Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Festival

Festival - stream dipping event

Celebrating Lincolnshire's Chalk Streams - Monday 22nd August to Friday 26th August 2016

What a Fabulous Festival 2016!! We had a great time! From stream-dipping to evening bat walks by our wonderful chalk streams thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Lincolnshire County Council!

A big thank you to the following! :

  • Heritage Lottery Fund and Lincolnshire County Council!
  • Our brilliant volunteers Jade Oliver, Alice Dimaline and Rachel Graham (we couldn't have done it without you!!)
  • Everyone who came to our events and made them such a success
  • All of the different venues - Richard Dawson and the Robinson family at Classroom in the Woods in Ashby cum Fenby, Richard Marsh at Hubbards Hills, the Black Horse at Donington on Bain, the brilliant owners of the Market Rasen Team Football and Cricket Grounds and all the team at Spout Yard in Louth! 
  • AJ Embroidery for the tireless efforts to provide us with promotional pens, bags

If you didn't make it this year, here's a list of what we got up to! (if you'd like to join our mailing list get in touch -

Monday 22nd August - 10am - 1.30pm - Babbling Becks and Brooks Guided walk from Binbrook, taking in the beginnings of the Waithe beck.

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Tuesday 23rd August - Practical clean up day at Market Rasen. Join our monitoring officer Will Bartle in helping to clean up rubbish from the River Rase. Meet at the Cricket and Football Club (starts at 10am until around 1pm) - PLEASE BOOK

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Wednesday 24th August - 11am -12pm - Hubbards Hills - Guided walk explaining all about how the project has improved the habitat through this treasured park.

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Wednesday 24th August - 1pm - 2.30pm - Hubbards Hills - Stream dipping session. PLEASE BOOK

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Thursday 25th August - Festival Extravaganza! At Spout Yard in Louth, they'll be pop-up theatre, storytelling, stream dipping and more!

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Friday 26th August - 11am - 1pm - Classroom in the Woods near Ashby cum Fenby - Moorhouse Farm - Stream dipping for all the family. PLEASE BOOK

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Friday 26th August - 6.30pm - 8pm - Evening chalk stream walk - Donington on Bain - Finishing at local pub. Booking recommended.

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Reflecting back to last year - WOW!  What a great festival of events for our first 'Celebrating Lincolnshire's Chalk Streams' Festival 2015'. Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Lincolnshire County Council we were able employ a graduate volunteer, Gary Cooper (now employed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust – well done Gary!) to help us organise a week long festival of events. The events we organised varied from children's storytelling by a stream (performed by the wonderful Rhubarb Theatre) to local communities knuckling down to some serious chalk stream maintenance, and topped by a finale event at Hubbards Hills.

As part of the festival we also held a successful photography competition.

A massive thank you to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Lincolnshire County Council for funding the events, as well as the fantastic volunteers; Gary Cooper, Mark Garrick, Elizabeth Biott, the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service and the rest of our partners for their support, GRS signs, Classroom in the Woods, Rhubarb Theatre, Binbrook Village Hall, Tetford Village Hall, Richard Marsh at Hubbards Hills, and of course all who took part!!

So if you didn't come this year here's a breakdown of what we got up to!


‘Play in a Day' – Children turned up at Binbrook village hall to learn and enact a wonderful play about a stream with the amazing Rhubarb Theatre.


A guided walk along the River Bain at Biscathorpe and through the pretty village of Doinington on Bain.

‘Storytelling by a Stream' – A day of singing and dancing by Rhubarb Theatre in the beautiful village of Teford.


The rain didn't put of the hardy residents of Laceby who came out in force to look after part their beck that runs through the village. Great work everyone!


Guided walk and stream dipping at the fantastic Classroom in the Woods near Brigsley – children (and parents!) enjoyed a walk and a stream dip for ‘minibeasts' in the waters of the river Waithe.


The grande finale at Hubbards Hills! – Games, guided walks, music and awards for the fabulous photo winners award by the Mayor of Louth.

Not sure this was in the job description?  Steve Jack with the brilliant Rhubarb Theatre crew!













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