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Rural Roosts
Rural Roosts
Manor Farmhouse
Market Rasen
Lincolnshire LN8 5JJ
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Rural Roosts

Rural Roosts luxury lakeside lodges in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Show – A great family day out!

Red Arrows over Horse & Carriages Machinery section of showground Climbing Wall Having a Pimms Child golf challenge Lincoln Red Bull in parade         Horse Showjumping        Boy on Carousel        Herdwick Sheep        Dog Agility

If you are staying at Rural Roosts this week you must take the opportunity to experience a true celebration of rural Lincolnshire with an eclectic mix of breathtaking entertainment, food, shopping, music, horticulture and farm life – creating the perfect family day. (Photo’s courtesy of

The 2017 Lincolnshire Show takes place on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd June at the Lincolnshire Showground.

As one of the best County Shows, you will be spoilt for choice with eight hours of nonstop entertainment and an adventure into local history, produce and the finest offerings available right here in Lincolnshire.

Throughout the two-day event there is plenty for everyone to see, do, take part in and eat. You can expect spectacular entertainment, food, shopping, livestock and equine classes, and a whole host of other things to see and do.

Highlights in 2017 include:

  • Horse show-jumping contest;
  • Floral art competition;
  • Cooking demonstrations;
  • Motorbike and BMX stunt displays;
  • The Dog and Duck Show;
  • The Shetland Pony Grand National;
  • The Parade of Hounds.

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If you’re not booked in this year, don’t miss out next year; check out our availability at Rural Roosts for 2018:

Farm update!


Over the past year quite a lot has changed on the farm. We have slowly reduced the numbers of our sheep and increased our herd of Hereford cattle. At present we have no sheep on the farm but may be buying a small flock in the near future to help with the grazing! We are up to around 50 Herefords now, so far this year we have had 20 calves, we have 10 more to calve in June time. We have a very handsome bull called ‘Magic’, he is out in the field with the main herd at the moment. They are a very placid breed and seem to become one big family when all together. They live outside for most of the year apart from in the worst of the winter if the ground is really wet or we have them in for calving.

There is plenty of wildlife around Rural Roosts and the surrounding farmland, from Barn Owls to Badgers, kestrels to foxes. We have kingfishers often spotted on both lakes, we have a bird hide overlooking a field with a small lake – this is a hive of activity at the moment with a variety of geese, goslings hatching, Oyster Catchers and Little Egrets.

You can often see our donkey Coco and our pony Rosie (who is now about 26 years old!) grazing near the farmhouse. They always love a carrot or an apple if guests have any to spare!
You can get up close to the animals and learn more about the stock and wildlife on our farm by taking a Farm Tour with Tim during your stay in our self catering properties. If you would like to check any availability, please click on the following link which will take you through to the correct page on our website CHECK AVAILBILITY

Lincoln Grand Prix 2017

The Lincoln Grand Prix Festival of Cycling is due to take place this weekend 11th – 14th May.  This is a great weekend of cycling in the historic City of Lincoln.  There are lots of events and activities to take part in or to watch.  Tim and I will be there, Tim is taking part in the race on Saturday.

Four days of exciting cycling events, including the Criteriums, Sportive, Uphill Dash, and the Men’s and Women’s Lincoln Grand Prix.

The Lincoln Grand Prix celebrates its 62nd year as elite women and men race across historic Lincoln. Criteriums, a Sportive, and the thrilling Uphill Dash will also take place over the weekend – making for a true festival of cycling.

The the steep hills of Lincoln’s cobbled Cathedral Quarter offer a popular, exciting and tough route for the riders and spectators.


The opening event of the festival is on Thursday 11th May: Lincoln Bike Night presents an evening with Ned Boulting from 7:30pm at Lincoln Drill Hall.


Friday 12th May, 5:30pm – 10pm

A one-mile circuit around the 11th century Lincoln Castle and through Bailgate. Racing is suitable for all ages.

The races open with under 10s and under 12s girls, followed by under 10s and under 12s boys. Next, under 14s and under 16s girls and under 14 and under 16s boys races.

