Barton upon Humber Tourism


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

Calling All Gardeners!


21st Barton Lions’ Annual Beer Festival to get underway

The 21st Annual Beer Festival organised by Barton Lions and held in Baysgarth Park gets underway on Friday (June 2) at 5pm and continues the next day from 12 noon..

The Beer Festival is the largest event on the Barton Lions Calendar and the biggest fundraising event the group organises raising funds to  help and support so many in need, clubs, groups, and individuals in the area.

All of the profit the Festival makes is donated to charity and a large proportion of this profit is as a result of sponsorship.

Entry to the Festival costs £3 and includes a glass, a programme and tasting notes.

On Friday evening the live entertainment is Emerald, on Saturday afternoon Barton Community Band will play from 2pm followed by Steve Smith at 5pm.  The evening’s entertainment is provided by The Setting Sons.

The Festival closes at 11pm on both evenings.

Rex Russell : 1916 – 2014 Exhibition at Baysgarth House Museum

An remarkable commemorative exhibition for local historian, teacher and artist Rex Russell, looking at his life and achievements opens today, Saturday, May 20.

This exhibition reveals his passion for exploring and unveiling the past, covering subjects as broad as local education provision, Parliamentary Enclosure, Methodism, Village Life, Friendly Societies, Deserted Medieval Villages, the Temperance Movement and much more!

A keen researcher and determined tutor, this remarkable man shaped our knowledge of the history of Barton upon Humber and the surrounding areas.

Come and discover more at the free exhibition, telling the tale of a man’s life work, as remembered by his friends.

The Museum is open every Thursday to Sunday as well as Bank Holidays  from 12 noon to 4pm.

The River Hull – Friend or Enemy? – Barton Civic Society

Linking with Hull’s City of Culture “Roots & Routes” Season, Richard Clarke explores the landscape, history and importance of one of the principal rivers flowing into the Humber Estuary. The talk features images taken by Richard as he walked the river bank from source to mouth.

The talk takes place at the Joseph Wright Hall, Queen Street, starting at 7.30pm. For up to date information visit:

Admission for Civic Society members is free. Non-members £2.

Days Gone By: Barton to Hull by Train & Ferry

Local historian Brian Peeps is, on Friday, April 27, giving a glimpse into life when the shortest way to travel to Hull from Barton was via train and ferry.

The talk, organised by the town’s Community, Heritage, Arts and Media Project, is being held at the Assembly Rooms starting at 7.30pm and doors opening 30 minutes earlier.

This snapshot of history between 1910 and the 1980s will see Brian taking his audience on a journey from Barton to Hull in days gone by.

Always a popular and lively event with plenty of audience participation, Brian offers a glimpse into the past through his vast image library and knowledge of the life and times of our area, the people, places and industry.

Tickets costing £2.50 in advance are available from Euronics on George Street or Baysgarth House Museum on Thursday and Friday between 12 noon and 4pm.

Alternatively entry is £3 on the door.

Enquiries and reservations   can be made by telephoning Baysgarth House Museum on  (01652) 637568    or by emailing



Uncover some of Barton’s Hidden History on Saturday

Come along on a guided walk this Saturday (April 22) and uncover some of Barton’s hidden history with the help of fun, games and stories that begins at the Wilderspin National School Museum and ends at The Ropewalk and lasts between two and two and a half hours.

From exciting Victorian playtimes at the Queen Street former school  to dangerous tales of Hall’s Barton Ropery, there’s a lot to interest both children and adults of all ages.

Children and adults alike will see the town’s historic buildings in an exciting new light while learning all about the town’s heritage with the help of historical characters, a secret garden and short stories to bring the past to life.  Meanwhile, grown-ups will get a new perspective on the town’s past, as well as a look at how to use the ground-breaking new Hidden Histories smartphone app.

Look out for a confused porter, a stern Victorian matron and a nostalgic gardener on the way, all there to give you a taste of what the town was like many years ago through stories, costumes, walks and activities.

The free walk starts from the Wilderspin National School at 10 am and includes a snack and a drink at the end.

Feel free to turn up on the day, but booking is advisable by telephoning (01652) 635172.

Easter weekend events in Barton

On Saturday, April 15, The Ropewalk hosts an Open Day.  If you have ever walked the adjoining path towards the Humber Bank, and wondered what happens behind the scenes at The Ropewalk, now is your chance to find out! Come and meet the team whilst exploring this fascinating historic building. The doors will open from 10am to 4pm, look at the galleries and artists’ studios and the creative industries who lease units in the building.  There will  be demonstrations,  hands-on workshops, yoga and Tai Chi sessions.

A short walk away is the Water’s Edge Visitor Centre which is hosting its annual Easter Craft Fair on both April 15 and 16.  There will be hundreds of gift ideas for all the family

Join us this Easter at our unique craft fair weekend.

There are hundreds of gift ideas for all the family as well as an Easter trail around the park and a decorate an egg competition each with a chance to win a £20 gift voucher for the gift shop – entries cost 50p each

Entrance to both The Ropewalk and Water’s Edge Visitor Centre is free as is parking at both venues.



Contact Details

Tourist Information
Telephone: 01652 631500

Barton Town Council
Telephone: 01652 633598

Barton-upon-Humber Tourism Partnership
Telephone: 01652 660380