Friday is Market Day in Stamford. The centre of Stamford is closed to traffic and the market traders take over from early morning until mid afternoon, with stalls of crafts, clothes, fruit and vegetables, flowers, plants, fish and meat.
There are many independent coffee shops and restaurants, and pubs to relax and eat and drink.
There are more than 200 listed buildings in Stamford, including the churches of St. Martin's, St. Mary's, All Saint's and St. George's. William Browne's Hospital , an original Almshouse, is open at weekends and has a beautiful cloister garden and stained glass windows. Burghley House, also home to the famous Horse Trials, is a short walk from the town centre.
Only twenty minutes drive from Stamford is Rutland Water, where there are water activities of all sorts, including the Nature Reserve at Hambleton.
Also at Rutland Water is Barnsdale Gardens, well known from TV's "Gardener's World" - Geoff Hamilton's gardens are open to the public and is also a very popular garden centre, now run by his son, Nick Hamilton.
Stamford is surrounded by Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland with delightful villages and village pubs. Also many historic houses including Burghley House, Grimsthorpe Castle, Belton House, Rockingham Castle and many more.