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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Flight of The Separatists

Saturday 17 July 2021, 10am to 4pm

Gainsborough Old Hall, Parnell Street, Gainsborough, DN21 2NB

FREE Event

The ‘Flight of the Separatists’ event marks the town’s connection to the Pilgrims’ story.

In May 1608, some of the Pilgrim Separatists fled from the town on a barge up the River Trent in search of religious freedom. Others made their way overland to an isolated place along the coast near Immingham. There, they met a Dutch ship in order to flee the country. Many of the men escaped, while their wives and children were left behind for a time, after their attempt to escape was noticed by the authorities. Eventually, they were all reunited in Amsterdam.

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Great news as Gainsborough Old Hall prepares to open next month!

Gainsborough Old Hall

English Heritage announced today that Gainsborough Old Hall will reopen on Saturday 3 July!

The Old Hall closed to the public last year due to Covid-19. Since then, the running of the Old Hall has been transferred back to English Heritage from Lincolnshire County Council who previously ran the site. The English Heritage team have been working hard to get the Old Hall ready for reopening and look forward to welcoming visitors, old and new.

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Gainsborough Farmers’ & Craft Market offers an exciting line up of traders this June

Farmers and Craft Market

Gainsborough Farmers’ & Craft Market returns with an exciting line up of traders on Saturday 12th June from 9am – 3pm in Market Place.

The popular market welcomes a host of new and familiar faces, bringing fresh produce, handmade gifts and bespoke crafts.

Introducing new trader Heavenly Currys, bringing their homemade authentic curries, such as tasty butter chicken, ginger chicken and madras chicken which can be taken home and stored in the fridge or freezer. Plus stock up on delicious meat and vegetable pakoras, samosas and onion bhajis to accompany your meal.

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We’ll Meet Again at Brampton Dales Farm B&B

I remember reading a fairly well-known story – fact or fiction is debatable – about two English couples who, whilst travelling around France in 1979, seemed to have experienced a time-slip back to the early 1900s and found themselves staying in a quaint hotel, with old-fashioned staff, guests and furnishings.

And this is exactly how I felt when I visited Brampton Dales Farm in Upton near Gainsborough, to meet Marian and Hugh McDaniel and learn about their recent TripAdvisor Award. For they are celebrating, after their rural B&B was revealed as one of TripAdvisor’s global favourites: It has just been placed in the top 10% of accommodation worldwide and recognised as a 2021 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice award winner, which celebrates accommodation providers who ‘consistently deliver fantastic experiences around the globe’.

It quickly became clear why: Nostalgia and hospitality are the watchwords here.

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