Shop, eat, buy local

Bourne is a growing town with a bright and exciting future, however, like many towns and cities all across the UK, the high street in Bourne is under threat due to a multitude of factors, including high business rates & rent, online shopping and supermarkets.

The danger is that if we don't support our local town, the shops will know and love will ultimately have to close down and we will lose the wonderful independent shops that have served our community for many years.

Shopping locally strengthens the local economy, creates more local jobs and reduces your carbon footprint. A vibrant and growing town centre is so important in creating a sense of community and prosperity, and encouraging more people to visit the town.

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Four Good Reasons Not to Shop Online

Internet shopping may be convenient at times but remember that the money you're spending is often going into the pockets of rich corporations like Amazon that provides little or no benefit to local economy. It's also a myth that prices are always cheaper online and you may find the high street can offer better deals.

How many times have you brought an item online, only to find when it arrives that the wrong item has been sent or that it is not as expected? Ratings for a product are often provided, but these can easily be faked. When buying from the high street, you can see what you are buying and ask questions about an item, meaning there is much less chance of making an incorrect purchase. It's also much easier to return it, should you make a mistake or should the item be faulty.

Shopping on the high street is also more sociable - it's not just shops on the high street, a selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants are also at your disposal, not to mention banks, the post office, beauty salons and hair dressers. You may also find yourself bumping into an old friend and having a much-needed catch-up.

And let's not forget the added benefit of actually getting out the house, getting some fresh air and exercise. You don't even have to pay for parking in Bourne!

Remember that for every item you purchase locally, every drink you buy in a local pub and every Bourne restaurant you eat at, you'll be putting money back into the local economy and helping maintain jobs!

M&S Foodhall, Bourne

A Great Selection of Shops

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. In fact, you may be pleasantly surprised just how much Bourne has to offer. Far from the onslaught of discount chains and fast food outlets that tarnish some towns and cities, Bourne has a more 'up-market' feel and has been fortunate enough to retain many of its independent retailers.

Take a closer look at some of our independent retailers

A Little Something Fabulous, Bourne

A Little Something Fabulous...

Location on South Street in a beautiful old building, A Little Something Fabulous is an independent retailers selling a wide range of Italian designer ladies clothing and gifts. The perfect place for a little something fabulous.

Buckles & Bows...

Located on North Street, this stylish independent ladies retailer stock a wide range of branded ladies footwear, handbags and accessories in all the latest styles and colours. A friendly welcome awaits.

Buckles & Bows, Bourne
Dani's, Bourne

Dani's...

Location on North Street, Dani's is a friendly independent retailer specialising in ladies fashions, local artisan gifts and beautiful costume jewelry. A great place to find that special something.

Bourne Book Shop...

Located within the popular Burghley Centre, this friendly book shop is independently run and offers a wide selection of books for children and adults. A great place to find that much-loved book.

Bourne Book Shop, Bourne
North Shoes, Bourne

North Shoes...

Founded in 1876 by William North, North Shoes is a family run retailer selling quality branded footwear in the latest styles. Whether it's footwear for adults or children, North Shoes can provide.

Greetings...

Located within Burghley Centre, this long serving independent retailer offers a great selection of high quality cards, wrapping paper and gifts. For special occasions, this is the place to go.

Greetings, Bourne
The Sweet Shop, Bourne

The Sweet Shop...

Located in the attractive Angel Precinct, The Sweet Shop sells much more than just sweets and chocolates - you'll also find everything you could need for special occasions, such as balloons, banners and decorations.

Stephanies Flowers & Gifts...

Located within Crown Walk, this established retailer has over 30 years of experience in the floristry world, stocking a wide selection of fresh quality flowers, alongside plants and gifts. They can arrange flowers to suit any budget and occassion.

Stephanies Flowers & Gifts, Bourne
Spice of Life, Bourne

Spice of Life...

Located in the popular The Burghley Centre, Spice of Life is one of the top independent health food shops in the UK and the oldest in Lincolnshire. They stock Organic, Fairtrade, Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free Foods.

Sophie Allport...

