Villages and Services

Looking for somewhere to stay, something to do or need to find a local business or hire a village hall for a group of people?  Hover your mouse over one of the pointers on the map above to view lots more information, there are a diverse range of businesses based in the Lincolnshire Wolds from ice cream parlours to riding schools, engineering to plant nurseries and everything inbetween!

Attractive hamlets and villages are scattered throughout the area, adding to the charm of the landscape. Some villages organise events for everyone to enjoy. Have a look on our events page to see what is going on. Many have a shop, tea room or pub – look at the map above to find an ideal place for a break.

The market towns on the edge of the Wolds were traditionally the centres of the rural life as places to meet, greet, buy and sell.  Today they still play that role with their active markets and lively centres.  They are a great place to spend some time, with interesting buildings and shops.


is famous for the popular and entertaining craft markets that are regularly held thoughout the year.  There is a 19th century five sailed working windmill that produces organic flour and cereals.

Alford Manor House copyright Charlotte Newton


is an attractive small town on the western escarpment of the Wolds, which has retained much of its Georgian character.  The largest sheep fairs in England were held in Caistor in 1858 when 60,000 sheep were sold!

Caistor Market Place



is a thriving market town nestled between the river Bain and river Waring.  Cobbled streets, thatched houses, Roman ruins and a 13th centure church make it a gem to explore.  The town has a wide selection of antique and artisan shops, coffee houses, restaurants and cosy pubs.  Visit the Joseph Banks Centre to discover more about the famous explorer and botanist.

St Marys church, Horncastle copyright Nev Gurnhill



Set on the eastern edge of the Wolds Louth is an historic, bustling market town that still retains its natural charm.  St James' boasts the highest spire on a parish church in England.  Climb the tower on a clear day for great views of the coast and Wolds!

Louth Market copyright D Furlong


Market Rasen

is a small picturesque market town, situated on the western edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds.  It was originally known as East Rasen, with Middle Rasen being the more important location and West Rasen following on.  Market Rasen became more prominent when it was granted the right to a market, holding the first in the 14th century.

Market Rasen Races copyright LCC



is host to a lively market, chartered in 1302, selling everything from vegetables and fish to household goods and a famous 'stones' market.  Lincolnshire's famous explorer, Sir John Franklin - the Artic navigator and explorer was born in Spilsby in 1786 - a bronze statue of hims stands in the Market Place.

Spilsby memorial copyright Sarah Grundy


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