Barton upon Humber Tourism


Make Do & Mend at Wilderspin National School Museum, August 19

All sorts of arts and crafts make use of odds and ends – recycling and re-using materials to make creative things and decorate around the home.  There will be craft stalls selling and demonstrating, rummage sale, a 1940s classroom for kids to try wartime recycling, and more from 10am to 3pm at the Wilderspin National School on Queen Street.

Come along and see the work of  amateur and commercial crafters who recycle to create! There will also be stalls with local charities and organisations.

Illyria perform The Emperor’s New Clothes at Baysgarth Park, August 13


Illyria Theatre present their cheekiest show ever! Han Christian Andersen’s story of an Emperor who parades in his new outfit – a suit of clothes that can only be seen by the wise.

There is no nudity in this production although one of the actors may be a little  chilly and you will see the Emperor’s Crown Jewels!

Starts at Baysgarth Park at 2pm.  Free – bring a chair, rug, picnic and friends!

Recommended for children aged 5+ and their families

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes including 20 minute interval

Picnic in the Park – Sunday August 6

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Wild Life Day at Water’s Edge Visitor Centre – Sunday July 30

Waters’ Edge biggest event of the year takes place this Sunday (July 30) from 10am. Join in for a fun, educational and free day out for all the family with displays, activities and craft workshops in the visitor centre and around the country park with free admission for all the family!

Indoor activities include Lincolnshire Beekeepers’ indoor behive where you can see the bees working the honey, the Woodland Trust stall with a range of different activities.

The drop-in activity zone with the opportunity to handle a variety of exotic animals and take part in creative activities with local crafters including pottery snails, Family Hands wildlife paintings, Powertex garden plaques,  Lion Learners and the Lego scene from Brick Box

There will be pond dipping at 10.30am where you can explore the ponds to see what creatures can be found, a wildflower talk with Aiden Neary of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust between 10.30am and 1pm when he will give a guided talk on the park’s most interesting wildflowers, and a medicinal and culinary walk at 11am when medical herbalist Trudy Norris will show how to forage, preserve and extract medicinal plants safely.

There’s also bug hunting  at 11am, live children’s theatre with Rhubarb Theatre’s Superworm, a three mile guided walk, toad rescue and release.

All day there is a falconry area, a nature trail, wildlife bingo and the return of last year’s food and craft market.

Full details can be found here



Barton Civic Society AGM and Hull Reflections – July 21

Rounding off Barton upon Humber Civic Society’s  celebration of Hull City of Culture 2017 the group is sharing memories of living close to Kingston upon Hull in Hull Reflections at its meeting on Friday (July 21)

Barton has numerous historical and contemporary links with the city – market boats sailed between Hull and Barton until the 1950s, and ropes made in Barton were shipped worldwide from Hull and the raw materials ferried across the Humber up to the 1980s. The Hull postcode was even shared for a long time!

Generations of Bartonians have worked and studied in the city while its museums, shops and theatres continue to captivate us. Come and share your own memories of Hull – and getting there by ferry!

The Society’s Annual General Meeting  that starts at 7.30pm precedes Hull Reflections which begins at 8.15pm.

The event takes place at the Joseph Wright Hall, Queen Street.  Admission for Civic Society members is free and just £2 for non-members.  For more information on the work of the Civic Society go to


Bash Street Theatre returns to Baysgarth Park

The wonderful internationally renowned Bash Street Theatre returns to Baysgarth Park on Sunday ( July 16) with Bellevue Hotel, a brand new outdoor family show set around a dilapidated theatrical boarding house in a seaside town in the 1950s.

It tells the story of landlady Elsie Lovejoy and her battle with the gangster boss of the neighbouring sweet factory who is determined to buy her out. Continue reading »

Barton Bike Night – Saturday, July 8

There’s a change of date for Barton Bike Night this year but the event promises to be better than ever.

For the past 20 years Barton Bike Night, that was started by Mal Bennett, then proprietor of British and Continental Cars on Brigg Road, was held on the first Wednesday of July but this year, for its 21st anniversary, the organising committee has switched the date to  Saturday, July 8.

Town centre roads will be closed after lunchtime, Bike Night officially begins at 4pm and finishes at 9pm.

Attractions include the usual favourites including the vintage and classic bikes on Queen Street, trade stands, displays and much more.

Main Sponsors of the event this year are Barton Town Council, Wren Living, Euronics, Barton Town F.C., Paul Fox Estate Agents,  the Old Mill Pub and  Wheatsheaf.


Barton Arts Festival begins this week

Barton Arts is celebrating its 20th anniversary in style this year with film, comedy, music, theatre and the spoken word among the highlights of the 11 day festival which begins on Thursday (June 22).

From small beginnings, the festival has grown to 11 days of top national performers showcasing their work alongside local and regional performers and artists and is packed with an entertaining selection of art forms performed at many of the town’s iconic venues.

One of the highlights of the festival comes on the first weekend when Clare Teal, the internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist and radio presenter, will perform an evening of Doris Day’s best loved songs at the Joseph Wright Hall in the town centre.

Other music during the week include Green Matthews, as they transport you through 600 years of music playing period instruments, the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham Youth Choir, that will perform at Trinity Church with the festival concluding on Sunday, July 2 with the beautiful harmonies of Nashville-based group,

The Danberrys.Spoken Word features heavily with a prose and poetry show called Mind the Gap, a Barton Muse Poetry Night and poetry maverick John Hegley bringing his family show, Alphaboat Show, to Ropery Hall while local author Sue Wilsea continues her series of “in conversation”, this time with fellow writer Louisa Beech.

BBC Radio 4 favourite Mitch Benn is attempting to avoid the grim reaper now he has reached the dizzying heights of 47 years of age and Phil Hammond, NHS doctor, BBC broadcaster, Private Eye journalist, and whistle-blowing comic, brings his hit show Health Revolution to Barton.  In just 99 minutes he promises you can laugh, sort your life out, stay sane, plan your death, and save the NHS!

In addition there will be Burton, an award winning production about the actor Richard Burton, the first of the free Performance in the Park’s with Heartbreak Theatre’s adaptation of David Walliams book Billionaire Boy, the Graham Sanders Lecture, art exhibitions, Film Night and an animation workshop with Andrew Sanders.

Details of all the events that make up the Barton Arts Festival 2017 as well as ticket prices and how to buy then can be found on

Contact Details

Tourist Information
Telephone: 01652 631500

Barton Town Council
Telephone: 01652 633598

Barton-upon-Humber Tourism Partnership
Telephone: 01652 660380