Located on Spalding Road, Sophie Allport offers a collection of homewares, bags, accessories, bedding, home fragrance and collections for pets and children. There is also a selection of items hand-picked by Sophie including furniture, mirrors, lamps and other home accessories.

Sophie Allport, Bourne
Alec Day Butchers, Bourne

Many More...

Bourne is also served by two fantastic butchers, two long established jewellers and several other much-loved independent businesses - it's what makes Bourne that extra bit special.

Alongside our much-loved independent retailers, Bourne benefits from a number of popular high street retailers, including M&S Foodhall, Card Factory, Superdrug, Boots, Macay's, Subway, Heron Foods and Argos. You'll also find a number of estate agents, beauty salons, nail bars, hairdressers, Post Office and some of the major banks. There really is something for everyone in Bourne!

Free Parking & Friendly Service

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 (subject to restrictions), so you should 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 and units that do become empty are often snapped up pretty quickly - 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, behind the Town Hall). These facilities are open daily but there is a charge of 20p to use them, which goes towards the maintenance and up-keep of these much-needed facilities. Public conveniences are also located on South Street opposite the Memorial Gardens.

Delaine Bus

If you don't have a car then Bourne is well-served by a reputable family bus company, Delaine Buses, who have proudly served the town for many years. Delaine, who have their headquarters located in Bourne, have a modern fleet of buses that operate a reliable and friendly service across the town and surrounding areas - this makes it easy to take a trip into town or visit near-by areas. There are several bus stops across the town, with the main bus station being located on North Street. The full timetables operated by the buses can be viewed on the company website at www.delainebuses.com/timetables.html.

Car Parks in Bourne

Car Parks in Bourne

Please note that parking at The Burghley Centre is restricted to 4 hours maximum and operates as pay & display during the week and on Saturdays, with the first two hours FREE. Parking is FREE after 5.00pm Monday to Saturday and all day Sunday. You can pay via a mobile phone app called Pay by Phone - please enter the code 800962.

A Vibrant Cafe Culture

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 Sassi's (South Street) - one of the best Thai restaurants in the area! There is even a wine and tapas bar (North Street), should you require a little class, and a chinese tapas bar for that something a little different.

Paint a Pot, Bourne

Entertain the Kids

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 - you can find this fun establishment right in the town centre, down Wherrys Lane. There's also Escape - an indoor soft play centre for children. 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.

Venture a little further afield to the village of Little Bytham and you'll find The Spinney Adventure Play Area & Woods, featuring a picnic site and an amazing adventure playground for children. Near-by Grimsthorpe Castle Park & Gardens also has a great adventure playground for the kids.

For more things to do with the kids, please visit our Entertainment for Kids directory.

Easy Access to Green Spaces

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 public 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 Peter's Pool - one of the most ancient sites of artesian water supply in the country.

The beautiful Memorial Gardens also sit close to the town centre, with relaxing water fountains as the focal point, surrounded by large weeping willow trees. Abbey Lawns is another attractive green space, used mainly as a recreation ground, with many of the towns sporting events taking place here and a lovely outdoor pool.

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.

Lots of Events

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). 2019 also saw the first Bourne Cicle Event which it's hoped will be an annual event for the town, drawing in top cyclists from around the country who compete in races around the beautiful countryside surrounding Bourne. Near-by Grimsthorpe Castle Park & Gardens also hosts an annual underground music event known as Forbidden Forest, set in the heart of a forest. This hugely popular event attracts people from all over the country and features music from top DJ's.

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 in 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.

Bourne Classic Car Show

A Growing and Vibrant Town Centre

Burghley Archard, Bourne

If you're thinking about setting up a business, Bourne is a great choice! 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 - those travelling north from Peterborough to Sleaford and Lincoln will pass through the town, as will those travelling in the opposite direction.

Bourne also has a big employer, Warners Midlands Plc, based in the town centre so this offers a potential big pool of people who will be looking to take advantage of local businesses in the town centre during their lunch break. A number of new homes are also being built in the town centre, which should increase the number of people regularly using the town centre and create more a 'buzz'. There are a good mix of units available to rent or buy in the town centre, including some 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.

To view commercial property currently available in Bourne, please visit: www.rightmove.co.uk/commercial-property-to-let/Bourne.html.

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.

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