Gainsborough Riverside Festival to celebrate 1,000 since town was the capital of England

Gainsborough Old Hall.
Gainsborough Old Hall.

TO CELEBRATE the 1,000th anniversary of King Sweyn Forkbeard’s death and to mark a millenium since Gainsborough was temporarily England’s capital, this year’s Riverside Festival is pulling out all the stops.

The title of this year’s Festival will be ‘Gainsborough Goes Norse’. The event will feature a parade, live music, stalls, a fun fair, duck race and much, much more.

In 1013, Sweyn Forkbeard, King of Denmark, became King of England.

A Council spokesman said: “Sweyn, Canute, the high office and council, took up residence at the Gainsborough Castle - now the site of Gainsborough Old Hall.”

“Sweyn’s troops that remained in Gainsborough would have occupied the Castle Hills encampment.”

He added: “Sweyn, Britain’s shortest reigning monarch, was murdered at a feast at the castle of Gainsborough.”

The Gainsborough Goes Norse Riverside Festival will be held on Saturday 8th June.

For more information contact Gary Cooke on 01427 811573 or email Pick up NEXT week’s Gainsborough Standard to find out how your kids can enter to WIN the role as King and Queen of the Riverside Festival.