Planning a trip? Make sure you have packed your ‘Love Tattershall Passport’! This idea has been developed to encourage visitors that go to visit Holy Trinity Church and the Castle to move through the community and beyond to discover all the local area has to offer.

The concept was developed using a grant awarded to Holy Trinity Church in 2019 from the Heritage Lottery Fund under their Inspiring Ideas - Places of Worship fund.

The funding was awarded to enable the church, working with the community, to improve the visitor experience to Tattershall and together with local and national partners, to develop a tourism strategy and pilot event.

The ‘Love Tattershall’ idea was born following wide public consultation during the summer of 2019 after which a local consortium evolved with the help of  Heritage Lincolnshire as mentors for the project.  Local partners include the National Trust, the Bat Conservation Trust and other ecologists living locally, schools and businesses within the vicinity and community organizations.

The Reverend Sue Allison, Rector in the Bain Valley Group of Parishes, said: “We had originally planned to launch the ‘Love Tattershall passport’ and the consortium at an event in May 2020 - then Covid struck!

“Instead, our ‘Love Tattershall’ plans were kept alive through social media as it was important to keep public attention on the vision for the wider area and to raise awareness of the aims of the project. Behind the scenes, work was continuing as part of the requirements for the Heritage Lottery grant and we have also had to adapt the passport for the new world post COVID, with QR codes to discover the hidden heritage and interesting facts about our local community.”

Sue concluded: “The online launch of the passport happily coincided with Easter this year and the gradual opening up of attractions and heritage sites. We are so pleased as  100 passports were downloaded over the weekend! This whole process has helped people to galvanize and to stay positive, holding on to all the good things we have to celebrate in our community.”

A physical launch is being planned for Sunday 4th July when everyone in the local community and visitors will be invited to celebrate Love Tattershall Day (Covid restrictions allowing).

In addition to the church and Tattershall Castle visitors can see Tattershall College, one of the oldest brick buildings in England; you can also meet some furry friends at Tattershall Farm Park or get very wet at Tattershall Lakes Water park where you can try Kayaking and Paddleboarding or search for treasure on the Pirate Adventure. For those with a sweet tooth you can test your mettle on the Monster Gobstopper at the sweet shop in the village that has over 500 different jars of sweets. All the details can be found in the passport:

 This item was published on Thursday 9th April 2021.