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Exhibitions - Birds On The Wing

3rd March until 25th June - Thorpe on the Hill, LN6 9BW - Tel: 01522 694353.

Birds On The Wing exhibition at the Natural World Centre, Whisby Nature Park. A stunning exhibition that explores the life and beauty of both garden and wetland birds. A range of media, craft, art and photography has been created by local practitioners, with all work on display available to purchase. Birds on the Wing features photography by wildlife and swan photographer Anne Waterfield, whose body of work ‘All about Swans’ has previously exhibited at the Discovery Centre at Clumber Park. There will also be a Swan Facts section which is informative and also include a mini me exhibition and trail aimed at young children.

Exhibitions - Living Landscape

11th March until 9th April - Barton upon Humber DN18 5JT - Tel: 01652 660380.

Living Landscape at The Ropewalk. This touring exhibition, curated by Studio Eleven’s Rob Moore brings together six artists, including The Ropewalk’s Richard Hatfield, who are all inspired by working in or with the landscape in their work as painters and printmakers. The exhibition also features the work of Jake Attree, Jean Davey Winter, David Fulford and Patti Lean as well as Richard and Rob.

Days Out - Arthur Swallow Antiques and Home Show

27th March until 28th March - Lincoln LN2 2NA - Monday £20, Tuesday £5 - Tel: 01522 522900.

Arthur Swallow Antiques and Home Show at Lincolnshire Showground. The world-famous Lincolnshire Antiques and Home Show is Arthur Swallow Fairs’ flagship event and one of the largest in Europe. With thousands of stalls and exhibitors from all over Europe, the diversity of stock on offer is second to none. Imagine your favourite vintage store, those secret off the beaten track furniture shops, the flea markets and bric-a-brac shops of your dreams all rolled into one! Where else would you find such a diverse collection of dozens of fine antiques, furniture and jewellery alongside an array of garden furniture and statuary, stained glass windows and vintage furs and linens?

Days Out - Milling Day at Cogglesford Watermill

0 - Sleaford, NG34 7EQ

Sunday 9th April,
Milling Day at Cogglesford Watermill – 11am to 4pm. Thought to be the only Sherriff’s watermill still in operation in England, visitors can see Cogglesford Watermill in operation during special milling days, which take place on the second Sunday of the month. The millers will be busy as the huge waterwheel rumbles into action turning the millstones to grind the grain producing their own wholemeal and unbleached white flour. Whilst you’re there you can learn about the history of the mill and its millers, try your hand at grinding grain and explore the mill. For more information please contact Cogglesford Watermill on Tel: 01529 413671 or the District Council tourism team o 01529 308102. Alternatively please email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk

Country Markets - Alford

28th March - St Wilfrid’s Church Hall, Church Street, Alford

9.30am – 12 noon

Lectures - The Destructive Power of a Troubled Conscience

29th March - Lincoln LN1 3DY - Tickets £5 (include a glass of wine or fruit juice) available from Lincoln Cathedral Shop, Unicorn Tree Books and on the door.

Lincoln Theological Society presents ‘The Destructive Power of a Troubled Conscience’ by Dr Jonathan Trigg at Bishop Grosseteste University. Lincoln Theological Society is concentrating on Martin Luther’s Reformation which started 500 years ago when he publicly criticised the Roman Catholic church. His actions affected all of Western Christendom.
Lecture takes place in The Robert Hardy Lecture Theatre at 7.30pm. Parking available.

Theatre - Madama Butterfly

30th March - Spalding PE11 1SS - Tickets £13.50, £12 over 60s, disabled and companion, £10 under 26s and schools. - Tel: 01775 764777.

Madama Butterfly – Royal Opera House Live broadcast at South Holland Centre, 7.15pm. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband. Much loved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role for the first time at Covent Garden, in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s stunningly beautiful production. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Farmers Markets - Sleaford Farmers’ Market

1st April - Market Place

9am-2pm

Farmers Markets - Spalding Farmers’ Market

1st April - Sheep Market

8.30am-2pm

Farmers Markets - Market Rasen Farmers’ Market

1st April - Market Place

9am – 3pm

Days Out - Firing of the Forge at Welbourn

1st April - Welbourn, LN5 0NW

Firing of the Forge at Welbourn – 10am to 1pm. See traditional ironworking in a traditional Victorian forge located in the heart of the village of Welbourn. This former forge and blacksmith’s workshop dates back to 1864 and is still in working condition. For over 100 years Welbourn Forge has served the needs of farmers and tradesmen in the area. The forge opens on the first Saturday of the month and now exhibits old photographs, displays and memorabilia along with a restored earth privy. For more information please contact the North Kesteven District Council tourism team on Tel: 01529 308102 or email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk.

