Spalding sits within South Holland which borders the borough of Boston, The Wash, the county of Norfolk, the counties of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the districts of South Kesteven and North Kesteven.
Known as the heart of The Fens, Spalding has long been famous for its bulb industry and close links with the Netherlands. Spalding located at the centre of a major region of flower and vegetable growers due to the rich silt soil.
In 1953 the Coronation Channel was opened to divert any excess water away from Spalding. The beautiful banks of the river are now enjoyed by local residents for many recreational purposes.
Since 2002, Spalding runs a popular Pumpkin Festival every October. The area has a history of community events, with the renowned Tulip Parade starting in 1959 and remaining a major tourist attraction for decades.
In 2005, the ‘Spalding Water Taxi’ was founded and runs from Easter through to late October. It helps connect many visitors and tourists with a treasure trove of local independant businesses and award winning retailers. The steady river boats take locals & tourists from the end of Spalding High Street upstream and along the Coronation Channel to as far as Springfield’s Outlet Shopping & Festival Centre Gardens before returning. In Summer you can see several running up and down waving to locals up on the bridge.
The popular Spalding Market runs on a Tuesday & Saturday (7am to 3.30pm) offering a variety of stalls.
A good selection of primary and secondary schools, with two state grammar schools offering mixed sixth forms.
Boston is a town with small port in South Lincolnshire on the east coast of England. It is the largest town of the wider Borough of Boston local government district. Boston's most notable landmark is St Botolph's Church (affectionately known as The Stump) said to be the largest parish church in England. One of the taller towers is visible for miles around, from the fenlands of Lincolnshire. Meanwhile the residents of Boston are known as Bostonians.
Boston Market operates every Wednesday & Saturday and is held in the Market Place, with extra stalls on Bargate Green every Wednesday including an active Auction. Trading fairs have been held in Boston since at least the 12th Century and in 1218 a Patent was granted for Boston’s Fair.
Boston’s Tourist attractions include; The Maud Foster Mill, Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre, Boston War Memorial, Playtowers, Boston Guildhall, The Boston Woods Trust and RSPB Frampton.
Bourne is a popular market town and civil parish in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, England. Situated on the eastern slopes of the Kesteven Uplands with a population of 14,456 in the 2011 census, Bourne is a historic town rich in culture, wildlife, waterways and open spaces, park and woodland, great for dog walkers and explorers alike.
Continually growing Bourne is a bustling town with good amenities which include the leisure centre, an outdoor swimming pool, snooker and sports bar, restaurants & cafes, museums, pubs, fitness gyms and a great selection of shops and local business.
Holbeach is a fenland market town in the South Holland district of southern Lincolnshire, England and lies around 8 miles from Spalding. The Prime Meridian of the world passes through the west of Holbeach and is marked with a millstone at Wignals Gate.
Holbeach being a smaller market town than Spalding, located in the middle of the famous bulb growing region. Its central main street lies aside the church of All Saints, the church has a beautiful tower and spire, and retains a key original feature namely an octagonal perpendicular style font. The towns market charter was granted to Thomas de Moulton, a local Baron in the 13th-century.
This pretty fenland town hosts the University of Lincoln, Holbeach Campus. The National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) is the food science campus of the University of Lincoln and also situated in Holbeach South Lincolnshire. Offering part-time apprenticeships and distance learning degrees for individuals working in the food industry.
There is plenty of accommodation in the area making it an ideal place from which to explore the lovely daffodil and tulip fields of Spalding, the River Welland and the waters of the Wash all nearby.