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World famous festival, The Big Draw, comes to Gainsborough!

The Big Draw 2021 in Gainsborough: Saturday 25th September, Gainsborough Old Hall

Families are invited to try their hand at the world’s largest drawing festival this September, at an art workshop organised as part of Gainsborough’s Townscape Heritage Initiative.

The “Big Draw” will be taking place at Gainsborough Old Hall on 25th September, with visitors invited to test their sketching and clay tile skills in the gardens of the medieval manor house throughout the day.

Garden guides and a ceramic artist will be on-hand to help anyone at any experience level – throughout the day the artist will even choose tiles to create a panel which will be displayed at Gainsborough Old Hall following the event!

Cllr Paul Howitt-Cowan, member champion for heritage and leisure, said: “This event offers a dual-benefit for local residents – firstly, it is another opportunity to take part in a summer celebration in West Lindsey, in the gardens of the famous Old Hall – and secondly, it also offers a further opportunity for locals to reconnect with their historic roots, appreciate more about the local history of the town, and get back in touch with nature.

“The Townscape Heritage Initiative project is looking to both restore historic buildings in Gainsborough town centre – specifically on the Market Place and on Lord Street – whilst also aiming to provide activities to develop the local community’s understanding and appreciation of local history, and I encourage as many people to come out as possible and enjoy this late summer workshop.”

The festival is being organised by the team behind the Townscape Heritage initiative – a £1.96 million project, made possible by funding from the National Lottery, which looks to restore the standard of repair, maintenance and appearance of properties within the town centre.

Townscape Heritage Activity Co-ordinator, Theresa Workman, said: “We are delighted to be able to take part in such a renowned world-wide festival, with our local workshop in the grounds of such a famous and historic building. It would be fantastic to see as many people as possible turn out to this event – it is completely free and you do not need to register, just turn-up and we will provide you with all the equipment.

“Everyone is invited to have a go at sketching some of the nature that inhabits the garden – whether that’s an insect, or some of the flowers on display. On top of this, you could also head to the clay tables where our Ceramic Artist Shaun Clark will be on hand to help you create small clay tiles, decorated with nature themes. You will be able to take anything you produce home and Shaun will even be choosing some of the design to go into the Old Hall itself!”

The event will take place in the gardens of the recently re-opened Gainsborough Old Hall – now under the leadership and guardianship of English Heritage.

Simon Bean, Head of Historic Properties at English Heritage commented: “Gainsborough Old Hall is, and always will be; at the heart of this community and so we look forward to being involved in this festival.  Visitors will be able to see the work that has gone in to the gardens and inside can enjoy a bite to eat in the brand new café or pick up a Gainsborough themed gift in our shop. “

The event is completely free you do not need to book – although tickets to access the interior of the Old Hall still need to be booked online – https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/gainsborough-old-hall/

The Big Draw, Gainsborough
The Big Draw, September 2021, Gainsborough

Heritage Open Days

10 to 19 September 2021

Your chance to discover some of Lincolnshire’s rarely seen historic treasures, with exciting experiences that bring local history and culture to life, for FREE!

Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s architecture and culture by allowing visitors FREE access to interesting properties that are not usually publicly accessible or would normally charge a fee. It also includes tours, events and activities that focus on and celebrate the local heritage of the area.

The festival will run from Friday 10th to Sunday 19th September 2021 giving everyone a whole ten days to visit the special places taking part, including Gainsborough’s Heritage Centre and The Old Nick police museum.

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Food and Drink Festival, Summer 2021, a Great Success!

The Gainsborough Food and Drink festival returned on 31 July to 1 August, with hundreds of locals turning out to enjoy over 30 food and drink stalls, a live cookery demo kitchen and children’s activities.

Various cuisines from around the world were served up to visitors from market stalls on Market Street and in Market Place, plus children enjoyed a kid’s craft den and fairground rides.

Celebrity Chef Jean Christoph Novelli headlined the demo kitchen, cooking up a storm in a bespoke apron designed by competition winner Vicky Jacobs. Chef Colin Robson-Wright from The Hickman Hill Hotel also showcased his cookery skills at the demo kitchen for festivalgoers to enjoy.

Chairman of the Council, Cllr Steve England attended on Sunday 1st August along with the team from the event sponsor, Paul Fox Estate Agents to present competition winner Vicky Jacobs with her prize.

Cllr England said: “It was fantastic to be out-and-about exploring all of the stalls and entertainment on display in Gainsborough over the weekend – along with so many other locals and visitors.

“It is no secret that markets and events like the Food and Drink Festival are always fun and popular events in West Lindsey, and the more we can support and help these events thrive, by attending what is on our doorstep, the better!”

Across the weekend there was also live entertainment from local buskers Emily Toward and George Holmes, plus a magical performance from Elsa at Marshalls Yard which proved a hit with youngsters.

The Gainsborough Food and Drink festival is organised in partnership with West Lindsey District Council, Gainsborough Town Council, Marshall’s Yard and RR Events. This year’s event is sponsored by Paul Fox Estate Agents who recently opened their new office at Marshalls Yard.

Gainsborough Food and Drink Festival, Summer 2021

A jam-packed weekend of foodie fun is set to come to Gainsborough this weekend on Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1st August, with over 30 food and drink stalls, a live cookery demo kitchen and children’s activities.