Following that will be 3/4 mMen (and juniors), a Womens E/1/2/3/4 race, and finally a mens E/1/2/3 race to finish a packed evenings racing.


Saturday 13th May am

Take on part of the elite race circuit, perfect for amateur cyclists who want to improve their skills and fitness. After a long ride in the tough hills of the Lincolnshire Wolds, tackle the closed road cobbled climb of Michaelgate before finishing in Castle Square at the bottom of the imposing Lincoln Cathedral.

Choose from 33, 60, 78, or 102 mile courses to take part in this fully organised event with electronic timing, feed stations, medical support, and even photography. Book on the ITP Events website.


Saturday 13th May, pm

A thrilling series of 4 rider sprint races up the infamous and grueling Michaelgate hill, parallel to Steep Hill. Winners progress through until 4 riders race in the grand final.


Sunday 14th May

The Lincoln Grand Prix is the race for elite male and female riders and is Britain’s oldest remaining classic one-day cycle race – entering its 62nd year.

Some of the UK’s top riders will take part in both races which start and finish on the historic Castle Hill: the women’s 63 mile race beginning at 9am to finish around 12pm and the men’s 103 mile race beginning at 12:30pm and ending around 4:30pm.

Apply to race on the Lincoln Grand Prix website.

If you are able to make it, we hope you also get the chance to look around the shops, pubs and restaurants in Bailgate and Steep Hill areas too and to take in the historic beauty of Lincoln.

For more info and where to watch please click  VISIT LINCOLN 

There are also many other cycling events taking part across Lincolnshire in 2017, Visit the ITP Events website for more details.

Here at Rural Roosts, we are fully booked for the weekend, so early booking for such events is recommended.  You could try staying in one of the other local b&b’s or farmstays, visit   or          

If you would like to take part or be a spectator in one of the other cycling events taking place this year or even in next year’s Grand Prix, book your stay in Rural Roosts now to ensure you have a relaxing base from which to cycle or explore.

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Lincoln Open-Top Sightseeing Bus

Whilst enjoying your holiday at Rural Roosts, why not take the opportunity to explore the historic City of Lincoln by taking a trip on Lincoln’s sightseeing bus. It’s the best way to take in the whole of Lincoln in one go – from the top deck.

Live commentary from friendly guides gives you expert insight into the history and culture of the city. And you’ll get unique views of Lincoln’s attractions and scenery from your seat on the top deck, with the chance to hop-on or hop-off wherever you like.

Tickets, costing just £10, last for two days, and kids under 16 can ride for free.

Lincoln is just a 15 minute drive from your self catering pine lodge. Tickets for the tour can be purchased from the Visit Lincoln online shop, at the Visitor Information Centre on Castle Hill or on the bus itself.  The first tour leaves Lincoln Cathedral at 10:30am and the last leaves at 3:30pm. Each tour lasts just under one hour. The sightseeing bus runs on weekends and Bank Holidays in April and May, daily from June to September, and on weekends in October.

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Photo courtesy of VisitLincoln

Lincoln History and Culture

Watch the latest promotional video by Visit Lincoln to get a taste of the great history and culture Lincoln has to offer. Why not book yourself a short break holiday in one of our self catering pine lodges – just a 15 minute drive takes you from the tranquillity of our farm nestled in the Lincolnshire countryside to the wonderful historic City of Lincoln!

Snowdrop Walk in the Woods


Snowdrop Walk in the Woods

Date: February 1, 2017 to February 28, 2017  Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm  Venue: Uncle Henry’s

It’s a fantastic time of year for lovely walks with family and friends as the springtime starts to appear. Whilst staying at our holiday lodges, as well as all the farm walks surrounding Rural Roosts, you might fancy going a bit further a field for a visit to Uncle Henry’s enchanting Snowdrop Walk in the Woods. Approximately half and hours drive takes you to Grayingham in Lincolnshire where, as well as enjoying the snowdrop walk, you can also enjoy a drink or meal at Uncle Henrys delicious Café as well as a wander in their amazing Farm Shop which stocks some wonderful Lincolnshire produce!

