• Gainsborough WordFest


Gainsborough WordFest builds on the successful Literature Village held on Gainsborough Market Place in September 2023. From this small spark an exciting idea has formed to create a Gainsborough festival of story telling and creating.

WordFest is all about Gainsborough finding its voice. It is for everyone: there is something for all ages and interests. Join in with telling your stories – through words, pictures, sounds and music. This is just the start of the journey told through your stories in your voices.

Wordfest 2024

The big day will be Saturday 14 September with the Literature Village Market where stallholders will be selling all things book-related. There will be free entertainment for children including the splendid Storybook Emporium, Oskar with his magic accordion, poetry writing for all, story-telling and free horse and carriage rides from the Market Place to the Library.

In the two weeks leading up to the market there will be a play workshop, women’s history talk and Lincolnshire dialect event. Scroll down for more details.

WordFest is starting early and building up to September

Two events will take place at Gainsborough Library as follows:

  • Creative Writing Workshop – ‘Writing is Fun’ – led by local writer Gill Blow at Gainsborough Library (this workshop has already taken place).

Come along to the Literature Village market on Saturday 14th September in Gainsborough Market Place to view the creative work produced from these workshops.

  • Art Journaling Workshop: find your inner creative with artist Tracey Jones of Garden Room Art.

Saturday 1 and Saturday 15 June, 10 am to 12pm (same workshop REPEATED on both dates).

Please register your interest at the Library by calling 01522 782010 or pop in during their opening hours.

Events in September

All events are free but must be booked online in advance. Booking links will be live from Monday 3 June 2024.

  • Thursday 5 September, 7.30pm – Page to Stage at the Old Nick Theatre – Join Gill Blow, Phil Jones and Gordon Stuart from the Workhouse Players who will show you behind the scenes followed by a performance of their most popular play.

  • Tuesday 10 September, 2pm – ‘Women at the Helm’ history talk at Gainsborough Old Hall

  • Thursday 12 September, 2pm – The Lincolnshire Dialect – a fascinating talk by dialect speaker Loretta Rivett at Gainsborough Old Hall

  • Thursday 12 September, 7pm – Gainsborough Voices – an evening of music and words from three electronic music artists with links to Gainsborough. Live contemporary electronica and folktronica from gribbles, Duty & Subphotic in the theatre, with a generative sound and speech installation by gribbles focused on the Lincolnshire dialect in the cafe bar. A first of its kind! at The Old Nick Theatre

  • Thursday 19 September, 7pm – Poetry write-in Workshop with Helen Hagon of Written Words School of English at Spokes Coffee Shop

This page will be updated as soon as more information is confirmed. You can keep up to date with what’s happening at WordFest by following us on Facebook, X and Instagram.

For more information about visiting Gainsborough, head over to our visit and have fun pages.