Here’s a list of what to see in Boston including Event Venues, Points of Interest and links to further information and online booking facilities:
ARK Wildlife Park
ARK wildlife park offers an all weather attraction through out the year, set in the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside, with a wide range of animals, offering visitors the chance to get up close with stunning exotic mammal species, amazing reptiles and some familiar friends.
Battle warehouse is an exciting new indoor attraction where you can test your shooting skills. A zone commander will lead the session and guide you through the action. You can also practice and perfect your aim in the shooting range before entering the battle.
BBMF Visitors Centre
A unique partnership between the Royal Air Force and Lincolnshire County Council provides the public with a gateway to the home of the BBMF at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. Since opening its doors in 1986, the BBMF Visitor Centre has welcomed over 300,000 people, offering them the opportunity to see the Flight’s historic aircraft at close quarters and to observe the BBMF technicians working to maintain them in airworthy condition.
Beech wood is just past Washdyke Road on Fenside Road. The central section was planted in 2001 with beech and hornbeam trees plus field maple, hazel and hawthorn and is now well established.
Blackfriars Arts Centre
Blackfriars plays a very important role as Boston’s centre for entertainment and the arts. It is home to two very successful local amateur dramatic and operatic groups, as well as hosting a varied program of professional stage productions.
Boston Aerodrome is situated on the A1121 on the western outskirts of Boston. The entrance is adjacent to Friskneys Agricultural Sales just inside the 50mph speed limit. Prior permission to land is normally only required for pilots visiting for the first time unless there is an event planned stipulating otherwise. Please be aware that the runway adjoins sports fields – particular care is required when they are in use.
The Boston Belle is a well established, versatile passenger boat operating from her home port Boston, Lincolnshire. We offer inland cruises up the tranquil river Witham or bracing trips out to sea for up to 60 passengers. The boat is available for private hire, as well as offering a selection of regular public cruises ideal for smaller groups and individuals.
Boston Gateway Marina
The Marina is ideally situated for access to the sea and river. Located on the sunny side of the River Witham, it is a short walk to Boston town centre, but retains a tranquil feel. The Marina offers secure gated access to visitors, with short-term and longer-term moorings to suit each individual customer. All moorings have access to power and water, and are secure and well lit.
Boston Guildhall Museum
Built in the 1390’s this building is a testament to the wealth and influence of the Guild of St Mary at a time when Boston’s power as a centre of trade was second only to London. This wonderfully preserved building, with a wealth of original features, has survived the centuries and is to be enjoyed as one of Boston’s finest visitor attractions.
Boston West Golf Course & Hotel
Boasting an 18-hole golf course, a 20-bay floodlit driving range and a six-hole, par-three academy course there’s plenty to keep golf enthusiasts entertained. But a fantastic golf course is not all Boston West has to offer. The on-site three star Boston West hotel, has 24 comfortable bedrooms set amongst the stunning Boston Lincolnshire countryside and golf course.
The Museum is designed to remedy this with a collection of over fifty of these tiny cars, and want to be able to display them and preserve the rarer ones. The museum also has a wealth of data, both technical and published, and the whole collection is open for people to see. The site has plenty of parking and disabled access, and has a paddock to host rallies. Adjacent to the property is an excellent cafe; great for afternoon tea!
Centenary Methodist Church
The Centenary Methodist Church serves the local community and is situated in the centre of Boston close to the market square and the parish church ‘Boston Stump’. We want to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with the people of Boston, make our wide range of premises available for their use, and provide a variety of activities both spiritual and social. The building houses a large Church and also contains at the rear of the premises a number of meeting rooms, both large and small and a ‘Little Chapel’, which is used for weekday services and evening meetings.
In the late eighteenth century the park was a private deer park. The park was purchased for public use in 1919, and is now one of the focal points of the town where many people and families enjoy the open space. The park holds a number of events throughout the year.
Frampton Marsh is a great place to experience nature, either by walking along the walkways or looking out from one of the 360 degree hides. Toilets are available and there is also a refreshments area where you can get a hot or cold drink and a snack.
At Freiston Shore you can view the water birds paddling on the salt-water planes while enjoying a refreshing walk. you may also be able to glimpse birds of prey, such as the red-breasted mergansers.
Fydell House is owned and run by The Boston Preservation Trust. The house is a well known Boston landmark, and an important part of the local history. The aim is to restore the house and preserve it for future generations. Rooms at Fydell House are available for businesses, education providers and the arts. Visitors are invited to have a look round this fine Georgian House and gardens. If the front door is closed, just give it a push. The House is open Monday to Friday: 10:00am – 4:00pm and there is no charge for entry.
Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex
The complex offers several areas with many activities for all. The large leisure pool includes a baby pool and slide, and is complimented by a training pool, gym, studios, sauna, steam room, spa pool and relaxation area. There is a dedicated ladies-only gym area, and a community garden outside for all to enjoy. Situated at the rear of the complex you will find a gym, boasting state-of the-art cardiovascular machines, such as treadmills, cross trainers, bikes all with integrated televisions and iPod connectors. With over 60 stations including resistance machines and free weights, you will get your perfect workout here.
Graves Park Social Club
In September 1957 the land was officially taken on by the Trustees and a Committee formed to take the facility onward and upward. Originally meeting in a tin hut on the field, there soon followed a move to the Black Bull. The committee laid down their plans, and November 1959 saw the completion and Grand Opening of the new, £4,000 Sports Pavillion with ‘Home’ and ‘Away’ dressing rooms; inside (as well as outside) toilets, a large central Club Room, and Kitchen.
Once the impressive manorial home of Sir John Hussey, a member of the court of Henry VIII. The tower was constructed entirely of hand made red brick produced using local clay and was originally part of a large manor house, including a great hall, servants quarters, kitchens, stables and a large gatehouse. The tower was reserved for the high status accommodation of the Lord and his family.
York Street, currently styled as The Jakemans Stadium for sponsorship purposes, is the football stadium in Boston which is the home ground of Boston United. Originally called Shodfriars Lane, football has been played on the site since the late 19th century by a variety of Boston teams, but it has been used by Boston United since 1933. In the late 1970s the ground was rebuilt and refurbished in 2005.
Len Medlock Voluntary Centre
Situated in the heart of Boston, close to the bus and railway stations, The Len Medlock Voluntary Centre has rooms available for day-to-day hire to community, voluntary and statutory organisations with further rooms readily available for prospective new tenants.
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre
The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre is a family run museum and was set up over 20 years ago. It is now widely seen as a living memorial to the 55,500 men of Bomber Command who lost their lives during WW2. It holds one of the rarest aircraft, an Avro Lancaster Bomber, in its collection along with many wartime vehicles including a Ford WOT1 Crew Bus, the only one of its kind known in existence.
Trading fairs or “marts” have been held in Boston since at least the 12th Century – the earliest historic record of a fair or “mart” is in 1132. It ran from St. Botolph’s Day (12th June) to 24th June. In 1218 a Patent was granted for Boston’s Fair. The earliest maps of Boston date from that time and the “Market Place” is indicated on them in its current location.
In 1545 Boston obtained its Charter of Incorporation from Henry VIII, via his son Edward VI. On 1st June John Robinson took office as the first Mayor of Boston, the 12 aldermen were sworn in and the Recorder and Town Clerk appointed. Amongst his other roles the Mayor was declared “Clerk of the Market”.
Maud Foster Mill
This fine example of an English tower mill was built in 1819 for the brothers Thomas and Isaac Reckitt by the Hull millwrights Norman and Smithson, for the sum of £1,826 – 10s – 6d. Remarkably, the original contracts from the building of the mill still survive.
The Mill itself allows you to climb all 7 floors and to see flour being made in the traditional way by wind-power in the finest and one of the tallest windmills in the British Isles.
Pescod Square Shopping Centre
Pescod Square Shopping Centre is Boston’s premier shopping destination. It links Wide Bargate and Mitre Lane and incorporates the historic Pescod Hall. The centre covers 93,000 square feet and also provides a 400 space car park off Penn Street.
From fabulous fashion to tempting treats, Pescod’s range of stores and eateries are the perfect place for some retail therapy. Stores include: Bonmarche, Clinton Cards, Costa Coffee, Game, Greggs, Next, O2, Officers Club, Poundland, Select Retail, Superdrug, The Works, Thomas Cook, Waterstones and Wilkinson.
Peter Paine Performance Centre
Peter Paine Sports Centre offers sports facilities for the general public, local sports clubs and our Sport courses.
The Centre features updated facilities including a dance studio, gym, sports field, sports hall, multi-use games area, AstroTurf and changing rooms. The facility serves the local sporting community outside of study. The site also has facilities to hold Sport themed birthday parties, for ages 6-12.
Pilgrim Fathers Memorial
This memorial, built in 1957, is just outside Boston at Fishtoft. It marks the area of Scotia Creek where, in 1607, a group of puritans, who were later to be known as the Pilgrim Fathers, attempting to flee to Holland were arrested and handed over to the authorities. After being tried and held at Boston Guildhall they eventually left and ultimately escaped to Holland and then on to the New World. The Pilgrim Fathers Memorial is located on the north bank of The Haven at the site of the former Scotia Creek, Fishtoft, Boston.
