News: Thousands set to flock to Retford for busy weekend of special events

News: Thousands set to flock to Retford for busy weekend of special events

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Retford is set to host one of its biggest weekends of the year with thousands of people expected to flock to the town to take part in three special events.

From September 13 through to September 15, the town’s traditional Heritage Day will take place alongside the very first North Notts Literary Festival and the Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival.

It’s set to give the town a huge tourism boost and showcase the rich heritage, literary talent and beautiful scenery in the area.

Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “There really will be something for everyone as part of an action-packed weekend that promises to be one of Retford’s biggest ever.

“We hope that as well as the regular supporters of the Heritage Day, new and exciting events as part of the North Notts Lit Fest and the Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival will attract first-time visitors to Retford and the surrounding area.

“The council is extremely proud to support all three events and enable even more people to see exactly what a beautiful and diverse region North Nottinghamshire is.”

 

Horse Drawn Carriage rides around the town in true Victorian style
(Image: Jon Knight)

Retford has been celebrating its rich history as part of Heritage Open Day for the last 12 years and traditionally incorporates a central theme, with 2019 focusing on the ‘Chesterfield Canal and Retford ’s Working Heritage’.

On Saturday, September 14, 12 heritage venues including Bassetlaw Museum, the Majestic Theatre, Harrison’s Brewery and Retford Library will host guided tours and dedicated talks.

There will also be narrowboat trips along the Chesterfield Canal on the Seth Ellis and many other events taking place throughout the town, culminating with an evening performance by Harworth Brass at Retford Town Hall.

Derek Turner, Chairman of Retford Civic Society, which organises the Heritage Open Day, said: “Visitors will receive a warm welcome to our marvellous market town and this is a once-a-year chance to explore the world on your doorstep.

Vintage coach trips around the town were organised last year
(Image: Jon Knight)

“All of the day’s events and attractions throughout the town are family friendly – and best of all they are all completely free.”

Chesterfield Canal Walking Festival is back for a second year following the inaugural series of routes that attracted hundreds of walkers and canal enthusiasts to the towpaths of the Chesterfield Canal.

The festival takes its first steps on Saturday, September 14 and over nine days, its 53 guided walks will cover the full 46-mile length of the canal that stretches over three counties, including events incorporated as part of the Heritage Open Day.

More information on all the events can be found online.



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