10 Fun Activities you can do at home over the Easter Bank Holiday


It’s the start of the Easter bank holiday tomorrow and you’re probably thinking how you’re going to keep the family entertained during lockdown.

Even though the weather is looking favourable, don’t be tempted to travel and stay home to help others stay safe. Remember you can still go out for your daily exercise but remember to keep it local and avoid interaction with other people if you can.

We’ve been in lockdown for a few weeks now so you’re probably starting to run out of activity ideas. There are loads of ideas out there online as well as useful videos. Here’s is what we’ve chosen for you to try this bank holiday weekend:

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Gainsborough gears up for its March Farmers’ and Craft Market

Farmers and Craft Market

Gainsborough is hopping with excitement ahead of its Farmers’ and Craft Market on Saturday 14th March from 9am – 3pm, featuring a very special guest!

The market, held on Market Street outside the town’s newest restaurant The Forge Restaurant & Bar, is the perfect place to shop for fresh seasonal produce and bespoke gifts to treat Mum to this Mother’s Day.

As well as a packed line up of new and returning traders the market is delighted to welcome special guest Peter Rabbit to mark the launch of the film Peter Rabbit 2: The Runway which launches in cinemas on March 27.

Alongside Peter will be traders Ellis Fruit and Vegetables, Capps Fish, Curly Nook Jewellery, Good with Wood, Plop Creations, Sarah’s Sweet Treats, Special Edition Chocolate, The Fishcake Company, A Stab in the Wool/The Man from Skidby, Eleanor Rogerson Enamel and Copper, Plop Creations, CB Designs, He Crafts She Crafts, Wild Rose Soap Company, Giddy Kipper Plants, The Little Cottage Candle Company, The Cheese Shop and Hepy’s Hog Roast.

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New Exhibition: The Story of Mayflower II

Exhibition at Gainsborough Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre has worked closely with the Mayflower 400 project and Pilgrim Roots so the Centre may offer a schedule of exhibitions highlighting different aspects of the Mayflower voyage. The Centre is showcasing the fascinating untold story of the Mayflower II and is presenting a collection of memorabilia courtesy of Victoria and Randal Charlton, Warwick Charlton’s children.

Alongside the Centre’s temporary exhibition that shares the story of the Mayflower II project, the exhibition also tells the story of the original voyage in 1620.

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Make a May Flower

knitted flower

West Lindsey District Council launch community art project to inspire residents to learn about the Mayflower Pilgrims

2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from Plymouth UK to Plymouth Massachusetts. Gainsborough has a special connection to the Mayflower anniversary as separatist movements originated in this region that led them on their journey to America.

A group of Separatists were thought to have worshipped in secret at Gainsborough Old Hall – now regarded as one of the best-preserved medieval manor houses in Britain. The United Reformed Church in Gainsborough also stands as a memorial to John Robinson, pastor of the Mayflower Pilgrims. He was also one of the leaders in the planning of the voyage to America.

To commemorate this significant anniversary, West Lindsey District Council are inviting the public to take part in a community art project which involves making ‘May Flowers’, more commonly known as Hawthorn, using a range of different materials.

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Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America

Wampum Belt

Ambitious new touring exhibition as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations unites contemporary indigenous artists in the USA with historic museum collections in the UK  

  • Mayflower 400 is the international commemoration programme of events and exhibitions in 2020 to mark the voyage, and impact, of the Mayflower and its passengers
  • Exhibition will tour to The Collection, Lincoln (4 April-17 May), the Guildhall Art Gallery, London (23 May-5 July), SeaCity Museum, Southampton (11 July-31 August) and The Box, Plymouth (5 September-24 October)
  • The first artistic commission from the UK to acknowledge the UK’s cultural connection to the Wampanoag Native American nation – a newly crafted wampum belt – will be central to exhibition
  • Touring exhibition may help to uncover a lost Native American treasure

Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America puts the Native American Wampanoag nation’s story front and centre. The Wampanoag nation have inhabited present day Massachusetts and Eastern Rhode Island, where the Mayflower passengers famously arrived in 1620, for more than 12,000 years. Yet for almost 400 years, the impact of the Mayflower’s arrival on the Wampanoag Nation has been widely marginalised in the telling of Mayflower history.

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Separatists in the Pilgrim Roots region

Glentworth Church

Sir Christopher Wray of Glentworth was a cautious and conservative Lord Chief Justice under Elizabeth I, but his three children used their wealth and prestige to support radical Christianity in its struggle against authoritarian church leaders. These siblings played a key role in the development of the Mayflower Pilgrims, hosted the founders of the Baptist denomination, and trained a generation of radical preachers.

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