Christmas in North Lincolnshire

It’s that time of the year again when North Lincolnshire transforms into a sublime wonderland of twinkling architecture and illuminated lights. Our natural landscapes are now blanketed in frosty ice creating a fantastical scene of beauty.

Our annual Christmas light switch on events have just commenced morphing North Lincolnshire’s towns and villages into radiant realms of artistry. Every winter it is our tradition to transform the area into a Christmas paradise that you can take a stroll through.

"Christmas at Normanby Hall"

Don’t miss any of the events happening across the area. Visit North Lincolnshire’s elegant towns and villages decorated in dazzling, small balls of light. On your journey make sure to pop into our cosy cafés, restaurants and pubs to warm up with a delicious bite to eat from their festive menus. Stop by the carol concert at The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe to be entranced by melodic voices.  Santa will also be dropping by the streets of Winterton to amaze families with his slay of presents spreading the magic of this season. He will also accompany North Lincolnshire’s community on a special train ride that passes by spectacular green sceneries that will enchant you.

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Christmas grottos have even appeared across the area where Santa can be visited. Scunthorpe’s Museum has a Victorian grotto covered in frosty snow, bright decorations and Christmas trees. Brigg Heritage Centre also has a grotto where Santa will pop by to greet the community before riding off into the night sky. Embrace these winter months of contentment and joyous activities at North Lincolnshire, the place to be.

 

Here are a few upcoming events;

-Duckegg Theatre Santa event at Robery Hall, Barton upon Humber on Wednesday 7th December at 4pm.

-That’ll Be The Day – The Christmas Show at The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe on Wednesday 7th December at 7.30pm.

-Happy Café Christmas market at Sandtoft airfield, Belton on Saturday 10th December at 10am.

-Visit our Victorian Santa at North Lincolnshire Museum, Scunthorpe on Saturday 10th December at 10.30am till 1.30pm.

-Christmas concert in aid of Lindsey Lodge Hospital at Scawby Village Hall, Brigg on Friday 9th December at 7.30pm.

-The Snowman and The Nutcracker at The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe on Tuesday 13th December at 7.30pm.

-Barnetby Silver Band Christmas concert at Barnetby village hall, Barnetby on Friday 16th December at 7.30pm.

-Christmas Carol Concert at The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe on Sunday 18th December at 7.45pm.

-Experience a Victorian Christmas at the Brigg Heritage Centre, Brigg on Tuesday 20th December at 10am till 2pm.  

-Studio Artists’ show at The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber on Tuesday 3rd January 2017 at 10am till 4pm.

-Red Riding Hood at the Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe on Saturday 10th January 2017 at 7pm.

-Barton Ghost Walk at Baysgarth House Museum on Wednesday 25th January 2017 at 7pm.

HALF TERM FAMILY HALLOWEEN INSPIRED ACTIVITIES

If you are looking for family fun activities over the half term then North Lincolnshire is the place to be. Lots of free crafty sessions will be happening all week long with a spooky Halloween theme. Here are just a few we’ve picked out.

Saturday 22 October

North Lincolnshire Museum

Dudley Discovers – Create a gruesome backdrop ahead of Halloween. Suitable for under-fives. Activities are free. 10.30 – 3.30pm

Half term week

Monday 24 to Friday 28 October  

North Lincolnshire Museum

Dudley Discovers – Vampires and Villains take over the Museum this Halloween. Dress up and take part in many activities including bat making, creepy gruesome feely bags and make a play dough Viking Villain. Suitable for under-fives. Activities are free.10.30 – 3.30pm

Friday 28 October

North Lincolnshire Museum

Halloween: Vampires and Villains Night Wander through the dark galleries, take part in Vampire craft activities and follow our Vampire and Villains trail. Handle creepy real life creatures, if you dare (£1 per child) Supported by the Scunthorpe Little Theatre Club. 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday 29 October

Pumpkin Day 2016

20 – 21 Visual Arts Centre have some spooky fun planned for all the family with their ghostly-themed activity table. Not to mention plenty of pumpkin carving in the education room and our annual pumpkin exhibition in the gallery! Pumpkin carving workshop is £1, but all other activities are free.10am to 4pm.

Find out what else is happening at 20 – 21 Visual Arts Centre by following their Facebook page

North Lincolnshire Museum are holding their annual pumpkin day trail throughout the Museum. Enjoy taking part in pumpkin activities. Suitable for under-fives. Activities are free.10.30am to 3.30pm

Find out what else is happening at North Lincolnshire Museum by following their Facebook page

Monday 31 October

Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre

Spooky Disco
Join us at our popular spooky disco for Halloween fun and games.  See scary spiders and other creepy crawlies.  Get dressed up in your scary outfits and you could win a prize in our fancy dress competition.  Venture into the spooky zone and have a go at the free spooky activities.  The Honey Pot Café will be open serving a special Halloween menu.£4 – booking essential. 5pm to 7pm

Find out what else is happening at Waters’ Edge by following their Facebook page 

Click here to find out more half term activities and events.

