Ayscoughfee events will be out of this world
Families can enjoy a series of events which will be quite literally out of this world during the October half term – including a unique chance to gaze at the night sky.
Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens in Spalding is hosting three space-themed events suitable for children of all ages.
On Thursday, October 29 youngsters can enjoy arts and crafts activities between 11am and 3pm.
There is no need to book in advance, simply turn up and take part. Admission is £2.50 per child.
On Friday, October 30 an interactive talk and presentation with Richard Pearce titled ‘Space is a Big Place’ is being held from 11.30am until 12.30pm.
Visitors can enjoy lunch in the gardens before the film ‘Muppets From Space’ is shown at 2pm.
The film is free however booking is essential as spaces are limited to 40 people.
On Saturday October 31 and Sunday November 1 StarLincs Mobile Planetarium will be at Ayscoughfee for a short talk about space.
This will include the story of English astronaut Tim Peakes and his forthcoming mission to the International Space Station.
Guests can also enjoy a spectacular projection of the night time sky as a special planetarium is set up.
Booking is essential as each show is limited to 25 people the cost is £2.50 per adult and £1.50 per child.
Show times are at: 10.45am, 11.30am, 1.00pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.
Booking is essential as places are limited. To book contact Ayscoughfee on 01775 764555. 
Photo captions: Mick Morton from StarLincs Planetarium with a mobile Planetarium and the International Space Station

Drawing workshops at Ayscoughfee.

Three inspirational drawing workshops will take place at Ayscoughfee Hall with artist Rosie Redzia as part of the Big Draw Festival this October.
South Holland District Council have worked in partnership with Transported to commission three drawing classes inspired by the Big Draw Festival’s theme: ‘Every Drawing Tells a Story’.
Rosie, who is based in King Lynn and has worked around Lincolnshire and Norfolk, invites participants to take inspiration from the collections, architecture and gardens of Ayscoughfee Hall and to bring along their own ‘treasures’ or ‘museum pieces’ to draw.
Participants will learn easy ways to create images which tell a story, before making their own mini sketch-kit, mini zine or arty mobile to take home.
The sessions will cover markmaking, expressive lines, observational drawing and imaginative ways to display the mini masterpieces.
All materials will be supplied and the workshops are suitable for people of all abilities and ages 14 and over.
The Big Draw Festival is an international celebration of drawing that lasts from October 1 – 31.
The festival, which started as a one day event, now attracts hundreds of partners and hundreds of thousands of participants all over the world.
‘Every Drawing Tells a Story’ workshops will take place at Ayscoughfee Hall from 1.30pm-3.30pm on Sunday October 4, Sunday October 11 and Sunday October 18 costing £3.50 per session.
To book a place contact Ayscoughfee Hall on or 01775 764555.
1940’s weekend a success
This year’s 1940’s Weekend at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens proved a spectacular success with over 5,000 people attending the nostalgic event.
Crowds made the most of the warm weather and flocked to the historic Spalding venue for the two day event which featured memorabilia displays, re-enactments, demonstrations, stalls and period vehicles.
Jointly organised by South Holland District Council and Spalding Remembrance Association, the annual event attracted visitors of all ages from all over the district and even further afield.
Many guests dressed up in wartime attire and some even took the opportunity to dance around the sun-soaked gardens to live music.
On Saturday guests enjoyed a medley of wartime music and admired a spectacular BBMF fly-past.
The event culminated on Sunday with a poignant VJ Day parade, as the Spalding Remembrance Association paid tribute to those who gave their lives in the conflict.
More than 5,000 people attended in total over the two days – which is a record for the event.
A spokesperson for South Holland District Council said: “This year’s 1940’s Weekend was a spectacular success and the busiest one yet with over 5,000 people attending.
“We would like to thank everyone who came along, as well as the stall holders and re-enactors who took part.”
Art exhibition hailed a success
A unique art exhibition held at Ayscoughfee Hall recently has been hailed as a success.
Deafblind charity Sense took over the historic venue last month with a river themed exhibition and performance.
‘Poems of the River’ celebrated the achievements of people with sight and hearing impairments from the charity’s Glenside Resource Centre who took part in a six month project with poet Laila Sumpton to create poems, stories, photographs and artwork inspired by rivers.
Participants also worked collaboratively with sound artist Daz Disley, to compose sound pieces of creatures found by the river banks, from eels and ducks to herons and rabbits.
Their creations were exhibited at the museum, where they also performed the songs and stories they developed during the workshop.
Kara Jarrold, Head of Arts & Wellbeing at Sense, said: “Many thanks to South Holland District Council for making it possible for us to showcase ‘Poems of the River’ at the Ayscoughfee Hall Museum.
“It was amazing to be able to share with the local community an exciting multi-sensory exhibition that breaks down the barriers for making art for people with sensory loss.”
A spokesperson for South Holland District said: “We’re very pleased that this unique and accessible exhibition was a huge success. We always welcome the opportunity to work with local groups and help promote their work. ”
The exhibition was part of Sense’s, Arts & Wellbeing programme, which supports people with sensory impairments at all stages of their involvement in the arts and cultural sector.