Gravity Fields: Fringe events planned for Grantham festival

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Fringe events running throughout next month’s Gravity Fields Festival cover everything from music, a church art installation, traditional fair, Saturday evening craft and food market, shades of the Tour de France and even a talk on a Second World War flying ace.

Newton’s birthplace Woolsthorpe Manor stages its own series of engaging history and science talks from Wednesday, September 24, to Saturday, September 28.

Specialist volunteers will share their stories, everything from amazing science to Newton’s ground-breaking time at the Royal Mint and investigating the natural landscape which inspired so much of Newton’s work.

In Colsterworth at St John the Baptist’s Church, Altered Arts Contemporary Art in Ancient Churches programme which is staging a haunting art installation ‘Ophelia’s Ghost’ oN September 27-28 based on Shakespeare’s tragic character.

The installation artists Davy and Kristin McGuire as part of a programme to bring contemporary art to six ancient churches in Lincolnshire and the Colsterworth church is where Newton was baptised and where his mother is buried.

Spin, part of the George Centre Science Fair, is a new art installation celebrating the recent Tour de France as it passed through Cambridge.

The Second World War comes to life with a talk on The Life and Times of Guy Gibson, lead pilot on the famous 1943 Dambusters Raid.

The talk will be at St Vincent’s Hall in Grantham, site of Bomber Command HQ for the iconic airborne assault and presented by RAF veteran Jim Shortland. It’s a rare opportunity to visit what is now a private home and hear how Gibson earned his Victoria Cross.

Grantham’s Angel and Royal Hotel, as well as staging festival talks, hosts fringe music events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Stepping Stones on Thursday delivers their own brand of English, Irish and Scottish folk music, Friday sees Lincolnshire’s premier ceilidh band Higgledy Piggledy and on Saturday there will be music as part of our Giants of Science evening across the town.

Grantham’s traditional autumn fair is on Wide Westgate from Thursday to Sunday and the town’s traditional Saturday market has an early closing time to allow set up of the evening’s specialist foods, crafts and arts stalls alongside science, arts and heritage organisations.

Most of the week’s fringe events are free although tickets for the Guy Gibson talk need booking. Details on

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