The Gazetteer


Isle of Axholme - Haxey Hood Game at 12 noon on Twelfth Day (7th January). In the 13th century a gust of wind whipped off the hood of the Lady de Mowbray. Farmworkers chased and retrieved the hood, so delighting her that she ordered the pursuit be repeated. Now regulars of the village's pubs join the "sway" to take the hood back to their local. Contact Mr Coggon +44(0)208 928 0404.

Brigg - Horse Fair, August. Horse trading, street entertainment, stalls, music. Contact North Lincolnshire Council, +44(0)1724 297338. Brigg Fair was immortalised in a tone poem by the composer Frederick Delius.

Corby Glen - Sheep Fair, October. Over 750 years old and the last remaining of the the great sheep fairs once held across England. In 1238, Henry III granted a charter for a weekly trade fair and an yearly fair on the 'vigil, the Feast and the Morrow of the Feast of the Assumption', The spirit of the fair remains with festivities starting on Friday and lasting until Monday evening. Market stalls, music and dancing, street entertainers, a funfair, displays, exhibitions, horticultural and dog shows. The weekend ends on Monday with the Sheep Auction in Bourne Road. (Sheep Auction first Monday in October after the 3rd, fair weekend preceeding). Contact Richard Fox on +44(0)1476 550552.

Grantham - Mid-Lent Fair. Held since the middle ages, this still take place each year in the town centre towards the end of March.

Green Men of Lincolnshire

There are Green Men on 14th Century misericords and roof bosses in Lincoln cathedral. A vine and vegetable man can be seen above an internal doorway. Many Lincolnshire parishes have Green Men - Green Man Lane, Farm and Wood are to be found off the A15, seven miles south of Lincoln.

Parish Maps of Lincolnshire

Barton upon Humber, Binbrook, Bottesford, Bracebridge, Branston, Broughton, Buckminster, Burton upon Stather, Glanford Borough Council, Haceby, Heckington, Hibaldstow, Melton Ross, Mere, Newton, Skellingthorpe, South Ferriby, Stamford, Strawby, Ulceby, Washingborough, West Halton, Willingham by Stow, Wootton, Wrangle.

Spalding - Flower Parade & Festival Weekend, May. Tulips are grown here for bulb production and the flowerheads are removed to allow the bulbs to develop for sale. But rather than waste them, the flowers are used to decorate floats for the annual flower parade, established in 1959 by local growers. There are around 15 floats and up to a quarter of a million people attend. The parade is accompanied by marching bands, vintage bicycles and other entertainment. Floats are on display from 9am and the parade starts at 2pm on the Saturday. Contact +44(0)1775 724843.

Stamford - Mid-Lent Fair. Held since the middle ages, this still take place each year in the town centre towards the end of March.

River Trent - Aegir - this tidal bore occurs throughout the year. Look at the Environment Agency web-site for annual predictions.

Apple Day, October 21st

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