Bourne is nestled on the eastern slopes of the limestone Kesteven Uplands and the western edge of the Fens – an area rich in wildlife, culture and history, and renowned for its waterways, open spaces, parks and woodland.

Bourne is a growing and bustling market town with many amenities, including a large leisure centre, outdoor swimming pool, snooker and sports bar, a good range of restaurants, cafes and public houses, several gyms and a great selection of shops and businesses. 

If you are a fan of road biking, you’ll certainly never be short of back roads to explore with some truly stunning countryside and varied terrain to appreciate on-route. The woods and countryside around Bourne also provide a great location for those with mountain bikes.

Wellhead Park

Yesterday saw the grand opening of the new Wellhead Park by  Bourne 2 Play. Bourne 2 Play is the charity that was set up to make changes to the existing park with the following mission:

“The aim is to ensure that the play park is a fun place for the whole family to enjoy with other families and so helps encourage social interaction. The space needs to be of high quality to attract children and families and become a valued part of the local environment.”

It was a delight to see the huge numbers of children and families present yesterday. Warners Midlands were one of many local companies that contributed to the new park and we were very happy to see the children enjoying themselves even before the official opening!.

If you would like to know more about the story of the park please click on the link below.

Grimsthorpe Castle

Cycling is a great way to explore the hidden delights of the park. It’s quiet, healthy, invigorating, green and fun. Pack a picnic and find a sunny spot to relax. Enjoy your expedition.

To go cycling at Grimsthorpe is easy. Either bring your own bikes or hire them from us.

From 10.30am every Sunday it will be possible to hire cycles and set off to explore the waymarked park trails. You will receive free helmet loan and a map to help find your way around when you hire a cycle from us. The hire shop will also be open on Sundays during September.

The route has been designed with families in mind and avoids steep inclines and rough terrain wherever possible. The full trail is 15.5km (9.6 miles) long. Families with young children may wish to use the PINK trail (5km/3.1 miles), or simply cycle along the tarmac road from the castle into the park and back (11.8km/7.3 miles). Two other options are 14km and 9km in length.

Grimsthorpe Estate Shooting Ground

Things will be different, however, we will endeavour to try to give you as close to the original experience as possible.
You have two options, you can either book the 100 ESP course or the High Tower.
You will not be able to shoot the tower as you head around the course without a prior booking. 

Bourne Outdoor Pool

Bourne Outdoor Swimming Pool is a registered charity, operated and maintained by volunteers since 1990.

Situated in the picturesque Abbey Lawns close to the Town Centre of the Lincolnshire Market Town of Bourne the 50 yard near olympic size heated pool is one of the largest of the few surviving outdoor pools in the country.


Although the latest Govenerment Guidance has permitted the re-opening of Outdoor Swimming Pools ‘if it is safe to do so’, it is with regret that that we have taken the decision to remain closed for the remainder of the 2020 Season.
It would take several weeks to prepare the Pool and with the additional costs to manage social distancing and a reduction in the number of permitted visitors, it would not be economically viable to open for probably no more than four weeks.

Paint-A-Pot Place

Here at Paint a Pot Place we specialise in painting pottery and preserving precious memories. We are a family run business which offers great fun for all ages. Its not about being the best artist, but more about creating your own unique pieces of ceramic artwork, whether it be for a gift or to mark a special occasion.

Baldocks Mill - The Heritage Centre

Baldocks Mill is the only remaining mill in the town and is over 200 years old. The Doomsday Book gave Bourne three mills and there has been a mill on this site since 1086.

Bourne Castle was on the other side of Bourne Eau in the area now known as the Well Head Fields. The last family to live in the mill was called Baldock, hence the name Baldocks Mill.

The mill has three floors.

The Ground Floor has a small shop area and beyond this machinery and agricultural implements are displayed and the new Mill wheels can be seen through a large viewing window. Exhibitions on this floor do change.

The Middle Floor displays our permanent exhibition of Raymond Mays the famous racing driver who lived in Bourne all his life. It contains an extensive photographic exhibition of both his early racing career and the story of ERA and BRM racing cars. A number of glass cabinets house some of his cups and other memorabilia.

Also on this floor, in a smaller room, we have information about Charles Frederick Worth the famous Paris designer of perfume and haute couture.

The Top Floor is devoted to local history, different corners showing the local industries that were once in the town, such as the Water Industry and the Railway. Also shown are details of Bourne in wartime and some old domestic items of interest. The Heritage Centre is open at weekends, from 2 pm until 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.