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Exhibitions - Avenue of Dreams

11th January until 15th March - Ropery Hall, Barton upon Humber DN18 5JT - 10am-5pm - 01652 660380, www.the-ropewalk.co.uk

A collection of paintings and prints by Sheffield based/Irish born artist Alex McArthur. Inspired by the natural world, her practice is influenced by long established landscape traditions.

Exhibitions - Remember Me: Charlotte Hodes – Papercuts and Ceramics

11th January until 22nd March - Sleaford NG34 7TW - 10am - 5pm - 01529 308710, www.nccd.org.uk

Hodes explores the boundaries between fine art and craft practice, drawing from the rich iconography of the decorative arts and her own hand-drawn archive of motifs centered on the female figure.

Exhibitions - Liz Pearson: Sense of Self

11th January until 22nd March - Sleaford NG34 7TW - 10am - 5pm - 01529 308710, www.nccd.org.uk

Sense of Self by Liz Pearson focuses on June, who is living with dementia, and the role of participatory design in promoting a ‘sense of self’ after a dementia diagnosis.

Exhibitions - East Riding Artists – The Bare Level Plain

18th January until 22nd March - Ropery Hall, Barton upon Humber DN18 5JT - 10am-5pm - 01652 660380, www.the-ropewalk.co.uk

An exhibition of original artworks with the 1936 novel South Riding by Winifred Holtby, and in particular those areas of the East Riding described in the novel, as the exhibition’s focus and theme.

Exhibitions - East Riding Artists – The Bare Level Plain

18th January until 22nd March - Barton upon Humber DN18 5JT - 10am - 5pm - 01652 660380, www.the-ropewalk.co.uk

An exhibition of original artworks with the 1936 novel South Riding by Winifred Holtby as focus and theme. An exploration through art of the places about which the novelist wrote.

Exhibitions - Annabel McCourt: Electric Fence

8th February until 10th May - Lincoln LN2 1LP - 01522 782040, www.thecollectionmuseum.com

McCourt’s well-known installation ‘Electric Fence’ will take over the upstairs gallery space in the Usher Gallery, alongside a series of new works specially commissioned for this exhibition.

Comedy - John Shuttleworth’s Back!

23rd February - Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe DN15 6JP - 7.30pm - 0844 854 2776, www.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk

Years of strenuous DIY, not to mention playing his organ whilst perched upon a multi-pack of Diet Sprite with no lumber support, has taken its toll. But – ever the trouper – John returns to the stage.

Theatre - The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

24th February - Lincoln LN1 3AR - 7.30pm - 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com

Big Brum’s production of ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ adapted by Chris Cooper is rich in imagery that illuminates the themes at the heart of Stevenson’s complex text.

Comedy - The Merry Opera Company presents Don Giovanni

26th February - Stamford PE9 2DL - 7.30pm - 01780 763203, www.stamfordartscentre.com

A supernatural comedy-thriller occurring in breakneck real time, Don Giovanni begins with murder, and ends with a hellish sentence passed on the legendary seducer – the epic downfall of a man who always knows what we need, always makes us happy, but eventually realises he is out of time.

Polarising audiences for centuries, startlingly modern yet a dinosaur, can Don Giovanni still make us love him as he hurtles through his final hours? At Stamford Arts Centre.

Directed by international opera director John Ramster, with music direction by Cannes prizewinner, Gabriel Chernick. English translation by Amanda Holden.

Theatre - The National Trust Fan Club

27th February - Spalding PE11 1SS - 7.30pm - 01775 764777, www.southhollandcentre.co.uk

Join Helen Wood’s one-woman quest to visit every National Trust property and become the NT’s biggest super-fan. Direct from its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Comedy - Geoff Norcott: Taking Liberties

28th February - Lincoln LN6 7TS - 8pm - 0871 220 0260, www.engineshed.co.uk

Norcott has appeared frequently on Question Time and can be regularly seen putting the cat amongst the pigeons on UK political debate shows.

Comedy - Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us

28th February - Lincoln LN2 1EY - 8pm - 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com

Mark Thomas combines his trademark mix of storytelling, stand-up, mischief and well researched material to examine how we have come to inhabit this divided wasteland that some of us call the United Kingdom.

Music - Weird Garden

28th February - Lincoln LN1 3LB - 6pm - 10pm - 01522 512669, facebook.com/tapenoise

An evening of experimental sound art and performance at Decimal Place art space. Tonight’s artists are Experimental Sonic Machines, Mr Butty, DiseasesofVenus and Fixateur Externe. Free entry.

