Local Area Information
Welcome to RAF Wittering in this section you will be able to access a wide range of local information.
The town of Stamford is situated 3 miles from RAF Wittering, just off the A1, which was the old Great North Road leading to York and Edinburgh. Visitors to Stamford can enjoy an almost perfect unspoilt town with many Medieval and Georgian buildings.
Captured in time by its conservation status granted in 1967, this once major wool town has retained much of its old world charm and prosperity. Many of the buildings are constructed from old Lincolnshire limestone, hence the town's distinguished appearance and popularity with tourists and movie directors alike.
The town boasts 11 churches, 30 pubs, 20 restaurants and over 10 quality hotels and guest houses. Most of the pubs serve Real Ale and are conveniently within walking distance of the town centre, railway and bus stations.
Just off the A1 into Stamford is Burghley House and its grounds are described as the "most swaggering of Elizabethan palaces", the house is open to the public from Easter to October and contains a nationally important collection of porcelain, furniture and art from Europe and Asia. There is also a gift shop and the Orangery restaurant.
The park that surrounds Burghley House is open all year. It was laid out by Capability Brown and contains a fine Sculpture Garden.
Close by is Peterborough a thriving city - a regional centre for commerce, industry, transport and leisure. It is rapidly expanding to meet the demand for new houses, and is home to a community of diverse cultures. The city is surrounded by contrasting countryside - gently undulating limestone and clay hills to the west, the flat expanse of the Fens to the east. Limestone cottages and winding sunken lanes give way to bold brick buildings and long straight roads and dykes.
Peterborough City has something to offer everyone, from an annual Beer Festival to a visit to the Key Theatre. Whilst in the heart of the city why not visit Peterborough Museum and also "an undiscovered gem" Peterborough Cathedral that was founded as an Abbey in 655, with its magnificent painted nave roof has perhaps England's grandest Norman interior. It contains the tomb of Catherine of Aragon and the original grave of Mary Queen of Scots - beheaded at nearby Fotheringhay.
Not far away is the Peterborough Arena/East of England Showground, Flag Fen, Britain's Bronze Age centre where you can learn about the Bronze Age or Sacrewell Farm and meet the animals and visit the 18th century mill. Rutland Water
Rutland Water is one of the largest man-made lakes in Europe and is located in Rutland, England’s smallest county six miles west of Stamford. It offers many amenities, including cycle hire, bird watching, fishing, boat hire and water sports.
The Nene Valley Railway
The Nene Valley Railway is home to Thomas, the children's favourite, and many other engines. This privately run railway offers steam trips between Wansford and Peterborough.
Railworld is an exhibition centre and museum about train travel worldwide and the environmental challenges of transport.
Tolethorpe Hall is widely regarded as Europe's finest open air theatre, set in grounds of a superb historic country house. The season runs from early June till September, and attracts more than 30,000 theatre lovers. There is a restaurant, but many take the opportunity to picnic in the grounds.
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