Gainsborough to be illuminated next week as incredible Illuminate event returns!

Photograph taken at Illuminate 2021 of Gainsborough Old Hall lit up with a variety of light show patterns.
Photograph of The Old Hall at Gainsborough from last year's Illuminate event.

We are busy gearing ourselves up for Gainsborough to be filled with light and sound for yet another Illuminate event next week, on Saturday 26 November 2022.

Over 2,000 residents and visitors attended the successful event last year and we are expecting another fabulous turn out. In the evening, a specially commissioned film featuring local heritage stories will be projected onto the walls of Gainsborough Old Hall and a fire garden will illuminate the grounds of All Saints’ Parish Church. Street performers will entertain the crowds and visitors can enjoy a guided walk along the riverside.

West Lindsey District Council is hosting the spectacular event after successfully securing funding from Arts Council England. Gainsborough Heritage Centre will be hosting the start and finish to an art trail featuring the paintings of famous Gainsborough artist Karl S. Wood on windows in shops around the town centre, which will be on display over the weekend. 

This year’s event theme is "West Lindsey Voices", featuring local people’s thoughts on the district’s past, present, and future. These thoughts have been gathered through schools’ workshops and community consultation by lead artists Electric Egg. 

Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Councillor Owen Bierley, said:

“We are incredibly proud to be able to hold such a spectacular event within West Lindsey, and we are looking forward to welcoming residents and visitors back for what will be a fantastic day and evening.”

West Lindsey District Council’s event lead, Dr Anna Scott, added:

“We are ready and waiting for our Illuminate event to begin. We have activities throughout the day from 10am until 8:30pm. We are also pleased to be working with All Saints’ Parish Church and Gainsborough Old Hall once more. There will be new, additional activity at Gainsborough Heritage Centre thanks to the support of their dedicated team of volunteers.”

English Heritage, who manage Gainsborough Old Hall, are delighted to be involved with the event once again, with Site Manager Mick Grundy adding:

“We are proud to be a part of this event again, and to be able to show the specially commissioned projections about our local place and heritage, and what that means to people, light up the historic walls of Gainsborough Old Hall.”

Further information is available by heading to Discover Gainsborough's Illuminate 2022 webpage.

This event has been made possible by funding from Arts Council England, West Lindsey District Council and Gainsborough Town Council.

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