a nice sunny day and I would personally recommend taking a picnic and relaxing whilst the kids wear themselves out.
Grantham is also home to a large Leisure centre that has Two large pools and toddler pool and a fun pool, with fountains and bubble machines. There is also a large water slide and a hot tub. There is a nice restaurant area to eat which is always clean and sells food at reasonable prices. The leisure centre also hosts Aqua aerobics, a gym, dance lessons and Kick boxing lessons. My younger brother has been doing kickboxing there for two/three years and is about to try for his black belt. His confidence has grown massively since he started and the club is fantastic.
The shops available in Grantham vary, and like most places some shops do seem to change a fair bit. Others are permanent fixtures in our little town though. We have a 24 Hour ASDA which contains a large George section and restaurant. We have a large Marks and Spencer's, Next, pets at home, Body Shop, Dorothy Perkins and so many more.
Supermarkets seem to be plentiful but if the weathers nice and your camping locally you're more likely only to be passing Grantham to pick up some BBQ food.
Grantham has a self fruit picking farm called Syston. There fruit is absolutely delicious and I do recommend trying there brilliant raspberries if your passing. Just a little further down the road from Belton house (and its Garden centre) it's only about a mile from the heart of Grantham.
The main points of Grantham are that yes Sir Isaac Newton did one term here at King High School and he vandalised a wall by scratching his name into it. Also Margaret Thatcher was born here and yet never returned and probably never will.
We have a bowling alley which has recently been refurbished and plenty of pubs and restaurants that you can enjoy. I would recommend The Tolley for your meal. The food is buy one meal get one free and most of the meals come with a free drink as well. The food is of a good standard and well priced.
So come to Grantham, there is a lot more here than you think.
People that live in this town say that there is nothing to do and in a way there isnt, not for young people. No wonder the crime rate is getting quite high.
Either way, Grantham is a very historical town with the likes of Margret Thatcher and Issac Newton both coming from/living in Grantham.
There are lots of things to visit if you are interested in history such as Margrets house, the statues in the town centre, various walks on the outskirts etc.
There is also a selection of shops here but I wouldnt reley on getting anything in your size or reley on getting what you want here as all the shops seem to be shutting down after a very short period of time!
We have all the basic shops such as wilkinsons, woolworths and WHSmiths but nothing worth shouting about really. Its best to go to the closest cities such as Lincoln or Nottingham whcih asre easy to get to by train or bus.
We have a good selection of supermarkets however, boasting a 24 Hour Asda, a morrisons, Sainsburies, aldi, lidl, Tesco Express and of course lots of little bakeries and grocers around the main market place.
Grantham also has two main parks, one called Whynda park and the other called Dystart park. Both at separate ends of the town but rather big with lots of play attractions for children. I wouldn't recommend going to them at night howeve as lots of teenagers hang out there and sometimes cause trouble.
Grantham also boasts a leisure centre with gym, pool and activities such as Karate, yoga, step aerobics etc, also has a creche.
Theres is also a football stadium that hosts an athletics club weekly and activities in the bar.
A bowling alley is also in town, with a kids play zone next door.
Grantham isn't a bad place to live, there are definatley worse! It has improved greatly over the last few years with the addition of new shops dotted around the centre of town. We now have Next, Tk Maxx, Matalan, Home bargains, Homebase, ASDA, a Fun farm for the children amongst the other usual shops. There is a cinema (that isn't up to much I must admit), bowling alley, lots of restaurants that offer different cuisines and a moutain of pubs & clubs to entertain yourselves in the evenings.
The road network isn't bad although schoool run times and rush hours it can take a good 45 minutes to cross town which is a nightmare. We're situated in between the A1, A52 & A607 which can lead you to most places.
Historically there are a few interesting facts; Isacc Newton discovered gravity near by, Margaret Thatchers birthplace of the old grocers which is now Living Health near to ASDA, Gareth Gates recently got secretley married at Belvoir Castle.
If you drive about 5 miles out of town there are some lovely walks around the surrounding villiages, great for dog walking.
Grantham is a small market town in Lincolnshire, and the birthplace of Isaac Newton, and Margaret Thatcher. In the town you are fairly limited as to what there is to do.
It has few shops, as with ASDA coming to town ten years ago, most of them have closed, and any new ones that dare try to open end up going the same way.
You could go to the museum, which is free to enter, can pass half an hour of your time, and in the evening you can go bowling, or to the local two screen cinema, or you can go drinking in one of granthams 35 or more pubs.
If you have transport there is more available for you. There are some nice walks around the outskirts of the area, or you can vistit belvoir castle (where Gareth Gates recently got married) which is a castle/museum, or you could head out to Grimsthorpe castle, which is a beautiful place.
To be honest, Grantham is a dead town, I'm pretty sure you could find something better to do.... I mean, lincoln and Nottingham are just up the road!