Festivals, theater and motor shows – everything you need to know about the events at this Lincolnshire castle

As we remain hopeful that the restrictions will in fact be lifted after July 19, Lincolnshire organizers have started planning events for the summer.

Event planners at Grimsthorpe Castle, near Bourne, still want crowds to see shows this summer, including car shows, open-air theater and a day dedicated to all things Edwardian.

The historic country house has been the home of the Eresby family since 1516 and recently new gates and parking will be added to complement the exciting development of a new cafe and art gallery.

Lincolnshire Live has summed up what you can expect to see in Grimsthorpe in the coming months.

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Baston Auto and Bike Show

On Saturday July 3, the Baston Car & Bike Show returns to the castle grounds.

At this event, you can expect to see a lot of cars which are all older than the 1990s.

There is something to feast your eyes on, including classics, racing cars, vintage cars, road cars, and sports cars that are either uniquely personalized or commercial. Bicycles are also welcome.

Not only that, but there will be live music, food and trade stalls including detailing, custom repairs, wheel refurbishment, insurance and vintage clothing stalls.

Tickets can be reserved here.



Grimsthorpe Castle

Hagerty’s Festival of the Unexceptional

The second impressive (or perhaps not so impressive) event that returns to the grounds of Grimsthorpe Castle is the Hagerty Festival of the Unexceptional, also known as the Concours de l’Ordinaire.

This event showcases the most fantastically mundane cars and celebrates the utterly mundane.

Founded in 2014, this crazy festival has become a flagship event on the automotive calendar.

Unfortunately, the event was canceled last year, but will return on Saturday July 31.

If you own an old banger from the last four decades of the 20th century, then bring it.

Tickets for visitors are available from here.



Hagertys feast
Photo of the Hagertys Festival of the Unexceptional which took place at Grimsthrpe Castle in the past

Alice in Wonderland Outdoor Theater Event

If you are a theater fan, the Alice in Wonderland open-air theater event at Grimsthorpe Castle on Thursday August 12th could be for you.

Boxtree Productions will take you down the rabbit hole to a strange world of caterpillars, maps and snacks.

Please keep in mind that this event will take place rain or shine. Cancellation would only be required in the event of unfavorable conditions.

It’s an outdoor show, so don’t forget to bring a picnic and a blanket! Tickets will go on sale very soon, so keep your eyes peeled at the Grimsthorpe Castle website.

Grimsthorpe speed tests

On Saturday August 28 the Grimsthorpe Speed ​​Trials will take place

Visitors are invited to step back in time in a historic setting and enjoy a day of authentic Edwardian and pre-WWII vehicles and vintage racing.

Bring a picnic, dress in vintage clothing if you like, and watch the pre-war cars go by.

Tickets can be purchased here.



Vintage vehicle at Grimsthorpe Castle
A vintage vehicle at Grimsthorpe Castle

Horse-drawn carriage rides

An exciting experience that takes place throughout the 2021 season are the horse-drawn carriage rides.

These trips take place every Thursday and Sunday between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm and are a great way to experience the beauty of the grounds and woods of Grimsthorpe Castle while being pulled by rare breed Clydesdales.

During this Downton Abbey-inspired experience, it is possible to book either a private 40-minute horse-drawn carriage tour for up to eight people or a 1-hour off-road safari excursion.

Or, if you fancy a more hands-on experience, you can book a two-hour horse-drawn carriage riding experience where you can learn to ride a pair of these beautiful, heavy horses through the park. Call 07944140977 to reserve.

Which is new?

One of the many exciting developments of Grimsthorpe Castle is the visitor parking lot.

The new car park was designed by RTK Architects Stamford and built by Rutland Building Services Limited.

It contains 279 parking spaces, including eight charging stations for electric vehicles, five parking spaces for coaches, bicycle stations along designated cycle paths and specially designated accessible parking spaces.

In addition, Grimsthorpe Castle is in the process of building an art gallery near the old shed which will feature modifications to the Grade I listed structure and improvements to existing facilities for visitors.

The gallery is slated to open in 2023 and will house contemporary and historical artwork from Lady Willoughby de Eresby’s personal collection.

Work should start at the end of June.


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