From classic car rallies to music
festivals, there are events to suit all ages, tastes and budgets in Grimsby and Cleethorpes this spring.
Whether you are looking for family fun
at the seaside, or a day hiking at the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival there is something for everyone.
Festival of flight: The Red Arrows will fly over Cleethorpes.
One of the most eye-catching events coming to the area is the Cleethorpes Festival of Flight on June 9-10 which features none other than the famous Red Arrows aerobatic display team.
Back on terra firma Grimsby is hosting a fabulous Mela festival with a multicultural mix of music, dance and food on June 3.
Other performing arts events to look out for include the Children’s Theatre
Festival in Cleethorpes and live classical music from the Grimsby Symphony Orchestra.
One event that is popular with all ages is the annual Folk and Cider Festival at Cleethorpes Light Railway’s Lakeside Station.
This year’s event promises to be the best yet with more than 60 ciders, over 16 live bands and steam trains running on the first two days of the three day event.
Adam Cowood operations and commercials manager at the railway said: “It is bigger and better than ever. We have more music, more ciders and it should be a really nice, family-friendly event.”
The festival, which runs from May 25-27 offers an eclectic range of musical acts from the foot-stomping folk of headliners Merlin’s Keep (described as a rustic Mamas and Papas with a social conscience) to blues rocker Starvin’ Steve.
As well as the acts appearing on the main stage there will also be buskers and other acts performing throughout the festival site.
Adam said: “There will be music going on all over the place as well as the main stage. It all adds to creating a really warm atmosphere and there is something that everyone will enjoy.”
The other big draw is of course the wide range of ciders on sale – 62 at the last count.
Adam said: “We have got a wide range, from mainstream ciders right through to ones created by little breweries and everything in between. We’ve got still, sparkling, cloudy, scrumpy and just about anything you can think of – we’ve even got beer infused with apples.”
For full details of the festival visit http://www.folkandcider.co.uk
where you can also buy CDs by some of the performing artists.
And for more information on the other events happening in Grimsby and Cleethorpes this spring check out our list below.Mela FestivalJune 3, 11am-4pm, People's Park, Park Drive, Grimsby, DN32 0EE. Free entry
Combining the colour and flamboyance of Bollywood with the best of British, the Mela Festival is a celebration of multiculturalism.
You can sample authentic Indian
cuisine, stroll around the craft stalls and take part in a range of dance and music workshops.
Other performances include a Sikh martial arts display and a set from an Indian Elvis.
There will be a children’s area and rock climbing wall.Waltham WindmillOpen weekends and bank holidays, Brigsley Road, Waltham, Grimsby, DN37 0JZ, 01472 752122. Adults £1.50, children £0.75
Offering a picturesque setting, restaurant, railway carriage cafe and a number of shops
, the six storey Victorian windmill offers something for everyone.
And over the next month it is also hosting a number of special events.
These include a classic car day on May 7, a family fun day on June 3 and a concert
and fireworks display to mark the Diamond Jubilee on June 4.
Other attractions at the site include a miniature railway, local artist and a woodturner.Folk and Cider FestivalMay 25-27, Lakeside Station, Kings Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 0AG, 01472 604657. Free.
With more than 60 different ciders and 16 bands this year’s festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.
The three-day event features an array of top folk acts including headliners Merlin’s Keep, singer songwriter Joe Solo and skiffle group Ploughman’s Bunch.
Ciders on sale include Bulmers, Westons and Brothers as well as a number of local tipples.
There will also be steam trains running on the Saturday and Sunday.Fireman SamMay 6, 1pm, Pontypandy Rocks, Grimsby Auditorium, Grimsby, DN31 2BH, 01472 311300. £15.
Fireman Sam and his friends are coming to town with a spectacular new stage show.
Watch the hero next door as he tries to save Pontypandy’s first ever music festival from disaster.
With great songs, daring rescue and fun for the whole family this is a show not to be missed.Cleethorpes Festival of FlightJune 9-10, Seafront, Cleethorpes, 01472 327183. Free.
The world’s leading air display team are jetting into Cleethorpes for this year’s spectacular Festival of Flight.
A host of military, civilian and vintage aircraft will take to the skies over the two-day event and there is also plenty of fun back on terra firma.
A trade village will also be set up along the promenade from Brighton Slipway to Cleethorpes Leisure Centre
, to provide visitors with everything from food and refreshments to memorabilia and models.Grimsby Farmer’s MarketEvery third Friday (next May 18), 8.30am-3pm, Victoria Street, Grimsby. Free.
With the Lincolnshire’s rich farming, fishing and food producing heritage it is no surprise Grimsby Farmer’s Market is well worth a visit.
At this time of year there is an abundance of fresh produce ranging from hand-reared pork and lamb, handmade cheeses, honey and even ostrich meat.
The next event is on May 18.Lincolnshire Wolds Walking FestivalMay 26 to June 10, various locations, 01507 609740. Free to £5.
Now in its eighth year the UK’s third biggest walking festival is the perfect way to explore the beautiful unspoilt Lincolnshire Wolds.
There are over 90 guided walks to choose with routes to suit any age, fitness ability or interest.
From gentle afternoon strolls ending in ice cream parlours to hardcore 10mile hikes through some of the area’s more challenging terrain you are sure to find something to suit.
As well as the stunning countryside many of the walks also focus on the Wold’s rich history and heritage.
These includes walks that take in the town of Louth, a short stroll uncovering Tennyson’s link to Gunby Hall and a Dambusters walk around a working RAF base.Cleethorpes Children’s Theatre FestivalJune 5-10, various locations, 07974 263538. Tickets/price: Shows, children £5, adults £4. Workshops £3.
Cleethorpes will come alive during half-term with a series of chlidren’s theatre performances and drama workshops.
Events will take place throughout the town from the Earthbound Misfits performing beach theatre’ on the sand to the Finger and Thumb Theatre company’s captivating shadow puppet production Circus Bear at the Discovery Centre
There will also be workshops on circus crafts and open air performances of the Billy Goats Gruff and The Hare And The Tortoise.Pillar Pleasure RideMay 7, 10am-noon, Pelham’s Pillar, Caistor, 01472 587838. £8 North Lincs Riding Club members, £10 non members.
This picturesque pleasure ride offers equestrians a rare chance to ride through the idyllic private woodlands surrounding Pelham’s Pillar.
There are two circular routes of five or twelve miles.
Hard hats and chin straps must be worn by all riders and children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
There is also a chance for those on foot to go up the famous Pillar itself.Grimsby Symphony Orchestra: Romantic MovementsMay 26 from 7.30pm, Grimsby Town Hall, Town Hall Square, Grimsby, DN31 1HX, 01472 233 712. £12 adults, £6 children.
Conducted by Neville Turner the orchestra will run through a delightful programme including pieces by Schubert, Puccini, Beethoven. Mendelssohn and Brahms.
The concert features clarinet soloist Christian Rowlands and flautist Elizabeth Whitehead.