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Take to the saddle and enjoy our biggest and best views

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North Lincolnshire’s tranquil countryside is perfect for cycling with charming attractions and fascinating heritage sights along the way.


A warm welcome awaits riders of all abilities in the bustling market towns, riverside villages and quaint hamlets. There is no better way than on two wheels, to discover this area of natural beauty and rural tranquillity. Where the rolling chalk of the Lincolnshire Wolds meets the lush Ancholme Valley, the rich flood plains of the River Trent give spectacular views of the lower valley, and the famous Humber Bridge spans one of England’s mightiest estuaries.

For those who like to explore for themselves, the Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger Map 112 Scunthorpe & Gainsborough is recommended. However, if you would prefer a more detailed itinerary and like to discover more about the area, why not request a free copy of the Cycle Routes or download a copy by clicking here. Each route details places of interest and best viewpoints, sources of refreshments and suitability, be it for road, hybrid or mountain bikes.

Whether you are looking for a pit stop or a delightful evening meal after your energetic day, dining in the area is a treat. From quaint tearooms with delicious homemade produce, country pubs with lovely views and award winning restaurants, you will be spoilt for choice.

For those looking to stay, the area prides itself on providing quality accommodation from simple bed and breakfasts, to boutique accommodation and a spa and golf resort. If looking to cater for yourself, you have the options of a cottage, converted chapel or even a yurt. Local campsites range from basic to five star. Whatever your preference, there are options for all and the local accommodation assessment scheme Quality North Lincolnshire offers you an assurance of a quality stay.

Download free cycle routes for North Lincolnshire by clicking here or call Waters’ Edge Country Park on 01652 631500 to have a cycle route pack posted out to you.

What a year 2017 was for North Lincolnshire

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Take a look back at some of our favourite bits from the past 12 months!

– 15,000 people watched the City of Culture fireworks from Waters’ Edge in Barton

– In February, Treasured City opened at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

– North Lincolnshire hosted stage three of the Tour of Britain

Ashby Ville Boardwalk

The possibilities are endless when you visit North Lincolnshire. You could be planning a day out for the family, a romantic getaway or shopping trip. Want to try extreme sports and adventurous outdoor pursuits?… You can! Want to chill out with a visit to a luxurious spa and golf resort?… You can! Want to stay in “Quality” accommodation?… You can! North Lincolnshire has it all, rich in heritage, culture and the arts with an abundance of green open space.



Proud to host the OVO Energy Tour of Britain

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The start of Stage 3 will begin at Normanby Hall Country Park and finish in Scunthorpe outside Central Park. Our stage is very spectator friendly with the whole race staying within the North Lincs boundary, so be prepared to get your flags and banners out on multiple occasions. On race day there will be plenty to do for all ages with entertainment, a range of stalls and fun activities.  For further information on the route take a look at our own North Lincs Tour of Britain website with details on the proposed route, showing places of interest you can cycle past and North Lincolnshire’s cycle routes for those shortcuts on the race day –

North Lincs ToB website also provides details on sponsorship packages for local businesses large or small to get involved in this fantastic opportunity, whether it be a main sponsor or In Kind sponsorship. Keep an eye out on a community pack coming soon, demonstrating on how local communities can partake in this exciting event. From spray painting bikes in the local stage colours of green and blue to creating artistic bicycle sculptures and fun aerial images that will be filmed and shown on TV.

Not only will Stage 3 be a day to put in our diary but we will also be holding a ‘Cycling Extravaganza’ in August at Normanby Hall and North Lincs Tour of Britain Sportive in the coming months. For all up to date information sign up to our newsletter on our website.

If you have any questions about the race day, or fancy signing up to be a volunteer or a local business that wants to get involved contact the North Lincs Tour of Britain Team at or 01724 296830.

Christmas in North Lincolnshire

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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.


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.


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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 



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


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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

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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

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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!

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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.

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Credit: Sarah Carre @ Waters’ Edge Country Park