Schools out for Summer!

Discover what’s great about Gainsborough this summer and explore fascinating places to visit ands exciting thins to do. Here’s just a selection of what’s on offer. You can also discover more great things to do by going to our visit page or what’s on calendar.

Trinity Arts Centre

Find a packed programme of live performances and cinema at Trinity Arts Centre. From family friendly films to captivating dramas. There’s something for everyone!

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Explore Gainsborough Old Hall

Thought to be one of England’s best preserved timber-framed Manor Houses, Gainsborough Old Hall sits in the heart of the historic town centre with a fascinating hisotry. During 1541 King Henry VIII was thought to have stayed at the Old Hall with his fifth wife, Catherine Howard as a guest of the Burgh family.

This summer you can explore the hall plus have a go at their ‘Rose without a Thorn’ trail where you can follow the trail of roses and complete a quiz to win a prize! The trail is available from Saturday 20 July to Sunday 1 September.

There will also be an opportunity to meet the King himself on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August and listen as he tells you about his life. You’ll even have a chance to ask him some quesitons, but be wary – you don’t want to lose your head!

They’ll also be hosting their popular Friday Fun Clubs on the 2nd, 9th and 16th August with a different theme each week. Contact the Old Hall for more information on 01522 782040 or email [email protected].

Gainsborough Model Railway Open Day

24, 25 and 26 August

Come and see authentic replicas of famous locomotives such as the Flying Scotsmas, Papyrus and Mallard, just three of the numerous locomotives used on this model to haul crack expresses.

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Discover Fascinating History

Gainsborough Heritage Centre tells the history of the town through informative displays and exhibitions that will leave you feeling nostalgic. You can also take a walk down their early 20th century street scene or take a look a their replica Victorian post office which is a must-see given the centre itself is housed in the original post office! You can also see their latest exhibition which is about the history of world renowned Golf manufacturer – PING, which originated here in Gainsborough.

Just a 5 minute walk away is the Old Nick Museum, the original Divisional Headquarters for Lincolnshire Police. You can exploe the original cells, see their fascinating exhibitions or hear the many ghost stories that have been told over the years.

Choose from over 65 flavours of award winning ice cream at Blyton Ice Cream!

You’ll be spoilt for choice with over 65 flavours of award winning ice cream just 10 minutes’ drive from Gainsborough. From Apple Pie to classic vanilla – there’s a flavour for everyone! You can now have sugar free and vegan options too! Kids can enjoy the children’s play area with crazy golf, table tennis and play park that is suitable for all ages.

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Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Owlet Wood is just a few minutes drive from Gainsborough with delightful woodland walks. It’s free to park and visitors can explore the wood using the network of footpaths, whuch are dry all year round thanks to the sandy soil. Owlet is largely flat and there are no steps or other obstructions, except for bracken and bramble growth in the summer months.

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The Lincolnshire Wolds is also just an hours’ drive away where you can discover picturesque villages, fantastic views and activities for all ages.

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Family Days Out

If you’re looking for something more hands on; why not visit Rand Farm Park?! Discover an exciting balance of indoor play, outdoor attactions and animal hands-on experience. You can also take a drive out to Hall Farm Park (30 minutes from Gainsborough), a family run working farm with los of things to see and do giving visitors a unique experience. Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park also offers hands-on access to some exciting animals. At Market Rasen (30 minutes from Gainsborough), you’ll find Wild Pines Park – one of the UK’s largest high rope courses!

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