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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Merrye Olde Market, Saturday 26th June, Lord Street

Save the date!

Celebrating the launch of Gainsborough’s Townscape Heritage Initiative, Lord Street will be transformed into a merry market, full of characters from the past, with have-a-go crafts, giveaways and amazing unique gifts to buy!

With something for every age, this is a FREE day out not to be missed!

Plus, children of primary school age can enter the Historic Hat competition – more details below.


Historic Hat Competition for Children of Primary School Age

The Gainsborough Townscape Heritage Initiative is inviting any child of primary school age to take part in an exciting Historic Hat competition, to be judged on Saturday 26 June at a fun-filled public event called the ‘Merrye Olde Market of Lord Street’.

Every child who comes along wearing their hat will receive an instant prize, and at 1.30 pm judges will award a super first prize to the child with the best hat.

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FREE Gainsborough Heritage Trail Booklet

A brand new and exclusive heritage trail booklet has been launched in Gainsborough, taking in the scenery and heritage of the small market town.

The booklet, which has been designed by the team behind the Townscape Heritage Initiative, leads visitors and locals on a 90-minute walking tour past some of the most iconic sights and attractions of the West Lindsey town.

Participants will begin at the Gainsborough Heritage Centre, before being led past landmarks such as the Old Nick Theatre, Marshalls Yard, Old County Court House, Gainsborough Old Hall and more!

The heritage trail booklets are available, free of charge from Gainsborough Library, Lincoln Central Library and The Tourist Information Centre in Castle Square, Lincoln.

If you are live outside Gainsborough, please email your name and address to: [email protected] and a copy will be posted to you.

Alternatively, you can download a pdf file here:  Discover Gainsborough A Walk through Time web


Restoring the Historic Heart of Gainsborough

Heritage Lottery funding

Historic Heart

The Townscape Heritage Initiative aims to restore the “historic heart of Gainsborough” by improving the standard of repair and reinstating

the original appearance of properties within the town centre conservation area.

West Lindsey District Council was successful in its bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help restore and improve some of the historic buildings in Gainsborough town centre. As well as improving the town centre, this will also help local people and visitors better understand the built heritage of the town.

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Gainsborough Travelodge Reopens

Gainsborough Travelodge

Hotel chain Travelodge has confirmed Gainsborough’s 56-room hotel is to reopen for overnight stays.

Following the recent relaxing of restrictions of non-essential retail on April 12th, guests can once again enjoy an overnight stay in adherence with social distancing measures to ensure a safe, comfortable visit.

The Travelodge can be found on North Street next to The Forge restaurant and can be easily accessed from the Roseways Car Park. As well as being located just a minute’s walk from retail plaza, Marshall’s Yard, the hotel is also in close proximity to Gainsborough town centre, bus routes and Gainsborough Central Railway Station.

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Farmers’ and Crafts Market Reopens

Gainsborough Farmers Market

Gainsborough monthly Farmers’ & Craft Market is delighted to welcome a full line up of traders on its return this Saturday 8th May from 9am – 3pm in Market Place.

As restrictions have relaxed surrounding non-essential retail, shoppers will be able to browse the full variety of handmade crafts and gifts alongside delicious local produce, seasonal plants and horticultural items from independent traders.

Saxophonist Mike Wood will be playing in the Market Square to add to the atmosphere.