Ten things to do in Grimsby and northern Lincolnshire this Easter
Easter is now firmly on the horizon and if you want to make the most of the holidays don’t miss out on the array of events happening in and around Grimsby this year.
From a ride on a miniature train at Waltham Windmill to a place in the mosh pit at the fifth annual Cleethorpes Rocks festival there is something for everyone.
Whether you are looking for family fun, live theatre or a very unusual Easter egg hunt you are guaranteed a great time.
For our pick of some of the best places to visit this Easter check out the list below:
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1. Let your hair down at Cleethorpes Rocks...
Where: Pleasure Island Family Theme Park, Kings Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 0PL.
When: March 29, 3pm-11pm.
Highlights: The Buzzcocks, Spunge and Twisted Wheel.
Price: Festival £22, festival and theme park £29. To book ring 01472 349222.
Cleethorpes annual rock festival returns on Good Friday with legendary punk band The Buzzcocks headlining.
The ‘Ever Fallen In Love’ icons will be playing alongside ska act Spunge, garage rockers Twisted Wheel and an impressive line-up of local bands to offer an alternative Easter celebration.
As well as enjoying the music, revellers can also purchase a combined festival and theme park ticket and have a go on some of Pleasure Island’s hair-raising rides in between sets.
2. Catch the Chuckle Brothers’ hilarious new show...
Where: Grimsby Auditorium, Cromwell Road, Grimsby, DN31 2BH, 01472 323111.
When: April 2, 2pm-5pm.
If you are in the mood for songs, slapstick and fun for all the family then don’t miss Barry and Paul’s latest show.
The Chuckle Brothers Meet The Phantom! Tells the story of a theatre manager who is in trouble because a ghostly presence is scaring all the people away.
With no one coming to his shows he calls Paul and Barry for help and asks but as ever things don’t exactly go to plan.
As well as the famous TV duo the rip-roaring comedy also features a full supporting cast, spectacular magic and puppetry.
3. Hop on board a miniature train at Waltham Windmill...
Where: Waltham Windmill, Brigsley Road, Waltham, Grimsby, DN37 0JZ, 01472 752122
Easter specials: Miniature train rides (March 31, 10am-4pm).
Open: 10am-4pm daily from March 29.
Price: Adults £1.50, children £0.75, £4 family (2 adults, 2 children).
To prove that it full steam ahead for spring, the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Model Railway Society are running miniature train rides throughout Easter Sunday.
Alternatively you can sit back and relax in the cafe or browse the array of lovely shops. You can also look around a piece of living history with the six storey Victorian windmill back open to visitors from March 29.
4. Take in a brand new exhibition of local art...
Where: Grimsby Minster, St James Square, Grimsby, DN31 1EP.
When: April 2-13, 10am-4pm.
Grimsby Minster is the location for the debut exhibition from a newly formed group of seven local artists working in a variety of media.
Their work has been inspired by the coast and countryside of Lincolnshire and includes painting, photography, sculpture and printing.
Free workshops will be available connected to the exhibition.
5. Marvel at Circus Mother Africa...
Where: Grimsby Auditorium, Cromwell Road, Grimsby, DN31 2BH, 01472 323111.
When: March 30, 7.30pm.
Price: £16 - £29.
For an unforgettable family outing this Easter don’t miss the chance to see the spellbinding Circus Mother Africa.
Offering a dazzling mix of dance, music and acrobatics the show condenses many of the continent’s traditions and cultures into a colourful and breathtaking stage show.
Sit back and be amazed as aerial artists, jugglers, stilt dancers, contortionists and clowns display awe-inspiring feats of strength, flexibility and plain old-fashioned impossibility in a non-stop display guaranteed to captivate people of all ages.
6. Cheer on the mighty Mariners...
Where: Blundell Park, Cleethorpes, DN35 7PY, 01472 605050.
When: Barrow (March 30, 3pm) and Southport (April 6, 3pm)
Price: Adults £18, concessions £12, junior £8 (match day prices).
There are two chances to help cheer Grimsby Town on towards promotion during their busy Easter schedule.
Rob Scott and Paul Hurst’s men are at home to relegation-threatened Barrow on March 30 before taking on mid-table Southport the following Saturday.
The Mariners are currently flying high in the Conference and will be looking to turn on the style in front of the holiday crowds.
7. Take part in a very unusual Easter egg hunt...
Where: The Wool Pack, 14 Riverhead Road, Louth, LN11 0DA, 01507 606568.
When: March 31 from 8am.
Price: £20 entry.
If you thought Easter egg hunts were just for kids then think again.
The Wool Pack pub in Louth is holding a special car rally to raise money for charity.
The first clue will be given out at 9am and participants must try to navigate their way between pubs around the Lincolnshire Wolds from the clues handed out at each one.
First prize is £250, second is £125 and third is £75. There will also be a prize for the most unusual item brought back from a pub with the landlord or landlady's permission.
All entry fees will be donated to Help For Heroes and to help a local woman pay for a prosthetic leg that is unavailable on the NHS.
8. Take A train ride or grab a drink in the world’s smallest pub at the Cleethorpes Light Railway...
Where: Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway, Lakeside Station, Kings Road, Cleethorpes, DN35 0AG, 01472 604657.
Easter specials: Easter Eggspress (March 29-April 1).
Open: Trains run weekends and school holidays from 10.50am-3.50pm.
Price: Adults £2.50-£4, children £2-£3.50.
Sit back and relax onboard one of the Cleethorpes Light Railway’s stunning steam trains this Easter.
The railway is operating a full timetable over the Easter holidays with a free chocolate egg for every child.
The Seaside Railway Museum is also open for business as is the Signal Box which claims to be the world’s smallest pub.
9. Use your problem solving skills to hunt for buried treasure at the All At Sea Festival’s Pieces of Eight event...
Where: All local libraries including; Grant Thorold Library, Waltham Library, Immingham Library and Laceby Library.
When: Grant Thorold Library (April 2, 10.30am-11.30am), Waltham Library (April 2, 2.30pm-3.30pm), Immingham Library (April 3, 10.30am-11.30am) and Laceby Library (April 3, 2.30pm-3.30pm).
The local libraries are all offering a very special pirate-themed problem-solving event in conjunction with the All At Sea Festival.
On April 2 and 3 children will be able to take part in a series of quizzes, following the clues, puzzles and riddles to find where the treasure is buried.
10. Enjoy an evening of traditional music with the award-winning Unite The Union Brass Band...
Where: Grimsby Central Hall, Duncombe Street, Grimsby, DN32 7EG.
When: April 6, 7.30pm-10pm.
If you love brass band music then don’t miss the chance to see one of the country’s finest groups in action.
The Unite The Union Brass Band are the reigning 1st Section Yorkshire and National Champions and also starred in the blockbuster film The Full Monty.