Local businesses, Holy Trinity Church and Tattershall Castle are joining forces to develop a tourism strategy to transform the visitor experience in the village.

Titled ‘Living, learning and growing together’ this project is being funded with a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The partners in the programme are the local council, schools, businesses, church and castle and Heritage Lincolnshire is acting as mentor.

Currently the church and the castle are the focus for visitors in the area but there is a wealth of other local attractions and businesses that are not currently fully celebrated to their full potential, and this project aims to address that.

There has already been a period of consultation with visitors to find out where they went, what they liked and how they thought this could be improved.

The first revelation to the partners was that the profile of the visitors to the area was not that of whom they thought were visiting. It had been assumed that the majority of day-trippers were older couples but the data showed there were also a large number of families and family groups or grandparents with grandchildren. The feedback also revealed that most people were not first-time visitors but people from around Lincolnshire or surrounding counties as well as those staying at Tattershall Lakes.

Revd Sue Allison at Holy Trinity Church said: “I have really enjoyed helping to facilitate the consultation by going out with fliers and talking to people. We have gained some very valuable insights into both who are visitors are and what they like. The results from the research will be incorporated into our plans starting with our Easter Fayre next year which will bring together church, castle and community.

“Everyone involved in the project wants the whole community to thrive and this collective tourism strategy is really vital to the future of our village and the people in it.”

The church has a long history and it was King Henry VIth who granted permission for this church to be built and it was completed by 1500. A number of notable people endorsed the building of the Church including Ralph Cromwell, Chancellor to King Henry, who commissioned the building of Tattershall Castle, the ruined remains of which stand next to the church.