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  • 1. History

    It is thought the town’s name has Danish origins, meaning settlement at the bend of the stream. Scunthorpe was a small village until the discovery of ironstone in the area in the mid-19th century. This led to a rapid increase in the population.

  • 2. Now

    Scunthorpe is the largest retail centre in the borough of North Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Council is currently planning a town centre extension to help it fulfil this role further. Recent developments in the town have included a retail and leisure complex including a seven-screen cinema.

  • 3. Events

    The Lindsey Lodge Hospice Sleepwalk is an annual event that takes place in July to raise money for the Scunthorpe hospice. Hundreds of people take part in the event, which also includes an evening of fun and entertainment. The Messingham Horse and Foal Show takes place in Messingham, on the outskirts of Scunthorpe, every June. The day includes entertainment for all the family....Read more The Crosby Community Fun Day takes place every July in Sheffield Park, Scunthorpe. The event includes a procession, stalls, activities and entertainment. The Regional Food Festival is held every June at Normanby Hall and attracts thousands of visitors. The event includes cookery demonstrations and tastings. Read less

  • 4. Attractions

    Stories of North Lincolnshire in days gone by are told through interactive displays at the North Lincolnshire Museum, in Scunthorpe. The attraction includes a Go Wild section, a Victorian ironstone cottage, an archaeology gallery and more. The 20-21 Visual Arts Centre includes five galleries showing work by leading contemporary artists. The centre is based in a Grade II listed...Read more building. The centre has daily drop-in events for adults and children. Normanby Hall Country Park includes the 18th century building, a farming museum, parkland, adventure playground and Victorian walled garden. Guided tours are available. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    The Pods leisure centre includes an eight-lane swimming pool, a teaching pool, sports hall, gym, fitness studios, sauna, steam room, spa and more. Central Park, Scunthorpe, includes ornamental gardens, a fountain, a children’s play area with trampoline, a café, football pitches, woodland trim trail, an orienteering course and more. Silica Park is a country park with a lake...Read more – ideal for picnics and angling. Read less

  • 6. Business

    The two main shopping centres in Scunthorpe are The Foundry and The Parishes. The Foundry is a pedestrianised zone with outdoor shopping and an undercover area including high street stores, independent retailers, cafes and restaurants. The Parishes includes over 20 stores, a car park and bus station. Scunthorpe Market is an undercover market containing over 80 traders. A food ...Read morehall is open Monday to Friday and other shopping takes place on Fridays and Saturdays. Read less

  • 7. Transport

    By road, the M181 from Scunthorpe links to the M180 to the east and west. The M180 links to the M18 and the M1, giving good access to the north and south. It takes around one hour to drive to the major cities of Leeds, Sheffield, and York and just 30 minutes to Lincoln and Hull. Trains run from Scunthorpe to Doncaster, giving access to the East Coast Mainline. A direct link al...Read moreso runs from the town to Manchester Airport, and takes around two hours. The nearest airport is Humberside Airport, which is about 12 miles from the centre of Scunthorpe. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment

    The Plowright Theatre and The Baths Hall are the two main venues for live entertainment in the town. The varied programme of events includes shows for children, ballet, West End shows, drama, comedy, music and more.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    Normanby Hall is a Regency mansion that was home to the Sheffield family, former Dukes of Buckingham and original owners of Buckingham Palace. The rooms contain Regency, Victorian and Edwardian furniture. The house was built between 1825 and 1830 and extended between 1906 and 1908.

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    Actress Liz Smith, most famous for her role as Nana in TV’s The Royle Family, was born Betty Gleadle in Scunthorpe in 1921. She did not start work as an actress until she was 50 years old.

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