Food and drink stalls will be serving hot and cold food and beverages, with a range of cuisines from around the world including Greek, Spanish, Indian and Chinese plus sweet treats, bespoke crafts and a licensed bar

Live cookery demonstrations from top Gainsborough food outlets including The Forge, Cream and Hickman Hill Hotel will be taking place across the weekend, using the finest fresh produce from Gainsborough’s very own butcher and delicatessen, the Meat Storr.

Celebrity chef Jean Christophe Novelli will headline the demo kitchen on Sunday 1st August at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. He will be wearing a bespoke apron designed by competition winner Vicky Jacobs aged 28 from Gainsborough.

There will be plenty of fun to be had for youngsters at the kids’ corner, complete with giant games, a book corner and craft activities.

Local buskers Emily Toward and George Holmes will be entertaining festival goers with live music across the weekend.

The Gainsborough Food and Drink Festival takes place on Saturday 31st July 10am-6pm and Sunday 1st August 10am-5pm on Market Street and Market Place.

What’s On at Trinity Arts Centre, September-December 2021

There is a buzz of excitement and activity at Trinity Arts Centre as doors are opened again and audiences are welcomed back. Staff have been busy behind the scenes and a new brochure of events for Autumn 2021 has been revealed, the first following their 16 month closure due to Covid-19 restrictions.

There is something for everybody in their reopening season, from live music and stand-up comedy to drama and musical theatre. Alongside the live shows, they also have a packed community hire programme offering regular weekly classes in cheerleading, dance, drama, singing and adult education.

As well as planning the programme of events the team have used the time during lockdown to give the historic building some tender loving care, including lots of improvements for customer safety and comfort.

Some of the improvements the venue now boasts include a new box office system, a front of house sound system, digital signage, bespoke bar with an upgraded epos system and digital presentation equipment for meetings.

For customers’ peace of mind, they are now a certified Covid Secure theatre and have taken all the necessary steps to keep patrons safe. The venue boasts an outstanding ventilation system which ensures customers are breathing the freshest air at all times.

The highlight and finale of the season will be the welcome return of pantomime to Trinity Arts, with a spectacular production of Aladdin, produced by Anton Benson Productions. There will be all the magic and sparkle you would expect, making this a family show you do not want to miss.

The staff at Trinity Arts Centre cannot wait to welcome you back this autumn!

The Lounges to open Caldero Lounge and Marshalls Yard in Gainsborough

A brand-new casual restaurant and bar at Gainsborough’s Marshalls Yard shopping centre is set to open later this year.

The popular brand Lounges will be opening the new Caldero Lounge in early 2022, creating around 25 new jobs for the area.

The company is currently transforming the former New Look unit at Marshalls Yard into a stunning, quirky and casual dining experience, bringing something completely different for visitors and shoppers.

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All aboard the Mayflower!

Last year’s postponed ‘Flight of the Separatists’ event will take place on Saturday 17 July in the grounds of the newly re-opened Gainsborough Old Hall.

The event had been scheduled for May last year, to mark the town’s links to the Mayflower story in its 400th anniversary year, but had to be postponed due to the pandemic.

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Saturday 31st July & Sunday 1st June, Food & Drink Festival

The popular Gainsborough Food and Drink Festival is set to return on Saturday 31st July and Sunday 1st August, showcasing the region’s very best traders, alongside a packed line-up of entertainment.

Over the weekend, more than 30 food and drink stalls will be serving a range of cuisines and beverages from around the world plus sweet treats, bespoke crafts and a licensed bar.

There will be a demo kitchen with live cookery demonstrations from local business owners including The Forge, Cream, Hickman Hotel and Sue’s Kitchen. Celebrity Michelin Star chef Jean Christophe Novelli will headline the demo kitchen on Sunday 1st August.

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Saturday 10th July – Gainsborough Farmers’ & Crafts Market

Gainsborough Farmers Market

Gainsborough Farmers’ & Craft Market is preparing for a sizzling summer line up this Saturday 10th July from 9am until 3pm in Market Place.

Traders are offering a taste of summer, thanks to their amazing fresh produce, sweet treats and bespoke crafts and homeware – perfect for every home and garden this season.

For a sumptuous barbecue or picnic, Redhill Farm Free Range Pork is offering its winning Wimbledon hampers, featuring free range pork pies and ham.

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Live Outdoor Theatre at Trinity Arts Centre!

Families gathered on the lawn outside of the Trinity Arts Centre in Gainsborough for the first live show since the Covid-19 lockdown.

It was all smiles for 150 theatre goers, who showed their support for live theatre at Trinity Arts Centre’s premier outdoor show. Audiences unravelled their picnic blankets and unfolded their chairs as they settled in to watch two shows in one night.

Craig Sanders, Trinity Arts Centre Manager was delighted to see audiences back after being closed for such a long time.

He said; “It was such a lovely sight to see audiences again and for us to be able to showcase some of the changes we have made to our building and share our fantastic new brochure packed with shows. It was a successful first event and I was quite pleased that more than 150 people attended and said how well organised and friendly the staff were.

“A lot of theatres nationally have reopened with professional shows, but I am incredibly proud that our first show was a created and performed by local young people. They have been working with Shooting Fish and professional writers for months and rehearsing in our space and I think they did an amazing job.”

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