Stamford, proclaimed by Sir Walter Scott to be “the finest stone town in England”, lying less than 100 miles north of London, is ideally placed for a UK caravan holiday or a weekend break. Being the first town in the UK to become a conservation area in 1967 it retains, to this day, much of its magnificent, architectural heritage.
Well known for regularly being a finalist in “the best place to live in Britain” survey run by The Sunday Times, and being the idyllic location used in television dramas such as Pride and Prejudice and Middlemarch. Stamford claims to have 30 pubs, 11 churches, 10 hotels and 20 restaurants all within walking distance of the bus and railway stations and the town centre, plus over 600 mellow, limestone listed buildings.
There are many attractions and places to visit in and around the town, but you may need to find a static caravan to rent for longer than a weekend to enjoy them all.
Where to visit in Stamford
Your first port of call for Tourist information, located at St Mary’s Street, should be Stamford Arts Centre. This theatre and the assembly rooms, constructed in 1727, offer many exhibitions, workshops, music and live theatre. Here you can visit the coffee shop, gallery or the gift shop while you browse the tourist brochures and make plans for your visit.
The Shakespeare Company – Tolethorpe Hall
During the summer months of June, July and August, the Stamford Shakespeare Company present their plays at the Rutland Open Air theatre, an amazing, atmospheric setting, with performances booking now for 2016, such as Macbeth and The Tempest.
One of the finest, grandest houses from Tudor times constructed initially between 1555 and 1587, by the Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, and now open to the public. Enjoy 18 treasure filled state rooms within Burleigh House displaying a world famous collection of porcelain, paintings and tapestries. Your visit will include access to the beautiful parkland and grounds, designed by Capability Brown, where you can see fallow deer grazing, as you take a scenic walk around the estate.
All Saints’ Brewery – All Saints Street
It is known that malting and brewing activities have been carried out for centuries, here in the brewery, now using a steam brewing process to produce handcrafted organic fruit beers, which you can sample and buy at the Melbourn Bros pub, also on All Saints Street.
Shopping in Stamford
Explore the hidden courtyards and narrow alleyways that are home to individual shops, designer boutiques and fine jewellers; whilst the high street has a wide range of recognized and independent retailers. Stamford is an active, flourishing, market town, with a main street market held each Friday, a smaller market on a Saturday, and a Farmer’s Market which is held once a fortnight.
Whether it’s the fine Georgian buildings, the tranquil river walks or the more modern-day attractions that enchant you, Stamford has something to appeal to all of its visitors.
Finding a static caravan to rent for a UK caravan holiday is an easy process when you book directly with the owners on the Rent My Caravan website, but don’t delay as they are being booked quite quickly for the 2016 holiday season.