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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.

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

LOVE your local market? We do...

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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

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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



A new look for North Lincolnshire Museum

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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

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.”

Helping plan your visit to North Lincolnshire

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Welcome to Visit North Lincolnshire

Our new website allows you to easily browse all the latest news, attractions and events. You could be planning a day out or staying for a long weekend has all the information you will need, ready and waiting. Why not plan your visit today?

Discover North Lincolnshire: trust us, it can be a lot of fun.

Popular Fair at Old Rectory

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One of Epworth’s best loved Christmas events is the annual craft fair held at the town’s Old Rectory and the date for this year’s has just been announced.

It will be taking place on Saturday, November 14, and will run from 10.00am until 3.00pm with a wide selection of homemade crafts that make for the perfect and unique Christmas gifts.

There will be more than 20 stalls at the fair and in addition seasonal refreshments with be available in the refectory at the Old Rectory on Rectory Street.

The building, an accredited museum and a Grade 1 listed building, is famous throughout the world as the childhood home of John and Charles Wesley, the brothers who formed a movement that went on to become the world-wide Methodist Church

“Attractions will include our famous guess the weight of the cake stall and there will be festive decorations around the house,” said the Old Rectory’s manager Gill Crawley.

The entry fee has remained at only £1.00 and children under the age of 12 can still get in for free.

Halloween and Harvest Inspired Events

Looking for something to do over half term? Here are some themed events for all the family to enjoy.  For further event details please see our events page.

Sunday 25 October

Normanby Hall – Pumpkin Trail, 10.30-4.30pm

Monday 26 October

The Ropewalk – Lantern Making, 10am-3pm

Tuesday 27 October

Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre – Children’s Ghosts and Skeletons workshop, 10am-2pm

Thursday 29th October

Ashby Market – Witches on Broomsticks Hunt & colouring competition winners will be announced 1.30pm.

Friday 30th October

Wilderspin National School- Ghostly Tales, Museum at Night event, 6.30pm

North Lincolnshire Museum- Pirate themed evening, 5pm-8pm

Saturday 31st October

20-21 Visual Arts Centre and North Lincolnshire Museum – Pumpkin Day, 10.30-3.30pm

The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft – Twilight Trolleydays, 11am-5pm

Normanby Hall Country Park – Wizard Training Day, 1pm

Waters’ Edge Country Park – Spooky Disco, 5pm-7pm

Barton Ghost Walks, 7pm

Brigg Summer Food Festival

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Brigg Farmers’ Market celebrates a glorious 15 year anniversary with a spectacular food extravaganza this August.

The event will take place on Saturday 22 August in the Market Place, Brigg. Amongst the stalls will be the favourite Farmers’ Market stalls including local lamb, cheese, cakes and much more. This year, we will be joined by Earthbound Misfits in the shape of scarecrows and Flo the Clown who will be performing street entertainment between 10am and 2pm.

Join in the fun and enter our BIG 15 Birthday Candle Trail. For your chance of winning; pick up a trail entry form from Brigg TIC or from the North Lincolnshire Council stall and hunt for all 15 birthday candles, naming the stall or location you find them at! It’s free to take part and you could win a delicious Farmers’ Market hamper.

This August in North Lincolnshire

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No day will be dull with something on offer to keep you busy and entertained this August in North Lincolnshire; there is something on offer for the whole family no matter what the age.

Why not take the opportunity to visit your local markets; Brigg, Ashby or Scunthorpe, where you can find all the produce you would need to hold the perfect summer BBQ. If food is where you heart is then take a look at the Places to Eat section on our website to tickle your taste buds with many delicious places to eat around North Lincolnshire.

There are many events happening this August for all to enjoy, from music to car shows. Take a look at the handpicked list below or for more events visit the Events page on our website.

