Home to Belton House
This round-up has to begin with Belton House. One of the National Trust’s most visited properties, its deer herds, gorgeous gardens, elegant house and playpark is one for all to enjoy. As soon as you enter, you feel the excitement. Children are rushing to one of the most impressive play parks in the UK – all towered by beautiful tree canopy. Slicing through the buzz is a precious little train – offering passengers a tour. The Stately home is a prime example of the Trust’s dedicated work to preserving history. It’s attracted the filmmakers of Pride and Prejudice and Jan Jane Eyre. There’s also a second-hand book shop, garden and gift shop and nature-themed indoor soft play. Not forgetting a waterfall to visit, plenty of peaceful walks and brilliant coffee. What to do first?
Have a splash
A family treasure of Grantham. Wyndham Park is a well-loved space boosting gorgeous flowers and great views of the River Witham. There’s free parking, a fun outdoor splash-park, river-dipping platform, model boat lake, toilets and cafe. Its generous facilities pave way to wonderful family memories. Toddlers can enjoy the freedom of the outdoor splash zone with fun sprays and waves, while older siblings can connect with nature by walking through the clear river, catching fish and admiring damselflies. There’s plenty of space for parents to lay down picnic blankets, while grandparents can enjoy a cup of tea or ice-cream.
Grantham was the birthplace of the UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. And just around the corner, Edith Smith, became the UK’s first female police officer in 1914. (Grantham was the first place in the U.K after London to recruit and train women police officers). But the name that comes out at top is Isaac Newton. Educated at Grantham’s King’s School, his family home, Woolsthorpe Manor can be visited just down the road. Now in the hands of the National Trust, you can step into his seventeenth century yeoman’s farmhouse. Standing in the home of a genius feels great. You can also visit his Orchard, which contains the very special tree from which an apple fell and caused Newton to ask thee life-changing question: ‘Why do apples always fall straight down to the ground?’
You can learn more about Issac Newton and Margaret Thatcher over at Grantham’s town Museum. The impressive building has exhibitions on both, including Newton’s death mask.
A magical kingdom
Not to be missed is the majestic Easton Walled Gardens. A rediscovered ‘lost garden’ this magical kingdom has it all: comforting local food, timeless scenery, pollinators in the hundreds and colourful plants bursting everywhere.
A mixture of ornamental and native plants, the garden has done a tremendous job of bringing two worlds together. Each corner you turn blossoms into secret pockets of flowers, sculptures, streams, romantic bridges and wildlife viewing stations. The estate knows how to entertain with special events including teddy bear picnics, art exhibitions, food fairs and country markets.
A life among trees
Blessed with many woodlands, it seems fitting for Grantham to be the home of the eco-headquarters of The Woodland Trust – the largest woodland conservation charity in the U.K. Each woodland comes with their own personality: from ponds and open meadow areas ablaze with wild flowers to woodlands used by deer herds.
A place for nobody
If you’re after a cosy place to have a drink and chill out then head over to The Nobody Inn. Filling the town centre with atmosphere, this real English pub sells 6 traditional ales alongside excellent live music and interesting decor.
This post was written by Emma Oldham for Goupie.