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.

To book a reservation or for more information, please visit

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.

Gainsborough Riverside Walk to Be Extended

Riverside Waymarker

Gainsborough residents and visitors will be soon able to enjoy an uninterrupted riverside walk, stretching from the village of Morton all the way to the historic Trent Bridge.

The project is being delivered by local housing association, Acis Group, following a successful planning application in late summer of last year, with the specific work on the land being undertaken by the construction company, Vistry.

Improving pedestrian and cycling connectivity along the Riverside and to other parts of Gainsborough is part of the long term vision for a green and accessible town.



Essential traders join first Gainsborough monthly Farmers’ & Craft Market this January

Gainsborough Farmers Market

Gainsborough monthly Farmers’ and Craft Market will take place this Saturday 9th January from 9am – 3pm, enabling shoppers to stock up on essentials items from local traders.

Traders forming the line up at the first monthly market of 2020 will be offering fresh local produce including fresh cuts of meat and fish, hand prepared fishcakes, freshly baked bread and sweet treats at the outdoor market in Market Place.

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Snap Fitness Gainsborough continues to support members on their fitness journey during lockdown

Snap Fitness, Gainsborough

Snap Fitness at Marshalls Yard will continue to help members keep fit this New Year using free online workouts, tips and motivation during their temporary closure.

Gainsborough’s new gym opened its doors on Boxing Day 2020, only to shut them just a short time later following the Government’s announcement that the town was placed under Tier 4 restrictions. Now, the gym must remain closed following this week’s announcement of a nation-wide lockdown.

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