Our guide to holidays in Wisbech
Known as the capital of the Fens, the historic market town of Wisbech is one of those destinations that offers a little bit of everything. With Georgian architecture that makes it one of Cambridgeshire’s best-loved historic resorts, it’s also home to a diverse collection of attractions that mean there’s a different day out to suit your every mood.
Home to one of the country’s oldest Georgian theatres, Wisbech’s home to a thriving arts and culture scene that brings it to life all year round. If you’re hoping to tie in a visit to this pretty corner of Camridgeshire with your love of arts, make sure you don’t miss the annual Brinks Festival.
Wisbech isn’t only popular for its attractions though, it’s also a gateway to the famous Cambridgeshire Fens. One of Britain’s most striking landscapes, the Fens has a history that spans more than 6000 and what better place to escape and forget the rest of the world for a few days?
Things to do in Wisbech
Wisbech may be beautiful, but it’s also home to more ways to entertain the family than you can shake a stick at. Start with the Georgian scenery that’s graced many a postcard over the years, which can be found at the Crescent. The perfect spot to pause for a moment or two and imagine days gone by, the Crescent’s every inch the quintessential Georgian street. Wander along to Wisbech Castle and discover why the building looks more like a stately home than an actual castle these days…
If all that wandering has you in the mood for a pint of something special, pay a visit to Elgood’s Brewery. The building’s pretty much as it looked 200 years ago, and the tours are a fascinating insight into all the work that goes into creating the award-winning ales Elgood’s produces. In fact, if you’re keen to celebrate the brewery in style, there’s an annual beer festival.
Speaking of festivals, make sure you don’t miss the Brinks Festival. This popular event aims to bring people together and encourage them to try something new, so what better excuse to see if that passion for photography you’ve always had might just lead to something more? The festival runs for two weeks, and it’s a colourful celebration of literature, arts, photographs and music, and if you’ve yet to visit Wisbech it’s a great way to experience the town and its atmosphere.
Places to visit in Wisbech
Ok, so you know what to do and where to be seen, but what about the places to visit in Wisbech? One of our favourite things about the town is that it feels as though time’s stood still in many ways, and that means there are some cracking days out for those of you who love a little history with your holiday. If it’s a Georgian townhouse you’re after then visit the National Trust’s Peckover House. With a whole collection of intriguing artefacts and a two acre Victorian garden, this house is so quaint you’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time.
Wisbech’s a town with the odd surprise up its sleeve, and the Wisbech and Fenland Museum’s one of the oldest in the whole of the UK. With two historic libraries to its name, it’s also home to the original manuscript of Great Expectations.
Now what’s a break in Cambridgeshire without an evening of theatre? The Angles Theatre isn’t only one of the country’s oldest (and prettiest) Georgian theatres, but it’s unique in that it only has 112 seats…so, make sure you book your tickets in advance!
Wisbech may be charming, but if you feel like a breath of country air and some time away from the hustle and bustle then it’s got to be the Cambridgeshire Fens. One of the most dazzling landscapes in the whole of the UK, Fenland’s perfect for that day where you just want to pull on your walking boots and see where your feet take you.