Comedy - Tom Binns

29th February - Gainsborough DN21 2AL - 8pm - 01427 676655, www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/trinity-arts-centre

Tom Binns is the star and co-writer of BBC One’s Hospital People. He is also an award-winning character comedian working the international comedy festivals and the UK stand-up circuit.

Music - Stamford International Music Festival

29th February - Stamford PE9 2DL - 7.30pm - https://simfestival.com/tickets/

Performers: Freya Goldmark (artistic director & violin), Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux (violin), Francesca Gilbert (viola), Corentin Chassard (cello), Anna Webster (clarinet). Works by Brahms, Stravinsky and Schubert. Tickets £15 (U16 accompanying an adult free).

Music - The Sensational 60s Experience

29th February - Scunthorpe DN15 6QB - 7.30pm - 0844 854 2776, www.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk

The Sensational 60s Experience brings you a three hour 60s spectacular of pure nostalgia. Starring Mike Pender (original voice of The Searchers) The Trems, The Fortunes, The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Dakotas.

Music - The Floyd Effect

29th February - Lincoln LN2 1EY - 7.30pm - 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com

With members who have worked with the likes of Bowie, Janet Jackson and Jon Bon Jovi, this is a band of the highest calibre that loves the music of Pink Floyd.

Theatre - Russian State Opera presents Aida

29th February - Lincoln LN2 1JJ - 7.30pm - 01522 519999, www.newtheatreroyallincoln.co.uk

Russian State Opera returns to New Theatre Royal Lincoln with the premiere of Verdi’s opera classic Aida. The brand-new production will feature sumptuous sets and splendid new costumes.

Exhibitions - Matthew Rumbelow: Dereliction

3rd March until 22nd March - Stamford PE9 2DL - 9.30am - 9pm - 01780 763203, www.stamfordartscentre.com

A series of haunting images highlighting the natural reclamation of abandoned buildings and discarded machinery. The hidden beauty of decay and delapidation is revealed in its many forms.

Music - LICMF Lunchtime Concert:  Alexei Watkins (horn) and Harry Rylance (piano)

3rd March - Lincoln LN2 1EY - 1pm - 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com

A varied and exciting programme evoking many of the horn’s different qualities from its hunting ancestry to its beautiful lyricism. Features classics of the horn’s romantic repertoire and newer works.

Talks - Brigg Amateur Social Historians:  ‘A Tale of Two Lancasters’

3rd March - Brigg & Districts Servicemen’s Club, Coney Court, Brigg - 8pm - 01652 650138

An illustrated talk by Mike Chatterton sharing memories of his time flying the BBMF Lancaster ‘The City of Lincoln’ and his father’s time as a Lancaster Pilot in WW2.

Theatre - Dreamland Drama Show

3rd March - Lincoln LN2 1EY - 7pm - 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com

Support Dreamland Drama group at Lincoln Drill Hall, as they perform their newly devised show. Sure to be an inspiring evening full of creativity and energy. Pay what you decide.

Music - Spalding Folk Club: Jack Rutter

4th March - Spalding PE11 1SS - 8pm - 01775 764777, www.southhollandcentre.co.uk

Jack Rutter’s infectious passion for traditional song, especially from his Yorkshire roots, and his instrumental accompaniments are the perfect foil for his beguiling singing. The Lounge Bar, South Holland Centre.

Theatre - Tony Stockwell – Psychic Medium

4th March - Boston PE21 6HP - 7.30pm - 01205 363108, www.blackfriarsartscentre.co.uk

Visiting Blackfriars Arts Centre, medium Tony Stockwell demonstrates his belief that those who have passed can communicate with their loved ones with detailed messages frequently including names, dates and locations.

Talks - Laura Carlin – Requiem for a Knave Talk and Signing

5th March - Lincoln LN1 3AE - 7pm - 01522 262374, facebook.com/lindumbooks

The author of The Wicked Cometh visits Lindum Books with another gripping tale of a dark and dangerous medieval world. Tickets £5, includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink.

Theatre - Bleak House

6th March - Boston PE21 6HP - 7.30pm - 01205 363108, www.blackfriarsartscentre.co.uk

Join The Pantaloons for a fog-filled adventure in Victorian London. When a dead body is discovered in Mr Krook’s Rag-and-Bone shop, a web of mysteries starts to untangle, with far-reaching consequences.

Comedy - Henning Wehn: Get On With It

7th March - Lincoln LN6 7TS - 7.30pm - 0871 220 0260, www.engineshed.co.uk

If you missed out on tickets for this show in 2018, Henning Wehn returns to the Engine Shed with his ‘Get On With It’ tour. A much-needed call to arms.

