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The Cottage Museum, Woodhall Spa

Woodhall Spa – Things to do

Woodhall Spa

Woodhall Spa is a village in rural Lincolnshire near Horncastle and Coningsby and is about 15 miles from Lincoln.  It is the perfect location for a holiday in Lincolnshire, as it is almost the center of the county, near to the Wolds and only 30 miles to the East Coast.

I love Woodhall Spa, it is so quaint.  We are lucky to live only 15 minutes away from Woodhall Spa and I have many happy memories of going there as a child.  Now I love taking my children for a walk in the woods or to see a film at the Kinema.

For a village there are lots of things to do, there are small independent shops including fashion boutiques, a wedding dress shop, restaurants, book shops, gift shops as well as traditional butchers and bakers.  There are some lovely coffee shops, and an ice cream parlour, Just Desserts, which is a family favourite with us.

The Kinema in the Woods is an independent 2 screen cinema.  Jubilee Park has an outdoor heated swimming pool, children’s playground & tennis courts.  If you are a keen golfer you will know that there are 2 top class golf courses in Woodhall Spa.  There is also the Petwood Hotel with it’s beautiful gardens and the Squadron Bar, which has photos and Dambuster memorabilia.

Petwood Hotel Gardens

The Petwood Hotel gardens

Woodhall Spa has an interesting history, it was popular in Edwardian times as a spa resort, although the first spa house was built in Victorian times and the railway meant it was easier to visit Woodhall Spa.  To find out more about Woodhall Spa’s history visit The Cottage Museum, which is open daily from the 1st April to 29th Oct 2017, check their website for opening times.

The Cottage Museum, Woodhall Spa

The Cottage Museum, Woodhall Spa

The Kinema in the Woods

One of the main places in Woodhall Spa that holds a place in my heart and I have fond memories of is The Kinema in the Woods, I went to see my first film here although I can’t remember which one, I remember going to see Flash Gordon & ET.

At the weekends and busy showings in the holidays in the main screen, the Compton Organ comes up from the below the stage and the resident organist plays, while people buy their ice creams and sweets in the interval, not sure how many cinemas these days have an interval.

The foyer of the Kinema contains interesting pictures of Woodhall Spa’s past including the bath houses and cinema memorabilia.

Jubilee Park

Jubilee Park is a great place to take the children during the summer months as there is an outdoor heated swimming pool and paddling pool, a children’s play area and tennis courts.  On hot days in the school holidays and at weekends it can be very busy and you might have to queue to get into the swimming pool.  There is also a cafe where you can get ice creams and drinks. To find out more about Jubilee Park’s facilities and opening times take a look at their website.

Walking and Cycling

If you like walking or cycling then close by there is the River Witham, where you can walk or cycle along the Water Rail Way, which goes all the way to Lincoln.  Part of the Viking Way runs through Woodhall Spa and is part of the Spa Trail that runs from Woodhall Spa to Horncastle.  Or you could just have a leisurely walk through the woods that surround the village.  There are also several Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves close by.

Spa Trail runs from Woodhall Spa to Horncastle

Spa Trail

If you like the 1940’s then I am sure you will have heard about Woodhall Spa’s 1940’s weekend on the 15th and 16th of July.

I hope this little snapshot of Woodhall Spa has given you an idea of some of the things there are to do and might encourage you to visit and see for yourself.

Spa Trail – Horncastle to Woodhall Spa – Part 1

The Spa Trail – Thornton Lodge near Horncastle to Martin Bridge

The Spa Trail is 3 miles long and leads from Horncastle to Sandy Lane near Woodhall Spa.  It follows a section of the disused Horncastle to Woodhall Spa Railway, it is also part of the much longer Viking Way.  The trail consists of a hard core surface throughout, which makes it ideal for pushchairs, wheelchairs as well as walking in all weathers, as there are no muddy sections or sections that take you through fields.


Spa Trail Map

I parked my car at the small car park near Thornton Lodge (you are here on the image above) and walked along the trail till I reached Martin Bridge and then walked back.  In another post I will do the other part of the trail from Martin Bridge to Sandy Lane.


View from the Car Park at Thornton Lodge

Along the trail there are several sculptures made from stone, wood and metal, as well as information boards, which make the trail an interesting walk for children and adults.

The Spa trail initially runs alongside the Horncastle canal and then goes through farmland.



The various sculptures and information boards along the trail add interest.  When I walked along the trail in early spring there were lambs and sheep in an adjacent field.  Parts of the trail go through trees so keep an eye out for different birds.



Here are some of pictures of the sculptures


Metal Heron Sculpture on the Spa Trail



Wooden Fern seat



Metal Viking Ship Sculpture near Martin Bridge



Wooden Diving Otter Sculpture



Martin Bridge looking towards Horncastle



Spa Trail – Horncastle to Woodhall Spa



Not the usual sign you expect to see

I did this walk in the Spring of 2015, if you would like to see more pictures from the walk head over to my Facebook Page Lincs Out and About