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Brigg continues to host sports events and entertainment festivals particularly the world-renowned Brigg Fair. It is a residential haven and is currently the home of numerous retail shops, pubs as well as junior and senior schools. The annual horse fair is held every first Saturday of August. It was described as the second largest horse fair in England after the Appleby Horse Fair. Visitors come to the town primarily to trade horses and socialize. The occasion is a continuation of the tradition of the medieval trade event which started in the 13th century. Other popular carnivals are the Beer Festival in May; Summer Fest in June; Horse Fair in August; Briggstock Acoustic Music Festival in September; and Christmas Fair in the latter part of November.

Places to Visit

One of the attractions in Brigg is the farmers’ market which is held in the market place every fourth Saturday of the month and attracts thousands of tourists. The market has been endorsed by FARMA which is a cooperative of farmers, organisers of farmers markets, and big-scale producers. The verdant Ancholme Valley has a succession of walks alongside riverbanks and through the serene countryside. Horkstow Bridge, an old-world suspension bridge made of timber and stone, was designed by Sir John Rennie in 1844. It still exists today and cuts across the silent river.

Wrawby Post Mill is the last working post mill in Northern England. It was erected at the Lincolnshire Wolds where the previous open trestle post mill was located in 1760. Elsham Hall Gardens and Wildlife Park is a splendid four-acre landscaped lawn. You can find a sensory garden and an immense drift of bulbs and wild flowers. The park is a one-world garden, grazing land for sheep, viewing mound, aviaries, and guinea pig village. Pleasure Island Family Theme Park has a package of fun for the whole family. There are amusement park rides, live shows, food and refreshments in different stalls throughout the park. The National Fish Heritage and Nature Land Seal Sanctuary are also prominent destinations.

Places to Stay

The Forest Pines is a luxury hotel, golf and country club hotel on 190 acres of woodland in North Lincolnshire. It is one of the region’s leading hotels with excellent facilities composed of 188 luxury en-suite bedrooms, 18-metre swimming pool, gymnasium, beauty spa, function rooms and 27 holes of championship golf. It is ideal for those who need an overnight stay. It is conveniently located close to motorway networks and very near Humberside Airport.

The hotel offers free and secure car parking as well as working areas in bedrooms, uninterrupted Wireless High-speed Internet access in all bedrooms, public areas and meeting rooms. Guests are entitled to one free Wi-Fi voucher for 2 hours for every night of stay.

The Exchange Coach House Inn is located in the village of Brigg. It is a historically listed hotel constructed in the 18th century. It has a traditional restaurant, game room with big television set, lounge with computers and free Wi-Fi.

The delightful old windmill at the Arties Mill and Lodge was built in1790. The adjacent grain sheds and mill interior have been converted into bars, restaurant and function rooms, providing a pleasant and friendly atmosphere whilst retaining many of the interesting features of its history. A few yards from the mill is the Lodge with 24 bedrooms, lobby, game room and car park.

Red Lion is a privately-owned inn. It is a free house that offers quality and traditional values of service and hospitality. Good food, wines, cask ales, cosy accommodation and efficient service are attributes of the Red Lion. It is located north of Lincoln and accessible to Hull and North Sea ferry ports.

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