Duo of National Trust sites join Destination Lincolnshire as partners
The National Trust’s Tattershall Castle and Gunby Hall are both now officially Destination Lincolnshire partners.
It’s always a pleasure welcoming new partners into the fold, and with two out of five National Trust sites in Lincolnshire (which also include Belton House, Woolsthorpe Manor and Sandilands) now on board, Tattershall Castle and Gunby Hall are very much paving the way for their fellow Trustees to take that step and utilize the knowledge, destination marketing expertise, and support of their DMO.
On joining Destination Lincolnshire, Steven Tune, National Trust Senior Marketing and Communications Officer, said: “We are so rural here, and yes, we know our audiences, but we wanted to attract different audiences, new faces. We feel Destination Lincolnshire is the DMO to help us do that - the team has such a good reputation.
“Historically, the National Trust tends to work solely in-house, but in Lincolnshire there is that need for tourism businesses to come together, amplify their offering. Working with Destination Lincolnshire will be fantastic for us in regard to forming partnerships across the sector. Attending events that are going to be put in place for Partners, so we get expand our network, see if trends are happening across the board or if they’re specific to us, and see what other businesses are experiencing.
“Having access to the resources and knowledge that the Destination Lincolnshire team has can only further us as an attraction to help us expand the net and wider our reach. Especially with the rebrand, with Visit Lincoln moving to sit within the Destination Lincolnshire brand.
“Working on this new angle of plugging the countryside, coast, and city as one whole package is exactly what we need. There is so much in the areas surrounding Tattershall Castle and Gunby Hall, so much to see and explore. A lot of our visitors tend to call in on route to the coast, so it does all tie in together really nicely as an ‘experience’. I’m excited to work with Destination Lincolnshire to see how they can help bring the area to life proactively.”
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Dating back to 1700, Gunby Hall country house is set within Victorian walled gardens, at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds, near Spilsby. Around eight miles from Skegness, Gunby is not far from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s home at Somersby. It was of Gunby that Tennyson wrote the lines “A haunt of ancient piece”.
With links to Tennyson, Charles Darwin and Ralph Vaughan-Williams, there is much to discover about the family home of the Massingberd family. Surrounding the hall are eight acres of Victorian walled gardens, featuring sweeping lawns, beautiful wildflowers, and immaculate vegetable patches. The Gunby grounds also house a Grade II listed clocktower, carriage house and stable block.
Situated in the heart of Lincolnshire, this magnificent 15th century red brick castle is an excellent example of what wealth and power once looked like. Tattershall Castle rises proudly from the Lincolnshire fens, a striking addition to the otherwise flat landscape. Built by Lord Ralph Cromwell, the Treasurer of England, Tattershall Castle was designed to show off his wealth, position, and power.
From the delicate blooms of spring to the enchanting colors of autumn; the beautiful grounds at Tattershall Castle are a special place all year round. The moated grounds are home to an abundance of wildlife, while the site as a whole plays host to a number of outdoor events and activities throughout the year, from Easter egg hunts to historic reenactments.
From theatre and music to foodie partnerships and seasonal activities, the opportunity for forging some incredible partnerships from within the Destination Lincolnshire family is abundant at attractions such as Tattershall Castle and Gunby Hall.