Springtime Illuminate to return to Gainsborough!

Dance artist in Illuminate Fire Garden - Guiding Sparks Circus

Residents and visitors to West Lindsey are invited to attend an incredible Illuminate event involving lanterns, projections, and a spectacular fire garden in early March.

On Saturday 9 March 2024, Gainsborough’s special light-themed event returns to the historic heart of the town, including the return of the community lantern parade, a fire garden in the grounds of All Saints’ Parish Church, lanterns on display in the grounds of Gainsborough Old Hall, street performers and samba music.

This year’s event theme is ‘Love, Gainsborough’, featuring willow lanterns made by local school children and artists.

There will be daytime activities at Parish Church and in the Market Place where you can make your own lantern from 10:30am – 2:30pm and evening activities around the Old Hall and All Saints’ Parish Church.

West Lindsey District Council’s event lead, Dr Anna Scott, said: “This year’s event is about Gainsborough as a community – bringing people back together for a town centre parade that they have helped to create. Illuminate has been made possible thanks to our partnership with All Saints’ Parish Church and Gainsborough Old Hall, and we’re grateful for their support to make the event possible.”

English Heritage, who manage Gainsborough Old Hall, are delighted to be involved with the event once again, with Area Manager Louise Fountain adding: “It is fantastic that Gainsborough Old Hall and English Heritage are once again able to work with West Lindsey District Council on such a wonderful event.

“I am delighted to be able to open the grounds up for the Illuminate event and to use the Old Hall as a stunning backdrop for the performers and lanterns we expect to see on the night.”

For further information on the upcoming plans for Illuminate, visit Discover Gainsborough’s Illuminate 2024 page. For more information about visiting Gainsborough, head over to our visit and have fun pages. For regular updates follow Discover Gainsborough on Facebook, X and Instagram.

This event has been made possible by funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, West Lindsey District Council and Gainsborough Town Council.