Spalding is one of Lincolnshire’s market towns. It’s inland from The Wash – one of Lincolnshire’s coastal landmarks, and it’s on the doorstep of one of Lincolnshire’s unique landscapes – The Fens. This relatively small town has big connections by road and rail, with Peterborough to the south, Grantham to the northwest, Boston to the northeast and Lincoln to the north. Spalding is big on the business of vegetable and bulb growing and the countryside that supports this has given the town the nickname ‘The Heart of the Fens.’ These traditional rural industries have upped their game in recent years but it’s still a delight to see the fresh produce market in the town centre every Tuesday and Saturday, with an additional Farmers’ Market on the first Saturday of each month. Spalding is big enough to have lots of facilities and amenities but small enough to have a friendly welcoming feel. It's a great place for the local villages to turn to, and a great place for a new home.
The main route connecting Spalding with the other towns and cross-country routes in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire is the A16. It goes all the way to Grimsby in the very north of the county. The A15 and A17 are a little further away but are both key routes for the wider region as is the A1. Spalding has a train station and the link with Grantham gives you access to East Coast mainline services for London King’s Cross. Local services connect with Peterborough, Doncaster and Lincoln Central.
Spalding is a hub for many of the nearby villages and hamlets. It’s got independent shops and supermarkets, a shopping outlet at Springfields, schools and a community hospital, sports clubs and play parks. The River Welland flows through the town and as well as some lovely riverside walks, there’s a little seasonal water taxi service to enjoy. It links the Springfields Shopping Outlet and Festival Gardens with the town centre – a lovely 40-minute cruise – or you can hire your own boat.
A bit further afield
Exploring the Fens is a must. It’s such a special place and the low-lying landscape is ideal for gentle walks and for cycling. The historic waterways and drainage channels are a great natural habitat too so if you’re a bird watcher, you’re in for a treat. For a full day out, you can head to the beautiful Norfolk coast and its chain of picturesque seaside villages. For family fun at the seaside, Skegness is Lincolnshire’s ever-popular seaside resort.