FASHION IN COLOUR

Have you been to visit the Fashion In Colour exhibition at North Lincolnshire Museum yet? The exhibition celebrates fashion from the 1960s to the 1990s, everything from casual wear to wedding wear.

Now that the older ones have gone back to school why not take the little ones over to the under- fives activity room, Dudley’s Den? The activity room has an activity dig station, an under the sea themed baby area and a mini museum wall, ideal for inquisitive little hands! Free Entry

For even more fun why not turn up for the Museum Minis sessions? Taking place every Wednesday at 10.30am and Friday from 1.30pm inside Dudley’s Den. The free sessions will include fun, stimulating activities designed especially to help children and their parents play and learn together.

For more information about what’s on at the museum take a look at our event page or follow the museum on their Facebook or Twitter

ARE YOUR BOOTS MADE FOR WALKING?

Take in the beautiful scenery and get some exercise at the popular Barton Walking Festival from Monday 5 September to Sunday 11 September.

Various walks have been organised as part of the festival giving people the chance to explore the historic landscape and wildlife havens of Barton-upon-Humber.

Join a led walk with a knowledgeable guide or just enjoy a leisurely self-guided walk – it is up to you!

The walks include:
•Nordic Walking on Monday 5 September and Thursday 8 September at 10.30am. Meet outside Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre. Walking poles will be available.
•Waters’ Edge Ranger Ramble on Saturday 10 September at 10.30am from The Old Tile Works. This is a guided five and a half mile walk taking in the views of Far Ings Nature Reserve and the area west of Barton.
•Bat Walk on Saturday 10 September at 7.15pm from Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre and Country Park main entrance. This is a guided walk between one and two miles. Booking is essential for this walk. To book your place call 01724 735349 or 0758629860.
•Baysgarth House Bat Walk on Sunday 11 September at 7.15pm. Meet at Baysgarth Leisure Centre. This is a guided one mile walk. Booking is essential. To book your place call 01724 735349 or 07586293860.
•Waters’ Edge Ranger Ramble on Sunday 11 September at 1.30pm from The Old Tiles Works. This is a guided three and a half mile walk taking in the views of the east of Barton area.

Everyone is welcome to take part in the walks. Just turn up on the day at the designated starting points, unless booking is required.

Alternatively, you can explore Barton at your own pace with one of Barton Civic Society’s Walks. Walks include: Georgian, Waterside and Victorian starting at various prominent points in Barton.

Whilst on your adventures you can explore the usually closed historic buildings of Barton for the annual Heritage Open Days. The ‘Behind Closed Doors’ event opens up buildings such as St Peter’s Church, Tyrwhitt Hall and Joseph Wright Hall for visitors to enjoy from Thursday 8 September to Sunday 11 September.

Take a stroll around Baysgarth Park for the annual Barton Carnival. For more information about the carnival and the fun things taking place follow the Barton Carnival Facebook page.

For further information pick up a Barton Walking Festival brochure that includes information on starting points, distances, times and walking terrains.

Carry on and get camping at Normanby Hall Country Park

Take a well earned break at Normanby Hall Country Park and book one of the 15 pitches on the newly extended caravan and camp site with electric hook-ups, toilets and shower facilities.

Normanby Hall Country Park is the perfect place for a weekend away. Not only is it set in beautiful surroundings, it has plenty to keep all the family entertained. Located in the paddock next to the children’s play area, the site is a great base to explore the park. People staying on the site will get free entry to the park, which includes use of the splashpad and visiting the petting farm (during the six week summer holidays).

If you would like to learn about the history of Normanby Hall you could visit the Hall and Farming Museum or the award-winning gardens. There is something for everyone at Normanby Hall Country Park.

Normanby Hall has recently been given the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for delivering a high quality customer experience.

You can now stay at the site all year round rather than just the summer months and bookings for tents can now be taken in addition to caravans and motorhomes.

Each pitch has the option of an electric hook-up and there is access to toilet and shower facilities at Normanby Hall Golf Club.There are no dish washing sinks or laundry facilities on site. The paddock is a grass field with no hard standing.

The pitches on the new site cost:

•£20.50 a night with electric hook-up for caravans, motor homes, trailer tents (large tents) for two adults and two children

•£17.50 a night without electric hook-up for caravans, motor homes, trailer tents (large tents) for two adults and two children

•£12.50 a night without electric hook-up for smaller tents

All caravan and campsite bookings must be made in advanced by calling Normanby Hall on 01724 720588.

To find out more about Normanby Hall Country Park click here or you can visit their website.