Princess Royal Sports Arena
The Princess Royal Sports Arena is operated by 1Life in partnership with Boston Borough Council. The arena hosts a range of quality facilities, including a swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room, exercise classes, sports hall, and outdoor athletics track.
The centre is open Monday – Friday 6.30am – 9.30pm, Saturdays – Sundays 8:00am – 5:30pm and Bank Holidays 9.00am – 5.30pm
The station is owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Trains, who provide all rail services on the Nottingham to Skegness route.
Today, only the eastbound line to Skegness, and the westbound line towards Sleaford remain in use. Both surviving routes are single line, with a passing loop at the station, and operate roughly hourly. The seaside resort of Skegness is approximately 40 minutes away by train.
Sibsey Trader Mill
Sibsey Trader Windmill is one of the few six-sailed mills remaining in England. The mill was built in 1877 by local millwrights Saundersons of Louth, in a typical Lincolnshire style, to replace a small post mill. It is not exceptionally tall, containing only six floors above ground, and the height to the top of the cap is 74 feet 3 inches. The slenderness of the tower, and the flat landscape in which it stands, together create the impression that it is bigger than it actually is, and make the sails, already admittedly large, look enormous.
Sir Joseph Banks Country Park & Woods
There are lots of things to see and do in the woods and country park. You will find the Fitness Trail, which the NHS and the local council funded, in Jenny’s Wood. This helps to ensure that the people of Boston have amenities to help keep fit and healthy. There is also an Orienteering Course, which Boston and District Scout Association and Lincoln Orienteering Group have set up.
St Botolph’s (Boston Stump)
St Botolph’s Church in Boston is more famously known as the Boston Stump. This lovely church with its stained glass windows and air of tranquility is a delightful place to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life. It also has a fascinating history and lots to see. Not only is St Botolph’s the widest church in England, it also has one of the tallest church towers in the land, at over 272ft /83 meters high. Visitors can climb 209 steps for the Tower Experience and visit the Coffee Shop & Gift Shop or reflect in the sacred space. Kids will love the Treasure Trail & Play Den. St Botolph’s Church is open daily and is free to enter although charges do apply to the Tower Experience.
St Leodegars’s Church
The parish church is a grade I listed building dedicated to Saint Leodegar and dating from the late 12th century. Leodegar of Poitiers (also known as Leodegarius, Leger or Léger) (c. 615 AD –679 AD) was a martyred Burgundian reforming Abbot, later Bishop of Autun who became Saint Leodegarius. He was the son of Saint Sigrada and the brother of Saint Warinus.
Very few English churches share a dedication to St Leodegar. His annual feast day is 2nd October.
The Gliderdrome as it appears today is a vastly different building to the original which was, in fact, an open air skating rink opened in the mid-Thirties by brothers Ernest and Sydney Malkinson. It soon attracted many of the younger Boston population and changes began just after the outbreak of the Second World War when the building was roofed over as a security measure. The Sixties became the `Golden Era’ for the venue, attracting top class groups and names from England and America and it became the norm almost every Saturday night for a top name or group to be appearing.
The Wash is the square-mouthed bay and estuary at the north-west corner of East Anglia on the East coast of England, where Norfolk meets Lincolnshire. It is among the largest estuaries in the United Kingdom. The Wash is fed by the rivers Witham, Welland, Nene and Great Ouse. The Wash is the UK’s most important estuary for wildlife. The coastline has some of the best saltmarsh and mudflats in the country supporting thousands of wildfowl and waders on their migration.
West End Cinema
The Savoy Cinema on West Street in Boston provides the local community with the latest offerings for the big screen, and is also available for hire as a private cinema or conference facility.
Westwood Lakes sits in a beautiful and peaceful part of Lincolnshire, on the outskirts of the historical market town of Boston. A keen fisherman himself, Alan, dreamed of owning his own fishing lake. His dream came true in 2006 and the site has grown and developed into a successful holiday location with 7 fishing lakes, 24 luxury holiday lodges, a restaurant and one of Lincolnshire’s biggest Tackle and Bait shops.
Witham Way Country Park
Witham Way Country Park is a haven for local wildlife with a mosaic of woodland, grassland and scrub. A wildflower meadow attracts bees and other pollen gatherers, and habitats created on site including a bug park are attracting butterflies and other invertebrates. Bird boxes are providing the perfect nesting sites for owls taking advantage of the natural food on offer along the river bank. The site also features a community orchard which was planted to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2012.
We’ll Meet Again : WW2 Homefront Museum
A living WW2 educational history museum at Freiston Shore, Boston. Created to help educate all ages using a vast collection of memorabilia, and making learning about the Second World War both fun and more interesting. The project continues to evolve and has received and Outstanding Educational award; Community Champions Award and has been personally endorsed by Dame Vera Lynn.