Top 10 best things to do in Scunthorpe this autumn
The nights may be drawing in but there is plenty going on in Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire to brighten up your autumn.
From a feast of theatre at The Plowright in Scunthorpe, through to walking amid the colourful leaves at Normanby Hall there is something for everyone.
Music fans are in for a particular treat with the Scunthorpe Blues Festival at the Redbourn Club on October 28 and a whole host of top acts at Baths Hall including Joan Armatrading and Suggs.
If you are looking for a more unusual day out, check out the Trolleybus Museum's St Leger Rally. Or take in the spectacle of a day's racing at Ancholme Rowing Club.
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With the harvest recently gathered in there is no better time to sample some of Lincolnshire's renowned local produce at one of the area's farmers' markets.
Held once a month at Brigg, Barton and Scunthorpe you can pick up everything from homemade preserves to organic poultry.
Sarah Howe, spokeswoman for North Lincolnshire council, said: "Farmers' markets are becoming a more popular way to do your shopping, offering a wide range of locally sourced produce - often not found in supermarkets. They compliment the shops and attract more visitors to the area, which in turn has a knock-on effect on other trade, helping boost the local economy.
"If you fancy a different shopping experience, then go along to one the farmers' markets. They create a real buzz about the place and they are a great way to meet new people."
The most established place to buy your local produce is the award-winning market at Brigg. Products on offer include everything from handmade chocolates to herbal remedies and organic vegetables to ostrich meat.
And over at Barton you can get your hands on a wide range of delicacies including artisan breads, steak pies, cheese and handmade fishcakes.
Sarah said: "There is a wide variety of fresh local food and it is a great opportunity to meet the people who produce it. Farmers' markets also offer you a chance to taste products before you buy them and pick up useful cooking tips."
For more on the farmers' markets and our pick of the other top things to do in and around Scunthorpe this autumn check out the list below.
1. Celebrate North Lincolnshire's proud military heritage by taking part in the Eagles Squadron 70th anniversary events.
Where: Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall and War Memorial.
When: September 28 and 29.
Highlights: Spitfire flypast, memorial unveiling and 1940s and 1950s themed dance.
Tickets/Price: Memorial service and flypast free, history talk £5 (01652 648435) and dance £20 (01652 649094).
Based at RAF Kirton in Lindsey, the three Eagle Squadrons transferred to the United States Army Air Force in 1942.
And to mark the 70th anniversary the town is laying on three days of memorial celebrations.
On Friday September 28 Eagle Squadron Historian Dr Roy Heidicker – who has travelled over from America – will be giving a talk on the Squadron's story from 7.30pm in the Town Hall.
The following day a special service will be held on The Green to commemorate squadrons who flew from Kirton in Lindsey during World War Two. The event will include the unveiling of a new memorial and a spitfire flypast.
The celebrations come to an atmospheric finale on Saturday evening with a night of 1940s and 1950s music played by the Dance Orchestra of the Band of the RAF Regiment. Ticket prices are £20 including a pie and peas supper, period dress is optional and proceeds will go to the RAF Benevolent Fund.
2. Enjoy and eclectic range of live music at Baths Hall.
Where: Baths Hall, Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe, DN15 7RG.
Highlights: Boogie Nights - Aswad, Alexander O'Neal and Heatwave (September 29), Joan Armatrading (September 30), Suggs (October 5), Seth Lakeman (October 20), Paul Carrack (October 25).
Tickets/Price: £18-£37.50 depending on event. To book call 0844 854 2776.
From 80s reggae hit-makers Aswad to 21st Century folk troubadour Seth Lakeman there is an exciting and varied line-up of live music at Scunthorpe's premier venue this autumn.
Grammy-nominated singer songwriter Joan Armatrading takes centre stage on September 30 while Madness singer Suggs will delight fans with a mixture of songs and biographical storytelling on October 5.
Baths Hall also plays host to former Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics frontman Paul Carrack (October 25).
3. Get creative at the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre.
Where: 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Church Square, Scunthorpe, DN15 6TA.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm,
Highlights: Pop up buildings (September 29 to October 5) and The Big Draw (October 6-12).
If you feel like getting arty this autumn then head for Scunthorpe's 20-21.
The Visual Arts Centre is holding a number of hands-on workshops over the coming weeks.
These include the chance to create your very own pop up building in celebration of World Architecture Day or an opportunity to sharpen your sketching pencils as part of the world-wide Big Draw.
You can also check out Canadian Anne Thalheim's artwork made from household materials and the annual Open Art and Sculpture exhibition featuring artists from across the local area.
4. Catch a show at the Plowright Theatre
Where: The Plowright Theatre, Laneham Street, Scunthorpe, DN15 6JP.
Highlights: The Ghost Stories of M R James (September 30), Terry Pratchett's Guards, Guards (October 17-20), Love on the Dole (October 23-27).
Offering an exciting programme of dramatic productions the Plowright Theatre is the perfect place to escape the real world for an evening.
