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Welcome to Barton upon Humber

This charming town on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds in the shadow of the Humber Bridge has a lot to offer the visitor. In medieval times Barton was the most important port on the Humber and has many fine merchants' houses. Today the town centre is home to a wide range of friendly independent shops, welcoming eateries and museums. Regular events and performances are held through out the year.

Barton News

Busy Saturday for Barton

Saturday (July 14) sees the official opening of the Chad Varah Memorial Garden in Baysgarth Park as well as the town’s annual Bike Night.

At 2pm Felicity Varah-Harding, daughter of the Samaritans founder  who is also Patron Ambassador of Samaritans, will open the gardens  at 2pm.

The garden provides a permanent memorial to Chad Varah in the town of his birth and a pleasant and peaceful space for people to sit and learn about Samaritans and its founder. It is located next to the bowling green in a position which can be seen from the roadside.

Chad Varah was born in Barton in 1911, where his father was a vicar, and he was ordained himself in 1935. Early in his career he became aware of the issue of suicide after he conducted the funeral of a young girl in Lincoln and vowed to help others in her situation. In 1953 while working at a parish in the City of London he had the idea to develop a compassionate and confidential telephone service and opened the first Samaritans branch. His brother Hugh Varah became the first director of the Scunthorpe branch in 1963.

Rev. Varah died in 2007 but his work goes on today. There are now 201 Samaritans branches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland and there are more than 20,000 volunteers.

The opening of the Chad Varah Memorial Garden has been made possible thanks to Scunthorpe Samaritans and Friends of Baysgarth Park, with backing from Keigar Homes, North Lincolnshire Council, and Barton Town Council.

A couple of hours later, at 4pm, Barton Bike Night gets officially underway and continuing until 9pm.

The usual vintage and classic display of machines will be parked along Queen Street  and the North Lincolnshire Classic Trials club will be running a display in the nearby Cottage Lane Car Park.

Other attractions include trade stands selling biker gear, food outlets and in the Market Place Scunthorpe Speedway rider Steve Worrall,  Riche Worrall and Junior British speedway champion. .John Chapman.

Barton Arts Festival 2018

Barton Arts Festival 2018 begins in earnest on Friday (June 22) and continues until Sunday, July 1.

From its origins in 1998 it has brought to the town a range of famous names and this year is no exception with highlights including the appearance of Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri at the Joseph Wright Hall on Saturday, June 23, the annual Monday Night at the Movies that this year is playing Laughter in Paradise and folk singer Martin Carthy.

The first weekend also features the Trinity Methodist Flower Festival as well as Open Gardens raising funds for Lindsey Lodge Hospice.

Throughout the week other events include two shows by Morgan and West including one for all those aged five and over, Snake Davis and John Ellis and theatre with Rhodri Miles in Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon and Dyad Productions’ H G Wells:  The Time Machine.

The final events on July 1 are Performance in the Park with The Pantaloons’ The Importance of Being Earnest and Lindsey Chamber Orchestra’s concert featuring a programme of English composers.

Full details of all events taking place during the Festival as well as details of where to buy tickets can be found at



Contact Details

Tourist Information
Telephone: 01652 631500

Barton Town Council
Telephone: 01652 633598

Barton-upon-Humber Tourism Partnership
Telephone: 01652 660380