Celebrate the grand opening of the Horse Steps

The restored Horse Steps
The restored Horse Steps

On Sunday July 13, a free family activity day is in store at the Gatherums, between 11am and 2pm.

After more than a decade of dedicated work, the ‘Gatherums and Springside Regeneration Group’ is now ready to publicly launch their final piece of work: the renovated Horse Steps and Aswell Hole.

Situated just off Aswell Street, this spot had been a no-go area for many, due to its uneven and muddy surface.

But now, as a result of a working partnership between the group, ELDC and Lindum Construction (with support from Louth Town Council, Lincolnshire County Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and many others), the Horse Steps and Aswell Hole provides a great entrance to the Gatherums park and completes the route through to Church Street.

At 12pm there will be a formal opening ceremony, attended by local dignitaries. A series of permanent interpretation boards, made by locally-based GRS Signs, will go on view for the first time, telling the stories of the Gatherums area, which take us back to 300 AD.

From 11am, a range of activities are on offer. Children can make a hobby horse to ride away and even ride a real pony, courtesy of Brook House Farm.

Everyone is invited to help create a ‘rag tree’, and help make a floral well dressing which was traditional to the area.

Bring any flowers and leaves to help create images of St Helen, the Water Carrier, the monks who created Monks Dyke, and the Ash Tree that led to the naming of Aswell Street.

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