Special Events Brigg’s Annual Horse Fair is an event that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Although a tiny town, it hosts the second largest horse fair in the country, after Appleby in Cumbria. Organised by the travelling community, the fair dates back to 1235. Horses are paraded through the streets, some pulling intricate carts and caravans, from first thing in the morning to last thing at night. Crowds gather on the roadsides to witness the impressive animals and see them change hands as deals are done on the very spot. There are usually stalls where the community sell and show off goods and trinkets too. Restaurants If you enjoy the fuss-free pleasures of eating out whilst on holiday, then whilst in Brigg there should be no exception. The China Royal Restaurant on Bridge Street is well-regarded amongst visitors and locals alike. Although ‘healthy’ and ‘Chinese food’ aren’t phrases you would typically find together, China Royal does adopt such an approach, with an emphasis on less oil and fresh ingredients. For something totally different, try to find The Loft restaurant, to be accessed via stairs in the back of ‘Grandad’s Shed’ furniture shop. The Loft restaurant has people raving about its food at every time of day. Its cooked breakfasts, light lunches and hearty dinners receive equal praise – something to be very proud of! Days Out For a day out exploring, try the Heritage and Church Trails and navigate your way across the North Lincolnshire countryside. Alternatively, if you would choose aviation history over churches any day, then there are multiple former RAF airfields in the area that were used in either or both World Wars. Goxhill is mostly intact as it was used for storage after the war but ask in Brigg’s Tourist Information Centre for more information. For a relaxing afternoon seeing beautiful sites, the area boasts both Elsham Hall and Scawby Hall & Gardens both of which are a wonder to experience. Both houses contain wondrous, expansive gardens but Elsham also comes complete with lakes, an adventure playground, animal farm and art gallery. For a more informative outing, the Brigg Heritage Centre has plenty to offer although perhaps is not particularly stimulating for much younger minds. Steam Railtours however may do the trick, set around the Tata Steel Scunthorpe Site, you’ll learn all about steel and iron making and even glimpse some red hot steel. Specifically for the younger ones, FunForest is a soft play activity centre in Brigg suitable for under 11’s. It features a four-level frame including slides and sports area. Usefully, food and drink is on offer so you can relax whilst the kids run around!