Whether you are watching the spine-tingling one man show The Ghost Stories of M R James, or being transported into the fabulous fantasy world of Terry Pratchett's Guards, Guards, you are in for a night of top class entertainment.
The theatre is also hosting the heartbreaking Love on the Dole, a poignant tale of a family struggling to stay afloat amidst the social and economic struggles of the Great Depression.
5. Get caught up in the thrills and spills of the football league by cheering on Scunthorpe United at an upcoming home game
Where: Glanford Park, Jack Brownsword Way, Scunthorpe, DN15 8TD.
When: Next home matches: Tranmere Rovers (October 2), Brentford (October 13), Preston North End (October 23).
Highlights: The visit of one of the division's biggest teams, Preston North End, under floodlights.
Tickets/Price: Adults £17-£29, seniors/students/under 21s £10-£22, under 18s £8-£18, under 16s £5-£13, under 7s free.
Whether you are a seasoned fan or thinking of watching the Iron for the first time, there are a number of exciting fixtures coming up over the coming weeks.
On October 2 early season pace-setters Tranmere Rovers visit Glanford Park. And on October 23 the atmosphere is set to be at its most electric for the visit of one of the division's biggest teams, Preston North End, under floodlights.
United have enjoyed a mixed start to the season but their recent form shows things are on the up. Boss Alan Knill has added a number of exciting new faces this campaign including ex-England Under 21 player David Prutton and strikers Karl Hawley and Leon Clarke.
6. Sample some of the fantastic seasonal produce on offer at one of North Lincolnshire's fabulous farmers markets.
Where: Library Square Scunthorpe, George Street Barton upon Humber and Brigg town centre.
When: Scunthorpe, October 12; Barton, October 13; Brigg, October 27.
Highlights: A wide range of fresh local produce including artisan chocolates and free range meats – including ostrich.
Renowned as one of the UK's top food-producing areas, a trip to one of North Lincolnshire's farmers markets is a treat at any time of year but especially in autumn.
From newly-prepared preserves to vegetables fresh from the fields, there is plenty of fantastic local produce to choose from.
Other locally-sourced delicacies include artisan chocolates, cheeses, cakes and a range of succulent meats - including ostrich.
7. Enjoy the stunning spectacle of live rowing races at Ancholme Rowing Club.
Where: Ancholme Rowing Club, Manley Gardens, Brigg.
When: October 14 from 11.30am.
Highlights: A range of races including singles, pairs and quads - from Broughton Bridge to Brigg.
If you were bitten by the Olympic rowing bug but don't want to wait four years for your next fix drop into Ancholme Rowing Club on October 14.
The club is holding a day of competitions across a range of classes including men's, women's and juniors and single, double and quads.
Races will take place along a 2,750m straight course and the spectacle will be visible from numerous vantage points along the riverbank.
8. Feast your eyes on a range of vintage vehicles at the Trollybus Museum's St Leger Rally.
Where: The Trolleybus Museum, Belton Road, Sandtoft, DN8 5SX
When: October 14 from 11am-5pm.
Highlights: Trolleybus rides and historical vehicle parades.
Tickets/Price: Adults £9, seniors £7, concessions £6, family £28.
From vintage vehicle parades to rides on a variety of trolleybuses there are plenty of things to do at the St Leger Rally.
As well as a chance to see a range of historic buses in action you can also watch digital presentations or have a go on a simulator.
The cafe will be open for throughout the day and other things to check out include a 1960s shop window display, nature trail and children's play area.
9. Experience some of the UK's best roots music at the Scunthorpe Blues Festival.
Where: Redbourn Club, Cemetery Road, Scunthorpe.
When: October 28, 3pm-11pm.
Highlights: Kyla Brox, Jo Harman and Albany Down.
Tickets/Price: £18 (£16 early bird). To book call 01472 349222.
Offering some of the UK's finest roots acts in an intimate setting, the Scunthorpe Blues Festival promises an amazing day of live music.
From the contemporary blues rock of Albany Down, to the timeless voice of Kyla Brox, fans of the genre are in for a real treat.
Other acts to appear include classic-sounding East Midlands group Blues Boy Kings and Devon-born singer songwriter Jo Harman.
10. Take a walk amid explosion of autumn colour at Normanby Hall.
Where: Normanby Hall, Normanby, Scunthorpe, DN15 9HU.
Open: Park 9am-dusk, hall and museum 1pm-4.30pm.
Highlights: Take a walk through the stunning grounds amid the colourful autumn leaves.
Tickets/Price: Adult £5.50, Over 60s £5, children over 5 £2.80, children under 5 free.
To enjoy the glorious natural firework display of the autumn leaves head to Normanby Hall.
The regency mansion's stunning grounds are the perfect place to take a stroll through the season's changing colours.
There are routes to suit all ages and fitness levels and there are plenty of other attractions to check out.
These include the award-winning Victorian walled garden, Farming Museum deer park and adventure playground.
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