Vintage VW Car Show – 01 August @ Elsham Hall 11:00 – 17:00
Barton Picnic in the Park – 02 August @ Baysgarth Park 12:00 – 16:00
East Halton Gymkhana – 09 August @ Baysgarth Farm 9:30am onwards
Ongo Carnival – 12 August @ Manor Park, Scunthorpe 11:00 – 15:30
Pongo’s Party – 14 August @ Plowright Theatre 14:00
Winterton Model Show – 15 August @ Carr Lane, Winterton 9:30 onwards
Jane Eyre – 16 August @ Elsham Hall 17:30
That’ll be the Day – 21 August @ The Baths Hall 19:30
West Butterwick Field Day – 22 August @ Ulyett Lane, West Butterwick 13:30 – 18:00
Brigg Lions Family Fun Weekend – 28, 29 & 30 August @ Sir John Nelthorpe

With the summer holidays in full swing let the fun continue with a variety of activities and fun days on offer at each of the North Lincolnshire Council attractions to keep all the children entertained. Fancy taking the fun outdoors then visit the Splash Pads at Central Park or Normanby Hall County Park and make the most of the summer sunshine.


5 August from 10am to 4pm 20-21 is holding a National Playday event.
6 and 7 August – Butterfly Mural
13 and 14 August – Ogre Spells
27 and 28 August – Summer Pinata

There are even more artivities taking place, to find out pop in to 20-21 or contact them on 01724 297070. 20-21 Visual Arts Centre opens Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. All activities are free. There is no need to book, just drop-in. The café and customer toilets will be closed due to building works being carried out.


Normanby Hall

The Hall and Farming Museum is open for the summer season until 27 September. Discovery workshops taking place throughout the summer include:

22 July and 19 August at 1pm – Pond Dipping: investigate pond habitats by using nets and recording mini-beasts.

29 July and 26 August at 1pm – Bug Hunting: collect and observe a variety of mini-beasts in grassland of the Park.

5 August at 1pm – Storytelling in the woodland: stimulate the senses and use the artistic creations to create your own magical story to share in the story telling chair.

12 August at 1pm – Victorian Washday: use dolly tubs, mangles and irons to discover more about Victorian washday.

Advanced booking is required for all of these activities. Call 01724 720588 to book. Children’s Day is also taking place on 31 August from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. There will be lots of family fun with workshops, games, quizzes and trails.

Waters’ Edge

3 August at 10.30am or 1pm – Fairy House, children’s pottery workshop. It costs £10 and booking is essential.

12 August from 11am to 3pm – Junk Modelling: Bugs. Children’s enviro-art activity.

19 August at 10.30am or 1pm – Spiral Mobiles, craft activity. It costs £3.95 and booking is essential.

26 August at 10.30am or 1pm – Funky Seahorse or Bird decoration, craft activity. It costs £3.95 and booking is essential.

To book a place on the activities call Waters’ Edge on 01652 631500. Even more activities are planned throughout the summer, including the Classic Car Show on 30 August.

North Lincolnshire Museum

The weekly activities include:

Mondays to Fridays – Mayhem from 10am to 3.30pm: themed activities, crafts and object handling.

Tuesdays – Story time from 1.30pm to 3pm: join Dudley bear and friends in a fun and interactive story time session. Suitable for two to five year-olds.

Wednesdays – Awesome Ancestors at 11am or 1.30pm: themed role play and handle artefacts.

Thursdays – Fun and games from 1pm to 3pm; get involved with creative play, drama and play fun themed games. Suitable for six to 11 year-olds.

Saturdays, Sundays and bank holiday Monday – Artyfact time from 10.30am to 3.30pm (Saturdays and Monday) and from 1.30pm to 3.30pm (Sundays).

The Mayhem themes will change each week, they include archaeology, Roman, Viking, Tudor, Victorians and steel town. All activities are free. There is no need to book, just turn up on the day.

The Museum opens from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on Sundays. The Courtyard Café opens 11am to 3pm, Monday to Saturday offering a range of drinks and snacks. For more information call the Museum on 01724 843533.