February Half Term Fun!

Tyre swing at Willingham Woods

Half term is here! Get out and about and explore Gainsborough and the surrounding area with great things to see and do.

Delve in to history or find great activities to keep your little ones entertained this February half term. Here’s just a few ideas to get you started.

Meet your favourite princesses at Marshall’s Yard!

Saturday 12 February, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Kick off your half term this weekend at Marshall’s Yard as they invite all princess fans to come and meet the one and only Cinderella and Belle. They are looking forward to meeting you all and will be in the fountain area from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. You might even be able to get a royal selfie!

Don’t forget to stop by the Farmers’ and Craft market in the Market Place. The market offers the best in fresh, local, homemade and handmade produce from a variety of local traders outdoors in the fresh air.

To see who’s trading this month visit https://www.marshallsyard.co.uk/farmers-market.

Discover Gainsborough’s fascinating heritage

Visit one of the best-preserved manor houses in England… and it’s right here in Gainsborough. Gainsborough Old Hall is an impressive timber framed manor house with over 500 years of history within its walls.

It also has an impressive medieval kitchen with an enormous fireplace and stunning great hall with an ornate wooden ceiling.

The Old Hall is currently open on weekends only. For more information or to book visit their website.

Gainsborough Heritage Centre also offers a fascinating insight to the history of the town. It also houses an impressive street scene that will leave visitors feeling nostalgic.

Currently open on Saturdays only, 10am to 4pm.


Follow the heritage trail

As you walk around the town you’ll find history in every corner! ‘A Walk Through Time’ is a heritage trail that will take you round some of Gainsborough’s most notable historical sites including the Old County Court House and the Pilgrim Woman that stands on the riverside.

Download a copy of the trail here A Walk Through Time Heritage Trail. Copies are also available at Gainsborough Heritage Centre and the library.

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! They also have sugar free and vegan options too!

There’s also a café serving hot meals, light bites and hot and cold drinks. Kids can also enjoy the children’s play area with crazy golf, table tennis and play park that is suitable for all ages.

For more information visit their website.

Love is in the air – Family activity at Bransby Horses

Wednesday 2 to Sunday 27 February

Complete the Love Is In The Air trail to discover all of the horse and donkey love matches at Bransby Horses. Discover your own perfect match too in their Sponsorship Star game!
£3.50 per child. Trail sheet & Valentine’s gift included. No booking required.

Bransby Horses is the UK’s largest equine welfare charities; dedicated to rescue, rehabilitation, rehoming and education. It’s the perfect for a family day out, picnic venue, meeting place and eatery, serving breakfast, lunch and light refreshments to eat in or takeaway.


Family Days Out

If you’re looking for something more hands on; why not visit Rand Farm Park?! Discover exciting hand on experiences with a wide variety of animals and live demonstrations. They also have an indoor play and outdoor attractions for all ages. You can also take a drive out to Hall Farm Park (30 minutes from Gainsborough), a family run working farm with lots of things to see and do giving visitors a unique experience. Woodside Wildlife Park also offers hands-on access to some exciting animals!

If you’re more energetic then Wild Pines Park is the place to be! It’s one of the UK largest rope courses in UK offering you the chance for a unique and adventurous day out in the trees. Also, just down the road is Willingham Woods, offering a variety of walking and cycling trails. Picnic benches are also available on-site. They are located by the car park and ponds. For more information visit Forestry England’s website. Play World in Gainsborough also gives you a chance to have a few minutes to yourself while the kids blow off some steam!

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