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Grantham bridge building

A host of community activity takes place in and around Grantham in the run-up to Bridge. Find all the details here and follow for updates.

Da Vinci Bridge Building Day
including Earlesfield Event
Saturday 7 September 2019

Three ‘Da Vinci’ Bridge kits will appear in various places around South Kesteven in Grantham, Bourne & Market Deeping. We encourage everyone to come and have a go at building one!

Designed by the great artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci some 500 years ago, these bridges require no rope, bolts, nails or screws and are entirely self-supporting.

We are looking for individuals, families, youth & community groups, older people, people with fact anyone who think it sounds interesting to come along and have a go.

You might end up building a bridge with someone you don’t know, maybe someone you wouldn’t even normally think about talking to. These events are all about working together to achieve something amazing and have fun in the process.

10am – 12.30pm Market Deeping, near the Community Library. A special collaboration with Grantham Canal Society and Hope Community Church with activities, games and a barbeque.

10am – 12.30pm Market Place, Grantham               

10am – 12.30pm St Peter’s Hill, Grantham

2pm – 4.30pm Earlesfield Estate (by the canal on Earlesfield Lane & Thames Road), Grantham

2pm – 4.30pm Wyndham Park, Grantham 

2pm – 4.30pm On the car park behind the Town Hall & Corn Exchange, Bourne  

Follow all the action on our Facebook page:


Makaton Flashmob - call-out for participants

Makaton is a language that uses signs, symbols and body language, and is used by over 100,000 in the UK. The Grantham Bridge Makaton project will give as many people as possible across South Kesteven an introduction to this accessible language by learning Bill Withers' Lean On Me in Makaton, which will be performed in Grantham Market Place on the evening of Saturday 14 September as part of the Bridge celebrations.

If you lead a community or school group, please come to one of our free sessions to learn the song and teach it to as many people as you can. We will provide additional resources including a tutorial video.

The final performance will be filmed and put onto YouTube for the world to see, showing Grantham as an inclusive and welcoming place.

The next training session will take place towards the end of August/early September. 

For more information contact Georgina Weller 

The Makaton project is funded by Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service and Imagineer Productions.


Under the Bridge - call-out for participants

Between Thursday 12 - Saturday 14 September, Grantham's Market Place will be buzzing with activities, events, gatherings, workshops and performances in and around the huge  Bridge, all ready for the spectacular free family-friendly show on the Saturday night.

The area 'Under the Bridge' will become a stage for local groups, schools, theatre companies including Grantham Dramatic Society, Grantham Capoeira, St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham Gymnastics, local DJs and many others to share their skills.

The Bridge Team are still looking for local groups who might be interested in having short slot under the bridge as part of this special event – if you want to get involved or you just want to know more, email Simon Holly or call 07795 416149.


International Community Picnic
Sunday 15 September, 12 noon onwards
Wyndham Park

The day after the Bridge performance (and as the Bridge itself begins to be dismantled) we invite anyone who has been involved in the Bridge project to join us for an informal lunchtime gathering in Wyndham Park.

Please bring your favourite food from your own background or culture, ready to share so that we can have one big international community picnic. We’ll be eating, drinking, chatting and playing games and maybe having some shared conversations about what we might do next to keep people across our communities talking to each other.

This will be the perfect finish to what we hope will have been an extraordinary week in Grantham!

This is a FREE event with no need to book - bring your own food and be prepared to share.