Hanthorpe is a quiet rural hamlet in the south of the county of Lincolnshire, and well placed for events which take place throughout the year at Grimsthorpe Castle, Burghley House, Stamford, the Stamford Shakespeare season, (June- August) at Tolthorpe Hall, the Spalding Flower Festival in May, the John Clare Festival at Helpston and Burghley Horse Trials in September.
The nearest market town of Bourne is steeped in history and has been a settlement since the Roman invasion growing into a Saxon village and, said to be the birthplace of ‘Hereward the Wake’ the last Saxon warrior to resist the Norman invasion.
For those motor racing enthusiasts, Bourne is the home of the late Raymond Mays known worldwide as “Mr. Motor Racing”, who founded and built ERA and BRM racing cars.
An exhibition on three floors, displaying information and artefacts relating to Bourne can be found at "Baldocks Mill Heritage Centre" which is staffed by volunteers from the Bourne Civic Society, and is the only remaining mill in the town. Exhibits of Raymond Mays and Charles Worth (designer of women’s fashion and founder of haute couture) is a must for the ladies to see.
Although the Heritage Centre is normally only open at weekends and bank holidays, visits can be arranged at other times for guests staying at Maycroft Cottage.
Crafts and antiques shops can be found in the town, plus a market every Thursday and Saturday.