Events, recipes & behind the scenes gossip from the Showground

Back to blog

Filter News

Christmas Plea from Bransby Horses 22 Nov

At the moment, the charity is welcoming a fraction of the number of visitors they have done in past years and they assume this is because people think they are closed. Despite the damage, the Visitor Centre, shop and café have been totally unaffected by the flood damage and continue to trade as usual. In fact, the charity has an amazing selection of baubles and Christmas gifts that would normally be flying off the shelves and hot and tasty treats in the café which will go to waste.

Visitor Engagement Manager Holly Hart said “It’s heart breaking to see the visitor centre so empty – normally at this time of year we are busy selling our winter gifts and the café would be full of people, but with visitor numbers so low, we stand to lose even more money from the floods.”

With approximately 1,000 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in the charity’s care (450 based on site and more than 500 in foster homes), the floods have already led to the urgent moving of 100 equines, to dry temporary areas. This is not a long term solution for the charity and the land that has been affected will be unusable for the foreseeable future, due to contamination.

Two weeks after the two valves were closed by The Environment Agency, saving thousands of homes in Lincolnshire from flooding, both valves have been opened, helping some of the charity’s fields be relieved of water temporarily. The effects of the flooding are still being felt by the charity, whose teams are still working hard to keep all equines safe and have drafted in additional help to try and cope with conditions.

Charlie McCelland, Fundraising Manager at Bransby Horses has said:

“It is a shame that we have had to cancel our events and activities, especially as our team have worked so hard organising them, but, we know this is the right decision. Our horses, ponies, donkeys, mules…and people, must always come first and knowing what everyone has been through and continues to go through, there is still a tough road ahead.

“Please visit our website and social media channels to find out more about how to support our mission, so we can continue helping equines who have had a difficult start in life.

“Come and see us too! Our Gift Shop, café and some of our walkways are still open and the teams and animals would love to see visitors. Friendly faces coming in for the day help give us a morale lift during this challenging period. What we face are the worst conditions we’ve had for many years but together, we can get through it and continue to be there for equines in need.”

The charity is planning to move some of their equines to their site in Barlings in the next six weeks, so the land at Bransby can be treated and has time to recover. Their timeline for moving animals and teams to the site was originally the end of 2020, so the charity have been working hard to raise the money needed to have the right infrastructure in place at the site as soon as possible.

Bransby Horses will be holding a community day on 14th December 10am – 2pm at the Sturton by Stow Village Hall, to talk to local people about the impact of the flooding and share information about how people can help. There will also be light refreshments and the chance to see some of the charity’s Gift Shop stock.

More from this category

Back to blog
A complete guide to coffee
A complete guide to coffee

Lincolnshire Food and Gift Fair exhibitor Seven Districts Coffee give us the low down on all the different types of coffee

04 Nov
How we're educating young people
How we're educating young people

We're dedicated to educating our future generations about food, farming and the countryside. See what we've been getting up to so far this year!

21 Aug
Rotors & Wings Lunch raises £80,000 for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance
Rotors & Wings Lunch raises £80,000 for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

On Sunday 7th October, a luncheon raising much needed funds for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance was held at the Epic Centre at Lincolnshire Showground

17 Oct
Sunday Funday - all you need to know!
Sunday Funday - all you need to know!

Families can expect a fun-filled day out at Sunday Funday on Sunday 20 September.

08 Sep
Lincolnshire Agricultural Society to receive grant from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund
Lincolnshire Agricultural Society to receive grant from second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Lincolnshire Agricultural Society among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

02 Apr
Lincolnshire Showground show their support to local Thomas Cook employees
Lincolnshire Showground show their support to local Thomas Cook employees

In light of the news that the UK's oldest airline and holiday package provider ceased trading, the Lincolnshire Showground team would like to offer their support to local Thomas Cook employees by offering free family tickets to our 'Fireworks at the Showground' event on Saturday 26th October.

24 Sep
It's almost Showtime: Tickets released for the Lincolnshire Show Online
It's almost Showtime: Tickets released for the Lincolnshire Show Online

With less than two weeks to go until the Lincolnshire Show Online, organisers are getting ready for an action-packed virtual show, featuring local exhibitors, cookery demonstrations, educational and agricultural content and entertainment.

11 Jun
Lincoln Tea and Coffee at the Lincolnshire Show
Lincoln Tea and Coffee at the Lincolnshire Show

The Lincoln Tea and Coffee Company are proud to again be supporting this year’s Lincolnshire Show with Lincolnshire Tea being served in the VP, hospitality and Presidents areas.

23 May

Get the latest from The Showground

We are open for essential meetings & training

Following confirmation from the government that essential meetings can go ahead, our Epic Centre meeting suites remain open for small meetings and training. 

If you can’t visit the venue in person, view our virtual tour here or contact us to book a virtual guided tour here.

Find out more