The Area & Things to Do
Church Farm is situated in the quiet, rural village of Anderby, two miles east of the picturesque beach of Anderby Creek. This unspoilt stretch of coast, lined with sand dunes, is perfect for a day by the sea, for paddling, sand castle building, kite flying, beachcombing or cloud watching in the wonderful Anderby Creek Cloud Bar.
Anderby lies at the heart of Lincolnshire's newly established Coastal Country Park, where ancient meadows and nature reserves meet stunning sandy beaches.The Park stretches along the coast from Sandilands to Chapel St Leonards, and inland to Hogsthorpe , Mumby, Anderby and Huttoft.
A new visitors centre, The North Sea Observatory, has being built high on the sea wall at Chapel Point. Now open, visitors are able to enjoy fantastic views across the beach and North Sea.The building will also house a cafe, art gallery and the local Coastwatch.
As you travel along the coastal road,you will encounter the diversley named beaches of Moggs Eye, Wolla Bank, Chapel Six Marshes and Huttoft Car Terrace. Make sure to climb the Sound Tower at the entrance to Chapel Six Marshes and visit the Round and Round House at Anderby Creek. The country's very first 'Cloud Bar' can also be found at Anderby Creek where you can watch the endlessly changing skies of this part of Lincolnshire.
There is ample car parking at all the beaches but why not take the opportunity to explore the area by foot. A network of rights of way offer the perfect way to discover this distinctive landscape. Walkers will also be able to access the section of England's Coastal Path which passes through the Coastal Country Park and is due to open soon.
The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust maintains the nature reserves within the Park and regularly hosts guided walks along the seashore. To learn more and discover their full calendar of events, visit their website, www.lincstrust.org.uk
The flat landscape is perfect for cycling. We have secure garaging for your own bikes or why not hire ours. We have five adult bikes which are available for hire to our guests on a daily basis.Please speak to us directly and we can let you know all the details and costs.
Away from the Coastal Country Park, the local area around Church Farm hosts many attractions to keep all ages entertained, including the following,
On Your Marques is a Model Car Museum in Mumby, which features a 45m long Scalextrix track. Visit www.on-your-marques.com
Farmer Browns Ice Cream Parlour and cafe at Huttoft produce ice cream using milk and double cream from their own dairy herd.Visit www.farmerbrownsicecream.co.uk
Meet some of the donkeys that are looked after by the Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary at Huttoft. Visit www.radcliffedonkeys.com
The Manor House at Alford is reputed to be the country's largest thatched manor house. Visit www.alfordmanorhouse.co.uk.
See how flour is made in Alford's working 5 Sailed Windwill. Visit www.alford-windmill.co.uk
We regularly produce a Newsletter which updates any changes at Church Farm and provides information on locally planned events. Please let us know if you would like to receive these direct to your email.
Spring 2018 Newletter
With signs of Spring everywhere at last, it seems an appropriate time to start planning a trip away . Hopefully, the details of some local events and ideas may provide you with the inspiration to visit this unique part of Lincolnshire's coastal area.
The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust provide regular guided walks along the beach at Anderby Creek, with the next one programmed for Sunday 29th May. For a full calendar of events, visit www.lincstrust.org.uk
The Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival is back for its 14th year, beginning on Saturday 19th May. With over 104 walks over 16 days, there are events for all ages and abilities. Visit www.woldswalkingfestival.co.uk
Open Farm Sunday takes place this year on Sunday 10th June and once again, Farmer Brown's Farm and Ice Cream Parlour at Huttoft is participating. Visit www.farmsunday.org
On 21st July, Anderby will host its very own music festival, 'Anderby Rocks. This is a village organised music and fun day, featuring local bands and performers and raising money for Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. Fingers crossed for the weather!
The Beach Hut Festival at Sutton on Sea takes place over the weekend of 21st-22nd July. Visit www.lincolnshirebikeweek.co.uk
The Sutton on Sea and Trusthorpe Carnival will take place on 29th July, with 'Heroes and Villains' being the parade theme.Visit www.suttononsea.info
If any of these events have persuaded you to plan a trip away, please check availability and prices on our website
Summer 2018 Newsletter
As predictable as it is, I cannot open this newsletter without making reference to the weather. The 'beast from the east' is now firmly forgotten, as we all 'enjoy' endless days of blue skies and sunshine. A quick paddle in the sea last week certainly showed the impact of the heat, it felt almost Mediterranean.
A major new landmark for this area, the North Sea Observatory, finally opened its doors on Monday 30th July. This is a purpose built marine observatory built ( bravely) high on the sea wall at Chapel Point. It will be open all year round and offers panoramic views of the surrounding seascape. Sharing this space are the local Coastguard, a gallery for art exhibitions and craft workshops and cafe. Dont forget your binoculars!
The Observatory , it is hoped, will encourage more people to explore the remoter beaches and nature reserves which can be found along the winding coastal road from Chapel Point to Sutton on Sea.
Already built and part of the landscape, are a series of structures which bring a distinctive feel to some of the beaches. The Sound Tower at Chapel Six Marshes, and the Round and Round Tower and Cloud Bar at Anderby Creek have been designed to offer different perspectives of the sky, sea and shoreline. The Salt Licks structure at Huttoft Car Terrace possibly fell victim to the tide and is no longer visible but others are planned shortly.
Let's hope these new developments don't detract from the essence of the area which brings back visitors time and time again, namely the space, solitude and a break ( often windswept) from day to day life. Here we go with the weather again!
A little further afield but still very much coastal, the seal colony at Donna Nook saw its first pup born on 13th October last year, the earliest yet recorded. A total of 2033 pups were born on the beach last year, with the colony size peaking in mid-November. Most seals had left by mid- December.