What's on in Grimsby and Cleethorpes from Saturday May 25 - Friday May 31

-Credit: (Image: Donna Clifford/GrimsbyLive)
-Credit: (Image: Donna Clifford/GrimsbyLive)


Thanks to the May Bank Holiday on Monday 27th, most of us can expect to enjoy a long weekend.

Although the weather hasn't yet decided if it will be sunny or rainy, there are plenty of activities on offer both indoors and out to explore in Grimsby and the surrounding areas. Many of them are free, including arts and crafts for kids and a guided nature walk for all ages.

There are also plenty of events for adults, including a night that will take you back to the seventies when ABBA was in its heyday and an exciting new beer festival at one of Grimsby's most popular hangouts.

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Here is what is happening over the weekend and into next week:

Docks Beers Beer Festival 2024 at Docks Beers on May Saturday 25 and Sunday 26

To celebrate the Bank Holiday, Docks Beers is launching its first-ever beer festival and promised "one of the best line ups of brewing talent ever assembled in one room in Lincolnshire". People are advised to buy tickets in advance from the Docks Beers website.

Announcing the two-day festival, the organisers said: "Docks Beers are thrilled to bring you its inaugural Beer Festival on Saturday 25th May and Sunday 26th May 2024. For this first edition we have scoured the land for the finest Hop Slingers, the best Malt Merchants and the greatest Yeast Wranglers and invited them to come to Grimsby and pour their beers in our taproom over the late May bank holiday weekend."

Africa Day at Freeman Street Market on May, Saturday 25

From 11am to 5pm on Saturday, people should head down to Freeman Street Market if they'd like to experience African food and drink, live music, and dance performances. There will also be African artwork and history exhibits as part of National Africa Day.

A spokesperson for Freeman Street Market told Grimsby Live: "We are hosting the first ever Africa Day Event in Grimsby hosted by The Health Gospel CIC. It’s National Africa Day, commemorating the independence of 18 countries in West and Sub-Saharan Africa in 1960.

Havelok's Kingdom at Freshney Place Shopping Centre on Tuesday, May 28

This totally free half-term event for kids will let them have fun while learning about Grimsby's Viking heritage. Announcing it on Facebook, the organisers said: "Join Grim and the Vikings at Freshney Place this half-term for a fun day of Viking arts and activities for children.

"Make your own mask, shield and longboats with our friends Our Big Picture and meet the Vikings @LindisigaSaeWeard." The event runs from 10am to 4pm with "Vikings" in costume appearing between 11am and 3pm.

Julia Thompson, the creator of Grimsby's popular Viking festival, Grim Falfest and Havelok's Kingdom, said: "The legend says that Havelok was just a boy when he was rescued by Grim the Viking who then fled with his own family to England and founded Grimsby. We wanted to create something special for younger children linked to the story."

Free guided walk at RSPB Tetney Marashes on Wednesday, May 29

To celebrate National Nature Reserve Week, experts will give a free guided walk at RSPB Tetney Marshes on Wednesday morning. Describing the event on Facebook, organisers said: "Learn about the importance of this rich and diverse landscape, its flora and fauna, and why it is so special.

"Find out how we're working alongside our partners to connect our natural spaces helping wildlife to survive and thrive on the Humber Estuary and beyond."

The event is not suitable for people with limited or seated mobility and there are no toilets. Booking isn't required; the meeting time is 9.45am at the car park for RSPB Tetney Marshes in Humberston Fitties, Cleethorpes DN36 4HE. Contact: blacktoft.sands@rspb.org.uk or 01405 704665.

Calling All Superheroes at Freshney Place Shopping Centre on Friday, May 31

Another half-term event for kids at Freshney Place is happening on Friday between 11am and 3pm. Young fans of Marvel and DC will have the opportunity to "meet four different heroes" and make their own superhero outfit.

Posting on Facebook, Freshney Place said: "Gear up for an action-packed couple of days filled with excitement, creativity, and a mission fit for superheroes!" There will be a superhero trail, a superhero selfie frame, and the opportunity for kids to decorate their own cape, mask and cuffs.

"Don't miss this opportunity to be part of an extraordinary time with heroism, creativity, and fun!" it said. The event is also running on Saturday, June 1.

ABBA Fever at Yardbirds Rock on Friday May 31

Yardbirds Rock in Church Street, Grimsby, is hosting a "spectacular" ABBA show on Friday night. Writing about the event on Facebook, Yardbirds Rock said the show "transports you back to the 70s through the biggest hits of the world’s favourite band".

It added: "Live vocals, stunning musicianship, authentic costumes and exciting choreography all contribute to a spectacular show which entices audiences to their feet night after night."

Tickets are £12. Find out more on the Yardbirds Rock website.