Grantham and neighboring villages are a part of Lincolnshire, the fourth largest county in England. Whether you are interested in sports, clubs, outdoor activities, art, heritage sites and more, there is something for everyone just in this local area.
Visit the website hosted by the Lincolnshire County Council for some of the cultural and leisure opportunities in the immediate area. Here is a small sample:
Besides the “world famous” Harlaxton Lions basketball and volleyball teams, there are some community sports teams as well. For the most up-to-date information visit www.grantham-online.co.uk and www.lincolnshiresports.com. You can also find the latest version of the South Kesteven Leisure Directory at www.southkesteven.gov.uk
The Meres Leisure Centre (local sports club) hosts a variety of classes, for example:
- Garreth Jones School of Martial Arts
- Lau Gar Kung Fu
- Lincolnshire Ju Jitsu Club
- Netball clubs
- Football (soccer) clubs
- Grantham Swimming Club
- Grantham Kings Water Polo Club
- Grantham Town (football) Supports Club
- ...and more!
There are other venues that host sporting activities, such as:
- Golf at the De Vere Belton Woods Hotel
For all you golf-enthusiasts! A true golfers paradise, De Vere Belton Woods is home to the Midland PGA Championship Tournament.
Grantham Meres Leisure Centre
The Meres Leisure Centre also hosts two swimming pools, flume, main sports hall, climbing wall, small hall, table tennis centre, health & fitness facilities, meeting room, turf pitches, football (soccer) facilities, athletics track, and tennis courts.
Activities include: Health & Fitness, aerobics, step aerobics, step & Tone, circuit training, conditioning classes, swimming, badminton, football (soccer), basketball, table tennis, climbing, tennis, and yoga.
Harlaxton and Grantham are well served by various local churches and other places of worship. The following list is not exhaustive:
If the 117 acres of park and woodland at Harlaxton are not enough ...
- Queen Elizabeth Park
Seasonal availability and access to fishing pond and picnic areas, also includes a conservation pond and floral conservation areas.
- Wyndham Park
Offers an outdoor paddling pool, 2 bowling green, 2 hard tennis courts, golf putting courses, children’s play area, flower and shrub beds, and a boating lake
- Dysart Park
Offers an outdoor paddling pool, a bowling green, a hard tennis court, golf putting course, children’s play area, bandstand (brass band concerts in summer), and flower and shrub beds.
- Riverside Walk
This is an informal walkway that extends from the north of Manthorpe Road to Dysart Park beside the River Witham for 2.5 miles. This pass through the town’s three public parks and other areas of grass and open space.
Local entertainment venues include:
- Guildhall Arts Centre
This site offers information for participating in (or attending) events and shows (comedy, drama, music, and dance). Regular workshops are also hosted by the Centre.
- Paragon Cinema
Nottingham (a relatively inexpensive, 30 minute train ride from Grantham) which releases first-run movies in the UK.
Generations of Harlaxton alumni remember with fondness Hop Sing’s Tudor House Chinese Restaurant at 21 Westgate in Grantham, and some make a pilgrimage there when they return. But there are many different places to eat out, including quite a few fish-n-chips shops, international eat-in/take-away/delivery, and pub-style food! Here is just a short list of the places you can find in the area:
- The Gregory pub (British), at the top of Harlaxton’s lane
- The Chequers Inn pub (British gourmet), Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir
- Ask Restaurant Ltd (Italian), Unit 14, The George Shopping Centre
- Que Pasa (Tapas), www.quepasa.co.uk, 15-16 Finkin Street
- Mr. Man & Pang Chinese Restaurant, 27-28 Wharf Road
- Dragon Inn Chinese Restaurant, 15 London Road
- Siam Garden Thai Restaurant, 59-a London Road
- Raja Tandoori Restaurant (Indian), 7 Wesgate
- Harry's Place (French), 17 High Street, Great Gonerby
- Sorrento's (Italian), 11 Market Place
- The Blue Pig Inn (Pub food), 9 Vine Street
- Goose at the Bank (Pub food), 55 High Street
- ....and much more!