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Events in Stamford, Rutland, Bourne and the Deepings this Easter Bank Holiday weekend



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If you're looking for something to do this Easter Bank Holiday weekend, look no further.

There's a range of events taking place across the area:

Calendar with coloured push pins. Photo: istock/MicroStockHub
Calendar with coloured push pins. Photo: istock/MicroStockHub

Good Friday (April 15)

  • Easton Walled Gardens opens as part of the National Gardens Scheme from 11am to 4pm. Admission £8, children £4. Refreshments available. Details at www.ngs.org.uk
  • Harlaxton Manor, normally closed to the public, opens its doors and gardens, with an egg hunt, traditional games, a pianist, a selection of refreshments and the Easter bunny. Open from 10am until 5pm (last entry at 4pm). Adult tickets £15, children £8.50, family ticket for two adults and up to three children £40 and concessions £10 per person. Book in advance at www.harlaxton.co.uk.
  • Afternoon tea, chat and activities - 2pm to 4pm, United Reformed Church Hall, Broad Street, Stamford. Part of Evergreen Care Trust’s Building Better Mental Wealth.
  • Surprise bingo, 2pm, Oddfellows Hall, Market Deeping, £1 a book. Our ever popular bingo afternoon where every prize is a surprise! Tea and biscuits included. Please call Virginia on 07711 883 938 to book.
  • From April 2 until April 18, a host of Easter-themed games await visitors at Sacrewell Farm in Thornhaugh. Egg-themed pursuits include the hunt for a golden egg during a duck hunt, egg and spoon racing, and the ‘egg shy’. Also meet the Easter Bunny. Visit www.sacrewell.org.uk.
  • Rutland Youth Art Exhibition at Rutland County Museum until April 30.
  • Faded Lines exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre Gallery in St Mary’s Street, featuring a variety of styles from artists Stacey-Ann Cole, Tony Nero and Paul Sanders. Gallery open 10m to 9pm. Until April 22.
  • National Trust property Lyveden, near Oundle, hosts spring activities with trail map for children, Springo games and sniffing out blossom. Open from 10am to 5pm. Last entry at 4pm. Spring haiku trial also runs until April 24. Lyveden Manor cafe will open. Easter trail over Bank Holiday weekend (£3) with chocolate surprise (until Monday, April 18). More details at nationaltrust.org.uk/Lyveden

Easter Saturday (April 16)

  • Harlaxton Manor, normally closed to the public, opens its doors and gardens, with an egg hunt, traditional games, a pianist, a selection of refreshments and the Easter bunny. Open from 10am until 5pm (last entry at 4pm). Adult tickets are £15 while child entry is £8.50. A family ticket for two adults and up to three children is available for £40 and concessions are £10 per person. Book in advance at www.harlaxton.co.uk.
  • Easter pop-up market at The Engine Yard, Belvoir Castle, from 10am to 4pm. Stalls; from fresh flowers, to foodie delights, gifts and crafts.
  • Fun Easter Saturday at Deepings Library featuring meet and greet with the Easter bunny from 10am to midday, free Easter mini trail and crafts and family storytime at 11am.
  • Langtoft carrot trail from 10am to 5pm. Maps cost £2.50 from Langtoft Shop and completed maps should be handed back to the shop for an eggciting prize. Langtoft Church will be open for Easter fun and the sports pavilion will be serving refreshments.
  • Transfigured Night Schoenburg and Mendelssohn is at 7.30pm at St Martin’s Church, Stamford. The performers are six rising stars on the British Music Scene. Violins - Freya Goldmark and Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux; Violas - Ting-Ru Lai and David Shaw; Cellos - Ben Tarlton and Eliza Millett. Tickets are £18 for adults and £6 for under 26s. To book go to simfestival.com or the box office on 01780 763203 or email boxoffice@stamfordartscentre.com
  • First major exhibition of the work of the late Morwenna Thistlethwaite at Goldmark Gallery in Uppingham. Runs until May 14. There will be a 64 page full colour catalogue with an essay by Sasha Llewellyn published by Goldmark to coincide with the exhibition. More at https://www.goldmarkart.com/

Easter Sunday (April 17)

  • Langtoft carrot trail from 10am to 5pm. Maps cost £2.50 from Langtoft Shop and completed maps should be handed back to the shop for an eggciting prize. Langtoft Church will be open for Easter fun and the sports pavilion will be serving refreshments.
  • Rocks By Rail open day – Easter Bunny Hunt and Take a trip on The Rutlander train. Tel: 07873 721 941 or visit www.rocks-by-rail.org
  • Burghley House, near Stamford, hosts Easter egg hunt.
  • Teas at King’s Cliffe Village Hall (PE8 6XD) are back, starting at 2.30pm with last orders at 5pm. Book corner and homemade preserves on sale.
  • Easter pop-up market at The Engine Yard, Belvoir Castle, from 10am to 4pm. Browse a range of stalls; from fresh flowers, to foodie delights, gifts and crafts
  • Plant fair from 10am to 2.30pm at Swines Meadow Farm Nursery, Towngate East, Market Deeping, hosted by the Fenland group of the Hardy Plant Society. Admission free. Café with tea, coffee, bacon butties and cake.
  • Rutland Ramblers - 9 mile walk from Castle Bytham (NG33 4RQ). Ring 07519 376992 for further details.
  • Exotic Pet Refuge open day FROM 10.15am to 4.15pm in Deeping St James.£7 adults, £4 for children. Under 4s go free.