Exhibitions - Never Ends

1st April until 11th June - Grimsby DN31 1UZ - Free entry

Never Ends at Muriel Barker Gallery, Grimsby Fishing and Heritage Centre. This exhibition explores the passage of time, memory and place. It will feature ‘Far and Near’ – a collaboration with artist Linda Ingham and composer David Power, focusing on commemorative benches and their personal memories, with contributions from textile artist Nicky Dillerstone and wood crafter, Chris Nangle; ‘Outfalls’ with artist Judith Tucker and poet Harriet Tarlo, inspired by the Louth Canal on the Humber Estuary and Arts Council Collection loans from land artists including: Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Long, Hamish Fulton, Martin Parr, Angus Fairhurst, Birgit Skiold, Jane Harris and Brian Altero. Muriel Barker Gallery, Grimsby Fishing and Heritage Centre, Alexandra Road, 9am-5pm.

Exhibitions - High Flying Women – Pioneering Aviators

1st April until 24th September - Cranwell

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre will kickstart their new season with an exhibition paying tribute to female aviators from around the world. The Centre’s forthcoming exhibition, High Flying Women – Pioneering Aviators, will open to the public telling the stories of female aviators giving visitors the chance to discover these remarkable women and their love of flight, speed, adventure and service for their countries. The exhibition also examines their struggles and rebellion against the conventions of their respective times, in order to realise their dreams; and how they fearlessly took to the air when aviation was a far greater risk than it is today. It will also show that wealth or indeed a lack of it was not an inhibitor of their ambitions. For more information about this exhibition please contact Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre on Tel: 01529 488490 or email cranwellaviation@n-kesteven.gov.uk. For more information visit www.cranwellaviation.co.uk

Kids - Easter Egg Hunt

1st April until 17th April - Spalding, PE12 6EU

Easter Egg Hunt around the Springfields Festival Gardens. Entry price £5 per child and on completion the child takes their sheet to Thorntons where they will receive a personalised Easter Egg with their name on it.  Also all completed forms will be entered into a prize draw where they will have the chance to win the new Nintendo Switch Console with extras, which is being released 3rd March. This competition will be run in conjunction with Game. Each child will also receive an activity pack including recipes, wordsearches and colouring sheets, which can be entered into a competition. There are two age categories for the colouring in competition and the winner of each category will receive a giant chocolate egg kindly donated by Thorntons. The Easter Bunny, Minions and characters from Paw Patrol will be around the Centre from 1st–17th April with appearances between 12noon-3pm 3rd-7th April: Lambs & Sheep available to see, 10th-14th April: A selection of animals – 2 x Pygmy goats, 2 x pigs, an Alpaca and a donkey
Free Face Painting 3rd-7th, 10th-14th and 17th April. The Land Train and the Small Miniature Railway will be running and Jurassic Crazy Golf will be open.

Kids - Molly & Floyd’s Easter Eggstravaganza!

1st April until 17th April - Sleaford, NG34 7EQ

Molly & Floyd’s Easter Eggstravaganza! At Cogglesford Watermill and Navigation House. Cogglesford Watermill’s Molly the Mill Mouse is visiting Navigation House’s Floyd the Fish with Easter eggs but she has lost some along the way! Visit the Mill and Navigation House to collect your trail sheet and help Molly to find them before claiming your own Easter prize. 50p per trail. For more information please contact the North Kesteven District Council tourism team on Tel: 01529 308102 or email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk

Kids - Charlie’s Chocolate Delivery

1st April until 17th April - Cranwell, NG34 8QR

Chocks away for Charlie’s Chocolate Delivery at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre. Charlie the Crane has been asked to deliver Easter eggs to the pioneering aviators in the exhibition but has mixed them all up! Come along and help Charlie to deliver his eggs before collecting your own chocolatey prize! 50p per trail.  For more information please contact the North Kesteven District Council tourism team on Tel: 01529 308102 or email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk

Music - Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys

1st April - Spalding, PE11 1SS

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys at South Holland Centre. After a rousing debut gig at the venue in 2015, the Canadian boys are back to bring the house down one more time! The quartet stomps a signature style that infuses their love of traditional bluegrass, old-time roots and rockabilly rhythms to deliver a mix of tunes that are as unique and entertaining as they are. Infectious high-energy flair, crisp musicianship and rollicking rhythm and roots sound. www.southhollandcentre.co.uk

Open Gardens - Woodlands

2nd April - Fotherby, LN11 0UW

11am-5pm, £3 – chd free

Country Markets - Alford

4th April - St Wilfrid’s Church Hall, Church Street, Alford

9.30am – 12 noon

Days Out - Countryside with Company

4th April - Dunston Fen

Countryside with Company – 2.30pm. Join a walk exploring the beautiful countryside of North Kesteven! Meeting at Dunston Fen car park. Follow the brown Stepping Out sign on the B1188 towards Dunston Fen (grid ref: TF 0894 6386)
Walk Length: 4 miles. Please allow roughly two hours to complete. Walk Type: A circular walk around countryside and pasture land. Please note this walk has stiles on it.

