Grimsby Docks to open up for free ‘Unwrapped’ extravaganza this weekend

Residents and visitors alike are invited to enjoy an exciting, immersive and free experience on Grimsby Docks this weekend.

The area will be opened up to the public on Saturday for the “Docks Unwrapped” event, which is set to include walking tours, live music, exhibitions, street food and activities for children to enjoy.

It will also mark the grand opening of the brand new tt88 gallery on Wharncliffe Road, the second by Dale Wells and Darren Neave, who also run the Turntable Gallery in Victoria Street.

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Events will be staged between 10am-4pm on Saturday as part of the Heritage Open Days initiative. Here’s a rundown of what to expect.

Visitors can come along at any time for the following activities…

  • Family i-Spy treasure hunt and digital trail
  • Dock Tower viewing / photography area
  • Event marquee – ABP, Fisherman’s Mission, RNLI, Stella Maris, East Marsh United, Grimsby Cleethorpes & District Civic Society, Our Big Picture, Orsted, children’s activities, and more. Music from Beard & Papps.
  • Food: street food vendors will be situated near the event marquee – choose from Alfred Enderby Ro-Ro or PieOneers. Alternatively, pop into the Black Gull, or Coffee on the Docks, in Auckland Road.
  • Explore The Great Escape and find out more about the work of Creative Start Arts in Health CIC
  • Meet Phyllis the net braider, and have a go at doing some braiding yourself with the guides from Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre
  • Open Studios – Grimbarians, Dale Mackie, The Culture House, TT88, Simon Card Jewellery & The Ginger Alchemist
  • Find out more about the ongoing regeneration of the Docks, as well as the history and design of the buildings
  • Visit the Peterson’s Project Exhibition on Wharncliffe Road to find out about the conservation work underway, the stories of former workers, and record your own memories of the Docks

Visitors will need to sign up on the day for the following activities….

  • 10.15am – Talk on docks building design by Emma Lingard
  • 12pm – Guided walking tour led by Emma Lingard
  • 2.30pm – Talk on development of the railways by Garry Crossland

How to get there

Free parking will be available in parking bays along the pontoon on Auckland Road and Hutton Road – stewards will help you to get parked safely on the day. Please note that cars must be reverse parked for health and safety.

If you are travelling by public transport, bus numbers 3, 9 and 10 stop nearby on Cleethorpe Road. Booking is not essential for general admission, simply turn up on the day.

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