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Surf's up... head down to the beach

It will be a beautiful TWO days in Central Park when the beach comes to town again.

After last year's massively successful beach days the sand will return to Central Park for Wednesday and Thursday, August 10 and 11.

More than 4,000 people enjoyed Boston's first two-day beach party in Central Park last summer.

A sandy beach, double the size of last year's, will again be laid in the park and donkey rides, bouncy castles, circus skills, games, competitions and beach-related arts and crafts will be laid on, all for free.

Boston Big Local will again fund this year's event and it will be supported by partner agencies - Mayflower Housing, Boston Children's Centre, Transported Arts and Boston United in the Community.

The beach will be open from 10am to 3pm both days and all for free.

And there will be free family entertainment in the Market Place on Fridays, July 22 and 29... when you get a chance to put dad in the medieval stocks and throw wet sponges at him!

Here's ten more reasons to linger longer in Boston this summer:

1      The Stump - after you've marvelled at the grandness outside and inside climb the tower for a bird's eye view of the town and 20 miles around. It has the tallest non-cathedral church tower in the world. You are back in medieval times and the view is of the fourth-
richest provincial town in England with a port second only to London's.

2      The Guildhall - free admission to a medieval gem dating back to 1390. One of the earliest buildings to be built from that "new-fangled" construction material - bricks. Inside, step into the cells where the Pilgrim Fathers were locked up before they eventually escaped to found modern America.

3      Fydell House - next door to the Guildhall; Boston's finest house with elegant enclosed and secluded gardens. Are we mad - it's free, too.

4       Maud Foster Windmill - the tallest commercial mill in the UK. You can buy Maud Foster ground flour there to take home and make your own delicious loaf.

5      Market Place and market - one of the best medieval market squares in the country and one of the best outdoor markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays, craft market on Thursdays and other occasional events such as the Continental Market. Free family events and entertainment in the Market Place throughout the summer.

6      The lanes - the medieval feeder lanes leading to the Market Place. Explore these for unique and individual traders and places to eat and drink some of Lincolnshire's finest fare.

7      Riverside walk and marina - stroll the riverside path from St Botolph's footbridge. If you are feeling energetic cross the Grand Sluice and carry on alongside the non-tidal River Witham where the boats are moored.

8      Memorial Gardens - recently cleaned and featuring the Veterans Way. A peaceful place for grateful reflection.

9      Central Park - for a relaxing picnic lunch and somewhere for the children to let off steam

10     Witham Way Country Park and nature reserve - wildlife by the River Witham, nature on your doorstep.

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