The Lincolnshire Wolds has seen the start of many inquisitive lives, including explorers and founding fathers in the 17th and 18th centuries, Captain John Smith, Sir Joseph Banks and Sir John Franklin. Anne Hutchinson and the Wesley brothers John and Charles, changed lives through their religious work in the 17th and 18th centuries.
The Tennyson family has a strong association with the area with Alfred, Lord Tennyson - the Poet Laureate – born here and spending much of his formative years in Somersby, Tealby, Louth and Horncastle. Aspects of the landscape are featured in many of his works, including The Brook and Maude.
Peter de Wint, the 19th century landscape artist, captured many panoramic scenes of the working landscape, often visiting the Lincolnshire Wolds whilst visiting family in Lincoln.
The Lincolnshire Wolds provided a setting for 20th century literature in A.S. Byatt's Booker Prize-winning novel Possession. Today it continues to provide inspiration for local artists, craftsmen and writers, with events such as the Wolds Words festival, based in Louth, and Art on the Map. Many villages organise events for everyone to enjoy, from fetes, shows and walks to duck races and concerts.