Download your Normanby Hall Country Park guide here

Get on yer bike! in North Lincolnshire

There is no better way to enjoy the beautiful North Lincolnshire landscape than on your bike.  Cycling is a great way to spend time with friends and family or even meet new ones – its lots of fun and an ideal way to keep active.

We have some fantastic routes ready and waiting in North Lincolnshire:

bikesThe Sustrans Route 1 and 169, which is part of the National Cycle Network, passes through North Lincolnshire. Route 169 runs east to west along the ridge of Scunthorpe towards Normanby. Find out more about these routes by visiting the Sustrans website

bikes Sky Rides – This includes exciting challenges such as Messingham River and Forest Ride and the Breeze Ride from Brigg to Willows Garden Centre. You have to book your place on these rides which you can do by clicking here

bikesA network of 13 rural routes can also be downloaded as PDFs by clicking here

Keep safe and know the rules of the road. You can find out more helpful information by visiting the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership website or The North Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership produces the Off Road Shared Cycle and Pedestrian Routes User Guide . This gives essential information for the safe use of the many shared facilities in North Lincolnshire.

 

Visit some gorgeous gardens this June!

Enjoy exploring a variety of beautiful flowers & colourful plants at one of North Lincolnshire’s fragrant Open Gardens.

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June

Wheelbarrow and Open Gardens Weekend @ Barrow upon Humber 

From 11am. Children’s entertainment – Saturday 2 to 4pm, Barrow band Sunday 2pm to 4pm in Market Place. For further information contact 01469 531280.

Sunday 12 June

National Garden Scheme – Open Gardens
11am – 5 pm. 3, 6 and 8 Westcote Farm, Wold Road, Barrow, DN19 7DY. Adults £3.50, accompanied children free. Homemade teas.

Cadney and Howsham Open Gardens
11am – 5pm. Around 10 gardens featuring red, white and blue planting to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. £3.50 in aid of Lindsey Lodge Hospice, Howsham Village Hall, Cadney Church and local LIVES group. Free minibus between villages, park in Howsham. Free duck treasure trail and traditional games, floral displays at Cadney church.

Friday 17 June

Kirton Open Gardens
1pm-4pm Quinneys, 1 Dunstan Hill, DN21 4DU and 1 North Cliff, DN21 4NJ – £3 in aid of Lindsey Lodge Hospice. Tea and plant sale at Quinneys.

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June

Open Garden @ 21 Kingfisher Way, Scunthorpe
5.30 to 8.30pm – Enjoy this pretty garden on a warm summers evening, with undercover seating, £2.50.

Sunday 26 June

Hibaldstow Open Gardens and Scarecrow Day
10am to 5pm – Around 10 gardens open, with about 40 scarecrows! Displays in St Hybald’s Church. Refreshments in Village Hall and Church Hall. £3, accompanied children free, proceeds to local charities. Free minibus round village. Spitfire flypast (weather permitting) Classic cars on display at Village Hall. 01652 656875.

Alkborough Open Gardens @ Front Street,  DN15 9JW
11am to 4pm – Five beautiful gardens on the same road, £3 in aid of Lindsey Lodge Hospice.

Luddington / Ealand Open Gardens 
1pm – 4pm –  The Ruddings, 185 Eastfield Road, DN17 4RE and Crane House, Main St, Ealand, DN17 4JG. £3 in aid of Lindsey Lodge Hospice.

Later in August, Normanby Hall Country Park is hosting a RHS recommended event  ‘Looking after your Fruit Garden’

Join us for a day of instruction by Hilary Dobson as she looks at how to look after your fruit garden and keep it in tip top condition. With practical sessions please bring waterproof clothing and secateurs. Please call us to book your place in advance.

Cost: £9.95 – Booking Essential

Click here to find out how to book your place

If you fancy something a little different you can visit one of the area’s popular country parks or woodlands. Click here to view our attractions list.

Image: Ox Eye Daisy
Credit: Sarah Carre @ Waters’ Edge Country Park

LOVE your local market? We do...

To celebrate the national Love Your Local Market campaign North Lincolnshire Markets are holding a series of special market events over a fun packed two weeks. From 17 – 31 May 2016 we want everyone to head down to their favourite North Lincolnshire Market to show their support. Discover what the markets have to offer here or find out what’s on at each market by clicking here.

Download your free 2016-2017 North Lincolnshire Visitor and Accommodation Guide today

Looking to plan Summer holiday activities? or looking for a romantic weekend break? The 2016-2017 North Lincolnshire Visitor and Accommodation Guide has all the area’s best attractions, places to stay and lots more.

Click here to download your copy

Transformed and updated this year the all new singing, all dancing North Lincolnshire Visitor & Accommodation Guide has been revealed, proving there is plenty to offer this year’s visitor here in North Lincolnshire.Beckoning visitors from all around the UK and further the guide highlights North Lincolnshire’s best and quality assured attractions, accommodation, places to eat and stay and lots more.

