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A weekend of fun and gags at the Fishing Heritage Centre

10:05 am, Friday, 17th September 2021 - 3 years ago


Puppet fish, fishy jokes and brass band music will be the order of the day at the Fishing Heritage Centre this weekend to help promote Heritage Open Days in the town.

Lifeboat is a nautical seaside walkabout. Shipwrecked Captain and Boatswain’s mate have been adrift since 1786 and are more than a little confused! Batten down the hatches as we re-live every seafaring cliché from Treasure Island to Moby Dick! These walkabouts will be appearing on Saturday 18 September at 10.30am, 12.15pm and 1.45pm

A pair of naughty, cheeky fishermen will be proudly displaying their larger than life puppet fish and looking for any opportunity for a joke and a laugh with the public. Watch out for terrible fishy gags and a giant codfish bursting into song! Cod Choir will be appearing on Saturday 18 September at 11.15am, 12.45pm and 2.30pm

On the bandstand outside the Fishing Heritage Centre we are delighted to welcome Cleethorpes Band who will be giving a lunchtime performance on Saturday 18 September between 1pm and 2pm.

And with 10% off entry into the award winning Fishing Heritage Centre on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 September, the café open for food and drinks, the Ross Tiger open to the public and free displays of rope tying and net making it’s a great day out for the family. (Booking essential at the museum due to COVID safety measures – call 01472 323345 to book your place).

Cllr Callum Procter, Cabinet member for heritage, said: “North East Lincolnshire’s towns and villages have an interesting and rich history which has impacted on how we live our lives here at the moment. Whether it’s the fishing history that’s been the core of so many families and providing food to the nation, or the local stories about our towns that fascinates you, it’s well worth taking a bit of time out to celebrate our past.”

Once you’ve been to the Centre, there’s lots more to explore in Grimsby!

Take a walk from the Fishing Heritage Centre along the waterfront and you’ll see wooden carved benches in the shape of various fish. Look out for the new design of the pathway, with inspiration for it taken from our wind industry.

As part of one of the biggest annual festivals of heritage in England, there are more things to see in the town and online too. Hear the untold stories (and legends) of working down Dock as you find out about producing the nation’s favourite dish in this ‘Edible England’ themed online event:

Grimsby Town Hall will be open to the public on both 17 and 18 September from 10am to 4pm, to allow people access to the Town Hall particularly the Bremerhaven Room (Former Court Room) and Crosland Suite. People will also be able to see the Council Chamber, and the civic regalia and silverware as well as meet the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire and his Deputy.  There will be free entry into the Time Trap museum at Grimsby Town Hall over both 17 and 18 September.  Treasures from the archives will be on show, and there will be displays by Great Grimsby branch of the Lincolnshire Family History Society, Grimsby Photographic Society, and the North Lincs Art Society. Also at the town hall those days, the Lincolnshire Family History Society will be available to help you with your family history research.

Grimsby Minster will be open over the weekend from 10.30am to 2.30pm on Saturday, and 10.30am to 12.30pm on the Sunday with the Magical and Mystical Minster event. Travel back in time with the Grade 1 listed Minster in the heart of Grimsby. Discover stories untold and meet some famous names and unfamiliar characters.

Whilst you’re at the Minster, why not have a look around the newly refurbished St James Square, and see if you can do the maze first time!

Villages and Towns

On 18 September from 10am to 4pm, St Nicolas Church in Great Coates, will be open to the public. The Church is a beautiful mediaeval Grade I listed structure, set in a churchyard managed for nature. Listen to the stories of people from the village of Great Coates. Take a guided tour, visit the tower and see the mediaeval brasses.

On Sunday 19 September, the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway will be running guided tours of the engine and carriage sheds and explaining about local railway history. Book on the day directly with the LWR.

Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community, and history. It is an opportunity for people to see hidden places free of charge. This year events will take place across the country between 10 and 19 September, with a number of North East Lincolnshire places taking part.

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 local people and organisations, and thousands of volunteers.

For more information about events this weekend and next, visit the Heritage Open Days website and if you can’t get out and about, there’s plenty of online content you can access from anywhere in the world. Visit for more information.

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