Boston is town market town in the quiet fenlands of Lincolnshire. Major road and rail links do not pass through it but it is important as an agricultural centre. If business or family take you to this part of the world you might need some help finding interesting things to do. Visit Boston has a complete list of attractions however we have highlighted the area’s best activities below.
Address: Church St, Boston PE21 6NW
Cost: free, £5 charge for over 18’s to climb the tower.
St. Botolph’s is the parish church of Boston, construction started in 1390. Construction on its tower did not start until 1450. Over 60 years the tower rose 83m into the air making it one of the tallest parish churches in England. This is beautiful church inside and out and it is well worth a visit. If you don’t want to go inside you can walk in the park around it and take some great photos.
In the early sixteen hundreds, Reverend John Cotton became the vicar of this church. His teachings were unconventional and he eventually convinced around 10% of the towns congregation to leave with him and establish a home in the New World. He and his ‘Puritans’ established themselves in – you guessed it – Boston in North America!
The church is open Monday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. On Sunday it opens at 7:30 a.m., closed at 4:00 p.m.
Boston West Golf Course
Address: Hubbert’s Bridge, Boston, PE20 3QX
Phone Number: 01205 290670
Cost: £12 for 9 holes, £20 for 18
Just to the West of the city centre is the Boston West Golf course. It is a full 18-hole course (par 72) and all holes and greens are playable all year. Members and non-members can play and they even welcome beginners. There is a 20-bay undercover, floodlit driving range, a putting green and 6-hole par-3 academy course. A round of golf is only £20 and they do some good offers like £23.00 for coffee and bacon butty on arrival, 18 holes of golf and a meal in their restaurant afterwards.
Ark Wildlife Park
Address: West Fen Lane, Stickney, Lincolnshire, PE22 8BD
Phone Number: 01205 481468
Cost: £9 for adults and £6.5 for children (under threes go free)
This is fantastic wildlife park run and staffed by real animal lovers. Many of the animals on display have been rescued by the RSPCA and the team at The Ark provide the specialist care needed for the animals to recover. There is a great range of animals on display and you can get up close and personal with them. It is worth a visit in any weather. They offer some special animal encounter which you should book and cost around £45 per person; Meerkats, Lynx, Reptiles and Fox encounters are available. You can also be a keeper for a day!
Maud Foster Windmill
Address: Maud Foster Windmill, Willoughby Road, Boston, PE21 9EG
Phone Number: 01205 352188
Cost: £4 for adults and £2 for children
This is the UK’s best working windmill and one of it’s tallest. It was built in 1819 and ceased working in 1948. It was refurbished in 1988 and brought back into operation. On windy days you can view the inner workings of the mill over 7 floors and buy a range or organic products and flours.
The windmill is only open on two days a week and is closed on bank holidays. Opening times are Wednesday and Saturday 10am to 5pm.
Bubble Car Museum
Address: Clover Farm, Main Rd, Langrick, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE22 7AW
Phone Number: 01205 280037
Cost: £4 for adults and £1 for children
This is a good value attraction. It has over 50 microcars on display. The staff are fantastic and the tea room with home made cakes and gift shop are added bonuses.
The museum closes for the Winter. For 2018 it will re-open on the 23rd of March.
Frampton marsh is a large area of salt march in ‘The Wash’ estuary. It is an important site for bird life and the RSPB has a reserve there with a visitor’s centre and café. There are plenty of farm tracks which you can park on that but up to a large bank built to keep the tidal sea water off farm land. You can walk up to the bank and survey the huge marsh below and then head out for a walk amongst the rich plant life. Wellies are a must as the marsh is muddy all year round. Large creeks have been carved out of the marsh which are hard to cross due tot eh deep sucking mud – human chains are a good way to traverse them! You must take great care when walking. The tides come in very fast and you can get cut off if you are not careful which is extremely dangerous.