Gainsborough Churches take part in Churches Festival this weekend!

Gainsborough churches will take part in the West Lindsey Churches Festival after 2 year wait! 

The West Lindsey Churches Festival launched last weekend with churches from across the area opening up their doors after a long 2 year wait. Many offered fantastic events, tasty treats and exciting opportunities to see some extraordinary buildings, some of which aren’t open all year round.

This weekend, visitors and residents will get the chance to explore some of Gainsborough’s churches as the festival kicks off for its second weekend.

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Laybo’s Fest 2022

Festival fun this May in Gainsborough!

Laybo’s Fest is a festival celebrating the life of local lad Leighton Hall. The festival is family focussed with attractions, rides, stalls and amazing raffles in addition to live music acts, all aimed at raising funds to support local mental health charities.

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Gainsborough Treasure Hunt to launch this weekend – with instant small prize guaranteed!

Gill Blades, Senior Library Assistant at Gainsborough Library, with the first batch of treasure maps

Gainsborough residents and visitors are invited to take part in an exciting new treasure hunt activity, launching this weekend.

From this Saturday (2 April 2022), a colourful Treasure Hunt booklet will be fully available to collect free of charge from Gainsborough Library and the Wilko’s store in Marshall’s Yard.

The treasure hunt will see participants follow clues along a route from Marshall’s Yard down to the Riverside pathway, along the way using the answers written down to decode the whereabouts of the hidden treasure.

For all those who manage to locate the hidden treasure, they will be able to claim a small instant child-friendly prize, as well as enter a monthly draw for a £30 High Street voucher.

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The West Lindsey Churches Festival is Back After Two Years’ Absence!

Churches Festival - All Saints Church, Gainsborough

Over 90 historic churches, located across the stunning landscape of West Lindsey, Lincolnshire, are waiting to welcome visitors over two weekends: 7/8th and 14/15th May.

The message is clear: welcome back to this year’s Churches Festival, and what a glorious celebration is on offer as the people who care for these churches come together after two years of absence due to the pandemic.

The year 2022 sees the Queen’s platinum anniversary and in celebration, four churches in week one are holding exhibitions in honour of this wonderful achievement. Holy Trinity, Swallow will include personal reminiscences and souvenirs of the Queen’s seventy years reign and at St John’s, Southrey, which was built by the villagers during Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee year, a celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee with a red, white and blue themed flower display. At Middle Rasen, the theme of St Peter & St Paul’s is ‘The Queen – Service before Self’ and Nettleton St John the Baptist have chosen ‘Anniversaries’ as the theme with flowers and exhibits on view.

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13 year old ambulance-loving Lucas is walking 1,000,000 steps in March to raise money for The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC)

Lucas Artiss from Gainsborough will march a million steps next month

For the second year running, Lucas Artiss from Gainsborough in Lincolnshire is putting on his pedometer and trainers to march a million steps, raising vital funds for the national charity supporting the wellbeing of the UK’s ambulance staff.

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February Half Term Fun!

Tyre swing at Willingham Woods

Half term is here! Get out and about and explore Gainsborough and the surrounding area with great things to see and do.

Delve in to history or find great activities to keep your little ones entertained this February half term. Here’s just a few ideas to get you started.

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New history guide and gazetteer of local Pilgrims’ heritage sites

Pilgrim Routes: A Historical Guide

The traces left by the people known as the Pilgrims in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire are fleeting but often intriguing.

Many people have heard of the Mayflower and her voyage four hundred years ago, but fewer know about the places they came from and travelled through on their many journeys before they ever set foot upon that ship.

A new book produced as part of West Lindsey District Council’s Mayflower 400 programme for the 2020 anniversary, with funding from Arts Council England, is now available to buy.

It explores many of the places connected to the Pilgrims’ story in the Midlands, alongside a short history of their lives from England through to Holland and then on to America in 1620.

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Celebrate a spectacular Christmas at Marshalls Yard, Gainsborough

Charlotte Toplass with the Marshalls Yard Stag

Lights, tinsel, Santa – Action! Come along to Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough to kick off your Christmas in style.

Open every day until Christmas Eve, Marshall’s Yard is glistening with Christmas lights and the majestic stag is back again taking pride of place at the centre.

No Christmas would be complete without brass bands, German sausages, and visits from Santa – of course they’re all at Marshalls Yard this year.

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Illuminate a huge success!

Illuminate 2021 – A vibrant spectacle of fire and light drew thousands of people to Gainsborough this weekend

Smiles lit up the faces of people of all ages as they soaked up the atmosphere of this year’s illuminate event to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower story.

Fire dancers and musicians welcomed visitors as they strolled through the grounds of All Saints Parish Church, taking in all the colourful elements of the first fire garden display to take place in the town centre.

Those attending could then walk among the Illuminated performers towards Gainsborough Old Hall, where projections of a wonderful film, produced by local production company Electric Egg with the help of Dr Anna Scott, telling the story of the Mayflower, was beamed onto the outside of the historic manor house.

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Excitement grows with Illuminate 2021 now under two weeks away

Projections that will be on the walls of Gainsborough Old Hall

Residents and visitors to Gainsborough are invited Illuminate Gainsborough 2021 in just under two weeks’ time, with planning now well under way behind-the-scenes.

Illuminate 2021 is the final spectacular event to commemorate Gainsborough’s links to the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims story – and will include a fire garden, projections, performers, live music and an arts trail around the town.

The free event takes place on Saturday 13 November from 6pm to 8.30pm in the grounds of Gainsborough Old Hall and All Saints’ Parish Church.

Gainsborough Choral Society will also be performing David Fawcett’s new choral work “A Sure Refuge” at a concert in the Parish Church from 7.30-8.30pm. Free tickets for the concert can be pre-booked online via Eventbrite at or picked up from Gainsborough Library or Bassetlaw Museum in Retford.

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