Easter Monday (April 18)

  • Langtoft carrot trail from 10am to 5pm. Maps cost £2.50 from Langtoft Shop and completed maps should be handed back to the shop for an eggciting prize. Langtoft Church will be open for Easter fun and the sports pavilion will be serving refreshments.
  • Rocks By Rail open day – Take a trip on The Rutlander train and Ironstone Quarry Railway Day and start of exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the closure of Market Overton Ironstone Quarries, Rutland and including subsequent railway preservation schemes. Tel: 07873 721 941 or visit www.rocks-by-rail.org
  • King’s Cliffe Heritage Centre at 27 Bridge Street, (postcode PE8 6XH) will be open between 2pm and 5pm. Find out about King’s Cliffe and its people in the past through the collection of historic village artefacts and an extensive digital archive of images and documents.
  • Peterborough Cathedral hosts an Easter Monday Mystery where there will be games, clues and puzzles to test your super-sleuthing skills, running from 10am to 4pm. Free but donations welcome.

Wednesday, April 20

  • Friendship Lunch, Oddfellows Hall, Market Deeping, 12.30pm – price per menu. Come along for good food and good company. Please call Christine on 07714 096801 to book.
  • Join Tim Starsmore-Sutton and Ruth Angrave from Natural England for a guided walk through Collyweston Great Wood as it comes back to life from 10am to 1pm. You normally need a special permit to visit this exceptional woodland, so this rare opportunity is not to be missed. It is about two miles or 5km. Various walking surfaces along hard tracks and grassy rides. Dogs are not permitted. Limited spaces and places must be booked by emailing: friends@fineshade.org.uk.

Thursday, April 21

  • Embroidery and textile exhibition called ‘When one door closes’ by the Self-isolating Stitchers at Little Bytham Village Hall from 10am to 3pm. Donations requested for entry, coffee, tea and homemade cakes to go towards the hall.
  • King’s Cliffe Heritage hosts its AGM followed by an illustrated talk about Messrs Stokes and Son, cart- and wheelwrights. Takes place in the clubhouse at KC Active at 7.30pm. Admission is £1 for KCH members; £2 for non-members. Tea, coffee and biscuits £1.
  • Barbecue school Hoggy’s Grill in Rutland run by ex-England international cricketer Matthew Hoggard presents An Evening with Geordan Murphy and Martin Corry, Leicester Tiger legends, from 6.30pm. Tickets from https://bit.ly/MurphyCorry

Friday, April 22

  • Fashion show by SQS charity fashions in Castle Bytham Village hall at 7.30pm. Good quality new clothing at discounted prices from stores such as Marks and Spencer, Next, Wallis, River Island and many more in sizes from 8 to 30. Tickets £5 to include a glass of wine or soft drink available from Angela on 01780 410629 or 07943 556367. In aid of senior citizens Christmas lunch.
  • Embroidery and textile exhibition called ‘When one door closes’ by the Self-isolating Stitchers at Little Bytham Village Hall from 10am to 3pm. Donations requested for entry, coffee, tea and homemade cakes to go towards the hall.
  • A popular return of the Stamford Singers will be performing a Musical evening at Bourne Methodist Church at 7.30pm. Tickets £6 from Richard on 01778425353 or pay at the door. Refreshments served at the interval.
  • First major exhibition of the work of the late Morwenna Thistlethwaite at Goldmark Gallery in Uppingham. Runs until May 14. There will be a 64 page full colour catalogue with an essay by Sasha Llewellyn published by Goldmark to coincide with the exhibition. More at https://www.goldmarkart.com/

Saturday, April 23

  • The Tina Turner Experience at Stamford Corn Exchange at 7.30pm. Tickets £21 or £17 concessions. Box office on 01780 766455 or https://www.stamfordcornexchange.co.uk
  • Bird Festival and teas - Elton Chapel, Middle Street, Elton, 10am to 4.30pm. Displays, photo and art competitions, quizzes, prizes, books, gifts and bird song. Free entry; all welcome.
  • Embroidery and textile exhibition called ‘When one door closes’ by the Self-isolating Stitchers at Little Bytham Village Hall from 10am to 3pm. Donations requested for entry, coffee, tea and homemade cakes to go towards the hall.
  • Table top sale at Great Casterton Church Hall from 2pm until 4pm. Bric-a-brac and much more. Teas, coffees and cakes.

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