A first for 2016, North Lincolnshire’s beautiful wildlife has been featured on the front cover, a majestic Normanby Hall Country Park stag, an iconic image from a prized North Lincolnshire attraction.

There is plenty to read about including 10 reasons why you should definitely visit North Lincolnshire, a helpful map, hotspots for shopping, great places to stay and eat and a Visitor Directory combining the most amazing and diverse attractions.

An easy to follow What’s On page highlights a variety of activities or events happening in North Lincolnshire from the glorious Haxey Hood to the Barton Bike Night, a haven for motorbike enthusiasts from all around the UK.

This year’s North Lincolnshire Food Hero, John Farrow, provided an amazing insight into growing local produce in North Lincolnshire. He explains his love of supplying his best produce and his connections to the area’s much loved Brigg Farmers’ Market.

You can request a hard copy of the guide or browse the many other leaflets and brochures from local attractions by clicking here. You can also pick up your version from one of our Tourist Information Centres at Brigg (01652 657053) or Waters’ Edge, Barton upon Humber (01652 631500)

If you would like your attraction or business to feature in the North Lincolnshire Guide or would like to talk to us about other marketing opportunities please contact the Tourism and Events Team, Civic Centre, Scunthorpe DN16 1AB or call Laura Smith-Higgins ( 01724 297536 or email laura.higgins@northlincs.gov.uk)

 

 

A new look for North Lincolnshire Museum

North Lincolnshire Museum will reopen on Saturday 13 February with a Family Fun Day to reveal its £150,000 refurbishment.

The Museum temporarily closed its doors on 24 December 2015 whilst improvement work was carried out on:

  • A new post-war gallery
  • Refurbishment to reception and gift shop
  • Refurbishment to the café
  • New under-fives room called Dudley’s Den (work is still ongoing and this will open in the summer)

The Family Fun Day on Saturday 13 February from 10.30am to 3.30pm will celebrate the reopening. Families will be able to get involved in a whole range of fun-filled activities throughout the day.

Take part in Dinosaur themed crafts and fun, plus there will be a chance to win two children’s goodie hampers by taking part in the trails and quiz.

Visitors can also take a look around the new-look Museum including the post-way gallery featuring a 1950’s style kitchen, 1960’s living room and 1970’s collection items.

Discover the lifestyle of these decades. You will also be able to take part in activities and games, such as dressing up, kitchen sensory board and object handling.

In the main exhibition area there will be works by Harold Gosney. Gosney’s themes are often inspired by classical and renaissance art and the two subjects that dominate his work, the human form and the horse.

This temporary sculpture exhibition covers almost 60 years of his work from 1959 to the present day and is supported by what he describes as ‘working drawings’, but are clearly works of art in themselves. You can see this exhibition until 12 June 2016.

The new Courtyard tearoom offers a brand new snack and lunch menu and takeout service. Collect a leaflet to get 15 per cent off any food and drink anytime on 26, 27 and 28 February.

Dudley’s Den, the brand new under-fives room opening in the summer will offer a new experience for younger children and families. The sea themed activities will allow babies and young children to explore textures, colours and sounds. For older children they can explore the world of archaeology by taking part in the brand new dig activity. Activities and sessions for children under five will also be run, including the popular Tots’ Time.

As well as offering the very popular make and take crafts at weekends and school holidays, the Museum is also offering fun new activities ideal for young children to become Dudley’s explorers.

These extra activities are free to take part and will change each week so that visitors can come back and experience a different activity each time. These include games, stories, trails and quizzes.

If that isn’t enough to keep you busy, why not pick up a free family back pack from reception filled with activities?

During February half-term the Museum has lots on offer to keep the whole family entertained. There will be a range of crafts and Dudley’s explorers can learn about the Museums history as they are taken on different adventures. Activities are free and will run daily from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Arts Council England has provided a grant of £124,213 for the refurbishment work and the council has contributed £25,000.

The contact telephone number for the Museum is changing from 13 February to 01724 297055. Until this time, you can contact the Museum as usual on 01724 843533 or email museum@northlincs.gov.uk.

Cllr John Briggs, cabinet member for Assets, Culture and Housing, said:

“I am looking forward to everyone being able to see the new-look North Lincolnshire Museum when it opens on 13 February. A lot of hard work has gone into the refurbishment and it will make a huge difference to the visitor experience. The reception, café, gift shop and post-war gallery look brilliant. It has been giving a more modern look and feel, which I’m sure visitors will enjoy.

“Come along to the Family Fun Day and get involved in a whole range of activities that all the family will enjoy. You will also be able to have a look around all the new facilities.

“We would like to thank all our visitors for their patience during the refurbishment. We’re thrilled to be welcoming everyone back soon. We have got lots of exciting things happening at the Museum this year.”