Recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086 as "Spallinge", the market town of Spalding is located on the River Welland in the district of Lincolnshire. The town's population of about 22,000 has swelled in recent years from an influx of international migrant workers from Eastern Europe, many working in the numerous food processing factories or manufacturing industry, joining the traditional retiree community of Spalding.
Historic sites of interest in the area include Ayscoughfee Hall museums and gardens; dating back to c1430 this beautifully restored medieval manor tells the fascinating history of the area. With members such as Sir Isaac Newton, the Gentleman's Society in Spalding was founded as a place for men to discuss local affairs, read scientific literature and the 'The Tatler'.
Modern day attractions include Spalding's UK-famous, long-standing flower Parade, complete with spectacular local food, drink and marching bands, and Spalding's annual Pumpkin Festival, which celebrates local 'Horticulture and Harvest'.