Babworth Arts Festival 2023 Saturday 18th November 10am-4pm & Sunday 19th November 12noon-4pm All Saints’ Church, Babworth, DN22 8EP
At the 2023 Babworth Arts Festival, there will be a fantastic range of original paintings and other works from artists and art groups based in and around Retford – some of which will be available for sale. A brilliant display of quilts will also be on display with contributions from Retford U3A and individual quilters.
More stalls, more crafts, more entertainment……..stallholders are travelling from across the country including Leicester, York, and Chesterfield, as well as a wide range of local vendors. Retford Town Hall will have craft stalls in the Ballroom, Council Chamber and the Buttermarket where there will be a Café supplied by the Mayflower WI. Santa will be in his grotto all afternoon in the Town Hall after saying hello on stage at 12noon.
Party In The Square arrived in Retford on Sunday 27th August, it was a great afternoon of live music from leading tribute bands and local artistes.
On Saturday 20th May, Retford Big Market Day continued the successful trend of these events and certainly attracted the crowds.
On Saturday 18th February, Retford Big Market Day welcomed our friendly stilt-walker who cheerfully greeted the people, young and old, making the occasional balloon model to the delight of the younger visitors. He also handed out flyers which explained the next event planned for 18th March 2023 as well as the programme for the rest of the year.
The Fairfax & Porter showroom is now open for visitors after hosting a fabulous open day with plenty to nibble and drink as well as various special offers and competitions, the main one being to win an Ideal Standard bathroom. Visitors had a wonderful day and had plenty of time to view the stunning range of bathroom suites and kitchens on display.
Although little known, Sloswicke’s Almshouse Charity is one of Retford’s oldest institutions having been established in 1658 by the Will of a local philanthropist, Richard Sloswicke of East Retford, ‘for the maintenance of six poor old men of good carriage and behaviour to the end of the world’. The Will required that his dwelling-house should be made into an hospital to accommodate the six poor pensioners. Subsequent bequests and mergers expanded the Charity to 41 properties with five more currently under construction on Union Street.
The 46 miles of the Chesterfield Canal vary hugely. There are places where you can’t see a house. You go past open fields and dense woods, delightful pubs and ancient bridges, but it also passes through several towns and villages.
The small market town of East Retford in North Nottinghamshire is one of the oldest boroughs in England and is steeped in history and local folklore, from the notorious Highwayman, Dick Turpin to the colonists who settled in America.