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Take Time and Discover Lincoln!

Rural Roosts is only a 10-15 minute drive from the wonderful historic City of Lincoln, so a great place to stay if you are looking to explore Lincoln and the surrounding countryside.

Please take time to watch this short film which displays the fantastic heritage in the area and also other unique experiences Lincoln has to offer.

Stargazing at Rural Roosts!

Orion: by getting members of the public to record the number of stars they can see, organisers of the two-week Star Count 2013 aim to find out where our light pollution hot spots are

One thing that often takes our guests by surprise when staying in their luxury holiday lodges is the beautiful night skies they get to see. With no streetlights or big roads there’s nothing to take the attention away from the stars. For some of our guests it’s the first time they’ve had the chance to look at the night sky properly. Other guests, who already have an interest in the subject, enjoy taking the opportunity to explore their hobby far away from the light pollution which blights many areas.

Each lodge has its own outdoor seating area, which provides a great place to watch the stars from (keen amateur astronomers could even set up their telescope there! For the rest of us, there’s no need of one, a pair of binoculars or just your eyes will do!) Wrap up warm in the winter, with a hot flask of tea or coffee, or make the most of mild summer nights. Guests staying in Swan Lodge, Barn Owl Cottage, Little Owl Lodge and Badger Lodge can relax in the indulgent warmth of their hot tub and stargaze from there!

If you’ve got a visit booked, take the opportunity to get to know our night skies in a bit more details. Click here for information on seasonal constellation changes and more.

Great Events in Lincolnshire

Watch this short video to get a taste of the fantastic events going on in Lincolnshire!
You can check out the dates of when things are happening on the Visit Lincoln website  and hopefully tie it in with staying here at Rural Roosts!

Lincoln Christmas Events

Dreaming of a White Christmas!
For those of you coming for your holidays at Rural Roosts over the festive period, here are some Christmassy events happening nearby which you may like to visit during your stay….

Christmas at Lincoln Cathedral
Date: November 19, 2016 to December 25, 2016  Time: All Day
Venue: Lincoln Cathedral,  Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas at Lincoln Cathedral’s Christmas and Advent programme of services and concerts.

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Christmas at Doddington Hall

Date: November 26, 2016 to December 21, 2016  Time: 9:00am to 9:00pm
Venue: Doddington Hall & Gardens
Enjoy Doddington Hall’s festive open days, and browse Christmas gifts, trees, and food from the farm shop.
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Lincoln Ice Rink

Date: November 26, 2016 to January 1, 2017  Time: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Venue: Lincoln City Square,  Get your skates on at Lincoln’s outdoor, city centre ice rink for a truly festive experience.
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Date: December 5, 2016 to January 8, 2017  Time: All Day
Venue: New Theatre Royal Lincoln,  Treat yourself and your loved ones to a fabulous fairy tale treat this Christmas at the New Theatre Royal starring Kerry Katona and Chris Johnson.
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Beauty and the Beast

Date: December 9, 2016 to January 3, 2017  Time: 10:30am to 8:00pm
Venue: Lincoln Drill Hall,  Lincoln Drill Hall’s 2016 family pantomime will retell the story of Beauty and the Beast in spectacular fashion.
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Treasure Island

Date: December 12, 2016 to December 24, 2016  Time: 10:00am to 9:00pm
Venue: Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC),  Sail to Treasure Island this Christmas for a swashbuckling adventure brimming with buccaneers and buried gold at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.
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Brrr! The Lost Polar Bear

Date: December 16, 2016 to December 24, 2016  Time: 10:30am to 2:30pm
Venue: Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC),  A charming, snowy adventure at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, full of songs, stories and silliness for ages three and over.
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Hartsholme Christmas Trail

Date: December 17, 2016 to December 21, 2016
Time: 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Venue:Hartsholme Country Park,  Take part in a festive trail around Hartsholme Country Park and help Father Christmas find his nine lost reindeer before Christmas Eve.Find out more at