How to Plan a Summer Adventure in Gainsborough

Summer Adventure

With the sunshine upon us, what better time for visitors and residents alike to get out and enjoy the rich culture this historic market town has to offer? From astonishing medieval manors, to live performances there’s always something going on in this bustling town. So, whether you’re here to soak up some history or sun, there’s enough to keep you entertained throughout the summer!

Here are just a few reasons to plan your next day out, or book your mid-week trip, to Gainsborough:

Enjoy a tour of Gainsborough’s attractions

In Gainsborough, you’ll find everything from a recreated 20th century street and one of the best-preserved medieval manor houses in Britain, to one of the largest hand-built model railways depicting the East Coast Main Line from Kings Cross to Leeds Central and the original Divisional Headquarters of the Lincolnshire Constabulary and former Magistrates’ Court.

Shop till you drop

With a great mix of high street brands and well-established independent retailers, Gainsborough is a perfect place to enjoy some retail therapy, as well as grab some everyday essentials.

Marshall’s Yard houses some fantastic brands like Next and Fat Face, all in a relaxed atmosphere and you can explore the historic marketplace and uncover some unique finds.

Remember to check out the town’s weekly markets as well as the monthly Farmers and Craft Market for local traders, homemade bakes and handmade products.

And if you want to travel a bit further, you wouldn’t want to miss Hemswell Antiques (Europe’s largest range of dealers!) Throw yourself into this mind-blowing ex-RAF base. With four massive 2-story buildings filled to the brim with retro furniture, vintage rings fit for royalty and ageless classic ornaments it’s no doubt you will be spoilt for choice.

Explore the towns heritage on foot

Go on a journey of discovery, walking through time around Gainsborough following the Heritage Walking Trail, taking in the scenery and history along the way. Pick up a map from Gainsborough Library or download online. Families can also go in search for treasure with the Great Gainsborough Treasure Hunt. Explore the town and solve the clues to find the hidden treasure. Get your copy from Wilkos in Marshall’s Yard or the library opposite Gainsborough Old Hall.

Gainsborough was also once one of the country’s biggest inland ports. Take a gentle stroll along the Riverside Walk, connecting the Trent Bridge to the Town Centre and see the bronze statue of The Pilgrim Woman.

Enjoy a picnic at one our many green spaces

There are some lovely local independent cafes in Gainsborough, as well as fantastic farm shops nearby where you can grab some delicious picnic food and head to one of the district’s outdoor green spaces to soak up some sun.

Extend your day by enjoying an Evening in Gainsborough

Teatime doesn’t mean it’s time to head home, there are still many things to do in Gainsborough in the evening!

Trinity Arts Centre is a unique picturehouse & theatre housed in a stunning grade II listed church with a variety of performances & shows including live bands, theatre, stand-up comedy & cinema.

With great places to eat like The Forge Restaurant and BarClock House Gastrobar and Caldero Lounge in Marshall’s Yard, it’s a great evening out! Many of Gainsborough’s independent eateries champion local produce wherever possible too, for freshness and reduced food miles.

Discover Lincolnshire

Gainsborough is perfectly placed for exploring the surrounding countryside of Lincolnshire, with the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB just under an hour’s drive away with plenty of walking routesfun activities and days out. Plus, you’ll find some amazing attractions like Wild Pines, Woodside Wildlife Park, Brandsby Horses and Rand Farm Park, making a great day out for all the family! Visit for more information.

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