Theatre - You’re My World

7th March - Gainsborough DN21 2AL - 7.30pm - 01427 676655, www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/trinity-arts-centre

A celebration of Cilla Black and The Beatles. From The Cavern to the London Palladium, this fun-packed show celebrates the forefront of the British pop music scene of the 1960s. At Trinity Arts Centre.

Days Out - Lincoln Castle Dog Friendly Day

7th March - Lincoln LN1 3AA - 10am - 5pm - 01522 782040, www.lincolncastle.com

Unlock 1,000 years of history with your furry companion on a ‘paw-some’ day out. Dogs must be kept on leads at all times. Please do not take dogs in the Vault.

Music - Digby Military Wives Choir

8th March - Lincoln LN1 3AR - 3pm - 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com

Digby Military Wives Choir brings to Lincoln Drill Hall a celebration of music from the stage, film and original songs created for the Military Wives Choirs Foundation.

Theatre - Jekyll and Hyde

8th March - Scunthorpe DN15 6JT - 7.30pm - 0844 854 2776, www.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk

Arrows & Traps Theatre bring their critically-acclaimed modern twist on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic to Plowright Theatre, reimagining it as a political thriller set in the halls of American power.

Days Out - Vintage Flea Market

8th March - Lincoln LN2 2NA - 8.30am - 3pm - 01522 522900, www.lincolnshireshowground.co.uk

This event will offer up the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning if you love bagging a bargain, rummaging for bric-a-brac or hunting down cool vintage items and quirky collectables.

Talks - Ed Byrne:  If I’m Honest…

11th March - The Engine Shed, Lincoln LN6 7TS - Doors 7.15pm – Show 8pm - www.engineshed.co.uk

This month join Ed Byrne for an evening of comedy at The Engine Shed, as he tackles the subject of parenthood with his trademark cynical wit, taking a long hard look at himself in an attempt to decide if he has any traits that are worth passing on to his children.

Byrne presents this brand new masterclass in observational comedy, titled ‘If I’m Honest…’ hot on the heels of his 2017/18 touring hit, ‘Spoiler Alert!’ Audiences can expect another set of incisive, hilarious anecdotes delivered with typical energy, from one of the finest stand-up performers of his generation.

A familiar face from television, in the past year Byrne has appeared on Live at the Apollo, panel show favourites Mock the Week and QI, The Pilgrimage and Top Gear. He is also an avid hill walker and writes a regular column for The Great Outdoors magazine.

Tickets £25

Music - Brubecks Play Brubeck

12th March - Spalding PE11 1SS - 7.30pm - 01775 764777, www.southhollandcentre.co.uk

Darius and his brothers, Chris and Dan, with Dave O’Higgins on sax, perform live in concert at South Holland Centre, to celebrate their father, legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck’s centennial.

Music - 3 Piece Suite – A trio featuring two flutes and a piano

13th March - All Saints Church, Upton cum Kexby - 7pm for 7.30pm

A superb trio of musicians perform a varied musical programme. Wine and chilled drinks available. Retiring collection for donations (to be shared between the musicians and church).

Talks - Jeremy Vine: What the hell is going on?!

13th March - Lincoln LN2 1EY - 7pm - 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com

Get ready to laugh and cry as the popular radio and television broadcaster tries to make sense of a world that increasingly makes no sense at all. At Lincoln Drill Hall.

Comedy - Simon Evans – The Work of the Devil

14th March - Scunthorpe DN15 6JT - 8pm - 0844 854 2776, www.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk

Simon Evans shares his usual, excoriating views of a world on fire given a perspective shift from personal revelations that turned his world upside down this year. At Plowright Theatre.

Music - SOLO Classical Guitar Ensemble

14th March - Boston PE21 6HP - 7.30pm - 01205 363108, www.blackfriarsartscentre.co.uk

Performance by a group of accomplished amateur musicians who are passionate about making music with the classical guitar. Fundraising event for the Boston and District branch of the MS Society.

Talks - Evening with Alan Johnson

15th March - Lincoln LN2 1JJ - 7.30pm - 01522 519999, www.newtheatreroyallincoln.co.uk

The former Home Secretary tells his personal story, from growing up as an orphan in a West London slum to becoming a postman, before rising through the Labour Party ranks.

Exhibitions - Grey Bear Artist Collective

17th March until 29th March - Lincoln LN1 5BN - 10am - 4pm - 01522 589899, www.samscorergallery.co.uk

The Grey Bear Artist Collective is a group of Lincolnshire artists who started meeting regularly for life drawing in Scothern. Enjoy a cross-section of their work, using a variety of mediums.

