Like many towns and cities all across the UK, the high street in Bourne is suffering due to a multitude of factors, including high business rates & rent, online shopping and supermarkets. To make the issue even more, Bourne is close to other larger towns and the city of Peterborough that offer a much greater choice to shoppers. The danger is that if we don't support our local town, more shops will ultimately have to close down and we will lose all those independent shops that have served our community for many years. Is this really what we want for Bourne? The phrase 'Use it or lose it' can never be overstated!
Bourne has so much to offer!
Bourne has a great selection of shops selling a wide variety of items, meaning there's a good chance you'll be able to find exactly what you're looking for right here in Bourne.
Bourne is fortunate to benefit from a number of popular high-street retailers, including Superdrug, Boots, Macay's, Clinton Cards, Subway and Heron Foods, along with some long-established independent retailers, such as the popular Harrison & Dunn, stocking a wide range of everyday hardware essentials (tools and power tools, plumbing and electrical equipment, paint and paint supplies and garden supplies). There is also North Shoes, who sells a huge range of shoe wear for all ages, A Little Something (South Road) who sell furniture, ladies clothing and gifts, and Jessie Bellamy who offer quality fashions, including School wear, ladies wear, menswear, lingerie, and sleepwear. You will also find a number of jewellers and boutiques, along with a butcher, deli, tailors, bakery, florist, and shops selling shabby sheek, gifts, cards, sportswear, ladies clothing, lighting, wedding dresses, video games, computer repairs, sweets, food, and general everyday essentials. You'll also find all a number of estate agents, beauty salons, hairdressers, Post Office and most of the major banks. There really is something for everyone in Bourne!
Shopping in Bourne is certainly a much more laid back and friendly experience than what you would find in near-by Peterborough or other larger towns - there are far less people, meaning less crowds and queuing, and all parking in Bourne is FREE, so you'll never have to pay to shop here (see http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/bourne/ to find out where parking is located in Bourne). In the summer months, you'll find the town in its full glory with a vast array of colorful flower displays. During the Christmas season, the town has a lovely festive atmosphere with a fantastic array of Christmas lights and festive displays in shops and businesses - this makes shopping for Christmas gifts that bit more enjoyable. The town is also kept very clean through-out the year by willing volunteers, along with the council, so it's rare to find a great deal of rubbish and graffiti in the town centre. Occupancy rates of units in the town also tend to be above the national average - a strong indicator that the town centre is thriving.
If you require public conveniences, Bourne has modern and well maintained facilities located at the South Kesteven Community Point and Library (accessed via Burghley Archard and Hereward Street).
Bourne also has a vibrant cafe culture, with a number of stylish coffee shops and cafes, including Costa Coffee (North Street), Bourne Eau Terrace (West Street) - with a lovely outdoor seating area, and the Wild Heart Music Shop & Cafe (Angel Precinct) - a unique music shop and cafe in one. You'll certainly never be short of somewhere to stop off and have a well-deserved break from shopping, or just somewhere to meet up and have a catch up with friends and family. If you need a bite to eat, most of the pubs in the town centre provide a great selection of quality food served though-out the day. There are also a fantastic selection of restaurants offering a wide selection of cuisines, including the Yang Xian Chinese Restaurant (North Street), which was voted one of the best oriental restaurants in the East Midlands and Sassi's (South Street) - one of the best Thai restaurants in the area!
If you need to keep the kids occupied for a few hours, why not try Paint A Pot Place, were you and the kids can enjoy yourself painting a pot or two. There's also Let's Play, which features a kids soft playframe, a separate toddler soft play area, electric go karts, a mini sports court, cafe and three birthday party areas. You'll also find a well equipped children's playground and large playing field on the Wellhead Field (located at the back of the Wellhead Gardens and off Manor Lane), which has bench seating for adults to relax whilst their children play.
To escape the busy high-street, you can take a walk in the spacious and idyllic park, just seconds from the town centre. Here you find 21 acres of parkland, including a number of bench seats to sit down and relax, and some pretty streams and walk ways. You'll also find the famous St Peters Pool - one of the most ancient sites of artesian water supply in the country. There are also the beautiful Memorial Gardens, with relaxing water fountains as the focal point, surrounded by large weeping willow trees. Just a 20 minute walk outside the town centre, you'll find the Bourne woods - a vast expanse of ancient woodland, perfect for exploring by foot or cycle on a nice day.
Bourne may seem quiet at first glance, but there is always lots going on in the town. During the summer season, for example, Bourne hosts a number of big events, including the very popular Bourne Festival (held at the Wellhead Field) and the Classic Car Show (held at the Wellhead Gardens). There are also a number of beer festivels and events hosted through-out the summer by pubs in the town centre - Smiths of Bourne, for example, had their 10th annual beer festivel this year (2016), which featured an outside bar, real ales and live music. To mark the beginning of the Christmas season, there is also an annual Christmas market and light switch-on that features live music from bands and carol singers, and entertainment throughout the town centre. These events help to bring the community together and raise much-needed money for local charities. To see a full list of events in and around Bourne, please visit our Local Events page.
If you're thinking about setting up a business, why not choose Bourne? It's a growing and lively town with a vibrant town centre and lots of activities going on through-out the year to bring people into the town. The town centre lies at the intersection between four main roads so businesses in the town centre receive a lot of exposure from passing traffic. There are a good mix of units available to rent or buy in the town centre, including some brand new spacious units recently built by South Kesteven District Council as part of a regeneration project for the town. The town centre has seen many new businesses open in recent times, most of which have reported doing well. There are also plans for several other new businesses to open in the coming year, including some big national chains - a sign that companies feel confident in investing in the town.
Please find below a short film by South Kesteven District Council about Bourne in Lincolnshire highlighting the town's road and rail connections and promoting it as a great place to do business.
Bourne Town Map and Shop Listings
Make a difference to the Bourne community!
It's the small things that can really make a difference to a community, so get involved in making Bourne a better place to live by reporting any suspicious behaviour that you see, ensuring any litter is placed in the bin, keeping the area around your property looking neat and tidy, and helping to support local charities/businesses. You'll be surprised how good it makes you feel when you contribute to making your community a better place to live - why not simply challenge yourself to pick up one bit of litter every day and place it in the bin? If a great number of people did this, just imagine how much cleaner the town would be! Litter makes an area look scruffy and uncared for - don't you agree?
Volunteering in the Bourne community
Volunteering even just a small part of your time can be massively rewarding and can help make a real difference in the community. There are many organisations in and around Bourne that rely on volunteers to keep them running - the organisations below are just a few of those looking for volunteers. For a full list of volunteering opportunities in the town, please see bourne-lincolnshire.cylex-uk.co.uk.
Organisations in Bourne looking for volunteers
Bourne Outdoor Pool are always looking for volunteers to help maintain the pool and keep it looking tidy - to get involved, please call 01778 422804. You can also get involved in Bourne in Bloom, which looks to improve the general appearance of the town using floral displays, trees, shrubs, and landscaping. To help support Bourne in Bloom, contact 01778 426123. Bourne Food Bank is another great organisation for the town that provides much-needed food parcels for those struggling to afford to feed themselves. To provide a helping hand and keep this organisation running, call 01778 424206 or email email@example.com.
Together, we can create a community to be proud of!
Did you know?
Bourne Outdoor Pool is one of the largest of the few surviving lidos in the country, at a size of 50 yards (that's near Olympic size!).