The Barton Past Forward project that I have been working on for nearly a year is almost finished, and like all great feats of entertainment, we’re going out with a bang.
It looks set to be one of the busiest weeks for me, Barton-upon-Humber and North Lincolnshire since I became Barton’s Heritage Marketing Officer a year ago. The Tour of Britain is coming to town as well as Heritage Open Days and one of the area’s oldest carnivals, all in one week.
Here are some thoughts, facts and bits of promo relating to everything.
The Tour of Britain
Broadcast in 129 countries, and watched by millions of people, the Tour of Britain is a cycle race that pits some of the finest professional cyclists from around the world against each-other.
The top-class bikers will be tearing up North Lincolnshire and ripping through my home town on the third leg of the tour on Tuesday September 5. It’s a great opportunity for local people to enjoy an international sports spectacle on their front doorsteps and for businesses to get noticed on the world stage.
Barton Heritage Open Days
Heritage Open Days will give families and friends all over the United Kingdom an opportunity to get out, enjoy themselves and learn a little about their local history. The museums and heritage sites of Barton-upon-Humber will be taking part by throwing open their doors to the public and putting on a whole range of special events.
After putting a lot of work into marketing the open days, which will take place from Thursday to Sunday next week, it’s good to see they have been steadily increasing in popularity, meaning 2017 looks set to be the biggest yet by far, with a massive response on social media and many event bookings already made.
As part of the weekend, visitors will get the rare opportunity to look around the only Anglo-Saxon church tower in England, travel back in time with Barton’s Hidden History Walk and enjoy Barton’s historic buildings including a medieval great hall and a school that helped change education forever.
Meet the folk of the Hidden History Walk – Promotional video.
There’s also a lot for children to do as well, including meeting Desperate Dan and the artist who drew him for years at the comic Desperado’s 80th birthday party at the Wilderspin National School Museum, a Hidden History walk with characters from the past and an Isaac Pitman themed treasure trail linking many of the Heritage Open Day sites.
One of the regions oldest carnivals will be hitting Barton on the same weekend as the Heritage Open Days, helping to fill the town with people and excitement. This year there are performances from Granny Turismo, The Black Eagle Acrobats, Rushby’s Dance and Fitness and Heatwave Entertainment, not to mention the cute pooches at the Barton Crufts competition. It’s on throughout the weekend, running alongside the Heritage Open Days.
I myself am looking forward to the birds of prey though.
I’m hoping to get to all of these events, so come and say hi. I’ll be the red-haired guy looking by turns excited and stressed!