Thursday, September 26, 2019
BRIGG EVENTS GUIDE FOR A BUSY WEEKEND
There's a varied programme of events coming up in Brigg on Saturday - September 28, 2019.
The monthly farmers' market is being held in the town centre, from 9am to 3.30pm.
North Lincolnshire Council is organising this event, with stalls offering an opportunity to buy direct from the producers. It's a chance to stock up on jam, cheese, bread, meat and other items.
Saturday will also see the general market (pictured) operating in the Market Place and on Wrawby Street, while Ancholme Artists are hosting an exhibition in nearby St John's Church Hall with refreshments available.
Shoppers arriving by car in Brigg on Saturday - and there will be many of them - can take advantage of free parking, courtesy of a North Lincolnshire Council concession.
Dates of the remaining Brigg Farmers' Markets for 2019 are October 26, November 23 and December 21. Note the date of the last one in the run-up to Christmas.
The Freemasons of Brigg are opening their Cary Lane HQ to the public on Saturday, September 28, from 10am to 2pm, to allow locals to see inside.
"We are also sharing information about the charitable work of the Freemasons and about the institution in general," they tell us. "We are also offering guided tours of the Temple."
Brigg Town Football Club is at home to Hallam (3pm kick-off) if you want to watch some football and perhaps enjoy a pint or two in the clubhouse.
Brigg Hockey Club teams will be in action on the all-weather pitch at the nearby Recreation Ground during the afternoon.
Saturday night sees a choice of live music in the town centre.
Johnny And The Rocket will be playing at the Woolpack Hotel, Market Place, from 9pm. Free admission.
It's also free to enjoy The Gas Band performing at Brigg Servicemen's Club, Coney Court, from 8.30pm.
Brigg horse racing fans will be interested in the Lincolnshire meeting coming up this weekend.
Market Rasen Racecourse specialist Earlofthecotswolds goes for the biggest prize of his career when he tackles Saturday’s feature race at the Lincolnshire track.
The Listed £35,000 Ferry Ales Brewery Prelude Handicap Hurdle is the target for the horse - trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and ridden by his son Sam – with three victories at the racecourse in the last 12 months.
A first win in a National Hunt Flat race at the corresponding fixture in 2018 was followed up in the winter and spring with triumphs in handicap hurdles. Now Earlofthecotswolds steps into Listed company.
Among the 16 entries for the extended two-mile hurdle contest are three other horses with Market Rasen wins to their names – A Little Chaos, Definitelyanoscar and Mohaayed. The last of those, who is trained by Dan Skelton, is particularly noteworthy as he won the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in 2018.
More Buck’s, the winner of the 2018 Summer Plate which is the most prestigious race of the year at Market Rasen, goes for Saturday’s major supporting contest, the £24,500 Ferry Hill Tipi Weddings Handicap Chase.
Saturday marks the finale to British summer jumping and the start of the autumn and winter season - the Ferry Ales Brewery Prelude Raceday & Beer Festival. The total prize fund across the seven races is £100,000.
Off the track, there will be pub games and musical entertainment from the Moonshiners ceilidh and folk band during and after racing.
Admission for adults is from £10.80 in advance and from £12 on the day. Accompanied under 18s are admitted free of charge. Visitors can take advantage of a pint-sized offer for a Tattersalls admission ticket, race-day programme and a pint of beer, glass of wine or soft drink – all for an inclusive price of £22.
The hugely popular ‘Best of British Experience’ will be running in the Brocklesby Suite Restaurant offering County Enclosure admission, a race-day programme, reserved table, a betting facility and a two-course set meal, all for £68 for adults and £20 for under 12s. There is also the even more exclusive ‘FAB Experience’ in a private hospitality suite for a minimum of 12 adults at £118 each.
Nadia Powell, General Manager, Market Rasen Racecourse, said: “Spectators at the racecourse on Ferry Ales Brewery Prelude Raceday get the best of both worlds. There is an exciting jump racing card and we are also once again delighted to have our partnership with Lincolnshire’s Ferry Ales Brewery for our annual beer festival. It’s a great way to say goodbye to the summer jumping season as we look forward to the sporting delights of the months ahead.”
Further details are at www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/marketrasen where tickets can be bought in advance.
The first race is at 1.40pm - two hours after gates open. The finale is at 5.10pm.