Music - Folk Club

5th April - Spalding, PE11 1SS

Folk Club in the Lounge Bar. Probably the most unlikely act on today’s folk circuit, they are also one of the best-loved. Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, Sam Pirt (accordion) and Gary Hammond (percussion) present a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage. Expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, and Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion) with a big dash of humour. www.southhollandcentre.co.uk

Farmers Markets - Lincoln Farmers’ Market

6th April - High Street

9am – 4pm

Farmers Markets - Gainsborough Farmers’ Market

8th April - Marshalls Yard

9am-3pm

Farmers Markets - Caistor Farmers’ Market

8th April - Market Place

9am – 1pm

Farmers Markets - Grantham Farmers’ Market

8th April - Guildhall Centre

8.30am – 3pm

Music - Weird Garden

8th April - Lincoln LN1 3LB

Weird Garden at Decimal Place, Burton Road. An evening of live original sound art. 6.30pm–10pm. Featuring Infinity Curve, Peter Challoner, Modulator ESP and Experimental Sonic Machines. Peter Challoner is an architectural technician from Nottingham. In his spare time he creates abstract textural ambient and rhythmic contemporary electronic music. His influences include Mike Oldfield, Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre, & especially Brian Eno & Philip Glass. Modulator ESP is Jez Creek from Nottingham. With an elaborate array of synths and associated gadgets, he creates dark, abstract ambient electronic noise improvisations that occasionally veer into more rhythmic & melodic areas. Infinity Curve sees Jez Creek and Peter Challoner – the earlier two artists - collaborating to create a fascinating merging of their electronic soundscapes. Experimental Sonic Machines is Peter K Rollings from Lincoln. He appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2016 with his Experimental Sonic Machines. Free entry.

Open Gardens - Burghley House Private

8th April until 9th April - Stamford

South Gardens, 11am-4pm, £4 – chd free

Days Out - Countryside Lincs

9th April - Lincoln, LN2 2NA

Visit the Lincolnshire Showground for Countryside Lincs, a fun-packed extravaganza all about food, farming and the countryside. For one Sunday a year, the Lincolnshire Showground is transformed into an exciting hub for children and families to learn to make, bake, explore and experience all things connected to food, farming and the countryside. Step into six captivating different indoor and outdoor zones to get really hands-on, involved and inspired! From baking bread to sitting on magnificent machinery and getting up close with farm animals large and small, there is so much to learn and do.

Open Gardens - Grimsthorpe Castle

9th April - Bourne PE10 0LZ

11am-6pm, £6 – chd £2.50

Country Markets - Alford

11th April - St Wilfrid’s Church Hall, Church Street, Alford

9.30am – 12 noon

Exhibitions - Steve Cook

11th April until 16th April - Lincoln, LN1 1ET

Artworks by Steve Cook at the Gallery at St Martin’s.Works inspired by the rain and sea through objects and paintings. The images in this exhibition are influenced by the Japanese cultural idea of ‘Ma’, “the negative space between events, the resting place giving meaning to the surroundings.” The artworks explore the multi-layered translucent, opaque and dense qualities of water. Wall reliefs are constructed by layering contrasting coloured wood veneers and applied silver gilding arranged to represent the flow, and the reflective qualities of water. Three dimensional objects and containers use the decorative qualities of wood grain to produce intriguing functional items. A number of colourful watercolours have been produced to research the theme. See images of the work at www.watersidephotography.co.uk on their Facebook page.

Farmers Markets - Horncastle Farmers’ Market

13th April - Market Place

9am – 4pm

Farmers Markets - Lincoln Farmers’ Market

14th April - High Street

9am – 4pm

Farmers Markets - Louth Farmers’ Market

14th April - Market Place

9am – 2pm

Open Gardens - Easton Walled Gardens

14th April - Easton, NG33 5AP

11am-4pm, £7 – chd £3

Days Out - Burton Waters Boating Festival

29th April - Burton Waters Marina, Burton Waters, Lincoln LN1 2WN - Tel: 01522 567404

Our annual Boating Festival is back!  Join us for a great day out for all the family - all are welcome!  Come and view the fantastic range of new and used boats we have on display. We have a better than ever selection of stalls attending including Go Outdoors, Timeless Accessories, Stella & Dot Jewellery, Lincs Spas, JH Country Art, Partylite and County Leisure Teak to name just a few. Food and drinks will be available to sample throughout the day including traditional fish ‘n’ chips, tapas, doughnuts and coffee and an in-house bar, all accompanied by fabulous live music courtesy of The Suitcase Dwellers.  There’s entertainment for the kids including face painting, dressing up photo booth and paddle boarding. It’s the region’s boating event not to miss!  Admission is free of charge.