Music - Grantham Music Club presents Kanneh-Mason duo

18th March - ChristChurch, Finkin Street, Grantham - 7.30pm - 01476 406158, www.guildhallartscentre.com

This Kanneh-Mason duo will be Isata on piano and Braimah playing violin. Both have performed previously for Grantham Music Club, as members of the Kanneh-Mason trio with their brother Sheku.

Theatre - The Lady in the Van

18th March until 21st March - Spalding PE11 1SS - 7.30pm (also 2.30pm on Sat 21st) - 01775 764777, www.southhollandcentre.co.uk

The true moving story of Mr Alan Bennett and the inimitable Miss Shepherd is brought to life on the stage in this amateur production by the St Nicolas Players.

Comedy - Josie Long: Tender

19th March - Lincoln LN6 7TS - 7.30pm - 0871 220 0260 www.engineshed.co.uk

Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and ‘very-hard-to-pin-down-indie-underdog-nightmare’ Josie Long is back with a brand new show after a brief hiatus, during which she had a baby and so on.

Dance - Firedance with Gorka Márquez and Karen Hauer

19th March until 20th March - 19/03/20 - Scunthorpe Baths Hall DN15 7RG 20/03/20 - Grimsby Auditorium DN31 2BH - 7.30pm - Baths Hall: 0844 854 2776 scunthorpetheatres.co.uk Grimsby Auditorium: 0300 300 0035 www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk

This brand new Latin dance spectacular starring Strictly favourites Karen Hauer and Gorka Márquez comes to Lincolnshire on two dates, at two venues this month.

The pair’s showstopping routines will be accompanied by live Latin musicians and a dynamic dance ensemble.

Gorka Márquez’s flare for dancing started from a young age. He attended Ballroom and Latin classes, quickly becoming one of the top dancers in Spain. Karen Hauer learned her craft at The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and was crowned World Mambo Champion in 2008.

Comedy - Croft & Pearce: Double Take

20th March - Barton upon Humber DN18 5JT - 8pm - 01652 660380, www.roperyhall.co.uk

As well as starring in their own BBC Radio 4 comedy series, Hannah Croft and Fiona Pearce have written live sketch shows and performed to sold-out audiences in London and Edinburgh.

Music - Turin Brakes

20th March - Lincoln LN6 7TS - 7pm - 0871 220 0260, www.engineshed.co.uk

The estimable four-piece, who had a top 5 hit with ‘Painkiller (Summer Rain)’, have announced more dates for their UK Acoustic Tour, which brings them to the Engine Shed this month.

Days Out - Scopwick Millennium Art Group Demonstration by Colin Joyce

20th March - Scopwick and Kirkby Green Village Hall LN4 3PA - 10am - 12noon - www.saa.co.uk

Colin Joyce will demonstrate how to paint a watercolour of A City Landscape. Members £3, Visitors £5. All welcome, no need to book.

Days Out - Classic French Wine Tasting

20th March - Doddington LN6 4RU - 7pm - 9pm - 01522 812501, www.doddingtonhall.com

A tasting tour around classic French wine regions, from the Loire Valley to Provence. Taste some of the best known varieties. Tickets £15 per person. Booking essential (limited places). 18+

Comedy - Jack Dee: Off the Telly

21st March - Lincoln LN6 7TS - 8pm - 0871 220 0260, www.engineshed.co.uk

Join the stand-up comedian and star of TV sitcoms Bad Move, Lead Balloon and Josh, at The Engine Shed, for an evening of entertainment in his new 2020 tour.

Music - Weird Garden

21st March - Lincoln LN1 3LB - 6pm - 10pm - 01522 512669, facebook.com/tapenoise

An evening of experimental sound art and performance at Decimal Place art space on Burton Road, uphill Lincoln. Tonight’s artists are Experimental Sonic Machines, Leifert, Duty and Core_sonic. Free entry.

Music - Lincoln Symphony Orchestra:  Spring Concert

21st March - Lincoln LN2 1EY - 7pm - 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com

Featuring the Overture of Borodin’s Prince Igor, and Polovtsian Dances / Symphony No. 2 and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Conductor: Aric Prentice, soloist: Mihkel Poll, Leader: Caroline Siriwardena.

Music - Paddington’s First Concert – Stamford Chamber Orchestra

21st March - Barn Hill Methodist Church, PE9 2AE - 6.30pm - 01780 763203, www.stamfordartscentre.com

A children’s concert for all the family – music will include Jupiter by Holst, Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 by Elgar, Morning by Grieg and pieces by the SCO Children’s Choir.

Theatre - The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

21st March - Barton upon Humber DN18 5JT - 7.30pm - 01652 660380, www.roperyhall.co.uk

Take a trip down the proverbial rabbit hole with Brother Wolf’s 21st-anniversary production of one of the most beloved stories of all time. Fantastical and utterly bonkers. At Ropery Hall.

Theatre - Friends! The Musical Parody

22nd March - Scunthorpe DN15 7RG - 7pm - 0844 854 2776, www.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk

This show celebrates and pokes fun at the misadventures of the 20-somethings we love from the hit TV show, as they navigate the pitfalls of life and love in Manhattan.

Theatre - Remembering the Oscars

24th March - Scunthorpe DN15 7RG - 7.30pm - 0844 854 2776, www.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk

Celebrate Oscar-winning songs in this exhilarating dance spectacular with Strictly stars Aljaž and Janette, at Baths Hall. The Meet & Greet upgrade package includes a VIP laminate and signed photo.

Days Out - How to Grow Cut Flowers

24th March - Doddington LN6 4RU - 10am - 4pm - 01522 812501, www.doddingtonhall.com

Join Rachel Petheram from Catkin Flowers and find out everything you need to know about growing flowers for cutting. £85 – Tea/coffee/lunch included as well as notes and a tray of seeds.

Theatre - See-Through – Claire Gaydon Presents

26th March - Stamford PE9 2DL - 7.30pm - 01780 763203, www.stamfordartscentre.com

Examining validation, confession and the cost of sharing our personal identities online, See-Through is an edited, unedited, live, pre-recorded, reality show that invites you to see behind the camera.

Theatre - The Man Who Left is Not the Man Who Came Back

26th March - Spalding PE11 1SS - 7.30pm - 01775 764777, www.southhollandcentre.co.uk

An inspiring play based on real stories exploring the impact of going to and returning from war. Drawing on more than 100 interviews with soldiers and their wives.

Music - Palace

27th March - Lincoln LN6 7TS - 7pm - 0871 220 0260, www.engineshed.co.uk

With their sublime second album, London band Palace have pulled off a rare pop trick, as their songs steeped in darkness emerge into light – from bleak situations spring fresh starts.

Music - John Illsley: The Life and Times of Dire Straits

27th March - Spalding PE11 1SS - 8pm - 01775 764777, www.southhollandcentre.co.uk

Along with Mark Knopfler, John Illsley was a founder member of the legendary band Dire Straits. The evening will feature classics from the Dire Straits history and include a Q&A.

Music - That’ll Be the Day – The Best Of!

27th March - Scunthorpe DN15 7RG - 7pm - 0844 854 2776, www.scunthorpetheatres.co.uk

This special edition of the show presents the most requested songs, impressions and comic sketches from over 33 years of touring! Featuring smash hits from the 50s to the 80s.

Talks - Natasha Pulley – The Lost Future of Pepperharrow

27th March - Lincoln LN2 1LP - 7pm - 01522 262374, facebook.com/lindumbooks

Lindum Books hosts Natasha Pulley and her new historical fantasy title which steps back into the world of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. Tickets £7/including book £17/Couple including book £20.

Theatre - Scratchworks Theatre presents WOMANS (Like Romans, but with a ‘W’)

27th March - Louth LN11 0BX - 7.30pm - 01507 600350, www.louthriverheadtheatre.com

In Ancient Rome, Leta has been declared a traitor by the Senate. She is given a punishment worse than death – to be erased from history. With the help of some Muses, she rebels.

Music - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

28th March - Barton upon Humber DN18 5JT - 8pm - 01652 660380, www.roperyhall.co.uk

Two-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar combine Russell’s powerful vocals and driving guitar style with the latter’s All-Ireland Championship winning fiddle playing.

Music - Passiontide Concert 2020: John Passion

28th March - Lincoln LN2 1PX - 7pm - 01522 561600, www.lincolncathedral.com

The story of Jesus is told through words from St John’s Gospel and poignant music by JS Bach, with additional works of art projected in the nave of the cathedral.

Theatre - The Twisted Tale of Hansel & Gretel

28th March - Lincoln LN2 1EY - 3pm - 01522 873894, www.lincolndrillhall.com

The award-winning Metro-Boulot-Dodo join forces with the Open Theatre Company to bring their creative flair and quirky sense of humour to the popular fairy tale Hansel and Gretel.

Days Out - Discover Lincolnshire Weekend

28th March until 29th March - Various Locations in Lincoln - www.visitlincoln.com

Discover Lincolnshire in March with a weekend of free entry to many of Lincoln city and countryside’s attractions, plus other free activities and special offers – part of English Tourism Week.